“Reading 1 Peter Intertextually with Select Passages from the Old Testament”

    A second new article has gone up today in Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture:   Reading 1 Peter Intertextually With Select Passages From the Old Testament   We hope you’ll enjoy it!   Have a great weekend.     [Read more…]

“Afghan national tied to Taliban attack plot, smuggled into US”

    There is absolutely no doubt, for a whole host of reasons, that we need to get our borders under control:   http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/06/03/afghan-national-tied-to-taliban-attack-plot-smuggled-into-us.html?intcmp=hpbt1   Intense airport security seems a bit silly if our long physical borders leak like a sieve.  (Though repeated tests seem to show that even our airport security isn’t very effective.) [Read More…]

“Now That We Have the Words of Joseph Smith, How Shall We Begin to Understand Them? Illustrations of Selected Challenges within the 21 May 1843 Discourse on 2 Peter 1”

    It’s Friday, and another new article has appeared in the pages of Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture: Now That We Have the Words of Joseph Smith, How Shall We Begin to Understand Them? Illustrations of Selected Challenges within the 21 May 1843 Discourse on 2 Peter 1 As always, it’s readily accessible [Read More…]

On Mr. Trump’s approach to foreign policy

    Two good articles from the superb magazine Commentary:   John Podhoretz, “The Clinton Anti-Trump Speech”   Jonathan S. Tobin, “Trump’s Reagan Defense Falls Flat”   And, as a bonus, a piece in the Washington Post by E. J. Dionne Jr., entitled “Is the GOP losing its religion?”     [Read more…]

“New Directions in Pooh Studies: Überlieferungs- and traditionsgeschichtliche Studien zum Pu-Buch”

    Our man in Ireland, Robert Boylan, has called our attention to a pathbreaking work on the Pooh-Cycle:   https://www.academia.edu/3176336/New_Directions_in_Pooh_Studies_Überlieferungs-_und_traditionsgeschichtliche_Studien_zum_Pu-Buch   Winnie the Pooh has exerted enormous influence not only on the West, but in the East.  (Some of you, no doubt, devoted substantial time in graduate school to studying The Tao of Pooh and its [Read More…]

“Cosmic curveball: Is the universe expanding even faster?”

    Hmmm.  It seems that we may not yet have definitively settled every scientific question:   http://hosted2.ap.org/APDEFAULT/b2f0ca3a594644ee9e50a8ec4ce2d6de/Article_2016-06-02-US-SCI–Expanding%20Universe/id-2b446e1fd0674b35b88da3a18c2f6f16     [Read more…]

NPR: “How Utah’s Compromise Could Serve as a Model for Other States”

    There are quite a number out there (in the media and in other places) who seem to enjoy portraying Latter-day Saints as bigots and hateful religious fanatics.   The evidence doesn’t support that portrayal.   Here’s an example of actual reality:   http://www.npr.org/2016/06/01/480247305/how-the-utah-compromise-could-serve-as-a-model-law-for-other-states?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=religion       [Read more…]

“Highlights of Exotic Mediterranean”

    A heads up for those who might be interested:   From 8 June through 18 June of 2017 — that’s next year — my wife and I will be accompanying a cruise on the Mediterranean.   Would you like to come along?   If you’re interested, you might want to start planning now.  Get [Read More…]

Good and Evil in a World without God

    “If there is no God, the labels ‘good’ and ‘evil’ are merely opinions.  They are substitutes for ‘I like it’ and ‘I don’t like it.’  They are not objective realities.” Dennis Prager     [Read more…]

BOM Alma 16

    Once again, today’s reading — Alma 16 — is simple and straightforward.  And yet it’s also dramatic.   The people of Ammonihah, who boasted of their strength and claimed that their city was too powerful to be destroyed, were in fact annihilated and their city left not only a ruin but a byword. [Read More…]