“Separated but Not Divorced: The LDS Church’s Uncomfortable Relationship with Its Polygamous Past”

Nauvoo, Illinois, with temple spire in background (Click to enlarge)

  It's Friday, so, of course, there's a new article in Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture: http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/separated-but-not-divorced-the-lds-churchs-uncomfortable-relationship-with-its-polygamous-past/   … [Read more...]

A REAL war on women

Nigerian schoolgirls

   You probably haven't heard much about this story -- if you've even heard it mentioned at all -- and the American news media don't seem to be making much of it. But it's … [Read more...]

Some people actually do seem to fantasize about me. Very flattering.

A friend who prefers to remain anonymous shared this with me today.

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Are Hugh Nibley’s footnotes and citations fraudulent?

Sergeant Hugh Nibley, Ph.D., during World War II

   Within the past few days, I've seen several confident assertions that the late great Hugh Nibley was exceptionally careless, if not altogether dishonest, in his citations and footnotes. Those who make these assertions typically have no real experience in checking his footnotes and confirming or correcting his citations. My own experience is limited:  In graduate school, I once wrote a term paper in which, a budding Arabist, I sought to … [Read more...]

“Korihor and ‘Social Darwinism’”

Herbert Spencer (1820-1903)

   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/765584731/Korihor-and-Social-Darwinism.html   … [Read more...]

Religious and political dissidents, secular progressive majorities, and academic freedom

Happily, ideology and bias and politics never enter into the groves of academe, and everything is characterized by the disinterested and open-minded pursuit of truth.

  I've been assured -- and recently, too -- that such things don't happen.  That political conservatives and religious believers -- a distinct minority in most student bodies and on most faculties -- never face problems in academia from their ideological opponents.  That the entire scenario of a film such as God's Not Dead is completely ridiculous.  It's all just a figment of the persecution-obsessed imaginations of Christian believers and political co … [Read more...]

“‘Visible as a beacon’: Oakland Temple celebrates 50th year of service”

The Oakland California Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Click to enlarge.  Click again to enlarge further.)

  Architecturally, it's always ranked among my very favorite temples.  And the setting is nothing short of spectacular: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865602115/Visible-as-a-beacon-Oakland-Temple-celebrates-50th-year-of-service.html?pg=1 Read the article, if you choose to do so, while listening to my friend Will Schryver perform his arrangement of the Mormon hymn "Jesus of Nazareth, Savior and King." For what little it's worth, Jay … [Read more...]

“How many wives is too many?”

Abraham, often called the "Father of the Faithful" and the "Friend of God," was a polygamist.

  Here's a curious article reporting on defenses of polygamy . . .  from people with no connections to Mormonism: http://www.creators.com/opinion/john-stossel/how-many-wives-is-too-many.html   … [Read more...]