Proof in religion?

    Proof is only applicable to very rarefied areas of philosophy and mathematics. . . .  For the most part we are driven to acting on good evidence, without the luxury of proof.  There is good evidence of the link between cause and effect.  There is good evidence that the sun will rise tomorrow. [Read More…]

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“‘A Fountain of Pure Water’: Lake Atitlán”

    I’ve only been there once — and that was a fairly long time ago now — but it is, indeed, a wonderful place:   http://www.studioetquoquefide.com/2016/01/a-fountain-of-pure-water-lake-atitlan.html [Read more…]

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“Faking Data for a Good Cause”

    And here, based on my image among certain critics, I thought this article was going to be about me.   Disappointing.   Still, even though it’s actually not about me, what it describes is pretty impressive.   http://www.realclearscience.com/blog/2016/01/ligos_fascinating_trial_by_fake_data.html     [Read more…]

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Where are the safest college campuses in America?

    I won’t spoil the suspense.  But I will tell you that neither BYU nor BYU-Idaho ranks high in the “party scene” category.   I’m crushed.   http://www.businessinsider.com/safest-college-campuses-in-america-2016-1     [Read more…]

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“Pixar, Star Wars and the fans themselves: Why 2015 was a good-verging-on-great year for movies”

    An item from the ever-insightful young movie writer for the Deseret News:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865644660/Pixar-Star-Wars-and-the-fans-themselves-Why-2015-was-a-good-verging-on-great-year-for-movies.html?pg=all#pFHK5v8O12KRg8Z1.01       [Read more…]

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“The ‘Other Side’ is Not Dumb”

    This is a really wise little piece — advertised as taking six minutes to read, although I think that’s a bit high — and it makes an excellent suggestion:   https://medium.com/@SeanBlanda/the-other-side-is-not-dumb-2670c1294063#.2qsy0c1ii   If only all the depraved idiots who disagree with me would read it and adjust their behavior accordingly!   Posted from [Read More…]

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“Muslim Millennials’ Views on Religion”

    I like Jim Zogby’s comment that this generation is often talked about but seldom talked to:   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/james-zogby/muslim-millennials-views_b_8942060.html   Thanks to my friend and frequent BYU colleague Dr. James Toronto (formerly president of the Italy Catania Mission for three years and currently serving in Istanbul as president of the new Central Eurasian Mission), for bringing [Read More…]

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Visiting the Provo City Center Temple

    My wife and I had the opportunity, tonight, to tour the new Provo City Center Temple prior its fully-public pre-dedication open house.  The building is magnificently well done.  A beautiful homage to the people who built the original tabernacle in the nineteenth century.   By all means, if you’re in the area, go.   (For [Read More…]

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BOM 1 Nephi 18

    A couple of quick comments, today, on 1 Nephi 18:   1.   If one grants Hugh Nibley’s view that Lehi had a background in caravan trade, the names of his children may almost mark out his life’s story.   Laman and Lemuel, his two eldest sons, bear names that seem to come from the [Read More…]

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How kind should we be?

    “Always be a little kinder than necessary.”  (James M. Barrie)     [Read more…]

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