What is hell like?

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   "Hell is something liken the bureaucracy of a police state or the offices of a thoroughly nasty business concern." C. S. Lewis, Preface, The Screwtape Letters  Hell isn't a matter of flames and of comical devils dressed in red satin with pointy horns and carrying pitchforks. Lewis's observation rings absolutely true for anybody who has ever been the surprised victim of scheming intrigue and betrayal by false … [Read more...]

“The Marshmallow Test”

Professor Mischel

  There's an extremely interesting review, in the 11 October 2014 issue of the Economist, of what looks to be a genuinely fascinating book: Walter Mischel's The Marshmallow Test: Mastering Self Control. Dr. Mischel is the Austrian-born psychologist, then at Stanford University, who devised a simple but clever experiment back in the 1960s to study delayed gratification. Four- or five-year-old children at Stanford's Bing Nursery pre-school -- … [Read more...]

“Lord, is it I?”

A quote from President Uchtdorf

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Gender Wars in Elementary School

So THIS is what they look like.

  I think that I've already posted an entry about the enlightened school district in radical-leftist Nebraska that has advised staff and teachers not to use oppressively gendered expressions like "boys and girls" when addressing its young inmates, but, instead, to call them something madly whimsical like "purple penguins" (and nothing so blandly literal as Kameraden or … [Read more...]

Rewriting history: WMDs and the popular lie “Bush lied, people died”

A horrifying photo collage

  An interesting article by Victor Davis Hanson about recent discoveries of caches of WMDs in Iraq: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/390725/biggest-lie-victor-davis-hanson     … [Read more...]

What is Royal Skousen’s “Earliest Text”?

Royal J. Skousen, Ph.D.

  I received an inquiry about this and, assuming that the questioner represents others who may not know about the book, I've decided to share an article that I wrote for Salt Lake City's Deseret News regarding it back in May of 2010: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700035402/Earliest-Text-a-boon-to-readers.html?pg=all     … [Read more...]

“Temple Insights”

Book #2 from Interpreter

  I'm pleased to announce that the second book published by The Interpreter Foundation -- the Eborn site says that it's our first, but it's actually our second -- has now been published and is available: http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/1890718505/ref=dp_olp_new_mbc?ie=UTF8&condition=new  “By Jan. 1, 2014 Interpreter will be dead . . .  Either totally dead or down to token ‘blog’ style postings.” ("Bond James Bond," waxing prophetic on a most … [Read more...]

A change in temple wedding policies?

A Phoenix sealing room

  Rumor is flying that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints intends to relax its policy (in the United States and some other jurisdictions) insisting on a year-long wait between civil marriage and temple sealing, or even to stop performing marriages … [Read more...]