On the speech that Mitt Romney will be delivering at 9:30 AM, Utah time, on Thursday

    Allahpundit:  “Oh my: Mitt Romney to deliver ‘major speech’ on 2016 race tomorrow” . Washington Post:  “What Mitt Romney should say”       [Read more…]

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Two items from the secularist, socialist utopia of Sweden

      “Sweden’s Trademark Universal Healthcare On Its Deathbed”   http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/incest-and-necrophilia-should-be-legal-youth-swedish-liberal-peoples-party-a6891476.htm   Thanks to Kevin Taylor for alerting me to the second item.     [Read more…]

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A most radical question

    The most radical question which anyone can be asked is not how much their possessions cost, but whether they have found something of value — that is, something that makes living worthwhile. Alister E. McGrath     The English word radical comes from the Latin radix, or “root.”  This is a question, in [Read More…]

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“NASA: Drought in Middle East Is the Worst in 900 Years”

    Whether you believe it to be human-induced climate change or not, this is still quite a big deal and much more fundamentally important than many of the more prominent headlines:   http://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/1.706659   I myself have seen the Dead Sea and the Sea of Galilee shrink considerably since my first visit to the [Read More…]

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BOM Enos

    Today’s reading, the single-chapter book of Enos, offers one of the most popular brief stories in the Book of Mormon, a story that is often cited to illustrate points about prayer, forgiveness, and many other topics.  And rightly so.   I’ll pick up a couple of aspects of it.   First, any parent, and perhaps any missionary, [Read More…]

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The French Book of Mormon: Written for Our Time

    A reader of this blog who goes by the name of “brotheroflogan” reminds me of an interesting fact:   Dan, I thought you’d be interested to know what I found out. I was reading my French Book of Mormon and the word that they used to describe Amalickiah’s “deception” is tromperie, from the [Read More…]

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“There are no homosexual members of the Church.”

    So said Elder David A. Bednar, of the Council of the Twelve.   And, quite predictably, he’s being depicted by a number of critics as insane, a bitter hater, oppressive, tyrannical, a homophobic bigot, oblivious to reality, an embarrassment to Mormonism, someone who ought to resign, in denial, and so forth.   Now, on one [Read More…]

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“Out of Mesoamerica: The Archaeological Context of the Book of Mormon”

    An interesting blog entry from Stephen Smoot (who, by the way, was just accepted as a graduate student in Egyptology at the University of Toronto):   http://www.plonialmonimormon.com/2016/02/out-of-mesoamerica-archaeological.html   In other, weirder, news, Br’er Smoot was recently featured on Conan O’Brien’s network television show.  (I’m not making this up.)  Be warned, if you choose to [Read More…]

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“Why Max Lucado Broke His Political Silence for Trump”

    Max Lucado is a really big name in the American Evangelical community.  But will this make any difference?  Probably not.  It seems that nothing will.   Where are we going?  And why are we in this hand basket?   “For Trump Supporters, a Reckoning is at Hand”     [Read more…]

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A reminder regarding Saturday, 12 March

    2016 Second Interpreter Science & Mormonism Symposium: Body, Brain, Mind, and Spirit   The room in which the conference will be held can, I’m informed, seats something on the order of 280 people.  Unfortunately, as is typically the case with such events, I have no idea whether twelve people will show up, or [Read More…]

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