“Can an atheist lead a Protestant church? A battle over religion in Canada.”

    I suspect that there are at least a few who would love to see the LDS Church become so openminded:   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2016/09/29/can-an-atheist-lead-a-protestant-church-a-battle-over-religion-in-canada/   You might enjoy browsing through the website of West Hill United Church:   http://www.westhill.net   Those other progressive Canadian Christians are so darned judgmental and exclusive!     [Read more…]

“The ‘opening’ of the Qur’an”

    I publish a column every Thursday in the Deseret News under the recurring title “Defending the Faith.”  Additionally, with my friend and former BYU colleague William Hamblin, I publish a column every other Saturday that’s overwhelmingly devoted to non-LDS religious topics.   The latest installment of that latter column went up this morning, [Read More…]

“Perpetual Education Fund’s success led to massive expansion of LDS effort to lift the poor”

    This is a really exciting story:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865663385/Perpetual-Education-Funds-success-led-to-massive-expansion-of-LDS-effort-to-lift-the-poor.html   But, of course, as the late Christopher Hitchens loved to say, “Religion poisons everything.”   Posted from Cleveland, Ohio     [Read more…]

“Internal Book of Mormon Evidence: The Lesson of Proto-Indo-European”

    Jamie Huston makes a very good point here:   http://mormanity.blogspot.co.uk/2016/09/internal-book-of-mormon-evidence-lesson.html   Posted from Cleveland, Ohio     [Read more…]

Chicago Tribune: “A principled option for U.S. president: Endorsing Gary Johnson, Libertarian”

    The Chicago Tribune declines to endorse either Hillary Rodham Clinton or Mr. Donald J. Trump — sounding a recurrent theme along the way:  Mr. Trump is “unfit” to be president:   http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-gary-johnson-president-endorsement-edit-1002-20160930-story.html   Thanks to Cody Quirk for alerting me to this editorial.     Posted from Cleveland, Ohio     [Read more…]

An interesting fundamental description of religion

    Religion has always, I think, implied a belief in some fundamental harmony, some sort of reconciliation between the claims of our own nature and the facts of the universe. J. M. E. McTaggart (d. 1925)   Posted from Cleveland, Ohio     [Read more…]

Winding down in Kirtland

    Our five days of Interpreter Foundation filming in the Kirtland area came to a close this evening.  We began the morning at the Kirtland Temple and then worked at the earliest Kirtland baptismal site, which is located between the Latter-day Saint visitors’ center and the reconstructed grist mill.  Then we spent most of the [Read More…]

“USA Today’s Editorial Board: Trump is ‘unfit for the presidency'”

    They can’t bring themselves to endorse Mrs. Clinton, but they beg us not to vote for Mr. Trump:   http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/09/29/dont-vote-for-donald-trump-editorial-board-editorials-debates/91295020/   Pretty much my own position.   Posted from Cleveland, Ohio     [Read more…]

“‘Creator of the First Day’: The Glossing of Lord of Sabaoth in D&C 95:7”

    Is this another instance of a seeming error on Joseph’s part that, on inspection, turns into a really remarkable bull’s-eye?   “Creator of the First Day”: The Glossing of Lord of Sabaoth in D&C 95:7   Posted from Cleveland, Ohio     [Read more…]

“Ancient Roman coins found in ruined Japanese castle”

    http://edition.cnn.com/2016/09/27/luxury/ancient-roman-coins-japan/   This discovery ties in nicely with a link that I posted earlier:   “‘Phenomenal’ ancient Chinese skeleton discovery in London graveyard casts new light on Roman society”   And perhaps with this one:   “Ancient Semitic languages in the New World?”   It seems that ancient peoples may not have been [Read More…]