“‘Hand of God moments’ lead Philadelphia 76ers CEO to join LDS Church”

    Nice story:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865665133/Hand-of-God-moments-lead-Philadelphia-76ers-CEO-to-join-LDS-Church.html     [Read more…]

“The Parallel Books of Nephi”

    Ryan Larsen kindly calls my attention to this interesting piece:   http://mormonpuzzlepieces.blogspot.com/2016/10/the-parallel-books-of-nephi.html     [Read more…]

“What Ammon’s Story Can Teach Us about Blessing China”

    The invaluable Jeff Lindsay issues a call to action to (I’m thinking) especially young Latter-day Saints:   http://mormanity.blogspot.com/2016/10/what-ammons-story-can-teach-us-about.html   Something to consider.     [Read more…]

“Terror and a Generation of Nihilists: A Conversation with Olivier Roy”

    Olivier Roy is one of the most eminent French scholars of modern “political Islam,” and this is an extremely interesting little piece.  I hope you can access it:   http://www.weeklystandard.com/terror-and-a-generation-of-nihilists-a-conversation-with-olivier-roy/article/2004955   I look forward to reading his new book.  I see things much the way he seems to see them.     [Read more…]

“As final debate looms, Utah emerges as conscience of Republican Party”

    The Onion:  “Trump Complains Entire Personality Rigged Against Him”   The Atlantic:  “Against Donald Trump”  (For the third time since its founding in 1857, the venerable American magazine endorses a presidential candidate.)   National Review:  “Over Generalizing Never Trump”  (I like this response to a conservative writer who has endorsed Donald Trump and who mischaracterizes [Read More…]

Resolution for tomorrow

    Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense. Ralph Waldo [Read More…]

“Question For Jeremy Runnells (CES Letter)”

    An interesting challenge to Jeremy Runnells:   http://mormonpuzzlepieces.blogspot.com/2016/10/question-for-jeremy-runnells-ces-letter.html   Although I haven’t had much to say about the “Letter to a CES Director” — I did, at the request of others, address it in summary fashion at the 2014 FairMormon conference — I should state, for the record, that I have a very, very, [Read More…]

“Mindy Finn’s Quest for the Vice Presidency”

    Evan McMullin’s running mate:   http://www.nationalreview.com/article/441175/mindy-finn-evan-mcmullin-vice-presidential-running-mate   And this:   “Wow: New Rasmussen poll of Utah has Evan McMullin one point behind Trump for the lead”     [Read more…]

“Vivir Mi Vida”

    A fun new music video from BYU’s female a cappella group, Noteworthy:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865664536/UTubers-BYUs-Noteworthy-returns-with-cover-of-Vivir-Mi-Vida.html   It’s a very nice distraction from the current presidential campaign.     [Read more…]

“NASA’s Bold Plan to Hunt for Fossils on Mars”

    It’s an exciting time to be a science-fearing, reason-hating religious obscurantist and young-Earth creationist such as I’m occasionally alleged to be:   http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/10/alien-fossils-nasa-exploring-mars-2020-space-science/       [Read more…]