Announcing the publication of “Enoch and the Temple” e-book

The Mesa Arizona Temple
of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
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A quiz question regarding Christian history


    I was reading something last night by the prolific Boston-based Catholic philosopher and apologist Peter Kreeft, and he gave me an idea for an item that perfectly combines my religious-historical interests and my libertarian-leaning political conservatism:   Q.  Who was the first Christian in history to be given a government grant?           Q.  Who was the first Christian in history to be given a … [Read more...]

Tonight in Sandy, Utah: “Jerusalem: The City of War and Peace”

Jerusalem at dusk

    If you want to come, you need to make your reservation immediately.    Posted from Bountiful, Utah     … [Read more...]

“Preach the gospel always; if necessary, use words.”

The Tabernacle Choir and Organ

    Today's column for the Deseret News:     … [Read more...]

“The days leading up to Easter Sunday”

Bouveret's "Last Supper"
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That beautiful piece that I wanted you to hear

One of the entrances to the campus of BYU-Idaho.  On the right is an LDS chapel, and, behind it, is the Rexburg Idaho Temple.

    Some time ago, I was trying to share a clip of the BYU-Idaho Collegiate Singers performing Eriks Esenvald's melancholy, nostalgic, but excruciatingly beautiful setting of Sara Teasdale's poem "Only in Sleep."  It's now up, and I'm grateful to Chris Miasnik for bringing it to my notice:   The performance was given in the Salt Lake Tabernacle.   For my … [Read more...]

Utah and the consumption of pornography

As sexually repressed Utah seems to be envisioned by some critics:  A group of Mormon women on a rare excursion outside their homes.  (Do I really need to point out that these aren't actually Mormon or Utah women at all?)

    About five years ago, an item suddenly began making the rounds suggesting that Mormons, for all their alleged commitment to chastity in thought and deed, are exceptionally given to the use of pornography.   There were delighted responses from many critics, who, in the time-honored spirit of Schadenfreude, saw it as proof positive that Mormons are hypocrites and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints inculcates an ethic of sexual repression that … [Read more...]

“Women won’t ever be ordained? Hahaha!,” they say, with a knowing smirk.

A priesthood ordination in Africa

      You may have seen it.  A graphic that contrasts the late President N. Eldon Tanner's certainty, in 1967, that blacks would never receive the priesthood with the certainty of Elder Dallin H. Oaks, in 2014, that women won't.  (Get the point?  Eh? Do you get it?)   Well, there's more to the story, as you might expect.   Allen Wyatt  provides some of the background here.  (Thanks to Stephen Smoot for calling it to my … [Read more...]

Gracias a Él

Toward the southern end of the Sea of Galilee

    Please share this where appropriate:     … [Read more...]

Further reflections on the Bundy Ranch stand-off

A county-by-county map of the 2012 presidential election
Red = Romney, Blue = Obama
(Click to enlarge)

      Bundy Ranch and the Political Powerlessness of Rural America     Bundy vs BLM: A Visceral Reaction     For the record, I'm not a gun nut (though I own some guns), I belong to no "militia," and I dislike violence.  I'm glad that the Feds backed down in Nevada.  I'm happy that nobody was killed or seriously hurt.  More to the point, I have no really strong feelings about Mr. Bundy's particular legal complaint. … [Read more...]