“3 questions and 3 myths about the Americas before Columbus arrived”

    Dr. Taylor Halverson, who has contributed a number of helpful discussions to the Interpreter Foundation, offers up an interesting article in the Deseret News:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865664275/3-questions-and-3-myths-about-the-Americas-before-Columbus-arrived.html     [Read more…]

“Nephi’s Larger Chiasms: New Insights into His Intentional Craftsmanship”

    The invaluable Jeff Lindsay offers his take from Shanghai:   http://mormanity.blogspot.com/2016/10/nephis-larger-chiasms-new-insights-into.html     [Read more…]

“Our Post-Christian Culture Often Replaces Faith with Nonsense”

    “When a man stops believing in God,” G. K. Chesterton is often quoted as saying, “he doesn’t then believe in nothing, he believes anything.”   Chesterton almost certainly didn’t say quite that, although the statement is certainly Chestertonian in its general import.  In any event, the sentiment may also be relevant to this: [Read More…]

Political, and not really very suited for the Sabbath

    It has been my practice, on the whole, not to post regarding political topics on the Sabbath and, so far as possible, to avoid political discussions on Sunday.   But there’s a presidential debate on Sunday night, and the breaking political news has been coming thick and fast.  For a politics addict such as [Read More…]

On the “veil”

    God maintains a delicate balance between keeping his existence sufficiently evident so people will know he’s there and yet hiding his presence enough so that people who want to choose to ignore him can do it. This way, their choice of destiny is really free. J. P. Moreland     [Read more…]

The Deseret News, today: “In our opinion: Donald Trump should resign his candidacy”

    http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865664336/In-our-opinion-Donald-Trump-should-resign-his-candidacy.html   And here’s a sampler from elsewhere:   “Trump Is Not Part Of The Right’s Tribe”     “Neither Character nor Conservatism”     “Trump’s Legacy Will Haunt GOP Beyond 2016”   “Bill Clinton Is Irrelevant — You Picked Trump, So Own Him”   “Kasich:  I told you so.”   As one [Read More…]

“A new Quran attempts to bridge divide between Christians and Muslims”

    I think this is a brilliant idea.   I wish I’d done it.  I’ve just ordered a copy.   http://religionnews.com/2016/10/06/a-new-quran-attempts-to-bridge-divide-between-christians-and-muslims/   Thanks to Kg Greybridge for bringing it to my attention.     [Read more…]

“One by one, one by one”

    So far as I’m aware, these lyrics, based upon 3 Nephi 17 and adjacent passages and written by Elder David A. Bednar of the Council of the Twelve, were first published in July 2016:   1. One by one, one by one. Jesus, the Father’s Beloved Son— One by one, one by one— [Read More…]

“Your Yawn Reveals the Size of Your Brain”

    This is a rather weird idea:   http://www.seeker.com/your-yawn-reveals-the-size-of-your-brain-2030659404.html   By the way, since I have politics on the brain right now, here’s my prediction for the presidential debate tomorrow night:   At some point, Mr. Donald J. Trump will declare:  “I have unbelievably big yawns.  Really.  The best yawns in America.  Many people [Read More…]

Is there any hope, any way forward?

    I’m sorry, actually, to be posting so much on the presidential campaign right at the moment, and especially on such an unprecedentedly sordid aspect of it.  But we’ve plainly reached an inflection point in the race for the White House.   My expectation is that nothing will significantly change, that Donald Trump will remain the Republican [Read More…]