“I will bring you up again out of the depths”

Jaredite barges in the middle of the ocean

  One of my favorite little objects in Brigham Young University's exhibit "Beauty and Belief: Crossing Bridges with the Arts of Islamic Culture," which closes at the end of this week, is a small Sufi begging bowl from Persia. I haven't found an online photograph of it, but it's made from a large hard nut (rather like a coconut) that grows on a variety of tree down in the Indian Ocean.  Apparently, these nuts routinely fall into the sea, and are then carried by … [Read more...]

George Will, regarding Mia Love

Mia Love, Republican candidate for Congress

  Another of my very favorite commentators is George Will.  Educated at Trinity College in Connecticut (B.A., Religion), Magdalen College, Oxford (B.A. and M.A., Philosophy, Politics, and Economics), and Princeton University (Ph.D., Politics), he has also won the Pulitzer Prize. A day or two ago, he wrote about Mia Love's candidacy for the new seat from Utah's Fourth Congressional … [Read more...]

Jenny Erikson Goes to a Mormon Church . . . and Lives to Tell the Tale

There be monsters!

  A Protestant blogger goes to a ward sacrament meeting and reports on her experience: http://www.jennyerikson.com/2012/09/21/so-i-went-to-mormon-church/ It's amusing, sometimes -- and occasionally even instructive -- to find out how others see us. O wad some Power the giftie gie us To see oursels as ithers see us! It wad frae mony a blunder free us, An' foolish notion.(Robert Burns)   … [Read more...]

Free Speech, Criticism, Mormonism, and Islam

Victor Davis Hanson

  A reader has reminded me of this note, from Victor Davis Hanson -- one of my favorite commentators, and a true original. A Ph.D. in classics from Stanford!  Who actively runs a family farm!  (I'm really fond of superbly educated public intellectuals.  Wendell Berry.  Eric Hoffer.  George Will.  May their tribe increase.) In his little piece, Hanson warns against concessions to demands from some Muslims that we reconsider the First Amendment to the … [Read more...]

“Sarah’s Story”

We do not mourn as those without hope.

  Among the Deseret News columns that I've written -- there must be something like 150 or more of them by now -- this continues to rank among my favorites: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/765555334/Life-after-death-is-a-joyful-fact.html   … [Read more...]

“Mormon Scholars Testify”

Messages of Faith from Scholars Who Belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  Under time pressures, and particularly in the face of my recent travel schedule, I've let it slide just a bit.*  But it's starting to move again, and I'm intending to give it more attention than I've been giving it of late: http://mormonscholarstestify.org/ http://mormonscholarstestify.org/category/testimonies "Mormon Scholars Testify" represents my modest attempt to comply with Elder M. Russell Ballard's request that ordinary … [Read more...]

Interchangeable Parental Units in a Carbon-Based Life Form

Spouse A and Spouse B, or Spouse B and Spouse A

  The drive toward same-sex marriage, we're assured, will have no real repercussions for heterosexual marriage. Such items as this, I confess, don't altogether fill me with confidence on that score.  It will take a long time, generations perhaps, for the overall ramifications of officially sanctioned same-sex marriage to become more or less clear. (My thanks to Nathaniel Hancock for bringing this article to my attention.)   … [Read more...]

A kind gesture toward our elected representatives

There's still time to shake up the elections!

  Thanks to Patsy Swinton for bringing this to my attention.    … [Read more...]