“North Dakota Mosque a Symbol of Muslims’ Long Ties in America”

    My paternal grandparents were immigrants to North Dakota.  My grandfather from Denmark as an infant, though there’s a possibility that he was actually born in the United States.  My grandmother came from Norway as a teenage girl, alone.   Some of the Muslim immigrants to North Dakota described in this article came at about [Read More…]

“Death, thou shalt die”

    It’s Memorial Day weekend.  So we spent the day — an exceptionally beautiful one — with other members of my wife’s family, visiting graves in Salt Lake City and up in Henefer.   I’m privileged to have known a few of them.   In honor of the holiday, I offer here a favorite [Read More…]

“The Great and Spacious Book of Mormon Arcade Game”

    With his trademark wit, Jeff Lindsay responds to a reply to his two recent articles in Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture (which were published here and here):   http://mormanity.blogspot.com/2016/05/the-great-and-spacious-book-of-mormon.html   Sometimes, I fear that I lack the sheer capacity to become a critic of the Book of Mormon:  My credulousness is simply too [Read More…]

“When will love be free of loss and lamentation?”

    Today’s Hamblin/Peterson column for the Deseret News looks at one man’s response to an experience that too many of us have faced — and that, in some manner or another, all of us will face:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865655203/When-will-love-be-free-of-loss-and-lamentation.html?pg=all     [Read more…]

Reflections on attending the symphony tonight

    My wife and I just returned from a performance of Mahler’s Ninth Symphony, with Thierry Fischer conducting the Utah Symphony Orchestra.   It’s a powerful and varied piece.   I’m grateful that Utah has a high quality symphony orchestra.  It’s another thing to appreciate in my adopted state.   Incidentally, it occurs to [Read More…]

“Why are so many Muslim refugees in Europe suddenly finding Jesus?”

    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/05/25/why-are-so-many-muslim-refugees-in-europe-suddenly-finding-jesus.html?via=mobile&source=twitter   On one level, I don’t think this is very surprising.   On another, I’m astonished.   As Europe becomes more and more post-Christian and as extremist Muslims are seeking to expel Christians from the Middle East or even to exterminate them, it would be ironic if converted Muslims were to herald a Christian [Read More…]

Aristotle’s tomb found in Greece?

      If this claim is true, it’s a pretty exciting discovery.  There is, simply, no bigger name in antiquity than that of Aristotle.  In certain ways, even people like Augustus Caesar don’t compare.   Aristotle’s 2,400-Year-Old Tomb Found at Stagira [Photos]     [Read more…]

“The Scalp of Your Head: Polysemy in Alma 44:14-18”

    Another weekly article from Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture.  Another interesting little feature of the Book of Mormon:   The Scalp of Your Head: Polysemy in Alma 44:14–18     [Read more…]

Three quotations from the late great Justice Antonin Scalia

    “Never compromise your principles, unless of course your principles are Adolf Hitler’s, in which case you would be well advised to compromise them as much as you can.” “Indeed, follow your star if you want to head north and it’s the North Star. But if you want to head north and it’s Mars, [Read More…]

“Syria, Christians, and Pluralism in the Middle East”

    This isn’t just a transient political issue.  Unless momentum shifts and current trends are reversed or at least stopped, it will represent an epochal transformation — of world-historical dimensions:   http://www.realclearreligion.org/articles/2016/05/27/syria_christians_and_pluralism_in_the_middle_east_107119.html     [Read more…]