“Swedish city has long religious history”

    The latest installment of the biweekly Hamblin-Peterson column in the Deseret News is now up: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865658616/Swedish-city-has-long-religious-history.html  Posted from Cedar City, Utah    … [Read More...]

“LDS Church President Thomas S. Monson subpoenaed for deposition in sex abuse lawsuits”

  I suspect that this is grandstanding by the plaintiffs' attorney: http://fox13now.com/2016/07/22/lds-church-president-thomas-s-monson-subpoenaed-for-deposition-in-sex-abuse-lawsuits/ I expect that he wanted publicity for his case (and, just possibly, for himself).  And he's getting it. I don't much like playing along, but, if you don't know about this, you quite possibly should.  Some of the more hostile critics of the Church and of M … [Read More...]

“A Brighter Future for Mormon Theology: Adam S. Miller’s ‘Future Mormon'”

  It being Friday, there's a new article from Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture:http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/a-brighter-future-for-mormon-theology-adam-s-millers-future-mormon/ Posted from Cedar City, Utah    … [Read More...]

“Turkey and Erdogan: Here comes the (real) caliphate”

  I'm worried about Turkey. http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2016/07/21/turkey-and-erdogan-here-comes-real-caliphate.html All around the world, it seems, we're seeing the reemergence of the Strong Leader. This is deeply disheartening.   … [Read More...]

I’ve finally agreed to a divorce.

  I've been a faithful Republican since I was old enough to vote.  In fact, as some may know, my brother permitted me to pull the lever for Senator Barry Goldwater in 1964, so I've been a conservative Republican for a very long time. But no longer. My lifelong political party has been seeking to divorce me for many months now, and, tonight, I've granted the party's request.  I'm now unaffiliated. This saddens me.  I never thought it wou … [Read More...]

“Dark Matter Still a Mystery: Most Sensitive Search Yet Comes Up Empty”

  http://www.space.com/33497-dark-matter-search-comes-up-empty-lux-detector.html I wrote a column that played off of "dark matter" and "dark energy" a while back: "Materialism isn't what it used to be"   … [Read More...]

“BYU climbs from No. 15 to No. 5 in this year’s ‘Best Colleges in America’ by Money Magazine”

  http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865658408/BYU-climbs-from-No-15-to-No-5-in-this-years-Best-Colleges-in-America-by-Money-Magazine.html   … [Read More...]

Boston Globe columnist: “I’m so sorry, Mitt Romney”

  https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2016/07/20/sorry-mitt-romney/OsRRuxUlldZanzewxhuSTN/story.html   … [Read More...]

“Two theological accounts of evil”

  It was a bit late going up online (although it appeared right on schedule in this morning's print edition), but the latest installment of my Thursday column has now appeared: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865658437/Two-theological-accounts-of-evil.html   … [Read More...]

Perhaps Ted Cruz’s finest hour

  Ted Cruz was booed, insulted, and criticized for his convention speech last night. I've never been happier with him. "I am not in the habit of supporting people who attack my wife and attack my father," Senator Cruz commented afterwards. The recently anointed Leader of the Republican Party, Mr. Donald Trump, attacked Senator Cruz harshly and repeatedly throughout much of the Republican primary campaign, including mockery of Mrs. … [Read More...]