A forthcoming book on the Book of Abraham!

    John Gee went on from BYU (where I was among his teachers) to earn a master’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley and a doctorate in Egyptology from Yale University.  For many years, he was a colleague of mine at FARMS and then the Maxwell Institute, and he remains a very [Read More…]

How very lovely!

    This first article is longish, but it’s both serious and seriously chilling:   “How White Nationalists Learned To Love Donald Trump”   And then there’s this, from back in August:   “A White Supremacist Black Swan?  Why Donald Trump’s fringe white nationalist supporters matter.”   And here are some illustrations:   “Trump Rally [Read More…]

Finding good candidates

    “It is not in the nature of politics that the best men should be elected.  The best men do not want to govern their fellowmen.” George MacDonald       [Read more…]

Help Needed

    I’m posting a link here:   http://www.mormoninterpreter.com   It would be very helpful to me if a number out there could click on the link and let me know whether it works for them.   From some point on Saturday night and continuing on through at least Sunday, various folks have been reporting problems [Read More…]

“CHRISTIAN to ‘MORMON’-Christian (a near death conversion)”

    When you can find forty minutes, you might want to listen to this very thoughtful account from a recent convert to the Restored Gospel:     I share his appreciation of the evidence provided by near-death experiences, though there’s considerably more in his remarks than just NDEs.   Great Sabbath listening, if you have [Read More…]

“DNA Detective Work with Ugo Perego”

    We hear a great deal of confident talk about DNA and the Book of Mormon (most obnoxiously, from people who might find it difficult to spell “DNA”).  And DNA research also enters into the contentious question of Joseph Smith and early Mormon plural marriage.   Here’s a chance to hear from Dr. Ugo Perego, a [Read More…]

Science and religion

    Science takes things apart to see how they work.  Religion puts things together to see what they mean. Jonathan Sacks     [Read more…]

Predestination

    David McCullough, on the early nineteenth century Calvinist clergyman Lyman Beecher, father of the even more famous Rev. Henry Ward Beecher and of Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin:   “But something in him made him shy away from the strictest tenet of his creed — total predestination — and its logic.  Once when [Read More…]

Science and religion

    Science takes things apart to see how they work.  Religion puts things together to see what they mean. Jonathan Sacks     [Read more…]

Predestination

    David McCullough, on the early nineteenth century Calvinist clergyman Lyman Beecher, father of the even more famous Rev. Henry Ward Beecher and of Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin:   “But something in him made him shy away from the strictest tenet of his creed — total predestination — and its logic.  Once [Read More…]