I'm pleased to report that the latest issue of the Maxwell Institute's interminably-named but excellent Journal of the Book of Mormon and Other Restoration Scripture (21/1, 2012), currently edited by Professor Paul Hoskisson, has arrived from the press.  (It probably won't be arriving in subscriber mailboxes or on line or in bookstores for a while yet, but . . . well, yes, I'm overly enthusiastic.)Here is the table of contents:Richard O. Cowan, "Latter-day Saint Temples as Symbols."Michael … [Read more...]

On Judging Others

I was reminded, today, of a profound statement from Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (d. 2008):“Gradually it was disclosed to me that the line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either -- but right through every human heart -- and through all human hearts. This line shifts. Inside us, it oscillates with the years. And even within hearts overwhelmed by evil, one small bridgehead of good is retained. And even in the best of all hearts, … [Read more...]

Bearing Brazen False Witness, Anonymously

I commented a couple of days ago on the bemusing spectacle of certain folks waxing more and more hysterically indignant about the alleged "vitriol" and "underhandedness" of an alleged "smear" piece that, as they themselves freely admit, not a single one of them has even seen.But perhaps having actually read it would make little difference at all.In a post last month entitled "A Memo regarding the Lunatic Fringe of My Readership," I gave an example of how one particularly obsessive and hostile … [Read more...]

The Maroon Bells

I discovered the Maroon Bells, as they're called, only a couple of years ago.Located near Aspen, Colorado, they remind me yet again of why ancient peoples often thought of mountains as the residence of the divine, and spoke of temples as "the mountain of the Lord."Unless one is truly a hardcore atheist, it's difficult, I think, not to be aware of the numinous divine when contemplating such a landscape.  And even the most flinty secularist, I suspect, will often feel a sense of exaltation.As … [Read more...]

“The Mitt I Know”

An interesting portrayal of Mitt Romney from someone who has known him very well for decades:http://www2.newsadvance.com/news/2012/may/06/community-viewpoint-mitt-i-know-ar-1891877/ … [Read more...]

Friendly Enemies

In January of 1994, I participated in a week-long "trialogue" of Jews, Christians, and Muslims in Jerusalem.  One afternoon, rather unexpectedly (at least to me), our small group -- there were, I think, twenty-seven of us, nine from each religious tradition -- was invited to the official residence of the president of Israel.At the time, Ezer Weizman (d. 2005), a military hero, one-time commander of the Israeli Air Force, and former Minister of Defense, was serving as president.We had a … [Read more...]

The War against “Terror”

  It's very good news that the CIA apparently foiled a recent plot, hatched in Yemen, to blow up a U.S. airliiner. But it's also bad news.  Some people, lulled into a false state of security, have concluded that we're living in a post-9-11 world, and that serious concern about terrorist attacks is largely, now, a matter of irrational hysteria. They're wrong.  There are many out there who still want to do serious harm to America and Americans, and we've … [Read more...]

“A Family Guide to 2012′s Summer Movies”

The prolific Other Peterson recently published four pieces in the Deseret News while his ancient progenitor was wandering through Israel.I've already mentioned two of them:http://dcpsicetnon.blogspot.com/2012/05/history-of-avengers.htmlhttp://dcpsicetnon.blogspot.com/2012/05/avengers.htmlHere's the third:http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865555054/A-family-guide-to-2012s-summer-movies.html … [Read more...]