Speeches in the greater Phoenix area, 15 April through 17 April

    I promised, the other day, that I would post more details regarding the fireside about Islam that I’ll be doing with Dr. Zuhdi Jasser somewhere in the Phoenix/Mesa area on Sunday, 17 April.   I don’t yet have any more information about the place and time for that event.   However, I can now [Read More…]

Okay. One last reminder.

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Some excellent Mormon writing (and some probably not)

    The latest issue (55/1) of BYU Studies is out:   http://byustudies.byu.edu/content/volume-551-2016   And, even though it contains my review of M. David Litwa’s Becoming Divine: An Introduction to Deification in Western Culture, it still seems worth reading.     [Read more…]

Thanks, Wisconsin!

    You might say that Mr. Donald Trump “choked” in Wisconsin.   As he would point out (were he not the candidate in question), he should have won the state.  The February Marquette University poll had him leading Marco Rubio there by ten percentage points, and Ted Cruz by eleven.  In November, he led Cruz [Read More…]

ISIS, the Kurds, and the continuing fecklessness of the West

    http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/433647/are-kurds-still-under-equipped-fight-against-isis     [Read more…]

LDS missionaries sing a version of Adele’s “Hello”

    http://www.ldsliving.com/Mormon-Missionaries-Sing-Adele-s-Hello-in-this-Hilarious-Parody/s/81778   Thanks to Darby Walters for bringing this to my notice.     [Read more…]

BOM Mosiah 23

      Alma’s anti-monarchical stance in today’s reading, Mosiah 23,  is quite striking.  It’s plain that Alma had been horrified by King Noah, by the power of a morally depraved king to drag those around him down.  His experience in that king’s court fundamentally affected his political views.   In just a short time, when Alma [Read More…]

From “The Great Divorce”

    “Son,” he said, “ye cannot in your present state understand eternity . . .  That is what mortals misunderstand.  They say of some temporal suffering, “No future bliss can make up for it,” not knowing that Heaven, once attained, will work backwards and turn even that agony into a glory.  And of some [Read More…]

Idiocy at a Scottish university

    I’m comforted, somehow, to realize that America doesn’t have a monopoly on such silliness:   http://www.nationalreview.com/article/433632/edinburgh-university-safe-space-disagreement     [Read more…]

“Curse Tablets Discovered in 2400-Year-Old Grave”

    An interesting find — suggesting that human grudges and rivalries weren’t, alas, so very different back then from those that we encounter today:   http://www.livescience.com/54285-curse-tablets-uncovered-in-greece.html   My wife and I, between us, belong to several reading groups.  One of them meets on the first Sunday of every month, so we met this past [Read More…]