“Reflections on symbolism in the Atonement”

    The uniquely skilled and trained Taylor Halverson reflects on perhaps the most important topic of all:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865668511/Reflections-on-symbolism-in-the-Atonement.html?pg=all     [Read more…]

“The Book of Mormon touted as fourth most influential work in American literature”

    As I write, there are nearly four hundred comments following this article in the Salt Lake Tribune, the vast majority of them (as is usual for the Tribune on Mormon-related and many other subjects) nasty, anonymous, and worthless.   The Book of Mormon still stands:   http://www.sltrib.com/home/4684387-155/the-book-of-mormon-touted-as   It’s nice to see it [Read More…]

“Mormon tabernacle near Pearl Harbor became a refuge for GIs after the attack”

    It’s overshadowed these days by the high-rises of Honolulu, and, of course, for Latter-day Saints, its significance pales when compared with the temple in Laie and Brigham Young University’s Hawaii campus and the Polynesian Cultural Center.  But it’s an important place, and it’s appropriate to think of it today, on the seventy-fifth anniversary [Read More…]

“Were Neanderthals Religious?”

    http://www.npr.org/sections/13.7/2016/12/07/504650215/were-neanderthals-religious     [Read more…]

“Muslim NYPD officer threatened, told ‘go back to your country'”

    http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/05/us/muslim-nypd-officer-harassed-trnd/index.html   Well I’m New York City born and raised . . . New York’s home, But it ain’t mine no more. (Neil Diamond)     [Read more…]

“Trump Warns that Companies Shipping Jobs Overseas Will Be Slapped with Enormous Bribes”

    Finally, an end to crony capitalism!   http://www.newyorker.com/humor/borowitz-report/trump-warns-that-companies-shipping-jobs-overseas-will-be-slapped-with-enormous-bribes   I’m reading ecstatic paeans of praise to Our Leader from Trumpists across the land.  He’s saving jobs, solving our problems with China, cutting government waste!  He’s like Superman without the kryptonite!  And he hasn’t even taken office yet!   Sing along!   When the [Read More…]

“How Long Did It Take to Translate the Book of Mormon?”

    As this article demonstrates, it was an impressive accomplishment just about however you try to explain it.     [Read more…]

What is faith?

    “Faith is more like being faithful to your husband or wife than it is like believing in magic.  Fidelity is key. . . .  Faith isn’t the opposite of knowledge. Rather, like love, faith perfects knowledge by practicing fidelity to it.” Adam S. Miller     [Read more…]

“Chris Christie’s Low Approval Rating Just Broke an All-Time Record”

    German has a perfect word for what I’m now feeling:  Schadenfreude.   Chris Christie’s Low Approval Rating Just Broke an All-Time Record   It’s certainly not the highest of emotions.  On the whole, it’s rather unworthy of a Christian.   More than a few people saw Chris Christie’s behavior during the 2012 presidential [Read More…]

“What’s the story behind Trump’s Boeing tweet?”

    A prominent voice from the conservative Never Trump movement comments on the president-elect’s recent Twitter controversy, and — I agree with him completely — somewhat more broadly:   http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/442842/donald-trump-boeing-air-force-one-tweet-story-behind-tweet     [Read more…]