“However” versus “therefore”: What are your fundamental commitments?

The temple that sits high above Bountiful.

  If you want a way to reflect about who and what and where you are -- or, with appropriate caution, humility, and charity, about who, what, and where certain other individuals and organizations are -- you could do far worse than to start with the issue outlined here: https://seesangelsinthearchitecture.wordpress.com/2014/12/15/however-organizations-versus-therefore-organizations/  Posted from Bountiful, Utah    … [Read more...]

New Testament 116

"The Future of an Illusion" (1928)

  Mark 3:19-21 The notion, common among some adherents of the "New Atheism," that religion is a mental illness or a product of emotional dysfunction, is commonly traced back to the late Dr. Sigmund Freud.  (It rests on roughly the same rigorous analysis of empirical data that's used to support much of Freudianism.) This passage, however, shows quite clearly that ancient unbelievers already knew how to play the madness card two thousand years ago. … [Read more...]

“Israel’s threat from within”

The lights of Tel Aviv

  Fareed Zakaria isn't a fan of Benjamin Netanyahu.  But the thing that strikes me here is his explanation of the nature of Iran's repeated call for the destruction of Israel: http://fareedzakaria.com/2015/03/27/israels-threat-from-within/ It's not quite what the news media often tell us, and deserves consideration.  Posted from Bountiful, Utah    … [Read more...]

“New York Times whitewashes Iran’s religious oppression”

Tehran's Sarkis Cathedral

  Have I noted before that I'm not much of a fan of the New York Times? https://www.commentarymagazine.com/2015/03/27/new-york-times-whitewashes-irans-religious-oppression/   … [Read more...]

“Why I don’t call myself a Mormon feminist”

The temple in SLC

  http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865624888/Why-I-don7t-call-myself-a-6Mormon-feminist.html?pg=all   … [Read more...]

“The Pope’s Planetologists”

The planet Saturn

  http://www.methodquarterly.com/2015/02/the-popes-planetologists/ Guy Consolmagno is currently slated to address an Interpreter Foundation conference on science and religion, roughly a year from now.   … [Read more...]

Sad news out of England

Renbourn's first album

   http://www.theguardian.com/music/2015/mar/26/guitarist-and-songwriter-john-renbourn-founder-of-pentangle-dies I still own this album on vinyl: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlETEjtFDu0 John Renbourn's guitar work captivated me, and I'm happy to say that one of my sons found that very album, years ago, on his own, and was captivated, too.   … [Read more...]

Bad punctuation as capital offense

The stocks in Chapeltown

  “No matter that you have a PhD and have read all of Henry James twice. If you still persist in writing, "Good food at it's best", you deserve to be struck by lightning, hacked up on the spot and buried in an unmarked grave.”  Lynn Truss, Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation … [Read more...]