David Petraeus as Secretary of State?

    Mitt Romney has been much talked about as a potential Secretary of State in the impending Trump administration.  (They had dinner together this evening.)   But there are others who are apparently also being considered.  One of them is former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani.  He was an excellent mayor, and behaved downright [Read More…]

“Star-starved galaxies fill the cosmos”

    More advanced telescopes are allowing us to detect dim galaxies that we couldn’t see even just a few years ago.  Hundreds if not thousands of them:   https://www.sciencenews.org/article/star-starved-galaxies-fill-cosmos?tgt=nr     [Read more…]

“Autobiographical Notes of My Testimony”

    On his superb blog, the wonderful Robert Boylan calls attention to a speech that I gave at the 2004 FAIR conference — the organization is now called FairMormon, of course — and that, honestly, I had completely forgotten:   http://scripturalmormonism.blogspot.com/2016/11/autobiographical-notes-of-my-testimony.html   Some might find it interesting.  And my most determined critics will, no [Read More…]

“7 Reasons Mormons Love the Jews — Mostly”

    This article appeared in the Jewish periodical Forward back before the presidential election:   http://forward.com/news/352827/7-reasons-mormons-love-the-jews-mostly/     [Read more…]

The four characteristics of a good judge

    Four things belong to a judge: to hear courteously, to answer wisely, to consider soberly, and to decide impartially. Socrates   All of us must (and do) make judgments, and it seems to me that these “four things” pertain, therefore, to all of us in that sense.  Including online.     [Read more…]

A movie recommendation

    A few weeks ago, my wife and I watched a Norwegian disaster film called Bølgen (or, in English, The Wave).  It was surprisingly good (e.g., frightening).  And the disaster that it portrays is appallingly realistic, even probable.     The film was particularly striking to us because we were there, in Geiranger Fjord — [Read More…]

Rhymes with “Witch”

    As some of you may have noticed, I wasn’t a particularly enthusiastic supporter of Mr. Donald J. Trump for the presidency.   When people ask me about my feelings regarding the 2016 election, I respond that I’m happy that Hillary Clinton lost but sad that Donald Trump won.  I hope that he turns [Read More…]

“No, Conservatism Should Not Embrace Populism”

    A regular writer for National Review challenges a recent article (also published in National Review) by Senator Mike Lee (R-UT):   “No, Conservatism Should Not Embrace Populism”   I think he makes some solid points for consideration.     [Read more…]

“Church History/ Doctrine & Covenants Gospel Doctrine Resources”

    Next year’s adult Sunday School curriculum will focus on the Doctrine and Covenants and on the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.   Fortunately, over at his blog Benjamin the Scribe, the ever-interesting Ben Spackman has compiled a very helpful list of materials for students and teachers in 2017 Latter-day [Read More…]

“Mormons and Science”

    I’ve just stumbled across what looks to be a very interesting blog devoted to the subject of “Mormons and Science”:   http://www.mormonsandscience.com   This is a topic that has always interested me.  For some reason, it’s been especially on my mind over the past week and a half.    (Such phases recur with [Read More…]