“Death rate from cancer now 25% lower than it was 25 years ago, report says”

    There’s a virtually unending torrent of all kinds of bad news every day, and, more specifically, cancer is still a terrifying word.  (It’s hit our own neighborhood pretty hard over the past year or so, and I know of many families here and elsewhere who are sorrowing right now.)   But there are encouraging [Read More…]

A curious item on secular public schools

      Make of this what you will:   The great object was to get rid of Christianity, and to convert our churches into halls of science.  The plan was not to make open attacks on religion, although we might [criticize] the clergy and bring them into contempt where we could: but to establish [Read More…]

“Another Cool Aspect of the Book of Abraham”

    http://mormanity.blogspot.com/2016/12/another-cool-aspect-of-book-of-abraham.html   And I’m really looking forward to this:   https://deseretbook.com/p/introduction-to-the-book-of-abraham?variant_id=145577-hardcover     [Read more…]

“Has the Location of Nephi’s Bountiful Been Discovered?”

    https://knowhy.bookofmormoncentral.org/content/has-the-location-of-nephi’s-bountiful-been-discovered   If you’re interested in this topic, here are two more good resources:   https://www.amazon.com/Journey-Faith-S-Kent-Brown/dp/B0013N02YM/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1484013233&sr=8-2&keywords=Journey+of+Faith   https://www.amazon.com/Journey-Faith-Jerusalem-Promised-Land/dp/0842526447/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1484013233&sr=8-3&keywords=Journey+of+Faith     [Read more…]

“What is the best scientific paper ever published?”

    This question could undoubtedly be debated forever, and it could potentially be answered in hundreds of different ways.   See whether you can guess in advance the answer given by the writer of this article.   http://www.realclearscience.com/blog/2017/01/09/what_is_the_best_scientific_paper_ever_published.html   I didn’t guess correctly.  See if you can beat me.   For background on the author of [Read More…]

“How the Dwarfs Refused to Be Taken In”

    Rather often, when I’m reading online comments from some of the more embittered, alienated, and angry critics of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I’m powerfully reminded of a passage from near the conclusion of The Last Battle, which is, itself, the final volume in “The Chronicles of Narnia”:   Aslan raised his [Read More…]

“VIDEO: Former BYU star Jimmer Fredette talks with Chinese news station about Basketball, Mormon Faith, and more”

    http://www.vanquishthefoe.com/2017/1/8/14205258/video-former-byu-star-jimmer-fredette-interview-chinese-news-station-basketball-mormon-faith     [Read more…]

Stoneware production facility located near Cana in Galilee?

    You may have missed this little item — I did — when it first appeared.   You will recall John’s account (2:1-11) of what that gospel labels the first miracle of Jesus, which involved the turning of water in stone vessels into wine during a wedding feast at Cana.  Recently, a place has [Read More…]

“What is a Pocalypse?”

    In this less-than-five-minute-long video — brought to my attention by Alex Barclay — the noted British television personality and public intellectual Philomena Cunk examines the End of All Things via (among other tools) an interview with Dr. Brian Cox, who is not only an Advanced Fellow in particle physics at the University of Manchester’s School of Physics and [Read More…]

“Looking at plural marriage and Mormons from vantage of women”

    Polygamy represents one of the most emotion-stirring and, for many, most difficult issues in Mormon history.  This new book, by an eminent American historian (and an active Latter-day Saint), looks extremely interesting.   Boston Globe:  “Looking at plural marriage and Mormons from vantage of women”   Deseret News:  “New Harmony: One historian’s touch [Read More…]