“‘Idle and Slothful Strange Stories’: Book of Mormon Origins and the Historical Record”

    It being Friday, a new article has appeared in Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture:   “Idle and Slothful Strange Stories”: Book of Mormon Origins and the Historical Record   Enjoy!   Posted from Richmond, Virginia     [Read more…]

“Variants in the Stories of the First Vision of Joseph Smith and the Apostle Paul”

    An article by my long-time friend and occasional colleague John Tvedtnes that was published early on the history of Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture:   Variants in the Stories of the First Vision of Joseph Smith and the Apostle Paul   Posted from Richmond, Virginia     [Read more…]

“Mormonism? The questions are there — and so, argues new book, are the answers”

    http://archive.sltrib.com/story.php?ref=/lifestyle/faith/3901745-155/mormonism-the-questions-are-there   I should have been in this book.   No.  Really.  I should have been in it.   Not because I’m so all-fired special.   I was invited to write something for it, but I was too slow.   It’s probably a better book, though, for my absence.   I hope that [Read More…]

“Five Great Places of Islamic History in the U.S.”

    An interesting article by Furqan Shaikh, a physician and writer based in Toronto, Canada.  The nature and location of the places that he’s chosen — one in Massachusetts and four in the District of Columbia — might surprise you, as it did me:   Five Great Places of Islamic History in the U.S. [Read More…]

“New dinosaur species discovered in American southwest”

    Like most kids — boys, at least — I loved dinosaurs.  I still like them.  And Utah is rich with them.   http://www.foxnews.com/science/2016/05/18/new-dinosaur-species-discovered-in-american-southwest.html?intcmp=hpbt4   Someday, I would like BYU to have a dinosaur museum fully worthy of its remarkable collection.   Posted from Richmond, Virginia     [Read more…]

On temperament and political principle

    “I’m a conservative, but I’m not in a bad mood about it.”  (Mike Pence [R], governor of Indiana)   Posted from Richmond, Virginia     [Read more…]

A status report on South America’s emerging socialist paradise

    “Dystopia:  Venezuelans Are Now Hunting Cats, Dogs, and Birds for Food Because Socialism Can’t Provide”   “In Venezuela, Socialism is Killing Venezuelans”   Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive, But to be young was very heaven! Oh! times, In which the meagre, stale, forbidding ways Of custom, law, and statute, took at once [Read More…]

“Revisiting the Forgotten Voices of Weeping in Moses 7: A Comparison with Ancient Texts”

    I posted a link yesterday to an article on Moses 7 that I published roughly a decade and a half ago.  Here’s another article on Moses 7 that I hope you’ll find of interest — this one published a while back in Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture by Jeffrey M. Bradshaw, Jacob A. [Read More…]

If you support Donald Trump and are angered by those who disagree, please don’t read this.

    I’m told that I’m angry, bitter, unchristian, a whiner, and many other bad things, because of my vocal opposition to putting Mr. Donald Trump in the White House.   I also oppose Hillary Clinton for the presidency, but, somehow, I don’t imagine that my opposition to Mrs. Clinton will be seen as angry, bitter, [Read More…]

“‘Bring Forth Fruit with Patience’: Lessons on Faith and Patience from the Book of Mormon Archaeology”

    A nice essay from back on 30 April of this year, by Neal Rappleye:   http://blog.fairmormon.org/2016/04/30/bring-forth-fruit-patience-lessons-faith-patience-book-mormon-archaeology-2/   Posted from Richmond, Virginia   [Read more…]