“Marriage died in 2013″

"Family Time" statue at Brigham Young University

  This interesting piece, written by Dr. Keith Ablow, appeared, I think, before Judge Shelby's ruling on same-sex marriage. How ironic it will be if court rulings focused on Utah prove to be the death of traditional legal marriage in the United States. But, anyway, who cares?   … [Read more...]

On a short new book by Adam Miller

Actual Young Mormons (Click to enlarge.)

  A nice response from Chris Henrichsen to Adam Miller's new book, Letters to a Young Mormon: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/approachingjustice/2014/01/07/a-letter-to-my-young-mormon/ Barring unforeseen circumstances, Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture will post a couple of responses to the book (from young Mormons) on 17 January.   … [Read more...]

“Book of Mormon: Using satirical Broadway musical’s buzz to educate about LDS”


   Here's an article, partly in reference to my upcoming lectures there, that just appeared on the website of  WCPO Cincinnati (Channel 9): http://www.wcpo.com/lifestyle/religion/book-of-mormon-using-satirical-broadway-musicals-buzz-to-educate-about-lds One of my earliest columns for the Deseret News advocated pretty much this approach, and with the Book of Mormon musical directly in … [Read more...]

A lecture in Cincinnati, a week from this coming Friday

The exhibit's publicity poster (Click to enlarge.)

  For anybody in the area who might be interested, I will be delivering a lecture on ancient Jewish, Christian, and Islamic religious texts/manuscripts at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Ohio, on Friday, 17 January 2014. The lecture will be given at 1:00 PM and again, repeated, at 4:30 PM in the Huenefeld Tower Room on the third floor of the Cincinnati Main Public Library, which is located at 800 Vine Street in downtown Cincinnati (between 7th … [Read more...]

“Mitt the Movie: Is It Too Late to Rewrite History?”

The man who should have been president (Click to enlarge.  Click again to enlarge further.)

  I share the sentiment. America missed a remarkable opportunity in November 2012.  And America is paying the price. http://rare.us/story/mitt-the-movie-is-it-too-late-to-rewrite-history/ "Of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these, 'It might have been.'"  (John Greenleaf Whittier)  … [Read more...]

“Is expanded Medicaid financially sustainable?”


  Here's a thought provoking article by Dr. Brian Hales: http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57338267-82/federal-medicaid-state-expansion.html.csp In addition to his written contribution to Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture, Dr. Hales also participated in The Interpreter Foundation's special roundtable on early Mormon plural marriage.   … [Read more...]

“Why I love Mormons”

The soon-to-be-dedicated Gilbert Arizona Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  A nice little article from the editor-at-large of RealClearPolitics: http://www.realclearreligion.org/articles/2014/01/07/why_i_love_mormons.html   … [Read more...]

Mormon Mommy Tigers?

Amy Chua

   Hmmm.  I have  mixed feelings about this. Do we really want to be on Amy Chua's honors list? Maybe so.  I like aspects of what she says. But I'm not sure that I can fully warm up to the idea of "Tiger Moms." It's absolutely obvious, though, that there are differences between cultures, and that some of those have implications for academic and economic success.  Some, in our racially charged society, apparently tr … [Read more...]