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Evans Political Bull-Bear Indicator: August 2007

August 21, 2007 | 74 comments

The people who bet money on their ability to predict political events are bullish on Mitt Romney. Read more »

Mormonism and Pluralism

June 2, 2007 | 82 comments

Mormonism and Pluralism In the U.S. today, many people are wary of religion because they feel it often supports a kind of intolerance. Mitt Romney’s presidential candidacy provides an interesting case study on the relationship between faith and pluralism. On the one hand, we see clear examples of religious intolerance from people like Bill Keller. On the other hand, ironically, the Mormon faith to which Romney adheres is committed in its very scripture to a deep and wide pluralism. Read more »

What if . . . ?

May 14, 2007 | 49 comments

What if I didn’t believe in God? Would I still be a Mormon? Read more »

Markets and Consumer Activism

April 11, 2007 | 56 comments

With fair regularity, one hears someone talking of efforts to buy less of some commercial product, either out of a desire for global conservation or because he doesn’t like how it is produced or whatever. Invariably, he comments that his own effect on the market is small, but he wishes to “send a message” or help along some broader movement. Within a plausible model of markets. there are easily understood conditions under which this small effect is actually zero, and remains zero even if he is joined by many like-minded individuals. At which point one wonders if the “message”... Read more »

The ordinary

February 5, 2007 | 22 comments

However well we do in school or our jobs or in our church callings or in any endeavor, most of our lives are and will be ordinary. Read more »

Making Money off the Mormons: Sacrament Butt-pads

July 12, 2006 | 121 comments

When I was a senior in college, I worked at Seagull Book and Tape, an LDS book and trinket store across the street from the LA Temple. (The pay was lousy, but working with books was fun. So it turned out to be a decent job.) I was amazed by all the stuff that Mormons buy just because it has some sort of Mormon reference or connection. Read more »

Movie Review: An Inconvenient Truth

June 20, 2006 | 96 comments

A review in four parts: Read more »

O Jerusalem, Jerusalem

June 16, 2006 | 47 comments

My wife and I were in Jerusalem for a week in March. Below are some thoughts on the city, its religious heritage, and the current conflict. Read more »

How perfect a union?

May 29, 2006 | 19 comments

Are the United States substantially a moral union–a union on moral questions? This question has bearing on what belongs in the Constitution. Read more »

The Real Danger?

April 5, 2006 | 75 comments

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Tomorrow morning, at 2 AM

April 2, 2006 | 23 comments

Once a year, after enduring a grueling six hours of church in one day, I lay down to sleep knowing that during the wee hours of the night I will be robbed of one whole hour. It is time to forever abolish Daylight Saving Time. Read more »

Defining terrorism

March 29, 2006 | 25 comments

By request, this morning I am going to talk about defining terrorism. The first important thing you need to realize is that there is no single widely accepted definition, either in academia or in the policy world. Everyone uses their own. So we’re going to talk about how you can build your own definition of terrorism. Read more »


January 17, 2006 | 10 comments

Infertility is a huge topic, as large in its own way as the topic of birth control. Unfortunately, I don’t have the time to do it justice. I fully recognize that this can be an extremely sensitive issue for couples for many reasons. I absolutely do not judge any patients for making choices in dealing with infertility that I would not recommend professionally. I also fully celebrate the life of all children of God, regardless of how they were conceived. With this background in place, I wish simply to make three points. Read more »

Postfertilization effects of birth control methods

January 17, 2006 | 6 comments

In considering options of which birth control method to use, couples have a variety of factors that they may consider. Read more »

Embryonic stem cell research

January 17, 2006 | 24 comments

The issue of embryonic stem cells has been discussed in this forum before, here, here and here. Ongoing current events, however, make this issue salient for another examination. Read more »


December 9, 2005 | 57 comments

That is the name of a film series currently going on at the Pioneer Theater in Manhattan’s East Village. Read more »

Go See “States of Grace”!

November 17, 2005 | 29 comments

Dutcher captures the wrenching beauty of the struggle to follow Christ. “States of Grace: God’s Army 2” is really good. Go. Read more »

Someone’s got it in for me, they’re planting stories in the press

October 26, 2005 | 15 comments

I see that Slate now puts the odds of Harriet Miers confirmation at 70%. Silly Slate, don’t they know that niche is taken? As I’ve mentioned before, the best bet, literally, is to follow the gamblers. And as of press time, they are betting that Miers has a 3 in 10 chance of making it to the Big Bench. Want a second opinion? It’s pretty much the same as the first. Read more »

Anne comes home

October 24, 2005 | 12 comments

I read and enjoyed Orson Scott Card’s book Sarah. In fact, that book sparked an interest in me to find out more about what exactly we knew of ancient times, both New and Old World. Read more »

Health Care: What to Do?

September 15, 2005 | 121 comments

This from a new report by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research Educational Trust: “The average cost of health insurance for a family of four has soared past $10,800 — exceeding the annual income of a minimum-wage earner, according to a survey released Wednesday.” Read more »

Blood on the Doorposts

August 2, 2005 | 142 comments

Let’s call her Sister Jones. We both taught seminary in Northern California a few years ago. I liked her from day one: faithful, funny, and willing to lend out anything from her complete collection of Sunstone back issues. (This was in the days before full Internet access, you see.) Read more »

The 12th Article of Faith and East Germany

July 22, 2005 | 25 comments

“We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law.” This statement of our belief never troubled me until I lived in the German Democratic Republic, otherwise known as East Germany. Read more »

I Shall Be Free

July 19, 2005 | 25 comments

I got my bill today and it turns out that there really is something cheaper than a Germanist these days. Read more »

A Beautiful Place

July 4, 2005 | 22 comments

This week I spent a few days in Nauvoo, the last place the Latter-day Saints tried to build a temple before being forced to leave the United States. Read more »