“Joseph Smith’s Sexual Polyandry and the Emperor’s New Clothes: On Closer Inspection What Do We Find?”

    Dr. Brian Hales presented these remarks on a very controversial topic — a brave fellow, he is! — at the FairMormon conference in August 2012:   http://www.fairmormon.org/perspectives/fair-conferences/2012-fair-conference/2012-joseph-smiths-sexual-polyandry-and-the-emperors-new-clothes-on-closer-inspection-what-do-we-find   Posted from Ka’anapali, Maui, Hawai’i     [Read more…]

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“2 Nephi 6-10: Jacob’s Masterful Discourse”

    Dr. Taylor Halverson continues to contribute very helpful materials to the section on the Interpreter Foundation’s website dedicated to “Resources for Students and Teachers”:   http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/2-nephi-6-10-jacobs-masterful-discourse/   Posted from Ka’anapali, Maui, Hawai’i     [Read more…]

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Praying for Richard Dawkins? Quelle horreur!

    It seems that the extremely outspoken atheist Richard Dawkins recently suffered a stroke.   This isn’t altogether surprising.  He’s 74 years old, after all, and, as it eventually does for all of us, mortality has come knocking at his door.   What is, however, slightly surprising — but, based on my years of [Read More…]

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“The Right Dose of Exercise for a Longer Life”

    It’s my goal to make this blog your one-stop source for all your basic intellectual, cultural, scientific, political, theological, and life-orientational needs.  As the soon-to-be popular saying has it, “When Sic et Non speaks, the thinking has been done.”   So here I am (thanks to a helpful heads-up from Jann Cahoon Campbell), acting [Read More…]

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“Fearing the ‘G’ Word, the State Department Turns Its Back on Middle Eastern Christians”

    “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless.  Not to speak is to speak.  Not to act is to act.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer (martyred by the Nazis in 1945)   http://www.nationalreview.com/article/431425/genocide-christians-iraq-syria-obama-administration-state-department   Posted from Ka’anapali, Maui, Hawai’i     [Read more…]

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“The Allegory of the Olive Trees”

    In this, the 157th scripture roundtable posted by the Interpreter Foundation, Kristine Frederickson, Steven Densley, Daniel Peterson, and Martin Tanner discuss Jacob 5-6:   http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/scripture-roundtable-157-book-of-mormon-gospel-doctrine-lesson-13-the-allegory-of-the-olive-trees/   These two chapters are the principal focus of 2016 Gospel Doctrine lesson 13.   Posted from Ka’anapali, Maui, Hawai’i           [Read more…]

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BOM 2 Nephi 29

    Today’s relatively short reading, 2 Nephi 29, is noteworthy for at least two things:   1)   It’s a very clear statement of the characteristically Mormon idea that revelation isn’t restricted to the Bible, and that more scripture, beyond the Bible and from beyond even the traditional lands of the Bible, will be forthcoming.   2) [Read More…]

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Is this progress?

    “A newspaper,” remarked H. L. Mencken (1880-1956), “is a device for making the ignorant more ignorant and the crazy crazier.”   What on earth would he have made of the Web?     Posted from Ka’anapali, Maui, Hawai’i     [Read more…]

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“Keeping the Young Ignorant about Socialism”

    http://townhall.com/columnists/robertknight/2016/02/09/keeping-the-young-ignorant-about-socialism-n2116488   The rise of Senator Sanders, particularly among the youth, represents a triumph of contemporary education.   And it was quite predictable.  The campus radicals of the 60s went on to become the professoriate, and they trained and are now hiring their replacements.  And, together, they’re training young voters.   Economic conservatives [Read More…]

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The Donald, Vladimir, and Saddam: A New Mutual Admiration Society?

    A while back, Mr. Donald Trump had some very positive things to say about Mr. Vladimir Putin, who had just had some good things to say about him:   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2015/12/24/heres-what-trump-and-putin-have-in-common-and-why-so-many-people-approve/   Now, Mr. Trump has made a rather wistfully positive remark about the late Mr. Saddam Hussein, a former resident of the Iraqi [Read More…]

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