“‘There’s the Boy I Can Trust’: Dennison Lott Harris’ First-Person Account of the Conspiracy of Nauvoo and Events Surrounding Joseph Smith’s ‘Last Charge’ to the Twelve Apostles”

    Having been on the road a lot today, I’m a bit behind.   But it’s Friday!   So, of course, a new article has appeared in Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture:   “There’s the Boy I Can Trust”: Dennison Lott Harris’ First-Person Account of the Conspiracy of Nauvoo and Events Surrounding Joseph [Read More…]

Once more on John Dehlin

    I’m told that I hate Dr. John Dehlin, B.S., M.S., Ph.D., and seek to destroy his character.  And, since everybody knows that I’m a viciously hateful person who never writes anything substantive but who specializes, instead, in mean-spirited personal attacks, there’s considerable plausibility to that claim.   In this case, however, it’s not true. [Read More…]

No logical loose ends?

    Dilbert: And we know mass creates gravity because more dense planets have more gravity. Dogbert: How do we know which planets are more dense? Dilbert: They have more gravity. Dogbert: That’s circular reasoning. Dilbert: I prefer to think of it as having no loose ends.  Scott Adams   Posted from Logan, Utah     [Read more…]

National Public Radio: “Mormons Uneasy With Trump Make A Question Of Reliably Red Utah”

    http://www.npr.org/2016/07/14/485875624/mormons-uneasy-with-trump-make-a-question-of-reliably-red-utah?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=religion   I’m disappointed in the rhetoric attributed to Janalee Tobias in the article.  “Tobias recently described herself on Facebook as a Trump Mormon for ‘Time and All Eternity,’” it says, and she’s quoted as describing those who won’t vote for Mr. Donald Trump as “traitors.”  Such extreme and divisive rhetoric is among [Read More…]

A day in Cache Valley

    One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple.  (Psalm 27:4)   We drove up with a friend today to Cache Valley, where, after [Read More…]

“The Book of Mormon and linguistic evolution”

    The latest installment of my weekly Deseret News column to blight America’s cultural and intellectual landscape:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865658006/The-Book-of-Mormon-and-linguistic-evolution.html     [Read more…]

“John Dehlin: The Reluctant Atheist”

    On 12 June 2016, an apparently non-apologetic website called “Infants on Thrones” posted an interview with John Dehlin (by “Glenn, Randy, Heather, and Matt”) entitled “John Dehlin: The Reluctant Atheist.”  (Thanks to Gregory L. Smith, a careful student of John Dehlin’s public statements, for bringing this to my notice.)   I haven’t listened [Read More…]

“What do recent attacks mean for future of Egypt’s Christians?”

    http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2016/07/egypt-tensions-christians-copts-killings-sisi.html#ixzz4EMH3eost     [Read more…]

4-5 August. Be there!

    This year’s FairMormon conference has managed to sneak up on us.  But it’s coming soon:   http://www.fairmormon.org/perspectives/fair-conferences/conf16a   And you don’t want to miss it.     [Read more…]

Why should we love our enemies?

    “It seems to me people tend to forget that we are to love our enemies, not to satisfy some standard of righteousness but because God their Father loves them.”  Marilynne Robinson, Gilead     [Read more…]