ThinkProgress: “Inside Donald Trump’s ‘Tremendous Problem’ in Utah”

    This is a thoughtful and very interesting essay on the influence of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in this year’s presidential race:   https://thinkprogress.org/inside-donald-trumps-tremendous-problem-in-utah-25087b54968c   I commend it to you.     [Read more…]

Large hearts and small hearts

    “People with small hearts will minimize and belittle all that you do; people with large hearts will encourage and find good in all that you do.” Yasir Qadhi     [Read more…]

Have you been following this story?

    “Mom of jailed American to Venezuelan president: ‘Don’t just let him lay there and die’”   “Congresswoman urges release of Utah man jailed in Venezuela prison”   I wonder if a few dozen — or a few hundred — emails to the Venezuelan embassy in Washington DC might help.   Just in case, [Read More…]

We are so . . .

    http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/07/politics/hillary-clinton-donald-trump-presidential-forum/index.html   Sigh.   “Trump and Clinton — Unfit to Be Commander-in-Chief”     [Read more…]

“Understanding Islam”

    If you’re looking for a basic introductory article on Islam, this little essay, which I published back in 2002, is probably not the absolutely worst piece that you could choose:   https://rsc.byu.edu/archived/selected-articles/understanding-islam     [Read more…]

“World’s top climate scientists told to ‘cover up’ the fact that the Earth’s temperature hasn’t risen for the last 15 years”

    I haven’t taken a stand on the question of anthropogenic global warming.  I simply haven’t studied the debate enough to feel confident in doing so.  And I have friends (including superbly scientific friends) on both sides of the issue.  But this is really interesting:   http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2425775/Climate-scientists-told-cover-fact-Earths-temperature-risen-15-years.html   Thanks to Bruce Webster for bringing [Read More…]

If you want to know about Mormonism, ask a Mormon. Right?

    Those silly Mormons are always saying things like “If you want to learn about Toyotas, you don’t go first to a Nissan dealership.  If you’re interested in hearing more about Apple products, you don’t ask a Hewlett-Packard computer salesman.  So why do you go to its critics to ask about the Church of [Read More…]

“Rejoicing in the communion of the Saints”

    My column for the Deseret News today is an unusually heartfelt one, as (with many others) I mourn the loss of a very dear friend and neighbor:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865661924/Rejoicing-in-the-communion-of-the-saints.html     [Read more…]

What is a cynic?

    “A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing.”  Oscar Wilde       [Read more…]

“BYU professor works with University of Utah library to translate 1700-year-old obituary”

    This is interesting, and the obituary itself is, in its simple way, quite beautiful:   http://news.byu.edu/news/byu-professor-translates-jewish-woman’s-1700-year-old-obituary     [Read more…]