Everything’s fine! Forward!

What, me worry?

   A cheery piece from a writer whom I deeply admire.  Posted from Orlando, Florida.    … [Read more...]

“Rebirth of Revelation Heralds a Brighter Day”

Light in the darkness

  My column for the week in the Deseret News: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/765618734/Rebirth-of-revelation-heralds-a-brighter-day.html   Posted from Orlando, Florida.    … [Read more...]

“The Moral Animal”

Something like this, anyway . . .

  Rabbi Jonathan Sacks makes an interesting evolutionary-biological case for religion.  Posted from Orlando, Florida.     … [Read more...]

Thoughts on Senator Crapo, Drunk Driving, and Critics of Mormonism

The Idaho Falls Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  Certain Mormon apostates and critics have derived a huge kick from the arrest, the other day, of Michael Crapo, the senior United States senator from Idaho, for driving in Alexandria, Virginia, under the influence of alcohol.  And, admittedly, there is something unusual about the DUI arrest of a senator, and far more so still when he's sixty-one years old, a life-long member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a former bishop and stake president, and a … [Read more...]

Give it, or lose it anyway?

The cover of "Leviathan," by Thomas Hobbes (1651)

   It seems that we're about to go over the "fiscal cliff."  ("You get nothing," Mr. Obama reportedly told John Boehner, the Speaker of the House, a few days ago when they met for negotiations.)  "It's hard to overstate how little is going on" to avert going over the cliff, one senior Democratic senate aide tells the New York Times.  (Which is not difficult to imagine, given that the Senate hasn't passed a budget in three or four years now.  And, very conceivably, t … [Read more...]

A Brief Postscript on “Smithmas”

Joseph Smith was a prophet and an apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ. Nothing more, but also nothing less.

  I've just spent a few minutes surveying posts from some of those who continue, in the face of fact and reason and intellectual integrity, to insist that Latter-day Saints celebrate "Smithmas" at the expense of Christmas. So far as I can tell, to the extent that they care about actual evidence and fairness (which may, I admit, be minimal), they seem to regard any positive allusion to Joseph Smith or to Joseph Smith's birthday at Christmas season, however … [Read more...]

It’s a Wonderful Life

Frank Capra's box office flop, and one of the greatest of American films

  If you haven't seen It's a Wonderful Life yet this season, there's still probably a chance. If you haven't seen it at all, ever -- I'll bet that there are several of you out there; we've just watched most of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and my wife swears up and down, incredibly, that she's never seen it before -- then I have just one word for you:  Repent. I didn't see It's a Wonderful Life, hadn't even heard of it, until after my … [Read more...]

“The Journey of the Magi”

The Magi

   "The Journey of the Magi" by T. S. Eliot 'A cold coming we had of it, Just the worst time of the year For a journey, and such a long journey: The ways deep and the weather sharp, The very dead of winter.' And the camels galled, sorefooted, refractory, Lying down in the melting snow. There were times we regretted The summer palaces on slopes, the terraces, And the silken girls bringing sherbet. Then the camel men cursing and … [Read more...]