“The inspired plans for the Kirtland Temple”

    The latest iteration of my weekly “Defending the Faith” column has appeared in the Deseret News:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865665194/The-inspired-plans-for-the-Kirtland-Temple.html     [Read more…]

From one who did

    “Our life is frittered away by detail. . . .  Simplify!  Simplify!” Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)   [Read more…]

CNN: “Mormons offended by Trump could upend two-party tradition”

    As a classic episode from The Simpsons demonstrated many years ago — thanks to Edie Stephens Hickey for reminding me of it! — the two-party system is sacred:     So it’s horrifying to think that Utah might fail to genuflect before it:   CNN:  “Mormons offended by Trump could upend two-party tradition” [Read More…]

“Venus explodes with volcanoes in the present day”

    Its suggestive title notwithstanding, this article isn’t actually about Donald Trump’s social life.  It’s about the second planet out from the Sun in our solar system:   http://www.astronomy.com/news/2016/10/venus-explodes-with-volcanoes-in-the-present-day     [Read more…]

“‘Hand of God moments’ lead Philadelphia 76ers CEO to join LDS Church”

    Nice story:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865665133/Hand-of-God-moments-lead-Philadelphia-76ers-CEO-to-join-LDS-Church.html     [Read more…]

“The Parallel Books of Nephi”

    Ryan Larsen kindly calls my attention to this interesting piece:   http://mormonpuzzlepieces.blogspot.com/2016/10/the-parallel-books-of-nephi.html     [Read more…]

“What Ammon’s Story Can Teach Us about Blessing China”

    The invaluable Jeff Lindsay issues a call to action to (I’m thinking) especially young Latter-day Saints:   http://mormanity.blogspot.com/2016/10/what-ammons-story-can-teach-us-about.html   Something to consider.     [Read more…]

“Terror and a Generation of Nihilists: A Conversation with Olivier Roy”

    Olivier Roy is one of the most eminent French scholars of modern “political Islam,” and this is an extremely interesting little piece.  I hope you can access it:   http://www.weeklystandard.com/terror-and-a-generation-of-nihilists-a-conversation-with-olivier-roy/article/2004955   I look forward to reading his new book.  I see things much the way he seems to see them.     [Read more…]

“As final debate looms, Utah emerges as conscience of Republican Party”

    The Onion:  “Trump Complains Entire Personality Rigged Against Him”   The Atlantic:  “Against Donald Trump”  (For the third time since its founding in 1857, the venerable American magazine endorses a presidential candidate.)   National Review:  “Over Generalizing Never Trump”  (I like this response to a conservative writer who has endorsed Donald Trump and who mischaracterizes [Read More…]

Resolution for tomorrow

    Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense. Ralph Waldo [Read More…]