Lehi and Nephi in ancient Arabia

    I strongly recommend this new little video, slightly more than four minutes long, featuring the omnipresent Stephen Smoot:   https://bookofmormoncentral.org/blog/watch-amazing-new-book-of-mormon-evidence-video   Of course, I also commend to your attention the much longer and more detailed 2006 film Journey of Faith:   https://www.amazon.com/Journey-Faith-S-Kent-Brown/dp/B0013N02YM/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1497714682&sr=8-2&keywords=Journey+of+Faith   Posted from Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain     [Read more…]

On keeping up appearances

    Cure yourself of the affliction of caring how you appear to others.  Concern yourself only with how you appear before God, concern yourself only with the idea that God may have of you. Miguel de Unamuno   Posted from Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain     [Read more…]

Kiefer Sutherland in the Berner Oberland

    At night, in Grindelwald, after very full days and after evenings spent out on our patio watching the sunlight dim and then disappear on the Eiger Nordwand, and after I’d done a bit of blogging and other writing, my wife and I took to binge-watching an episode or three every night of Designated Survivor [Read More…]

“Science has limits: A few things that science does not do”

    You would think that this idea, that science (by definition) has certain limits, wouldn’t be terribly difficult to grasp.   But you would be wrong.   Several of those who’ve responded to my most recent Deseret News article — at the newspaper itself and elsewhere — seem to have utterly failed to understand [Read More…]

“Iraqi Christians should not be deported to become victims of ISIS”

    Back when I was deeply involved in what was then still called the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, one of the things that I headed up was its Center for the Preservation of Ancient Religious Texts (CPART).  And one of the projects that CPART undertook was the digitizing of Syriac religious documents [Read More…]

“The 15 “Best Books” to Read BEFORE Having a Faith Crisis”

    A very helpful list prepared by Neal Rappleye:   http://www.studioetquoquefide.com/2017/06/the-15-best-books-to-read-before-having.html?spref=fb   I absolutely agree that it’s best to fortify oneself against assaults on one’s faith before they come, rather than trying to repair gaps in the fortress wall after enemy troops have breached one’s perimeter defenses and begun to wreak havoc within.   I myself [Read More…]

“How Big A Book? Estimating the Total Surface Area of the Book of Mormon Plates”

    It’s Friday, so a new article has appeared in Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture:   How Big A Book? Estimating the Total Surface Area of the Book of Mormon Plates   Happy reading!   Incidentally, Interpreter‘s critics used to like to claim that it was dying, indeed just about dead.  Now, they [Read More…]


    “A lot of good arguments are spoiled by some fool who knows what he is talking about.” Miguel de Unamuno (1864-1936) Posted from Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain   [Read more…]

“Big Government and the Epidemic of Violence”

    Some sane reflections on that shooting attack against baseball-playing Republican congressmen the other day:   http://www.nationalreview.com/article/448676/political-violence-big-government-ball-field-shooting-james-hodgkinson-jared-loughner-new-york-times   Posted from Zürich, Switzerland     [Read more…]

BYU: “Hottest known planet discovery published in ‘Nature'”

    http://news.byu.edu/news/new-exoplanet-discovery-published-nature   At BYU, the vast majority of the students and faculty being irrational Mormon obscurantists, people hate and fear science.  Or so I’m told.   So this report must be a lie.   Posted from Zürich, Switzerland     [Read more…]