“Heartland as Hinterland: The Mesoamerican Core and North American Periphery of Book of Mormon Geography”

    There is an impassioned battle going on in some circles between adherents of the so-called “Heartland” model of Book of Mormon geography (e.g., Wayne May, Jonathan Neville, and Rod Meldrum), on the one hand, and, on the other, advocates of a Mesoamerican setting (as its been set froth by such writers as John [Read More…]

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“The Imperiled Bloggers of Bangladesh”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/03/magazine/the-price-of-secularism-in-bangladesh.html?_r=0   To put it mildly, I have a hard time feeling unalloyed enthusiasm for either side — militant radical Islamists or militantly anti-religious atheists.  But, so long as the former use threats, violence, and murder to “argue” their case rather than reason, they make the choice entirely easy.     [Read more…]

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BOM 1 Nephi 6

    We’re discussing a very short chapter today:  1 Nephi 6.   It’s brief, but it makes an important point:  The Book of Mormon is not, and was never intended to be, a comprehensive history of the Nephites (let alone of the Lamanites, for whom it really provides no systematic history at all).  Details [Read More…]

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The demagogic Donald Trump again plays the religious bigotry card, this time against Ted Cruz.

    The ever-endearing Donald seeks to raise religious suspicions against the candidate who’s currently leading him in Iowa:   http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2015/12/29/as-cruz-continues-to-lead-in-iowa-trump-urges-voters-to-just-remember-this-when-youre-casting-your-ballot-remember/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=story&utm_campaign=ShareButtons   (Not many Mormons come out of Cuba, either.  But my daughter-in-law did.  And even more literally than Ted Cruz.)   As a Latter-day Saint, I’m highly sensitive to such tactics.  As an Islamicist, [Read More…]

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“Do dogs know other dogs are dogs?”

    An interesting French study, reported by Scientific American:   http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/dog-spies/do-dogs-know-other-dogs-are-dogs/     [Read more…]

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I’m considering some potential resolutions for New Year 2016

    I’ve just read an item posted a few days ago by a person who posts as “Everybody Wang Chung.”   “DCP,” of course, refers to y’r obed’t servant.  And “ESP” refers to “extrasensory perception.”  “Dowsing” is the practice of seeking water, or sometimes buried treasure, by means of wooden or metal rods.  (You [Read More…]

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“15 witnesses to the Book of Mormon”

    With next year’s Gospel Doctrine curriculum in mind, an article on the recovery of the Book of Mormon:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865644606/15-witnesses-to-the-Book-of-Mormon.html?pg=1     [Read more…]

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“Be different.”

    “Don’t be like anybody else. Be different. Then you can make a contribution. Otherwise, you just echo something; you’re just a reflection.” Hugh Nibley   [Read more…]

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“Marco Rubio is the solid conservative who can beat Hillary”

    One conservative columnist has made his choice:   http://www.nationalreview.com/article/429092/marco-rubio-conservative-polls-beats-hillary-clinton   It’s a choice that I could be satisfied with.     [Read more…]

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“A New Way to Study and Share the Book of Mormon”

    This is a really big deal:   http://ldsmag.com/a-new-way-to-study-and-share-the-book-of-mormon/     [Read more…]

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