Fellowshipping with the Saints

Sista Beehive and Sista Laurel

  I enjoyed spending almost all of the day today up in the Park City area with an interesting little group that featured, among several others, Melissa Wei-Tsing Inouye, Charles Randall Paul, Scot and Maurine Proctor, Kristine Haglund, Terryl and Fiona Givens, Brian Birch, Matthew Bowman, Ralph Hancock, Juliann Reynolds, Phil Barlow, Neylan McBaine, Paul Reeve, and at least one of the Sistas in Zion. Good people.  Good discussions.  A good day.  And it was in th … [Read more...]

Welcome to the new world of Love and Tolerance!

LOVE stamp

  "Wuv.  Twoo wuv . . . " http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/420930/oregon-christian-bakers-pay-135000-monday-or-face-potential-lien-your-home-david?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=Jolt&utm_campaign=Best%20of%20Saturday%207%2F10   … [Read more...]

“Is suicide bombing in the Middle East really motivated by religion?”

A model suicide vest

  The biweekly Hamblin-Peterson Deseret News column has appeared. So far, though, for some reason, no commenters -- not even the usual suspects -- have shown up to pronounce me a raving lunatic: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865632373/Is-suicide-bombing-in-the-Middle-East-really-motivated-by-religion.html   … [Read more...]

“The Biology of the Second Reich: Social Darwinism and the Origins of World War 1″

WW I gas masks with US soldiers

  I highly recommend a look at this fourteen-minute film, available for free on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9n900e80R30 I saw it this morning at FreedomFest in Las Vegas. It's a fascinating venture into an aspect of intellectual history with which I was unfamiliar.  As I commented earlier today, I knew that Social Darwinism was a major tributary leading to National Socialism, but I hadn't realized how important it was as a … [Read more...]

“Dueling perspectives on the Book of Mormon, history, method, and interpretation”

Grandin's title page

  Neal Rappleye offers another valuable comment on the Jenkins/Hamblin exchange: http://www.studioetquoquefide.com/2015/07/dueling-perspectives-on-book-of-mormon.html   … [Read more...]

On living small

1993 photo of Nelson Mandela

  "There is no passion to be found playing small -- in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living." Nelson Mandela    … [Read more...]

BYU conference on 1 Corinthians coming on 31 July

Ancient Corinth, with Acrocorinth

  http://www.byunewtestamentcommentary.com/annual-conference-on-july-31-2015-1-corinthians/  Posted from Las Vegas, California    … [Read more...]

“Why ISIS is still winning”

The suq in the Damascus Old City

  And, as a matter of fact, it clearly is. The military historian Col. Ralph Peters offers an interesting perspective: http://nypost.com/2015/07/09/junior-varsity-blues-why-isis-is-still-winning/  Posted from Las Vegas, Nevada  … [Read more...]