“‘Let a Hundred Flowers Blossom’: Some Observations on Mormon Studies”

SoCal flowers

  I was invited by its new editor to write this little item for the first issue of the Mormon Studies Review that appeared after I was purged from the Maxwell Institute.  It wasn't available online for the first year or so, and I forgot about it. I just remembered, though.  And it expresses something of my attitude toward Mormon studies and Mormon apologetics: http://publications.mi.byu.edu/fullscreen/?pub=2402&index=8   … [Read more...]

We must learn.

Marion Duff Hanks

   "No one knows anything about Christ’s work simply by being born a member of the Church, and often he knows little about it after years of unmotivated exposure in meetings or classes. He must learn. And learning involves self-investment and effort. The Gospel should be studied ‘as carefully as any science.’ The ‘literature of the Church’ must be ‘acquired and read.’ Our learning should be increased in our spare time ‘day by day.’ Then as we put the gospel truth to work in dai … [Read more...]

“The Yoke of Christ: A Light Burden Heavy with Meaning”

Jesus carrying his cross

  It being Friday, there's a new article up in Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture: http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/the-yoke-of-christ-a-light-burden-heavy-with-meaning/   … [Read more...]

“National Universities Where Students are Eager to Enroll”

Gate to Harvard College

  http://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/articles/2016-01-25/national-universities-where-students-are-eager-to-enroll   … [Read more...]

“President Obama denounces anti-Muslim bias, mentions anti-Mormon history”

Wikimedia CC CCA Christensen Jackson Cty MO

  A few of you, at least, might have missed this aspect of President Obama's much-discussed visit to a mosque a couple of days ago: http://www.sltrib.com/news/3495925-155/president-obama-denounces-anti-muslim-bias-mentions As usual, by the way, the comments following this Tribune article don't manage to rise to the level of "utterly worthless."   … [Read more...]

“From exile to eminence: How the alien hunters conquered astronomy”

Distant planet as seen by artist

  An interesting and readable short article on the rise to respectability of the search for life -- notice that I say "life," and not merely "extraterrestrial intelligence" -- on other worlds: http://arstechnica.com/science/2016/02/from-exile-to-eminence-how-the-alien-hunters-conquered-astronomy/   … [Read more...]

“Deification: Divine Inheritance and the Glorious Afterlife in the Book of Mormon and Ancient Mesoamerica”

Xunantunich, in Mesoamerica

  Mark Alan Wright delivered these interesting remarks at the tenth annual FAIR (now FairMormon) conference, in August 2008: http://www.fairmormon.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/2008-Mark-Wright.pdf   … [Read more...]

“How the Satanic temple forced Phoenix lawmakers to ban public prayer”

Phoenix, Arizona, downtown

  Nathaniel Hancock has brought the following unpleasant item to my notice, along the way ruefully mentioning the famous comment from John Adams that "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other":  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2016/02/05/how-the-satanic-temple-forced-phoenix-lawmakers-to-ban-public-prayer/ Alas, I tend to agree with the … [Read more...]