Regarding two soon-to-be-released films

Don't miss it!

  If I'm not mistaken, both Into the Woods and Unbroken will debut in theaters on Christmas Day. I've seen several theatrical productions of Into the Woods.  Most recently, at the Utah Shakespearean Festival in Cedar City.  They've all been quite well done, and I expect that this star-studded film will also be technically excellent and well acted. That said, I'm not a fan.  Those who might be unfamiliar with the musical should understand that, alth … [Read more...]

“A modern witness to the baby born in Bethlehem”

A clip from a movie, I think.

  Today's installment of my weekly Deseret News column:   … [Read more...]

Why did the Son of God come to earth?

Lewis on Cur Deus Homo

  Ancient Christian writers often used an even stronger formulation:  God became man, they said, so that men might become Gods. Think of that this Christmas.   … [Read more...]

The first Americans

Where Naia died

  The January 2015 issue of National Geographic features an article by staffer Glenn Hodges entitled "Tracking the First Americans." Although the period of which it's speaking -- roughly BC 10,000 to BC 15,000 -- is far too early to be directly relevant to the Book of Mormon, it's fascinating both in its own right and for what it says about the unsettled state of the question of how the Americas were first peopled. Much of what I grew up with is … [Read more...]

BYU discoveries in the huge ancient cemetery at Fag el-Gamous, Egypt

At Fag el-Gamous

  I've been assured by several anonymous but vocal message board anti-Mormons on the basis of . . .  Well, anyway, they've assured me that my BYU colleague Dr. Kerry Muhlestein is nothing but a Mormon apologist, a pseudoscholar and an international academic laughingstock. In that light, this item, brought to my attention by Stephen Smoot, is almost certainly a fo … [Read more...]

“When Dan Peterson speaks, the thinking has been done.”

I hate smiley faces.

  At least one person out there -- possibly two, if it's not simply a single commenter posting under a pair of different pseudonyms -- imagines that I was being serious with my announcement in an earlier post that, "When Dan Peterson speaks, the thinking has been done." So I offer the image above as a subtle hint.  I hope it helps. The statement was a playful, tongue-in-cheek allusion to the declaration, in an otherwise forgotten 1945 Ward Teac … [Read more...]

A good day for tyrants

Kim Jong-un

  1. So.  Carmike and other theater chains, and eventually Sony Pictures itself, have caved in the face of apparent threats from North Korea. Their surrender is quite understandable, but the repercussions are likely to be grave. As Newt Gingrich observed this morning, America has just been in its first cyberwar, and we lost.  And this loss sets a terrible precedent. I had serious doubts about the wisdom of Sony's movie The … [Read more...]

The Church’s official stance on the geography of the Book of Mormon set forth

Hermit of Wisdom

  Amusing story. A reader was involved in a discussion about whether the Church has an official position on the geography of the Book of Mormon.  (I've often said that it doesn't.)  So he contacted a number  given on the Church's official website for inquiries, and posed his question. In response to his question, he was given this link, which seems to me pretty of … [Read more...]