May 18, 2021

    I’m pleased to report that, as of now, the Interpreter Foundation’s movie Witnesses is scheduled to open on the weekend of 4-5 June (and, in at least some locations, on 2-3 June, as well) in  fifty-seven theaters located in eight states — Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah.  We have just added a large number of theaters, many (but not all) of them in Arizona.   Please have a look at the website to see… Read more

May 17, 2021

    ***   Two new pieces went up today on the website of the Interpreter Foundation.  The second of them is an entry on the Interpreter Foundation’s blog, while the first appears in Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship:   Mack C. Stirling, “Job: An LDS Reading” Abstract: Mack C. Stirling examines the well-known story of Job, one of the literary books of the Bible and part of the Wisdom literature (which is heavy in temple mysticism and… Read more

May 16, 2021

    ***   I offer here a potpourri of appalling horrors from the essentially inexhaustible Christopher Hitchens Memorial “How Religion Poisons Everything” File©:   “Donation to Assist Exploited Children in Hawaii: Church partners with Ho’ōla Nā Pua to support the Bromley Family Pearl Haven Campus”   “Latter-day Saint NBA CEO tells Wall Street Journal that his faith gives him a ‘longer view’”   “Why BYU, other church schools rejected tens of millions in COVID-19 relief”   “LDS congregation donates… Read more

May 15, 2021

    I’m pleased to report that, based on views and shares, the Interpreter Foundation’s theatrical film, Witnesses, is currently ranked Number Two nationally on iTunes Apple Trailers.  (To put this in perspective, Above Suspicion, starring Emilia Clarke, comes in fifth, and The Misfits, starring Pierce Brosnan, ranks seventh.)  It would be fun if we were able to reach the Number One slot.  So, if you want to help, please watch the trailer and share it as widely as you can:  … Read more

May 14, 2021

    Two new items went up today in Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship.  The first is by A. Keith Thompson, and the second is by Blake T. Ostler:   “The Brass Plates: Can Modern Scholarship Help Identify Their Contents?” Abstract: The Book of Mormon contains little information about what the Brass Plates contain. Nephi said it was a larger record than the Hebrew Bible brought to America by the Gentiles. But it could not have contained the records of… Read more

May 13, 2021

    Another trio of new items has gone up on the website of the Interpreter Foundation:   ““We Will Still Weep for Zion”: War and Wealth” This is the seventh of eight weekly blog posts published in honor of the life and work of Hugh Nibley (1910–2005). The series is in honor of the new, landmark book, Hugh Nibley Observed, available in softcover, hardback, digital, and audio editions. Each week our post is accompanied by interviews and insights in pdf, audio,… Read more

May 12, 2021

    Driving southbound on I-15 early this morning, I was pleased to see an advertisement for the Interpreter Foundation’s soon-to premiere theatrical film, Witnesses, on an electronic billboard.  And just a few hours ago, I saw the same advertisement on an electronic billboard at the corner of University Parkway and State Street — in other words, at the southwest corner of University Mall — in Orem.  Good grief.  It looks as if this thing could really happen.   If… Read more

May 11, 2021

    I think that I failed to call y0ur attention to this item, which went up two or three days ago on the still barely-alive website of the Interpreter Foundation:   “Book of Moses Essays #54: Moses Sees the Garden of Eden (Moses 3): Spiritual Creation (Moses 3:5–7)”   Thinking about creation right now, I can’t help but picture the crater of Haleakala, where we stood on Sunday afternoon.  (See above.)  In a very real way, it is a… Read more

May 10, 2021

    ***   This  interesting reminiscence was just published in Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship:   Gordon C. Thomasson, “Matthew Black and Mircea Eliade Meet Hugh Nibley” Abstract: As a graduate student, Gordon Thomasson had the opportunity to introduce two internationally renowned scholars to the publications and scholarship of Hugh Nibley: Matthew Black, an eminent scholar of ancient Enoch writings; and Mircea Eliade, famed chair of the History of Religions program at the University of Chicago. Upon… Read more

May 10, 2021

    ***   After a leisurely morning that included partaking of the sacrament, we drove over to the Kula district — where, by the way, most of the famous Maui onions are grown —  on the western slope of the massive volcano Haleakalā.  We had a specific reason for going there: We wanted to see the historic little Pulehu Chapel once again.  My next column for Meridian Magazine will probably center, to at least some degree, on Pulehu.  We… Read more

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