The Defendant’s Accomplices were Space Aliens

"Court Case Friday" It was one of those long boring days with nothing interesting happening. In the afternoon, I arraigned an in-custody defendant who had sent a video threatening a judge.  The defendant filmed himself making the threats.   When I explained the charges against him, he asked if I had seen the video. I … Continue reading The Defendant’s Accomplices were Space Aliens

Tips for Talks and Lessons #4: Share Stories

Everybody loves stories. The best teachers and speakers are also storytellers. In winter, when the Vikings, Eskimos, and Native Americans, were hunkered down and isolated, the most popular person in the village was the story teller. Stories have always been a great source of entertainment and learning. Stories, both fiction and non-fiction, are a powerful … Continue reading Tips for Talks and Lessons #4: Share Stories

Book of Mormon Internal Evidence (24): Hugh Nibley’s “Parable of the Diamond” and Ultimate Conclusion

 Professor Hugh Nibley, the “Patron Saint” of Book of Mormon scholarship, left us an insightful “Parable of the Diamond,” which summaries how people address the issue of Book of Mormon authenticity. “A young man once long ago claimed he had found a large diamond in his field as he was ploughing. He put the stone … Continue reading Book of Mormon Internal Evidence (24): Hugh Nibley’s “Parable of the Diamond” and Ultimate Conclusion

Book of Mormon Internal Evidence (13): Characterizaton (Part 2)

Quality fiction requires characterization that is diverse, consistent, and realistic. For non-fiction, the people must be diverse, consistent, and realistic. Analyzing the quality of characterization is one way to separate fiction from non-fiction. This is one measure of the Book of Mormon’s authenticity. (See previous article.) Here are just a few excerpts from my thirty-page literary … Continue reading Book of Mormon Internal Evidence (13): Characterizaton (Part 2)

Book of Mormon Internal Evidence (9): Literary Imagery

Imagery gives life to literature Recognizing this, Shakespeare inserted “image clusters” and “image motifs” into his plays. For example, the merciless destruction of King Lear is enhanced by the surrounding animal imagery. Images of death, corruption, and disease abound in Hamlet. Bolingbroke’s takeover in Richard II is reflected in weed pulling, root plucking, and tree pruning. Romeo … Continue reading Book of Mormon Internal Evidence (9): Literary Imagery

Book of Mormon Internal Evidence (2): Categories

One way to analyze whether the Book of Mormon is authentic is to do an academic study of its authorship. There are at least 21 categories of internal evidence that establish, to a certainty, that the Book of Mormon is not an early nineteenth century work of fiction. It is too complex, too consistent, too realistic, … Continue reading Book of Mormon Internal Evidence (2): Categories