“The contrast between the on-line Mormon world and the real Mormon world”

  I like this little essay very much: http://www.millennialstar.org/the-contrast-between-the-on-line-mormon-world-and-the-real-mormon-world/ Like Geoff B., I've never seen or heard anybody rebuked in church for wearing pants.  I've never experienced the hellish Church that some critics describe online, dominated by cruel gossip, oppressive patriarchy, gay-bashing sermons, and overt racism expressed over the pulpit. One quibble, though: … [Read More...]

“The Cosmos Might Be Mostly Devoid of Life”

  An intriguing way of looking at the question of biogenesis: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-cosmos-might-be-mostly-devoid-of-life/   … [Read More...]

On loving and liking

  "We are obliged to love one another. We are not strictly bound to like one another."  Thomas Merton    … [Read More...]

Another publication from BYU’s Middle Eastern Texts Initiative

  I'm pleased to see that the Middle Eastern Texts Initiative (METI), an undertaking at Brigham Young University that I conceived and founded and with which I was centrally involved until I was obliged to leave it in 2013, has published yet another volume. Just out is Hunayn ibn Ishaq on His Galen Translations, a parallel English-Arabic text edited and translated by John C. Lamoreaux, of Southern Methodist University. Hunayn b. Ishaq (d. 873 AD) … [Read More...]

“Rethinking Mormons and Porn”

  For years now, critics of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have chortled with rapturous joy over a report indicating that Utah ranks first in the nation for the consumption of online pornography. This, they've suggested, proves that Mormons are sexually repressed and psychologically warped hypocrites, and that Mormonism is therefore . . . well, somehow bad.  Or (and these claims don't have to make sense or be fully compatible) it shows that Mo … [Read More...]

Have we now received a signal from an extraterrestrial civilization?

  Interesting: http://www.centauri-dreams.org/?p=36248   … [Read More...]

“Has the 2016 election produced a political ‘Mormon Moment’?”

  We're certainly receiving more attention nationally (and internationally) in connection with this election than our numbers (or Utah's size) would ordinarily warrant: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865660975/Has-the-2016-election-produced-a-political-Mormon-Moment.html   … [Read More...]

“That Big List of Challenges in Anti-Mormon Literature”

  A nice essay from Mike Ash: http://lds.net/blog/faith/big-list-anti-mormon-literature/ In this context, of course, nice means that, among other things, I completely agree with it. In fact, I myself briefly addressed the "big list" phenomenon at the 2014 FairMormon conference: http://www.fairmormon.org/perspectives/fair-conferences/2014-fairmormon-conference/reflections-letter-ces-director   … [Read More...]

God’s love

  "God loves each of us as if there were only one of us." (St. Augustine, AD 354-430) … [Read More...]

“Why America’s ‘Nones’ Left Religion Behind”

   Interesting data.  Those of us who are believers, and who believe in encouraging faith in others, need to understand the data.  Only then can we respond intelligently and effectively to today's environment, which is substantially different (though not necessarily better or worse) than it was a generation or two ago.   … [Read More...]