September 21, 2023

    A few days ago, I published a post here in which I replied to the silly atheist slogan “Science flies men to the moon. Religion flies planes into buildings.”  Responding to my response, an occasional participant on the Peterson Obsession Board who does not appear to be as reflexively hostile to theism as many of the others there — an (American?) physicist teaching in Germany who has never been a Latter-day Saint — offered an alternative slogan:  “Religion... Read more

September 20, 2023

    Newly posted on the website of the Interpreter Foundation:  Conference Talks: Group Ascension to Heaven in Early Judaism and Christianity. This presentation was originally given by David Larsen on Saturday, 5 November 2016, at the Interpreter Foundation’s 2016 Temple on Mount Zion Conference.     This is good to hear, although, since there are still matters before the courts, it may not quite be the last word:  “Breaking News: City of Cody Issues Building Permit for LDS Temple... Read more

September 20, 2023

    Two more items have gone up on the website of the Interpreter Foundation.  As is typically the case, they are available to you at no charge: The New Testament in Context Lesson 40: “Walk in the Spirit”: Galatians In the 3 September 2023 Come, Follow Me segment of the Interpreter Radio Show, Terry Hutchinson (the moderator), Spencer Kraus, Brent Schmidt, and Hales Swift discussed New Testament lesson 40, “Walk in the Spirit,” covering Galatians. You can listen to... Read more

September 18, 2023

    I acquired two new books at the end of last week, and I’m looking forward to reading them. The first is Richard Lyman Bushman, Joseph Smith’s Gold Plates: A Cultural History (New York: Oxford University Press, 2023), Renowned historian Richard Lyman Bushman presents a vibrant history of the objects that gave birth to a new religion. According to Joseph Smith, in September of 1823 an angel appeared to him and directed him to a hill near his home.... Read more

September 17, 2023

    I received the following from my friend Mark Skousen, and I think that some of you will be interested in it.  So I share it here pretty much in toto:   Our New Book is Banned in Beijing! By Mark SkousenEditor, Forecasts & Strategies 09/14/2023 “Cleon Skousen was truly a giant. I encourage everyone to read the story of this great man, which will inspire you to join the cause of liberty.” — Senator Mike Lee I’m thrilled... Read more

September 16, 2023

    I pass on to you a message from my friend Scott Gordon, the president of FAIR LDS, about FAIR’s upcoming virtual conference on “Defending the Book of Mormon,” which will occur on 22-23 September (commemorating the 200th anniversary of the appearance of the angel Moroni to the young Joseph Smith): Join us September 22-23 for a FREE virtual Book of Mormon conference with keynote speaker Richard Bushman Please join us for this event commemorating the day in 1827... Read more

September 15, 2023

  Two new articles went up today on the website of the Interpreter Foundation: “Witness of the Covenant,” written by Loren Blake Spendlove Abstract: Although much has been taught about covenants in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, little attention has been given to the witnesses of those covenants. In this paper I focus on the importance of witnessing the covenants that we make with God — especially the gospel covenant — rather than on the process of... Read more

September 14, 2023

    As I say, the game is afoot.  Today marked the fourth day of filming for the Interpreter Foundation’s new movie project, Six Days in August.  Our crew and our actors are hard at work, filling long days, in Upper Canada Village, which is located on the northern bank of the St. Lawrence River in the province of Ontario.  Thanks to the kindness of our producer, Russell M. Richins, I’m very pleased to be able to share still photographs... Read more

September 14, 2023

    My father was born 110 years ago today, in a largely Scandinavian area of rural North Dakota.  Teddy Roosevelt had first visited the Dakota Territory just thirty years before, in 1883, where he was enthralled by the “western” lifestyle and set out to become a cattle rancher.  North Dakota had attained statehood in 1889, twenty-four years before Dad’s birth. The Lutheran church that my father and his family attended was served by circuit-riding clergymen who still alternately preached... Read more

September 13, 2023

      Filming for the Interpreter Foundation’s new “Six Days in August” movie project has been underway in Canada since Monday morning.  That’s both exciting and, well, worrying.  If you feel any inclination to include our film crew and our actors in your prayers, I won’t oppose you in that. So far, I’m told, things are going well.     Newly posted on the website of the Interpreter Foundation:  Conference Talks: “Where I Will Meet You”: The Convergence of... Read more

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