The triumph of socialism in Venezuela

    Whenever you’re inclined to complain about the American economy, consider Venezuela.  Then go out on the streets and protest against free markets!   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/08/08/venezuela-is-stuck-in-a-death-spiral-and-its-only-getting-worse/     [Read more…]

A stanza for our age?

    The first stanza of “The Second Coming,” by the great Irish poet William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), seems uncomfortably appropriate for our time:   Turning and turning in the widening gyre     The falcon cannot hear the falconer;     Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;     Mere anarchy is loosed [Read More…]

“Scholar discusses conflict between gospel and secular ideas about love and charity”

    Another Deseret News report — this one about my good friend Ralph Hancock’s presentation — from last week’s 2016 FairMormon conference:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865659953/Scholar-discusses-conflict-between-gospel-and-secular-ideas-about-love-and-charity.html     [Read more…]

BOM Alma 59

    In Alma 59, Moroni begins to realize that there is a serious problem with supplies and support that must, necessarily, originate with the central government back in Zarahemla.   “And it came to pass that Moroni was angry with the government, because of their indifference concerning the freedom of their country.”  (Alma 59:13)   His [Read More…]

“Muslims erect billboard with a tough message for the Islamic State”

        A nice little story out of Chicago:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865659799/Hey-ISIS-You-Suck-Muslims-erect-billboard-with-a-tough-message-for-the-Islamic-State.html     [Read more…]

The Big Bang Can’t Account for Lithium

    It turns out that mysteries remain:   http://arstechnica.com/science/2016/08/replication-of-big-bang-reveals-flaws-in-theory-of-atom-formation/   The origins of the universe remain at least partially shrouded from us, as do many other things.  There’s lots to explore!     [Read more…]

“Professor says he ‘can’t manage to disbelieve’ in the Book of Mormon”

    http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865659951/Professor-says-he-cant-manage-to-disbelieve-in-the-Book-of-Mormon.html   That professor, who eagerly embraces fear (for others) and who positively delights in exclusion (the more mean-spirited the better), was presumably apoplectic during this presentation, which was given a bit earlier at the same FairMormon conference, and he probably refuses to speak with the person who gave it:   “LDS scholar [Read More…]

On accepting the age in which we live

    “Let us . . . quietly accept our times, with the firm conviction that just as much good can be done today as at any time in the past, provided only that we have the will and the way to do it.” Étienne Gilson (1884-1978)       [Read more…]

“Congresswoman reveals what she believes people get wrong about faith and American politicians”

    I like this article:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865659585/Congresswoman-reveals-what-she-believes-people-get-wrong-about-faith-and-American-politicians.html?pg=1   Perhaps because I tend to like most people.   I very much regret the rancor and disdain and refusal to compromise that poison American politics today.   That’s one of the reasons that I find Trumpism so off-putting.  As I’ve explained many times, I have very [Read More…]

Two apologies and a request

    First, I won’t be speaking at BYU Education Week this year.  I genuinely regret that, but I had little choice:  I’ll be out of the country and the commute would simply be too long.  I’ve mentioned this before, but some likely missed my announcement.  I’m sorry to disappoint, or to provide reason for [Read More…]