“Inconvenient Genocide”: An Israeli responds to the persecution of Christians in the Middle East

    I have to confess that I’m genuinely astonished at the mild and relatively indifferent response in the West to the harassment, despoliation, rape, and, sometimes, torture and mass slaughter of ancient Christian communities in the Near East.   Here’s an Israeli Jewish perspective on the situation:   http://www.jewishworldreview.com/0416/glick040816.php3   Thanks to Chrystine Heward [Read More…]

“Is wine good for you or is it not?”

    Believe it or not, I’ve occasionally encountered an argument against Mormonism that rests on the notion that moderate wine consumption would be better for us than following the Word of Wisdom as it’s currently interpreted.   And, in fact, there have been studies suggesting that red wine, imbibed in reasonable quantities, confers cardiovascular benefits.   [Read More…]

“The Kingdom of God Has No Geographical Boundaries”

    Some more Mormon musings on refugees:   THE KINGDOM OF GOD HAS NO GEOGRAPHICAL BOUNDARIES     [Read more…]

On rule by elites and technocrats

    “I’d rather entrust the government of the United States to the first 400 people listed in the Boston telephone directory than to the faculty of Harvard University.” William F. Buckley, Jr.     [Read more…]

“Hillary Clinton Rides the Subway Just Like Normal [New York] People!”

    In a bid to demonstrate that she’s jus’ plain folks, Hillary Clinton joined some of the little people for a very brief but well filmed ride on the New York City subway:   http://whatstrending.com/news/21791-hillary-clinton-subway-new-york-city   I feel a mysterious need to vote for her now.   Unfortunately, though, my powers of resistance to this [Read More…]

BOM Mosiah 26

    In Mosiah 26, as I’ve argued at length elsewhere, we see the rise of a church — in the sense of a volitional or intentional sub-community within the larger Nephite society — in the Book of Mormon.  And it’s clear from Alma’s puzzlement, and the need for special revelation to get him out of [Read More…]

“Mormonism at Oxford and What It Signifies”

    What the heck.  It being Friday, Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture — which is believed in some circles to have been on its deathbed since shortly after it was founded in the late summer of 2012 — has decided to publish a second article today:   Mormonism at Oxford and What It [Read More…]

“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Map: Part 1 of 2”

    It’s Friday, so here’s another article from Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture:   Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Map: Part 1 of 2   It’s free, too.  (But need I add that donations to the Interpreter Foundation are very welcome?)   If you see nothing above, please understand that the new, [Read More…]

“About 1 in 3 Economics Studies Don’t Replicate”

    I believe in the academic peer review process.  I think it very useful to both authors and editors.   I’ve undergone scholarly peer review many times myself.  Moreover, the two Mormon-related journals with which I’ve been principally connected have used the same peer review processes that are employed in academia generally.  We replicated the [Read More…]

“Mormons Approaching Orthodoxy”?

    Richard J. Mouw is an extremely prominent Evangelical academic and intellectual, a genuine friend to many Latter-day Saints, and — certainly in my experiences with him — a very good and fair man.   And he’s just published a serious article about his take on Mormon doctrine and on what he takes to [Read More…]