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September 2, 2021

    ***   We’ve now moved on to the second phase for the Witnesses dramatic film:   Witnesses: Now on Blu-Ray and DVD   And we’re well into the next phases of the overall Witnesses project:   The docudrama, Undaunted: Witnesses of the Book of Mormon, is currently undergoing color correction. I spent the morning conducting an interview with a well-known Latter-day Saint scholar for our forthcoming short features (aka “snippets”).  It went very nicely, I think. And, for… Read more

September 1, 2021

    ***   This new essay from Kyler Rasmussen went up on Wednesday on the website of the Interpreter Foundation:   “Estimating the Evidence Episode 9: On Too-Olde English”   I’m late with this blog entry because I’ve been traveling all day.  I only got home just now after flying from San Diego and landing at WAIUS (the “Worst Airport in the United States,” pronounced “Why us?”).  Fortunately, our arrival gate was relatively close to the baggage claim area,… Read more

September 1, 2021

    ***   New today (Tuesday) on the website of the Interpreter Foundation:   Nibley Lectures: Come, Follow Me Doctrine and Covenants Lesson 37 “Be Still and Know That I Am God” D&C 98-101   Jonn Claybaugh:  Come, Follow Me — D&C Study and Teaching Helps: Lesson 37, September 6–September 12: D&C 98-101 — “Be Still and Know That I Am God”   Audio Roundtable: Come, Follow Me Doctrine and Covenants Lesson 37 “Be Still and Know That I Am… Read more

August 31, 2021

    ***   It seems that this coming Thursday will be the last day of the theatrical run for the Interpreter Foundation’s dramatic film, Witnesses.  A “last day” was inevitable, of course, and it’s been very clear over the past few weeks that it was approaching.   Earlier this evening, I received a note from Brandon Purdie, the extremely effective head of Purdie Distribution, that read (in part) as follows:   Truly a remarkable theatrical run. Producers, thank you… Read more

August 29, 2021

    ***   Considerable attention has been focused over the past few days on Brigham Young University and on Elder Jeffrey R. Holland’s apostolic exhortation to its faculty, staff, and administrators.  And justly so, though much of the recent controversy about Elder Holland’s speech has been, in my judgment, fundamentally misguided and productive of considerably more heat than light.  But BYU-Provo is merely the largest and most prominent campus in the higher education system sponsored by the Church of… Read more

August 28, 2021

    ***   I really like the 2009 Clint Eastwood film Invictus, which I consider quite inspiring.  It stars Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela and Matt Damon as the rugby player François Pienaar, the captain of South Africa’s rugby union team.  I’m not authority enough on South African history to confidently pronounce Mr. Mandela a hero, but his portrayal in the movie certainly inclines me in that direction.  I hope that it captures him accurately.   In the final,… Read more

August 27, 2021

    ***   I’m late in calling attention to this, but a new article — this one by Dr. Alan Goff — has gone up in Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship:   “Vox Populi and Vox Dei: Allusive Explorations of Biblical and Book of Mormon Politeias” A review of David Charles Gore, The Voice of the People: Political Rhetoric in the Book of Mormon (Provo, UT: Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship, Brigham Young University, 2019). 229 pp. $15.95 (paperback). Abstract: David Gore’s book The… Read more

August 26, 2021

    ***   This parable, from the Philosophical Fragments of Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855), has long been a favorite of mine:   Imagine there was a King who loved a humble maiden. She had no royal pedigree, no education, no standing in the royal court. She dressed in rags. She lived in a hovel; she lived the ragged life of a peasant. But for reasons no one could quite figure out, the King fell in love with this girl in… Read more

August 26, 2021

    ***   In case anybody out there might be interested, this new article of mine was published yesterday in Meridian Magazine:   “Observing Hugh Nibley”   ***   The latest of Kyler Rasmussen’s Bayesian essays appeared yesterday on the website of the Interpreter Foundation:   “Estimating the Evidence Episode 8: On Very Long Boat Rides”   And so did a a substantially updated essay from Royal Skousen:   “Update of the Pre-Print of A Discussion of the Book… Read more

August 24, 2021

    ***   Some new items were published earlier today (Tuesday) on the website of the Interpreter Foundation:   “Nibley Lectures: Come, Follow Me Lesson Doctrine and Covenants Lesson 36 (D&C 94-97)”   Audio Roundtable: Come, Follow Me Doctrine and Covenants Lesson 36 “For the Salvation of Zion”: D&C 94-97 The Interpreter Radio Roundtable for Come, Follow Me Doctrine and Covenants Lesson 36, “For the Salvation of Zion” on D&C 94-97, featured Mark Johnson, Matthew Bowen, and Martin Tanner. And now… Read more




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