“Perhaps Close Can Count in More Than Horseshoes”

    A group of us made the decision to establish the Interpreter Foundation over lunch at Provo’s Olive Garden restaurant back in July of 2012.  It has been approximately 204.5 weeks since that lunch meeting.  Today marks the 203rd consecutive Friday on which the Foundation’s principal publication, Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture, has published [Read More…]

“Islamic fundamentalists have a special loathing for Christianity: Now the persecution of Christians is coming to Europe”

    We need to be completely honest and accurate in our understanding of the challenge we face.  This article is a step in that direction:   Islamic fundamentalists have a special loathing for Christianity   Posted from Newport Beach, California   [Read more…]

“‘How Thankful We Should Be to Know the Truth’: Zebedee Coltrin’s Witness of the Heavenly Origins of Temple Ordinances”

    It being Friday, there’s a new article up in Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture:   “How Thankful We Should Be to Know the Truth”: Zebedee Coltrin’s Witness of the Heavenly Origins of Temple Ordinances   One of the co-authors is Dr. Jeffrey M. Bradshaw, who leaves in just a few days, with [Read More…]

“This Mormon engineer’s utopian community is Vermont’s nightmare”

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2016-07-28/this-mormon-engineer-s-utopian-community-is-vermont-s-nightmare   First of all, the headline seems a bit exaggerated.  Is this really a “nightmare” for the state of Vermont as a whole?  Do most residents of the state even care?  There are perhaps at least some Vermonters who don’t or wouldn’t regard the establishment of a 20,000-person town near Tunbridge as apocalyptically [Read More…]

Sense and Sensibility and No Sea Monsters

    “Money can only give happiness where there is nothing else to give it.”  (Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility)   We attended a performance last night — in the Old Globe in San Diego’s Balboa Park — of the still-relatively-new musical adaptation of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility.  (I’ve confessed before that I’m a [Read More…]

“Where Does a Patriot Turn in 2016?”

    For someone who can’t vote for Hillary (as I can’t), the alternatives are, shall we say, sparse:   http://www.nationalreview.com/article/438491/obama-foreign-policy-donald-trump-vladimir-putin   But, some say, there’s Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party!   Well, I’ve always had reservations about the full Libertarian agenda (e.g., on foreign policy), though I’m strongly in favor of maximally free markets. [Read More…]

BOM Alma 55

    My comments yesterday about Moroni and Plato’s “auxiliaries” were also meant to apply to today’s reading, Alma 55.   Beyond that point, a couple of simple observations specifically targeted for today:   1.   Some Latter-day Saints — particularly of past generations — have claimed that “wine” in the scriptures simply means “grape [Read More…]

“Refugee Outreach”

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints continues to encourage its members to become involved, wherever and however they can, in helping with the world’s massive and growing refugee problem.   And that help doesn’t have to be on a massive, global scale.  In the global perspective, the challenges can be intimidating and [Read More…]

“The 18th annual FairMormon conference is next week”

    My Deseret News column for today is largely devoted to a summary of the schedule of speakers for next week’s FairMormon conference.  If you hate goodness, truth, and light, don’t read it:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865658878/The-18th-annual-FairMormon-conference-is-next-week.html   Be there.   Or be somewhere else.   Those are, really, your choices.  I’m unaware of a third. [Read More…]

“An Unmitigated Disaster”

    “Hotel fights back after Donald Trump threatens to not pay”   And please, dear Trumpists, if you’re going to claim to have read the article, read it to the end.   Dr. Thomas Sowell, of Stanford’s Hoover Institution, is one of the writers on politics, economics, and society whom I most admire.  Even [Read More…]