“The Book of Mormon as brilliant literature”

Handing out a copy of the Book of Mormon

  A nice article by a former neighbor: http://ldsmag.com/the-book-of-mormon-as-brilliant-literature/   … [Read more...]

“A new chapter in the world’s oldest story”

Louvre Hammurabi stela

  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2015/10/06/a-new-chapter-in-the-worlds-oldest-story/ Thanks to Jabra Ghneim for bringing this interesting item to my attention.   … [Read more...]

“A man filled with the love of God”

Yosemite dawn

  A man filled with the love of God is not content with blessing his family alone, but ranges through the whole world, anxious to bless the whole human race. Joseph Smith, Jr. … [Read more...]

“Joseph Smith was known as truthful”

  I published this column in the Deseret News very nearly four years ago: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700207011/Joseph-Smith-was-known-as-truthful.html?pg=all I think -- especially in view of a private email that I received this evening -- that it remains very relevant.   … [Read more...]

Two quotations from Muhammad

In Medina

  "Kindness is a mark of faith, and whoever is not kind has no faith."   "To overcome evil with good is good, to resist evil by evil is evil." It would be nice if some of his self-professed modern followers would pay attention to such statements.   … [Read more...]

“Eternity will not suffice”

Dr. De Duve, at ninety-five

   “If you equate the probability of the birth of a bacteria cell to chance assembly of its atoms, eternity will not suffice to produce one. . . .  Faced with the enormous sum of lucky draws behind the success of the evolutionary game, one may legitimately wonder to what extent this success is actually written into the fabric of the universe.” Christian de Duve (1917-2013), organic chemist and  1974 Nobel laureate    … [Read more...]

A note on those who denigrate the character of Joseph Smith

JS Sr farm south of Palmyra

  Joseph Smith was controversial. There were and are voices who claim that he was dishonest and destitute of character. But John Taylor, for one, was quite certain about their motivation. “Joseph Smith,” he said,was a virtuous, high-minded, honorable man, a gentleman and a Christian. But he introduced principles which strike at the root of the corrupt systems of men. This necessarily comes in contact with their prepossessions, prejudices, and interests; and as they can … [Read more...]

“Business Insider”: “Role of blacks in Mormon faith topic of conference”

First temple on Hispaniola

  http://www.businessinsider.com/ap-role-of-blacks-in-mormon-faith-topic-of-conference-2015-10   … [Read more...]