On a Sinking Ship and Its Captain

Sweet Briar president's house

  My friend and former Maxwell Institute colleague has posted a remarkable story of what seems pretty clearly to be academic incompetence and malfeasance: http://fornspollfira.blogspot.ca/2015/03/on-sinking-ship-and-its-captain.html This story didn't occur at Brigham Young University.  Posted from Langley, British Columbia    … [Read more...]

“Evidences and Witnesses of the Book of Mormon”

The temple in Langley

  On Saturday, I spoke to a relatively small audience at the University of British Columbia's downtown Vancouver Robson campus on "The Perplexing Book of Mormon."  That evening, I spoke to another modest audience at the Vancouver Stake Center about some of my favorite pieces of evidence for the authenticity and antiquity of the Book of Mormon.  And, tonight, I gave a slight variant of that same talk to a very large audience, a capacity crowd, at the Langley stake center di … [Read more...]

On not taking certain critics seriously

Caution: Trolls at Play

  I don't know anything about Cara Lynn Shultz.  But she seems to have some of the same anonymous critics that I do: “It's hard to take someone seriously when they leave you a note saying, 'Your ugly.' My ugly what? The idiot didn't even know the difference between your and you're.” Cara Lynn Shultz, Spellcaster    … [Read more...]

Is the Book of Mormon wrong about the year of Christ’s birth?

tarjumaat mukhtalifa min kitaab murmuun

  Here's an interesting article -- and a challenge -- from my friend and former Maxwell Institute colleague Matt Roper: http://etherscave.blogspot.ca/2015/03/the-600-year-prophecy-of-birth-of.html I might add -- and I hope that I don't get him into trouble for saying this -- that Matt's online "Howlers Index" is very much in the spirit of the old Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies and the first years of its successor organization, … [Read more...]

“Cities and Civilization: Of Babylon and Zion”

Model of ancient Rome

  I've been delinquent in calling to your attention this thoughtful Deseret News column by Dr. Taylor Halverson: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865624181/Cities-and-Civilization-Of-Babylon-and-Zion.html  Posted from Langley, British Columbia    … [Read more...]

“Do religions try to keep their scriptures inaccessible?”

The Lenox Gutenberg

  I'm a bit late with this: The most recent Hamblin-Peterson column was published in the Deseret News yesterday: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865624688/Do-religions-try-to-keep-their-scriptures-inaccessible.html But being late has its benefits.  It allows me, for example, to point to the really amusing comments that followed this particular column.  "Karen R.," a Texas atheist who responds to everything I write, thought that s/he had caught m … [Read more...]

“Why Islam needs a reformation”

A supplicant in Mecca

  My friend Bob Lavender called this article to my attention from the Wall Street Journal: http://www.wsj.com/articles/a-reformation-for-islam-1426859626 It's a very forceful summons fundamental change in Islam.  It has some very good points.  There are some others, however, that I regard as mistaken and/or unrealistic. And, of course, since its author is now (I believe) an apostate from Islam and an atheist, she's … [Read more...]

“Why did Christianity grow?”

From the Catacomb of Priscilla

  A nice summation of the fascinating work on early Christianity by the famed sociologist Rodney Stark: http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/kevindeyoung/2015/03/19/why-did-christianity-grow/  Posted from Langley, British Columbia    … [Read more...]