Plutarch on life as the product of random purposelessness

    But can it be that those things which are most important and most essential for happiness do not call for intelligence, nor have any part in the processes of reason and forethought?  Nobody wets clay with water and leaves it, assuming that by chance and accidentally there will be bricks, nor after providing [Read More…]

“Marco Rubio Statement on the Death of Fidel Castro”

    A statement on the passing of Mr. Fidel Castro from the 2016 Republican presidential candidate that I preferred, the Cuban-American Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL):   Marco Rubio Statement on The Death of Fidel Castro   And there’s also this:   “Obama’s Weak Statement on Castro’s Death Elicits Condemnation from Marco Rubio”     [Read more…]

BYU’s law school ranks very well with regard to student debt

    Another way in which an education at Brigham Young University offers students very good value:   http://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2016/11/law-school-student-debt-rankings.html     [Read more…]

“‘Pleased as man with men to dwell'”

    I published this Christmas-oriented column three years ago in the Deseret News:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865591818/Pleased-as-man-with-men-to-dwell.html?pg=all     [Read more…]

“Church Launches ‘Light the World’ Christmas Initiative”

    I intend to join in this effort.  I hope that you will, too:   http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/church-launches-light-the-world-christmas-initiative     [Read more…]

“Archaeologists Unearth Ancient City of Famous Biblical Scene”

    1 Now the Philistines gathered together their armies to battle, and were gathered together at Shochoh, which belongeth to Judah, and pitched between Shochoh and Azekah, in Ephes-dammim.  2 And Saul and the men of Israel were gathered together, and pitched by the valley of Elah, and set the battle in array against the Philistines.  3 And the [Read More…]

“The Small Voice”

    It completely slipped my mind, as I spent almost all of the day in airports and on airplanes, but I had a little article published yesterday in Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture.   Once again, the hopes of certain critics were dashed.  We’ll probably miss a week of publication sometime.  It’s bound [Read More…]

A quick response to the death of Fidel Castro

    Fidel Castro has been a prominent figure in my consciousness for as long as I — even I, now far advanced into my own dotage — can remember.  He became the ruler of Cuba in 1959.   I’ve never understood why so many in the West found him cute, even inspirational.  I’ve never understood [Read More…]

“Two Majorcan saints with very different origins”

    My friend and former BYU colleague Bill Hamblin and I write a jointly authored column that appears in the Deseret News every other Saturday.  The most recent installment was published this morning:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865667931/Two-Majorcan-saints-with-very-different-origins.html?pg=all     [Read more…]

“How to take pictures of exoplanets”

    This is an especially interesting area of contemporary astronomy:   http://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21710789-finding-exoplanets-has-become-routine-next-step-try-photograph     [Read more…]