“Is faith irrational?”

    Another week, another offense against common sense and common decency in the Deseret News:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865646322/Is-faith-irrational.html     [Read more…]

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“Klintonerdämmerung: What Really Happened to Mrs. Clinton’s Emails”

    Thanks to a long-time friend for sharing this amusing item with me:   http://viewpure.com/Prls6Iz3B3E   I’m not sure that she wants her name given here, in this context.   P.S.  For the record (because it’s really astonishing how some folks can passionately misread things), I’m neither anti-war (necessarily) nor a leftist.  So I [Read More…]

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“Explaining Away the Book of Mormon Witnesses”

    Richard Lloyd Anderson, one of the finest scholars that Mormonism has ever produced, delivered this presentation at the 2004 FAIR conference:   http://www.fairmormon.org/perspectives/fair-conferences/2004-fair-conference/2004-explaining-away-the-book-of-mormon-witnesses     [Read more…]

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Fresno this weekend

    In case anybody out there is interested:   I’ll be giving two firesides in the Fresno, California, area this weekend.  They’ll be more or less identical, both on the rough topic of “Behind the Headlines in the Middle East”:   Friday, January 29th — Fireside in the Fresno Stake Center (5685 N Cedar Ave, Fresno, CA 93710) [Read More…]

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The personal character of the current Republican frontrunner

    Kudos to Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) for raising the not-unimportant issue of Donald Trump’s personal character, as that character is represented by what seems to be a remarkably tawdry social life:   http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/430381/donald-trump-ben-sasse-twitter-question-marital-infidelity   And kudos to the Southern Baptist Convention’s Russell Moore, for asking the question “Have Evangelicals who support Trump lost their values?” [Read More…]

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BOM 2 Nephi 9

    I could devote several days to today’s wonderfully rich chapter, 2 Nephi 9.  Certainly I could write much more than I’m going to write here.   However, true to my constraining but (for me) life-saving rule that I will only comment briefly on each chapter, I’m going to restrict myself to 2 Nephi 9:10: [Read More…]

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Four quotations from Milton Friedman

    “A society that puts equality before freedom will get neither.  A society that puts freedom before equality will get a high degree of both.”   “If all we want are jobs, we can create any number — for example, have people dig holes and then fill them up again, or perform other useless [Read More…]

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President Uchtdorf, Harrison Ford, and the “Candy Bomber”

    Now this is a fun trio!   https://www.facebook.com/lds.dieter.f.uchtdorf/photos/a.120510344786318.1073741829.114461198724566/343054325865251/?type=3&theater   Thanks to Charles Steinman for alerting me to it.     [Read more…]

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“Why a Christian can view Muhammad as a prophet”

    I don’t agree with everything in this article — there are some things I definitely disagree with — and the perspective of a Latter-day Saint is distinctly (though not altogether) different from that of a mainstream Christian on a question such as this one.   But I share it as something with which [Read More…]

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Prima Donald

    Mr. Trump’s withdrawal from the last Republican debate before the Iowa caucuses has left me thinking of this:   ANDREYour public needs you!FIRMINWe need you, too!CARLOTTA (unassuaged)Would you notrather have yourprecious littleingenue?ANDRE/FIRMINSignora, no!the world wants you!(The MANAGERS adopt their most persuasive attitudes)ANDRE/FIRMINPrima donnafirst lady of the stage!Your devoteesare on their kneesto implore you !ANDRECan [Read More…]

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