“What’s Wrong with the Humanities?”

    I was saddened just minutes ago, while driving home from a lecture in West Jordan, Utah, to learn of the passing of my former dean (in BYU’s College of Humanities), Randy Jones.  Unless I’m mistaken, it was only a few weeks ago that I last spoke with him, and the news comes as [Read More…]

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“Marilynne Robinson and the Mystery of Progressive Democracy”

    The invaluable Ralph Hancock offers perspective on a superb contemporary novelist:   http://www.libertylawsite.org/2016/01/28/marilynne-robinson-and-the-mystery-of-progressive-democracy/     [Read more…]

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“Christianity Today”: “Dispatch from Sundance: ‘Agnus Dei'”

    The film writer for Christianity Today really likes a movie being shown at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.  The movie doesn’t sound very funny:   http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2016/january-web-only/dispatch-from-sundance-agnus-dei.html?utm_source=connection-html&utm_medium=Newsletter&utm_term=1281995&utm_content=414102328&utm_campaign=2013     [Read more…]

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The Church’s “Africa Clean Water Initiative: 2003-2010”

    I’m absolutely delighted to have spoken with friends who have been on-the-ground participants in these efforts by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to help our brothers and sisters in Africa.  This infographic helps to get the overall picture, at least as it stood at the end of 2010.     [Read more…]

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Has neuroscience really demonstrated that human free will is an illusion?

    For years, many have claimed that hard neuroscientific data has proven that humans don’t actually have free will.   Now, though, that supposed proof doesn’t look even remotely so secure:   http://nymag.com/scienceofus/2016/02/a-neuroscience-finding-on-free-will.html   This is really important.     [Read more…]

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“Debating the Foundations of Mormonism: The Book of Mormon and Archaeology”

    In August 2005, John Clark, Wade Ardern, and Matt Roper presented the following interesting material to the annual FAIR (now FairMormon) conference:   http://www.fairmormon.org/perspectives/fair-conferences/2005-fair-conference/2005-debating-the-foundations-of-mormonism-the-book-of-mormon-and-archaeology     [Read more…]

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Tonight in West Jordan, Utah

    Just in case anybody out there has even a flicker of interest:   I’ll be speaking tonight in West Jordan, Utah, on the topic of “Who’s Who and What’s What in the Middle East.”  I plan to present a basic introduction to the various groups and factions (e.g., Iranian, Arab, Turk, Sunni, Shi‘i, ISIS, [Read More…]

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“Archaeologists Find a Rare 4500-Year-Old Egyptian Funerary Boat”

    And now, yet another buried boat has been found, though this one is somewhat smaller than that of Khufu and appears not to be a royal vessel:   http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archeologists-find-rare-4500-year-old-egyptian-funerary-boat-180958020/?utm_source=facebook.com&no-ist   (Thanks to Jabra Ghneim for alerting me to this.)     [Read more…]

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BOM 2 Nephi 15

    Isaiah can be confusing, daunting, intimidating.  But his eloquence astonishes, and he’s remarkably quotable.  Which is why he’s the most quoted prophet in the New Testament.  And in the Book of Mormon.  And in the Dead Sea Scrolls.  He is, as Elder Bruce McConkie once termed him, “a prophet’s prophet.”   There are [Read More…]

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“The true measure of a man”

    “The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.” Samuel Johnson         [Read more…]

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