The Mormon Menace!

    Unfortunately, I missed this wonderful little item when it appeared in New York’s Saratogian newspaper on its centenary back in February:   http://www.saratogian.com/lifestyle/20170220/100-years-ago-in-the-saratogian-feb-20   If only Ms. Lulu could be alive today!   Of course, nowadays she could just plug Islam and shari‘a in at the appropriate places in her talk, and she would [Read More…]

“On Doubting Nephi’s Break Between 1 and 2 Nephi: A Critique of Joseph Spencer’s ‘An Other Testament: On Typology'”

    For the 248th week in a row, the nearly moribund Interpreter Foundation has published a new article in Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture:   On Doubting Nephi’s Break Between 1 and 2 Nephi: A Critique of Joseph Spencer’s An Other Testament: On typology   Coincidentally, I’m pleased to announce, my longtime friend [Read More…]

“On the Internet, Libraries, and Seeking”

    An excellent little essay by Stephen Smoot, who has been permitted temporary home leave from his exile in Toronto, near Canada’s national igloo:   http://www.plonialmonimormon.com/2017/04/on-internet-libraries-and-seeking.html   I couldn’t possibly agree more strongly.   I can’t count the number of times, for example, that I’ve been told by anti-Islamic internet commenters that I ought to [Read More…]

The Atlantic: “Why Educated Christians are Sticking with Church”

    A number of common assumptions about education and religious belief seem to be, at a minimum, open to question:   https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/04/education-church-attendance/524346/   Many years ago, a friend of mine who was completing a Ph.D. at UCLA while I was also there challenged my lament about losses among the educated class.  It’s the working [Read More…]

“Humans Lived in North America 130,000 Years Ago, Study Claims”

    If this hypothesis is true, it really messes up the current consensus view of how humans arrived in the Americas:   https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/04/26/science/prehistoric-humans-north-america-california-nature-study.html?referer=http%3A%2F%2Fm.facebook.com%2F   Thanks to Cody Quirk for bringing this article to my attention.     [Read more…]

“The Pope’s Perilous Mission to Egypt”

    It will be interesting to see how this goes:   http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/26/world/pope-egypt-mission/index.html   I’m pleased to note, by the way, that Gabriel Said Reynolds, who is prominently mentioned in the article above, published a significant work some years ago in BYU’s Islamic Translation Series, a project with which, prior to the Purge of 2012, I [Read More…]

“To Kill a Mockingbird”

    My wife and I watched a very well-done performance of To Kill a Mockingbird at the Hale Centre Theatre in West Valley City tonight.  It’s a story that I love.   Here are a couple of quotations from the play:   “I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the [Read More…]

“An early reference to the First Vision”

    This week’s Thursday Deseret News column:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865678716/An-early-reference-to-the-First-Vision.html     [Read more…]

Advanced science that settles most of humanity’s philosophical and theological questions?

    From The Onion, America’s premiere journal of scientific research:   “Scientists Capture Audio of Beetle Colliding with Paper Clip for First Time”   Once, when asked what the study of nature had taught him about God, the legendary biologist J. B. S. Haldane (1892-1964) quipped, “The Creator must have an inordinate fondness for beetles. [Read More…]

One of the mysteries of the Kingdom?

    I know people who regard Google as a massive conspiracy to put us all under surveillance and rule the world.  I’m wondering what they’ll make of this:   “Angel Moroni Missing from New Google Earth Pics of Salt Lake Temple”     [Read more…]