“What Makes a Person Creepy?”

    People who encounter me have wondered about this question for years.  But, now, science comes to the rescue!   What Makes a Person Creepy?     [Read more…]

Friday through Sunday in the Phoenix area

    One more — one last — post about what I’ll be doing in Arizona this weekend:   On Friday, at 11:30 AM, I’ll be speaking about Mormonism and Islam at the LDS Institute at Arizona State University in Tempe.  The event is aimed at the students there, as well as a few invited guests, [Read More…]

On mockery

    “You can spit on a rose, but it’s still a rose.”  (Marty Rubin)   I guess this remark stands out to me because I’ve been reading too many anti-Mormons of late.     [Read more…]

“Why are companies taking sides against religious liberty?”

    The tide in the American culture wars has definitely turned.  And, on the whole, it has turned against religious believers:   http://www.wsj.com/article_email/why-are-companies-taking-sides-against-religious-liberty-1460320357-lMyQjAxMTE2NjEyMTExODE2Wj     [Read more…]

Why we will still have immigrants, even after the November election

    “I have actually — believe it or not, I have a lot of friends that are Muslim . . .  In most cases, they’re very rich Muslims, OK? . . .  They’ll come in.  And you’ll have exceptions.” Mr. Donald Trump, as quoted on MSNBC   It’s who you know, after all.   [Read More…]

BOM Alma 1

    With today’s reading, Alma 1, we enter into the single longest book within the Book of Mormon.   One of the things that strike me about it is its depiction of persecution, first directed against the Church and its members by apostates but then, inappropriately and unrighteously, returned by Church members against their persecutors. [Read More…]

All of human history has been merely a prologue

    Man in Black:  You’re that smart? Vizzini:  Let me put it this way. Have you ever heard of Plato, Aristotle, Socrates? Man in Black:  Yes. Vizzini:  Morons. (From The Princess Bride)   My life has been about victories.  I’ve won a lot.  I win a lot.  I win — when I do something, [Read More…]

Is there a whole parallel universe out there? Has spirit matter (or the spirit world) been found?

    Well, who knows?  I don’t.  And I’m only half-way serious.  If that.  But maybe.   At any rate, the universe seems to have a whole lot more stuff in it than we can see, touch, taste, or feel:   http://www.realclearscience.com/articles/2016/04/11/how_can_we_know_that_dark_matter_exists_109597.html   As I’ve pointed out elsewhere, “Materialism isn’t what it used to be.” [Read More…]

“Mental gymnastics, eisegesis, and biblical inerrancy”

    I’m not sure that I’ve ever been a believer in scriptural inerrancy, and, truth be told, I just don’t see much point in the notion.  But some Evangelical or Fundamentalist Protestants regard it as very, very, very important, and they really try to defend it.  Here’s a response to one such defense from [Read More…]

“New Evidence on When Bible Was Written: Ancient Shopping Lists”

    This actually has some relevance to the Middle Eastern roots of the Book of Mormon.   Were the Israelites around the time of Lehi and Nephi largely illiterate?  Was literacy very rare?   (Thanks to Charles Dayton for bringing this article to my notice.)     [Read more…]