“Is the work of Brian Hales taken seriously by Mormon historians?”

    It’s common, in some anti-Mormon circles, to snicker at the name of Brian Hales and to deride him as an amateur (he’s an M.D.) whom real scholars ignore.  Is such dismissal justified?   http://www.plonialmonimormon.com/2016/01/is-work-of-brian-hales-taken-seriously.html           [Read more…]

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“Cruz, Rubio, and National Security”

    If he becomes the Republican nominee, I’ll support Ted Cruz.   And not just while holding my nose.  There’s much to like about him.   But I do worry about his views on national security, for reasons partially set forth here.   I always describe myself as having libertarian tendencies, especially in economics, [Read More…]

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On spreading happiness

    If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. The Dalai Lama       [Read more…]

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“What Should I Do If I Think I’ve Received Revelation Different from Apostles and Prophets?”

    A potentially helpful piece from the invaluable Gregory Smith:   http://blog.fairmormon.org/2016/01/11/what-should-i-do-if-i-think-ive-received-revelation-different-from-apostles-and-prophets/     [Read more…]

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“U.S. bombs ‘millions’ in ISIS currency holdings”

    This is the kind of airstrike that I really, really like.  It’s far more important than using a high-tech fighter-bomber to take out the occasional run-down ISIS jeep:   http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/11/politics/us-bombs-millions-isis-currency-supply/index.html     [Read more…]

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“Storm Clouds Form: Bob Woodward Compares Hillary Scandal to Watergate”

    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/429526/hillarys-e-mail-scandal-grows-latest-batch-shows-she-broke-rules-again     [Read more…]

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“Why Cosmology Is in Crisis”

    Some militant atheists like to contrast the fruitful and self-corrective nature of science with what they see as the whimsical, completely arbitrary, and fact-free character of religion.  (“Why not believe in the Flying Spaghetti Monster,” they jeer, “or in Russell’s teapot, or in leprechauns?”)  And, of course, such things as the genetics of fruit [Read More…]

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A More Balanced Account of President Nelson’s Remarks

    A passage from President Russell M. Nelson’s talk at BYU-Hawaii has been generating considerable controversy (and even anger) in certain circles:   http://www.patheos.com/blogs/danpeterson/2016/01/mormon-gay-policy-is-will-of-the-lord-through-his-prophet-senior-apostle-says.html   Here’s a more full and more balanced report on the speech:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865645244/President-Russell-M-Nelson-Becoming-true-millennials.html?pg=1   Here’s a passage from the fuller, more balanced report:   “Filled with compassion for all, [Read More…]

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BOM 1 Nephi 16

    Today’s reading is 1 Nephi 16.   It’s in this chapter that Ishmael — who, with his family, had joined Lehi’s group on their journey away from Jerusalem — dies.  And he’s buried in a place called Nahom.   For a number of reasons, I believe the mention of Nahom to be one of the [Read More…]

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Of kindness and wisdom

    “Kindness is more important than wisdom, and the recognition of this is the beginning of wisdom.” Theodore Isaac Rubin     [Read more…]

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