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...]

“Careless Accounts and Tawdry Novelties”

Waitangi, Bay of Islands

  It being Friday, Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture has published yet another article: http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/careless-accounts-and-tawdry-novelties/ You thought, maybe, that we were on vacation?  Posted from Las Vegas, Nevada    … [Read more...]