Mitt Romney on Jeb Bush, on entering the presidential race, and etc.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2016/01/04/the-daily-202-mitt-romney-opens-up-on-his-doubts-about-jeb-bush/   I confess to having real reservations about the current Republican field.   Trump is an abomination.  Jeb Bush is effectively comatose.   Rubio would be okay with me, and perhaps Cruz (despite what I regard as mistaken and rather risky views on surveillance and national security), but neither has any demonstrated [Read More…]

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Yes, I actually do Islamic studies (not apologetics) for a living

    Well, the new semester — called Winter 2016 at BYU — has begun.  Yippee!   I’m routinely accused of writing on Mormon topics (and, especially, of defending Mormon claims) because I’m richly rewarded for doing so by the Church.  (I’ve even seen estimates putting my apologetic income in the seven figures!)  Actually, of [Read More…]

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Is life really better under Scandinavian-style socialism?

    But is life really better under Scandinavian-style socialism?   Maybe.  Or maybe not:   http://www.cato.org/publications/economic-development-bulletin/danish-model-dont-try-home#full     [Read more…]

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“The Return of the King”

    It probably matters that I’ve been a major and very serious fan of J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis since high school, but I thought that this BYU devotional address by Elder Larry Y. Wilson, of the Seventy, was quite good:   http://www.byutv.org/watch/b27316ba-ff7e-4280-ac31-66d9127080a6/byu-devotional-address-elder-larry-y-wilson-12115     [Read more…]

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Brief but excellent thoughts from Patrick Mason on encountering difficult things in Church history

    http://www.plonialmonimormon.com/2015/12/quick-thoughts-from-patrick-mason-on.html     [Read more…]

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A chiastic article in a modern newspaper

    Yesterday, I posted a link to a piece by Jack Welch about his discovery of chiastic structures in the Book of Mormon and his subsequent experience with the study of chiasmus there and elsewhere:   http://www.patheos.com/blogs/danpeterson/2016/01/forty-five-years-of-chiasmus-conversations-correspondence-criteria-and-creativity.html#comment-2436444870   My friend Michael De Groote, an attorney and writer (and, for years, a reporter for the [Read More…]

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“Tech Wizardry Solves Mysteries of Egypt’s Royal Mummies”

    http://www.wired.com/2015/12/modern-medicine-resolves-the-mysteries-of-egypts-royal-mummies/     [Read more…]

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On retaining anger

    Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned. The Buddha       [Read more…]

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“‘When the Land and the Stones, and the Books Tell the Story So Plain’: Quiriguá”

    Mark Wright and Steve Smoot and Neal Rappleye and others — maybe many others; am I the only person who’s been left out? — have recently been cavorting around Mesoamerica.  Here’s a report from their trip, of which I’m profoundly jealous:   http://www.studioetquoquefide.com/2015/12/when-land-and-stones-and-books-tell.html#more     [Read more…]

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BOM 1 Nephi 9

      In 1 Nephi 6, Nephi indicated that his chronicle would concentrate not on temporal matters but on sacred ones.   That is not to say, however, that a secular record wasn’t kept.  In today’s short reading, 1 Nephi 9, Nephi explains that he’s made two sets of plates — the larger to accommodate [Read More…]

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