Open up!

    Moonlight floods the whole night sky, from horizon to horizon;How much it can fill your room depends on your windows. Jalal al-Din Rumi (1207-1273)     [Read more…]

Scientific evidence suggests that fear of divine punishment encourages social cooperation

    “Religion,” the late Christopher Hitchens loved to assert, “poisons everything.”   It was a silly statement.   And now along comes still more (redundant) evidence that Mr. Hitchens was spectacularly wrong:   Posted from Kaanapali, Maui, Hawaii     [Read more…]

“The Faith to See: Burning in the Bosom and Translating the Book of Mormon in Doctrine and Covenants 9”

    Interpreter didn’t miss a day yesterday.  That will almost certainly happen, eventually, but it hasn’t happened yet and it’s not likely to happen for at least a while to come.   It’s just that I spent much of yesterday on airplanes, and much of the rest of it in cars, and . . [Read More…]

The passing of Justice Scalia

      The passing of Justice Antonin Scalia is very bad news for America and horrible news, I think, for conservatism and the cause of limited government — which, in the age of Clinton Inc., Comrade Bernie, and Trumpism, scarcely need more bad news.   It’s extremely unlikely that President Obama will hold off, or be [Read More…]

“What A 19th Century Campaign To Declare Mormons ‘Non-White’ Tells Us About Modern Islamophobia”

    I was already aware of W. Paul Reeve’s very interesting book Religion of a Different Color: Race and the Mormon Struggle for Whiteness, but I’m grateful to Kevin Taylor for alerting me to this specific article:   Posted from Kaanapali, Maui, Hawaii     [Read more…]

“The secret ‘anti-languages’ you’re not supposed to know”

    An interesting piece on slang, underground dialects, argots, jargon — whatever term you prefer; how about, say, “Diet Dr. Pepper”? — brought to my attention by Nathaniel Hancock:   Be warned:  There is some slight raunchiness here, as you might expect.  But it’s very, very slight.   Posted from Kaanapali, Maui, [Read More…]

“Do Mormons Believe in Hell?”

    Here’s one perspective:   How would you answer the question?   Posted from Kaanapali, Maui, Hawaii     [Read more…]

BOM 2 Nephi 25

    In today’s reading, 2 Nephi 25, the prophet Nephi returns to speaking in his own voice — and it’s a voice very distinct from Isaiah’s.   Four brief observations:   1.   In verses 1-7, Nephi explicitly contrasts his own approach with that of Isaiah, indicating that there was an Old World Jewish method [Read More…]

Seeking the truth, and seeking God

    “When you seek truth, you seek God whether you know it or not.” Edith Stein Posted from Kaanapali, Maui, Hawaii     [Read more…]

“BYU’s first physics grad earns posthumous Grammy award”

    This is a nice bit of overdue but well deserved recognition:’s-first-physics-grad-earns-posthumous-grammy-award   Posted from Salt Lake City, Utah     [Read more…]