Four quotations on the historicity of the Bible

    “I claim to be an historian. My approach to Classics is historical. And I tell you that the evidence for the life, the death, and the resurrection of Christ is better authenticated than most of the facts of ancient history . . .”  (E. M. Blaiklock, Professor of Classics at Auckland University)   [Read More…]

“How Howard Stern gave us Donald Trump”

    http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/03/opinions/donald-trump-howard-stern-bunch/index.html     [Read more…]

“Gotta Love Millennials”

    A bit of fun at the expense of Generation Y, or the Millennials — those born between the 1980s and the mid-1990s or perhaps the early 2000s:   VIDEO | Hilarious Parody Song About Millennials Is Pure Viral Gold! HAHA     [Read more…]

“Penthouse goes after Utah governor, Mormon church on anti-porn resolution”

    http://www.sltrib.com/home/4187360-155/penthouse-goes-after-utah-governor-mormon?page=1   You just know that the Church is false when even Penthouse dislikes Mormonism.   How in the world did we stray so far from the path of goodness, progress, and enlightenment?     [Read more…]

Thursday afternoon at the 2016 FairMormon conference

    My wife and I had lunch at downtown Provo’s India Palace with friends from Arizona.   Thereafter, Matt Roper, my longtime friend and former Maxwell Institute colleague, shared an interesting, well-illustrated presentation on swords in Mesoamerica and in the Book of Mormon — responding, mostly implicitly, to claims by critics that Pre-Columbian Mesoamericans had [Read More…]

BOM Alma 58

    In Alma 58, we see the first intimations of a supply problem.  Helaman’s forces are not receiving the food and so forth that they required, but they don’t know why.   We’ll hear more about this particular situation very shortly.   In today’s military, some estimates suggest, there are roughly four people in [Read More…]

“Why Do Some Think Churches Contribute ‘Nothing’ to Solve Social Problems?”

    An important blog entry on the Church’s official “newsroom” website:   http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/churches-social-problems-pew-research     [Read more…]

From the floor of the 2016 FairMormon conference (Thursday morning)

    The morning began with something of a tag team presentation by Royal Skousen and Stan Carmack, offering a nice summary of their work on the Book of Mormon Critical Text Project.  There were some striking new details, and I got a kick out of the fact that several of Royal’s “conjectural emendations” — [Read More…]

“Water is a ‘wizard of changes'”

    This week’s Thursday Deseret News column takes a quick look at some of the remarkable qualities of one of the most common and most essential elements in our everyday environment:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865659358/Water-is-a-wizard-of-changes.html     [Read more…]

Next June on the Mediterranean?

    I’m planning to be out on the Mediterranean during the second half of June next year.   Are you interested in coming along?     [Read more…]