“Translation and Historicity of the Book of Abraham”

Abraham and the stars
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      A new Church statement on the Book of Abraham is now available:   https://www.lds.org/topics/translation-and-historicity-of-the-book-of-abraham?lang=eng     … [Read more...]

“You should not leave Mormonism for any of these 5 reasons”

Both are always with us in this life.

    There is sound counsel here:   http://www.gregtrimble.com/you-should-not-leave-mormonism-for-any-of-these-5-reasons/#.U7GC1z9qJ1I.facebook   (Thanks to Jabra Ghneim for bringing it to my attention.)   While I know that some people lose their faith for purely intellectual reasons -- to the extent that it's possible for human beings, who aren't merely intellectual beings, to do anything for purely intellectual reasons -- I suspect (and, in … [Read more...]

Regarding the 2013 FAIR conference, last year

Exotic Provo, Utah

    This is the column that I wrote last year, to advertise last year's FAIR conference.  Please note that it pertains to last year's FAIR conference, not this year's FairMormon, and that the dates given for it are not the same as the dates for this year's FairMormon conference:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865582923/Annual-FAIR-conference-set-for-Aug-1-2.html?pg=1   If you missed the conference last year, you shouldn't commit that error again … [Read more...]

“Man of La Mancha”

Don't miss this.

  My wife and I have just returned from a marvelous performance of Man of La Mancha at the Hale Center Theater in Orem.   I have to admit that I wasn't particularly excited about seeing this musical.  For some reason, although I know it's good, it's never really spoken to me much.  And I've seen it several times, once or twice with famous actors.   Tonight, though, for the first time, it involved me emotionally and I found it moving.   And -- we saw … [Read more...]

Tracey and Vincent

Tracey Emin, "My Bed"

    It's said that Vincent Van Gogh sold only a single painting during his entire lifetime -- a piece of schlock that he called "The Red Vineyards near Arles."  The sister of a friend bought if from him, for 400 francs -- roughly $1000 in today's American dollars.     But, for real artists (unlike that crazy Dutch hack), art can obviously be quite … [Read more...]

Fouad Ajami (d. 22 June 2014)

Professor Fouad Ajami

    Amid many distractions during my month of June, I failed to notice that Fouad Ajami, a commentator on the Middle East whom I admired very much, passed away -- too young, at 68 -- of prostate cancer.   A Lebanese-born Arab of Iranian Shi‘i descent who came to the United States for his university education, he taught for many years at Johns Hopkins University and was a fellow of the Hoover Institution at Stanford.  He was sane and insightful, and he wrote some … [Read more...]

A report from the front lines of the War on Women

A report from the front lines of the War on Women

      Here are some strong words about the shameless lie of a conservative "war on women" from former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina:   http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/382042/carly-fiorina-war-women-shameless-baseless-propaganda-tim-cavanaugh   May her voice be heard, and may the voices of the demagogues on this issue be recognized for what they are.     … [Read more...]

More on merely “asking a question”

Was she, like Oliver, merely asking an innocent and humble question?

    Sorry, but the evidence continues to accumulate that Kate Kelly, however she may have begun her "Ordain Women" activities, has long since left merely "asking a question" behind.  (See also here.)   In fact, she's left merely asking the Prophet to ask a question behind.   She knows the Lord's answer, and the leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints need to get with the program.   Consider, for example, her remarks in a … [Read more...]