Is Mormonism a Cult? Are Mormons Christians? Inquiring Minds Want to Know!

And the answers, friends, are to be found right here.Or, if you're penniless, or cheap, or just plain love reading from a computer screen, here. … [Read more...]

Personally, I Just Love Being on a Boat at Sea

When I was growing up in southern California, some people did a lot of cruising.  (On Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, for instance.)In that spirit, more or less: Guernsey Island south coastI'm told by the most reliable authority that there are still places available on this July cruise around the British Isles.Surprise your wife or husband.  Sign up.  It'll be fun.  And, if I do my job, educational. Mayan ruins at TulumAnd then, in December, there's this little … [Read more...]

“Barack Obama, Scholar”

I'll bet you didn't know this about President Obama: … [Read more...]

Wherein I Recount a Great Victory in Which I Was the Hero

A shepherd in modern BethlehemMany, many years ago, when I was just a young cub living in Egypt -- have I told you little'uns this here story before? a'sittin' out on the porch in this here rockin' chair, a feller does tend to reminisce a bit -- my wife and I drove out past El Alamein, almost to the Libyan border, along the Mediterranean coast of Egypt.  (There are, or at least were, some unbelievably pristine beaches with clear turquoise water out along that distant, rather lonely, and … [Read more...]

Athens, Bonn, and Culture

As someone who has spent multiple years in both Germanic Europe and the Mediterranean, who has formal training and language ability relating to both, and who visits both areas fairly frequently -- I'll spend six of the next seven weeks or so in the Near East and in northern and central Europe, for example, and am scheduled to spend half of September in both European and Asian Turkey -- and who is passionate about both places, I have to say that I think that the indispensable Victor Davis Hanson … [Read more...]

How Was This Not Corruption? Why Does Nobody Seem Interested in It?

Eric WhitakerAn interesting set of "Impromptus" as a whole, but I'm particularly interested for the moment in the section about the Reverend Jeremiah Wright and a close friend of Senator and now President Barack Obama named Eric Whitaker.The source for this story is Edward Klein, formerly foreign affairs editor of Newsweek and editor-in-chief of The New York Times Magazine.  I don't think he can easily be dismissed as a right wing nutjob.His new book is available from … [Read more...]

“The Professorial Prejudice against Mormons”

On Tuesday, I posted an item entitled "Academics in Robes, or in Sheets?" on the subject of anti-Mormon prejudice among the American professoriateHere's another take on that topic, by Professor Peter Lawler, a non-Mormon political philosopher. … [Read more...]

A Remembered Moment of Transcendence

I can't really account for it, but, for some reason, ever since I first heard it, I've loved a little German lyric by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe entitled "Wandrers Nachtlied II":Über allen GipfelnIst Ruh,In allen WipfelnSpürest duKaum einen Hauch;Die Vögelein schweigen im Walde.Warte nur, baldeRuhest du auch.It's been more or less adequately translated as "Wayfarer's Night Song II," as follows: Over all the hilltopsis calm.In all the treetopsyou feelhardly a breath of air.The little birds fall … [Read more...]