“After a centuries-long tradition, only one god-king remains”

    The latest installation of the bi-weekly Hamblin/Peterson column in the Deseret News has appeared:   http://www.deseretnews.com/user/comments/865673628/After-a-centuries-long-tradition-only-one-god-king-remains.html   Posted from Waikoloa, Hawai’i     [Read more…]

“It Took a Village to Prepare for the Restoration”

    It is — or, anyway, it was — Friday.  (I’m a bit late with this.)  So, of course, Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture has published a new article.  Not a very good one, it’s true,  But the streak continues:   It Took a Village to Prepare for the Restoration   Posted from [Read More…]

“What Every Latter-day Saint Should Know about Islam”

    A useful 2003 article from two of my colleagues at Brigham Young University:   https://rsc.byu.edu/archived/volume-4-number-2-2003/what-every-latter-day-saint-should-know-about-islam     [Read more…]

Private Property as Ethical Mirror

    “The great blessing of private property, then, is that people can benefit from their own industry and insulate themselves from the negative effects of others’ actions.  It is like a set of invisible mirrors that surround individuals, households or firms, reflecting back on them the consequences of their acts.  The industrious will reap [Read More…]

How popular are Latter-day Saints among their fellow Americans?

    Two rather different ways of looking at the data:   The Deseret News:  “‘You’re getting warmer’ — Pew studies Americans’ feelings toward religious groups, including Mormons”   IBT:  “Most Popular Religions In America: Jews Viewed Most Favorably With Muslims Least Favorable”   One of the (many) reasons why Mormons should perhaps feel a [Read More…]

“Washington’s Supreme Court Imposes Its Progressive Faith on a Christian Florist”

    If we can take a break, if we can avert our gaze from the perpetually zany circus of our new president’s tweets and press conferences, there’s tyranny on the horizon:   http://www.nationalreview.com/article/444989/washington-supreme-court-christian-florist-religious-freedom-gay-discrimination-case   This is much more serious than how big Mr. Trump’s inaugural audience was, how vast his election victory was, whether [Read More…]

“Earth has a brand-new continent called Zealandia, and it’s been hiding in plain sight for ages”

    Meet Earth’s newest continent!   http://uk.businessinsider.com/zealandia-continent-new-zealand-australia-2017-2?r=US&IR=T     [Read more…]

“Spiritual Experiences as the Basis for Belief and Commitment”

    The edited transcript of a very interesting 2007 FairMormon presentation by Blake Ostler:   Spiritual Experiences as the Basis for Belief and Commitment     [Read more…]

“A Latter-day Saint Perspective on Muhammad”

    A good article by my friend and colleague Jim Toronto (Ph.D. Harvard, Islamic studies) who, having already presided over the Italy Catania Mission, is now serving as the president of the Church’s mission in Istanbul.  He has spent many years in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Jordan, as well.   https://www.lds.org/ensign/2000/08/a-latter-day-saint-perspective-on-muhammad?lang=eng     [Read more…]

On being in darkness

    “An age is called Dark not because the light fails to shine, but because people refuse to see it.” James A. Michener (1907-1997)     [Read more…]