“Mosiah 4-6: Children of Christ”

    Taylor Halverson offers a helpful discussion of three important chapters in the book of Mosiah:   Mosiah 4-6: Children of Christ   Posted from Mesa, Arizona     [Read more…]

“The Israelite Temple and Early Christians”

    Robert Boylan reminds me of this presentation by Matthew Brown, given roughly three years before his untimely death — at about 47 years of age — in 2011:     Posted from Mesa, Arizona     [Read more…]

“How Islam Created Europe”

    An interesting article — not overly long — that Andrew Sargent kindly brought to my attention:   http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2016/05/how-islam-created-europe/476388/?utm_source=SFFB   Posted from Mesa, Arizona     [Read more…]

BOM Alma 6

    Today’s brief chapter, Alma 6, tells of the chief priest’s setting in order local units of the church — including, I take it, ordaining men to what we would call the Aaronic and Melchizedek priesthoods.   Much of Church leadership — in my experience in bishoprics and on high councils and according to my [Read More…]

Yellowstone’s hot springs, and the virtue of viruses

    http://www.realclearscience.com/articles/2016/04/16/the_viruses_of_yellowstones_hot_springs_109603.html   Posted from Mesa, Arizona     [Read more…]

“Why Was Coriantumr’s Record Engraved on a ‘Large Stone’?”

    Know why:     Posted from Mesa, Arizona     [Read more…]

A note on faith and reason

    “Faith is not a leap in the dark; it’s the exact opposite.  It’s a commitment based on evidence. . . .  It is irrational to reduce all faith to blind faith and then subject it to ridicule.  That provides a very anti-intellectual and convenient way of avoiding intelligent discussion.” John Lennox, Professor of [Read More…]

The Circle Game: Helping with an Unreliable Link

    And the link in this article is problematic, too:   “Mormonism and the Scientific Persistence of Circles: Aristotle, Spacetime, and One Eternal Round”   So I offer it to you in a different form, here.   Posted from Mesa, Arizona     [Read more…]

Helping with a weak link to one of yesterday’s “Interpreter” articles

    The link at this previous blog post is iffy, at best.  Sometimes it appears, with visuals and extended text, which is great.  But sometimes it doesn’t appear at all.  (In other words, the New and Improved Link System isn’t always an improvement.)  So I’m giving the to you here, as well, in a [Read More…]

Trying, once again, to encourage papers from women

    Over the now fairly long course of my involvement in Mormon studies and apologetics, I’ve often lamented the fact that virtually all of those involved in the field have been men.  When I was chairman of the board of the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies (FARMS), I tried, unsuccessfully, to recruit [Read More…]