Illustrating the fierce determination of some critics of Mormonism

    On 9 April 2016, ground was broken for the new temple in Durban, South Africa.  Elder Carl B. Cook, of the Seventy, presided at that groundbreaking, accompanied by his counselors in the presidency of the Africa Southeast Area, Elders Stanley Ellis and Kevin Hamilton.   The absence of any members of the Quorum [Read More…]

“Mormon growth slows to its lowest level since 1937. Here’s why that’s great news.”

    Well . . .  I wouldn’t say that it’s great news.  I would like to see the growth rate pick up again.  But the news doesn’t seem to be quite as bad as some fear and others hope:   Mormon growth slows to its lowest level since 1937. Here’s why that’s great news. [Read More…]

Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs

    An interesting hypothesis that would connect purely local (earthly) matters to events on a galactic or even extra-galactic scale:   Dark Matter’s Invisible Hand     [Read more…]

Three quotations from John Henry Cardinal Newman

    To live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often.   A man would do nothing if he waited until he could do it so well that no one could find fault.   Growth is the only evidence of life.   And here’s a bonus quotation from Cardinal Newman: [Read More…]

The American Islamic Forum for Democracy

    On Sunday evening, Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser and I shared the pulpit for a large fireside at the Phoenix Arizona East stake center — the chapel and the cultural hall were completely full, all the way back to the stage — in a discussion about Islam.   It was the second time that we’ve [Read More…]

BOM Alma 7

    Today’s reading, Alma 7, features the prophecy that the Savior will be “born of Mary, at Jerusalem which is the land of our forefathers” (7:10).   Generations of anti-Mormons have made merry over this obvious error; anybody familiar with Christmas carols knows that Jesus was born in the “little town of Bethlehem,” not in [Read More…]

“Roman villa unearthed ‘by chance’ in Wiltshire garden”

    Wow.  Maybe I should work a bit more in my yard:     [Read more…]

“CES Reply: A Rock in a Hat”

    A response to one very common criticism of Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon:     [Read more…]

“The best lack all conviction”

    In 1948, the poet and future Nobel laureate T. S. Eliot published a book entitled Notes towards the Definition of Culture.  I’ve always been struck by one particular passage in it:   . . .  [W]hether education can foster and improve culture or not, it can surely adulterate and degrade it. For there [Read More…]

“CES Letter Author Jeremy Runnells to Face Disciplinary Action: The Non-Scandal”

    Mr. Runnells was actually excommunicated from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Sunday.  Or, if you prefer his narrative, he himself excommunicated the Church immediately upon his emergence from the disciplinary council that decided to void his Church membership.  (He emerged, by the way, to the cheers and applause of a [Read More…]