“The Evolutionary Argument against Reality”

    This is, umm, really difficult stuff to wrap one’s head around.  I’m going to have to think about it quite a bit:   The Evolutionary Argument Against Reality   Two initial reactions, though:   1.   Charles Darwin used to worry, from what I’ve read, about whether it was plausible to assume that [Read More…]

On the Devil in Islam

    One of the questions that I was asked at the Phoenix-area events over the weekend went roughly as follows:   In Islam, does Satan rebel against God and attempt to take away the agency of humanity?   The answer to this is “Not quite.”   There is nothing in the Qur’an to suggest [Read More…]

BOM Alma 9

    Two quick notes on today’s reading:   1.   When, in verse 6, the people of Ammonihah proudly demand “Who is God, that sendeth no more authority than one man among this people?” they unwittingly repeat the question of King Noah (see Mosiah 11:27), who unwittingly repeated the words of Pharaoh (see Exodus 5:2).  In the [Read More…]

“Bamboozled by the CES Letter”

    The interesting stuff continues to pour out.  I haven’t seen this one; it was evidently published just today:   https://www.createspace.com/6221667     [Read more…]

Three quotations from Confucius

  We’re headed to Asia in a couple of days, but not to the right part of it for this kind of thing.  So my wife and I very much enjoyed a meal tonight at Chef Gao, in north Orem.  And that put me in the mood:       It does not matter how [Read More…]

“Donald Trump Comes Out in Favor of Men in Women’s Restrooms”

    So the headline, as advertised, reads “Donald Trump Comes Out in Favor of Men in Women’s Restrooms.”   And he really did say something along those lines.   (If you can make much sense of this or most of the Leader’s other policy pronouncements, to the extent that the Leader has actually made any such [Read More…]

“Caffeine: The Silent Killer of Success”

    An interesting piece on the Forbes site by Dr. Travis Bradberry:   http://www.forbes.com/sites/travisbradberry/2012/08/21/caffeine-the-silent-killer-of-emotional-intelligence/#3520547f67c9     [Read more…]

“How should Muslim parents and teachers talk to children about Donald Trump?”

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2016/04/20/how-should-muslim-parents-and-teachers-talk-to-children-about-donald-trump/   Of course, somebody might respond that we shouldn’t care about the sensitivities of Muslim children or the fears of minorities.   For any Mormons who might be inclined to that response, I offer the following, from the Wikipedia article regarding the 30 October 1838 Haun’s Mill massacre, in which, thanks to the [Read More…]

Honoring a historic breakthrough in the study of Internet Anti-Mormonism

    Many years ago, when we had far less data than we have now, a pioneering student of apostasy in the Internet Age formulated what has come to be called, in his honor, Novak’s Rule. It runs essentially as follows:   When you become an apostate, expect your IQ to drop by about eighty [Read More…]

“Professor David Holland, Associate Professor of North American Religious History”

    An interesting profile of a professor at Harvard Divinity School whose father may be familiar to a few of you:   http://humansofhds.tumblr.com/post/139762278233/professor-david-holland-associate-professor-of   Thanks to Cassandra Hedelius for calling this article to my attention.     [Read more…]