Although born in Boston, he grew up here in Richmond

    “To vilify a great man is the readiest way in which a little man can himself attain greatness.” Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849)   He himself fell victim to such vilification.  After his mysterious death in Baltimore, his biography was written by a man named Griswold, who had long held a grudge against him [Read More…]

Dare to Dissent!

    I first became acquainted with Professor Anthony Esolen as a superb translator of Dante’s Divine Comedy into English:   I thought so highly of him that, one Christmas, I gave a set of his translations to one of my sons, who is particularly interested in poetry.   [Read More…]

My 2014 and 2015 columns for Thanksgiving Day

    Just in case there’s anybody out there who wants to read something Thanksgivingish, here are my Thanksgiving columns from the previous two years:   “Reasons for gratitude on this Thanksgiving Day”   “Gratitude to our God is paramount”   I wish my American readers a joyous Thanksgiving holiday.  And to my non-American readers?  I [Read More…]

In which I explain the (to some) inexplicable

    Last week, I published a column in the Deseret News that included this paragraph:   For some, in a sense, the most effective answer to questions about early Mormon plural marriage might be information about Arabian Nahom and Lehi’s trail. The most reassuring response to the Mountain Meadows Massacre could be the Book [Read More…]

“The Dead Sea is drying out”   By the way, my wife and I will be leading a tour group along the shore of the Dead Sea (and to the shore of the Mediterranean Sea, and to Caesarea Maritima and to Nazareth and to the Sea of Galilee and to Caesarea Philippi and to Masada and the Jordan [Read More…]

“NASA Probe Snaps Stunning New Images of Dwarf Planet Ceres”   Posted from Richmond, Virginia     [Read more…]

“Hail Trump! Hail Our People! Hail Victory!”

    Watch this:   And see it it doesn’t recall another speech, one from several years ago:     Die Partei ist Hitler! Hitler aber ist Deutschland, wie Deutschland Hitler ist! Hitler!  Sieg Heil!  Sieg Heil!  Sieg Heil!   The Party is Hitler! But Hitler is Germany, as Germany is Hitler! Hitler!  Hail [Read More…]

Remembering Jefferson Davis

    It always jolts me a bit to be driving here in Richmond and to realize that I’m on the Jefferson Davis Highway, named after the first and last president of the Confederate States of America (who had previously served as a congressman and a senator from Mississippi and as United States Secretary of [Read More…]

“Top Ancient Sites for Stargazing”   And don’t overlook southern Utah’s own Parowan Gap:   Posted from Richmond, Virginia     [Read more…]

Studying Mormon history leads to the loss of faith?

    Someone shared this little pie chart with me the other day.   Now, there’s no question that some people have lost their faith because of learning things about the history of Mormonism that they didn’t know how to reconcile with belief.  Sometimes true things.  Sometimes incorrect things.   It’s a cute little chart. [Read More…]