On our duty

    “Our main business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance, but to do what lies clearly at hand.” Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)     [Read more…]

Muhammad on the treatment of women

    A hadith (“saying” or “tradition”) attributed to the Prophet Muhammad:   “The best of you are those who are best in treatment to their wives” (or “to their women”).   عَنْ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ عَمْرٍو قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ خِيَارُكُمْ خِيَارُكُمْ لِنِسَائِهِمْ 1978 سنن ابن ماجه كتاب النكاح باب حسن [Read More…]

“Overcoming Obstacles: Becoming a Great Missionary”

    Today — as ever, of course, we’re on our deathbed — Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture has published not one but two articles.  Here’s the second one:   Overcoming Obstacles: Becoming a Great Missionary   Posted from Park City, Utah     [Read more…]

“Alien Water Worlds –‘Most Habitable Planets May Have Oceans Spanning 90% of Their Surface'”

    I can’t help but be reminded of C. S. Lewis’s Perelandra, the second volume (with Out of the Silent Planet and That Hideous Strength) of his brilliant “Perelandra trilogy”:   http://www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2017/04/-alien-water-worlds-most-habitable-planets-may-have-oceans-spanning-90-of-their-surface.html   Posted from Park City, Utah     [Read more…]

“Looking Deeper into Joseph Smith’s First Vision: Imagery, Cognitive Neuroscience, and the Construction of Memory”

    I’m pleased to announce another occurrence of that rare event, the publication of a new article in Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture:   Looking Deeper into Joseph Smith’s First Vision: Imagery, Cognitive Neuroscience, and the Construction of Memory   Posted from Park City, Utah     [Read more…]

“Berkeley Campus on Lockdown after Loose Pages from ‘Wall Street Journal’ Found on Park Bench”

    Today’s college students are, in many cases, a fragile and sensitive lot, skittish and easily frightened.  They need “safe spaces.”  And if someone assigns them a book containing ideas that are different from theirs, or a speaker expresses troubling or even unfamiliar thoughts, they frequently need counseling.   The Onion, one of America’s [Read More…]

“Utah resolution tells world: We favor civil liberties for all Americans”

    I was set to be in attendance for the Governor’s signing of this joint resolution of the Utah State Legislature on Monday morning until a last minute family problem arose that prevented my going.  But I’m very pleased by the resolution and want people to be aware of it:   http://www.sltrib.com/home/5186915-155/utah-resolution-tells-world-we-favor?page=1   Congratulations to [Read More…]

“Mormon Leaders Have Trust Issues”

    I’ve spent more time than perhaps I should have down in the trenches, dealing with alienated and disaffected members as well as with never-Mormon critics of the claims of Joseph Smith and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and this tallies with my experience:   Mormon leaders have trust issues   [Read More…]

“Let Middlebury be Middlebury. And BYU be BYU.”

    Thanks to Ralph Hancock for alerting me to this article on genuine diversity in higher education by Peter Augustine Lawler:   Let Middlebury be Middlebury. And BYU be BYU.   Posted from Park City, Utah     [Read more…]

Seriously Basic

    “More consequences for thought and action follow the affirmation or denial of God than from answering any other basic question.” Mortimer Adler (1902-2001) [Read more…]