How is BYU doing?

    “U.S. News Rankings:  BYU one of best values in America”   “BYU gets nod as website’s ‘Best College’ in Utah in state-by-state rankings”   And an interesting item from 2013:   “BYU #21 in an academic ranking of colleges”   So it seems, on the whole, that the Church’s university is doing pretty [Read More…]

For those who seek peace

    “God can’t give us peace and happiness apart from Himself because there is no such thing.” C.S. Lewis     [Read more…]

“Trump Tax Records Obtained by The Times Reveal He Could Have Avoided Paying Taxes for Nearly Two Decades”

    I really rather dislike posting about politics on conference weekend, but . . . well, this is a pretty big deal   More coming, though not before Monday.     [Read more…]

“Can an atheist lead a Protestant church? A battle over religion in Canada.”

    I suspect that there are at least a few who would love to see the LDS Church become so openminded:   You might enjoy browsing through the website of West Hill United Church:   Those other progressive Canadian Christians are so darned judgmental and exclusive!     [Read more…]

“The ‘opening’ of the Qur’an”

    I publish a column every Thursday in the Deseret News under the recurring title “Defending the Faith.”  Additionally, with my friend and former BYU colleague William Hamblin, I publish a column every other Saturday that’s overwhelmingly devoted to non-LDS religious topics.   The latest installment of that latter column went up this morning, [Read More…]

“Perpetual Education Fund’s success led to massive expansion of LDS effort to lift the poor”

    This is a really exciting story:   But, of course, as the late Christopher Hitchens loved to say, “Religion poisons everything.”   Posted from Cleveland, Ohio     [Read more…]

“Internal Book of Mormon Evidence: The Lesson of Proto-Indo-European”

    Jamie Huston makes a very good point here:   Posted from Cleveland, Ohio     [Read more…]

Chicago Tribune: “A principled option for U.S. president: Endorsing Gary Johnson, Libertarian”

    The Chicago Tribune declines to endorse either Hillary Rodham Clinton or Mr. Donald J. Trump — sounding a recurrent theme along the way:  Mr. Trump is “unfit” to be president:   Thanks to Cody Quirk for alerting me to this editorial.     Posted from Cleveland, Ohio     [Read more…]

An interesting fundamental description of religion

    Religion has always, I think, implied a belief in some fundamental harmony, some sort of reconciliation between the claims of our own nature and the facts of the universe. J. M. E. McTaggart (d. 1925)   Posted from Cleveland, Ohio     [Read more…]

Winding down in Kirtland

    Our five days of Interpreter Foundation filming in the Kirtland area came to a close this evening.  We began the morning at the Kirtland Temple and then worked at the earliest Kirtland baptismal site, which is located between the Latter-day Saint visitors’ center and the reconstructed grist mill.  Then we spent most of the [Read More…]