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Thinking about Evolution

1 day ago
  I have a new article up in Meridian Magazine and I hope that you’ll take a look at it.  In it, I recommend a book that I recently read and that I very much enjoyed:  “How Can We Make Sense of Evolution?: A Latter-day Saint Perspective” Now let me continue on that subject for […]
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“I did liken all scriptures unto us”

1 day 22 hours ago
  On Thursday night, in company with our core group of filmmakers and two of their wives, my wife and I were able to see a complete version of the forthcoming Interpreter Foundation theatrical film, Six Days in August.  There is still post-production work to be done, of course.  But there were several scenes in […]
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Recording the Stories of African Saints

3 days 2 hours ago
  Dr. Jeffrey Mark Bradshaw, vice president for special projects at the Interpreter Foundation, is in Africa at the moment in connection with the Foundation’s effort (under the title of Not By Bread Alone) to document some of the stories of the Saints there.  He has kindly been sharing photographs with me from his travels […]
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A really serious challenge

3 days 23 hours ago
  Just in time for the weekend, two new articles have appeared on the website of the Interpreter Foundation: ““One Drop of Salvation from the House of Majesty”: An Analysis of the Revelation of the Magi and Restoration Scripture,” written by Spencer Kraus Abstract: An early Christian text called the Revelation of the Magi presents […]
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Gathering lessons from the past, both good and ill

4 days 21 hours ago
  I’m pleased to report that Jeff Bradshaw and others working on the Interpreter Foundation’s Not by Bread Alone film project are safely landed in Africa, where they have already begun their work. I’m also pleased to note the appearance of a new article on the website of the Interpreter Foundation — which, according to […]
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Of Decision-Making and Ignorance

5 days 21 hours ago
  I finished an important and good book the other day:  Samuel T. Wilkinson, Purpose: What Evolution and Human Nature Imply About the Meaning of Our Existence (New York and London: Pegasus Books, 2024).  I’ll have more to say about the book later, but I enjoyed reading it and I recommend it to others who […]
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The Bells of Las Vegas

1 week ago
  A new article of mine went up yesterday in Meridian Magazine.  Enjoy it, if you can:  “The Heavenly Sign: Brigham Young’s Transfiguration at Nauvoo” Some of the objections that are being raised against construction of the proposed Lone Mountain Nevada Temple in Las Vegas are, at least outwardly, quite legitimate and worthy of being […]
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Contra Calvinism 1

1 week 1 day ago
  Interpreter Radio Show — May 5, 2024 In the 5 May 2024 episode of the Interpreter Radio Show, Spencer Kraus, Hales Swift, Brent Schmidt, and Martin Tanner discussed Come, Follow Me Book of Mormon lesson 22 and various topics related to the Book of Mormon. Their conversation is now available to you at your […]
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Differing cultures, seeing the world differently

1 week 1 day ago
  I’m gratified to report that Jeffrey Mark Bradshaw, the Interpreter Foundation’s Vice President for Special Projects, is headed at this very moment to Cotonou, Benin, in west Africa, where he will join with a few associates for further work on the Foundation’s Not By Bread Alone film project, on which see here and here. […]
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An introduction to Pascal and his wager

1 week 2 days ago
  The intrepid archaeologists over at FAIR Latter-day Saints recently uncovered a 2001 FAIR conference address and posted it to YouTube.  It was given by a devilishly handsome fellow who is nearly a quarter of a century younger than I am, and is titled  “The Divine Source of the Book of Mormon in the Face […]
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“Mormon and Moroni’s Rhetoric”

1 week 3 days ago
  Fair warning, so that you can avoid these places on the dates indicated below.  In company with others, I will be speaking in the following locations during the first half of June: Saturday, 1 June 2024 — Rome, Italy Saturday, 8 June 2024 — Salzburg, Austria Saturday, 15 June 2024 — Göteborg, Sweden Tonight, […]
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1 week 4 days ago
  I want to remind everyone out there again of the gathering tomorrow night — Friday night, 10 May 2024 — in honor of the contributions of George L. Mitton.  The event will take place at 7 PM in the large room upstairs at Legacy Village, 4146 North University Avenue, Provo, UT 84604. A new […]
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“The Hello Girls”

1 week 6 days ago
  As prophesied by critics, the long-dead website of the long-dead Interpreter Foundation continues to do absolutely nothing and to show no sign of life.  Want proof?  See, for just four examples, these new entries: “Conference Talks: The Doctrine and Covenants and the Book of Moses: An Outpouring of Revelations and the Beginning of Joseph […]
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They just keep on saying these things!

2 weeks ago
  A new self-published book advocating a novel theory for the origin of the Book of Mormon has recently appeared — the previous theories having, umm, not exactly swept the field before them.  It claims to have found the sources that were used to create the text of the  Book of Mormon.  Alas, though, this […]
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“How to Know a Person”

2 weeks ago
  For the 28 April 2024 episode of the Interpreter Radio Show, the hosts were Steve Densley and John Thompson, joined by their special guest Clifford Jones. They discussed Brother Jones’s recent article in Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship, as well as Come, Follow Me Book of Mormon lesson 21. Their […]
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Observations on two simple passages

2 weeks 1 day ago
  My wife noticed something this morning in one of our readings for today’s “Come, Follow Me” lesson.  Here is the relevant passage: 11 And again I say unto you as I have said before, that as ye have come to the knowledge of the glory of God, or if ye have known of his […]
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An American in Iran

2 weeks 2 days ago
  Those members of the board of the Interpreter Foundation who were able to do so spent most of today together (or, in one case, with us via Zoom) in a board retreat.  It was the first such meeting that we’ve ever had, and it was a good opportunity to discuss the strengths and weaknesses […]
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“Eldr Brigham Young standing in a strange land”

2 weeks 3 days ago
  I published this article in Meridian Magazine on Wednesday, 1 May 2024.  But I have been so very busy over the past week or so that I neglected to call your attention to it:  “A Puzzling Mystery in the Last Chapters of Mark.” I hope that you might perhaps find it interesting, and maybe […]
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A (temporary) limit on the redemption of the dead?

2 weeks 4 days ago
  We spent several hours in the Kirtland Temple again this morning, and then we moved over to the Newel K. Whitney store in the “Kirtland Flats.”  I was filmed in conversations in the store’s upstairs, in the School of the Prophets and in the so-called “Revelation Room.”  I doubt that those conversations will appear […]
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This was the beginning of the blessing

2 weeks 5 days ago
  We drove today from Rochester, New York, to Kirtland, Ohio, stopping off to gawk for a while at Niagara Falls.  In Kirtland, we drove immediately to the onetime Kirtland home of Joseph and Emma Smith.  It was acquired some years ago by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from the Community of […]
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