An example of how claims by bitter critics of Mormonism may not be altogether reliable

    Some of you may find this interesting:   It conflicts just a bit with the assertion by some especially virulent anti-Mormons that, in this case — as in most if not all others — the Church jettisoned the missionaries once their usefulness for recruiting lucrative new tithe payers had been compromised.   [Read More…]

Is the universe genuinely pointless and random?

    “Can a truly absurd universe so convincingly mimic a meaningful one?”  Paul Davies, The Goldilocks Enigma: Why Is the Universe Just Right for Life?   [Read more…]

“A vote for Trump is a vote for abortion”   Of course, if you like this kind of thing, this is the kind of thing that you’re going to like.   Trump in 2016!  Keep abortion legal, common, and lethal!     [Read more…]

“42 Shrines and a Tomb Discovered in Egypt”

    The new finds just keep coming:   And I have no doubt that they’ll continue to come.   Even in Egypt, which is one of the most intensively studied (because it’s, by far, one of the most interesting) archaeological areas in the world.     [Read more…]

“Is it intellectually honest to have faith?”

    The latest installment of my Thursday Deseret News column has appeared:     [Read more…]

From HuffPo: “Mormon Church Responds to Refugee Crisis (and It’s Remarkable!)”     [Read more…]

“European Labor Laws and Radical Islam”

  Walker Wright takes an interesting approach to the problem of radicalization of European Muslims.  It warms my pro-free-market heart:   European Labor Laws and Radical Islam     My general viewpoint is that swollen state power is a bad thing on many levels.  This is a nice potential illustration of that principle.     [Read more…]

“After Wisconsin, is Donald Trump unraveling?”

    We’re surely entitled to hope so.   And, if he is, it will simply be Mr. Trump following his previous business trajectories:     [Read more…]

BOM Mosiah 24

    Today’s reading is Mosiah 24.   Perhaps the most important take-away from it is the lesson that the Lord doesn’t always immediately lift our burdens from us.  Often, though, as in this instance, he “eases” them for us — sometimes by increasing our capacity to bear them.   I’m reminded of psychiatrist Viktor Frankl’s [Read More…]

My brief remarks from tonight’s program

    Here is the introduction that I gave tonight at the beginning of the program on “Editing Out the ‘Bad Grammar’ in the Book of Mormon” that was held at Brigham Young University:   We are here tonight to mark publication of the latest products of the Book of Mormon Critical Text Project: The [Read More…]