Thinking about the future

    The future starts today, not tomorrow.  Pope St. John Paul II     [Read more…]

BOM Alma 13

    As I almost always am with this series of reflections, I’m acutely aware of how much there is in this chapter that I’m ignoring for now — and that there is certainly a great deal of richness, insight, and depth that I haven’t noticed — but my self-imposed rule is that I’ll only comment [Read More…]

“Book of Mormon origins and the historical record”

    Today’s installment of my weekly Deseret News column (“Defending the Faith”) has appeared:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865655015/Book-of-Mormon-origins-and-the-historical-record.html   As is often the case, the comments are a tad frustrating.  The first comment, for example, triumphantly assumes two “facts” that, if true, would seem to count against the Book of Mormon — each one of which I’ve [Read More…]

“[Protestant] Seminary Leaders Disagree about Mormons’ Beliefs”

    Dr. Richard Land, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary, which is located in Charlotte, North Carolina, takes Dr. Richard Mouw, just-retired president of California’s Fuller Theological Seminary, to task for going too easy on Mormon doctrine:   http://www.onenewsnow.com/church/2016/05/23/seminary-leaders-disagree-about-mormons-beliefs   “The foundational doctrine of Mormonism,” declares Dr. Land, “is that God is eternal but Jesus is [Read More…]

“Maybe Life in the Cosmos Is Rare After All”

    During my lifetime, as the author himself says, the pendulum has swung from the confidence that there are no aliens to the conviction that there certainly are.  In the meantime, though, the science hasn’t fundamentally changed, and we just don’t know:   http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/maybe-life-in-the-cosmos-is-rare-after-all/   Paul Davies, a physicist, cosmologist, and astrobiologist, is an [Read More…]

Did the Founding Fathers fear the emergence of a third party?

    Our two-party system has, on the whole, served us well.  But there is nothing particularly sacred about it, and the Founders didn’t (to put things mildly) want one:   There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and [Read More…]

BOM Alma 12

    Today’s reading, Alma 12, contains far more than I will be able to discuss here.  But I want to comment very briefly on a couple of passages.   1.   It is given unto many to know the mysteries of God; nevertheless they are laid under a strict command that they shall not impart only according to the [Read More…]

“Students Banned from Saying Lord’s Prayer at Graduation Push Back with a Big Ol’ Lesson in Freedom”

    “I hold it, that a little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.”  (Thomas Jefferson)   I rather like this story.  Occasionally, it’s good for us to tell our masters to take a flying leap.   Students Banned from Saying Lord’s [Read More…]

“Erdogan’s Self-Indulgence”

    As some of y0u may have noticed, I’m extremely fond of Turkey, one of the most interesting countries on the planet.   Accordingly, I haven’t been pleased as I’ve watched Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the nation’s former prime minister and current president, move Turkey in an Islamist direction while systematically accumulating personal political power.  (Some [Read More…]

“The Apostate”

    I’m grateful to my longtime friend and former Maxwell Institute colleague for bringing this piece from the April 1905 issue of The Improvement Era to my attention.  It was written by Susa Young Gates (1856-1933), a daughter of Brigham Young who rose to prominence in her own right as a writer, editor, genealogist, [Read More…]