“KnoWhy’s By the Numbers: The First 6 Months”

      As Neal Rappleye illustrates, Book of Mormon Central has done impressive work over its first half-year:   http://www.studioetquoquefide.com/2016/07/knowhys-by-numbers-first-6-months.html   Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: The heights by great men reached and kept        Were not attained by sudden flight,  But they, while their companions slept,        Were toiling upward in the night.   I look forward [Read More…]

“A Nation Ruled by Science Is a Terrible Idea”

    On Neil deGrasse Tyson’s dream of “Rationalia”:   http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2016/07/neil_degrasse_tyson_wants_a_nation_ruled_by_evidence_but_evidence_explains.html   See also   “The Road to Rationalia”   and   “A Visit to Neil deGrasse Tyson’s ‘Rationalia’”   Kevin Williamson calls Neil deGrasse Tyson “the dumbest smart person on Twitter,” and I’m inclined to agree that, at the least, Dr. Tyson ranks high on [Read More…]

“A Postscript on Book of Mormon Battle Numbers

    A follow-up piece from Stephen Smoot:   http://www.plonialmonimormon.com/2016/07/a-postscript-on-book-of-mormon-battle.html     [Read more…]

Mr. Trump praises Saddam Hussein

    Mr. Donald Trump, who will soon be the Republic nominee for the White House, recently praised Saddam Hussein.   Really.  He did.   “Trump, Saddam, and Us”   “Trump is Clueless on Saddam and Terrorism”   Of course, he’s also praised Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong-un, and the leaders of Communist China.   As [Read More…]

“‘Transformed by the renewing of your mind'”

    It’s Thursday, so the Deseret News, seemingly still without remorse, has published another of my weekly columns:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865657569/Transformed-by-the-renewing-of-your-mind.html     [Read more…]

Some good political reading

    A veritable bouquet of interesting articles about Mr. Donald Trump and the Republican Party:   “The Republican Party’s Trump Infection Spreads”   “More Than Half of Republicans Don’t Want Trump as Nominee”   “Ryan Slams Trump ‘Star’ Tweet”   “Kristol to GOP Establishment: Stop Waiting For Trump to Pivot”   “With Trump, the [Read More…]

“The divinization of all creatures”

    The central idea of the Eastern Fathers was that of theosis, the divinization of all creatures, the transfiguration of the world, the idea of the cosmos and not the idea of personal salvation. . . .  Only later Christian consciousness began to value the idea of hell more than the idea of the [Read More…]

Next-President Hillary Clinton vs. FBI Director James Comey

    Pretty funny, when videos of Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Comey are placed side by side:   https://reason.com/reasontv/2016/07/05/hillary-clinton-vs-james-comey-email-sca   These items, alas, aren’t so funny, but they offer insight from an array of lawyers, former federal prosecutors, a former Congressman and Senator, and so forth:   “Hillary Clinton Lied About Her Email — The FBI [Read More…]

BOM Alma 46

    The story of Amalickiah is among the most gripping in the Book of Mormon, and it begins here, in Alma 46.   But the most famous aspect of this specific chapter is its account of Moroni and the “title of liberty.”   On this, you should Google Mark Morrise’s “Simile Curses in the [Read More…]

“Mormons’ disgust with Donald Trump turns Utah into close race”

    https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2016/07/03/mormons-disgust-with-donald-trump-turns-utah-into-close-race.html     [Read more…]