The text of the archbishop’s remarks at BYU

The RC cathedral of Philadelphia

  For those who might be interested, here's the full text of the remarks given at Brigham Young University on Friday by Charles Chaput, Roman Catholic archbishop of Philadelphia.  They're entitled "The Great Charter at 800": http://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2015/01/the-great-charter-at-800 I agree with what Archbishop Chaput had to say, and found his presentation quite engaging.   … [Read more...]

“Meet the Pope’s Astronomer”

The Pope Scope, where Guy Consolmagno spends part of each year

  An interesting article about Guy Consolmagno, the official Vatican astronomer: http://www.religionnews.com/2014/12/03/meet-popes-astronomer-says-hed-baptize-alien-given-chance/ He's currently slated, by the way, to address an Interpreter Foundation conference (in Utah) on science and religion during the spring of 2016, somewhat more than a year from now.     … [Read more...]

Our responsibility to create happiness

A still life by Van Gogh

  "We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it." George Bernard Shaw, Candida (1898), Act I    … [Read more...]

Looking forward to Yafo

Tel Aviv, as seen from Jaffa

  The itinerary that we follow on our tours to Israel invariably takes us to Tel Aviv on the first night.  We stay in the Dan Panorama Hotel -- great name, no? -- which is right across the street from the park and the beach that you can see (in the distance, across the water) in the photo above.  (Please click on the image to enlarge it.  The Dan Panorama Hotel is in that first cluster of high-rises toward the right of the photograph.) My wife and I prefer, wh … [Read more...]

“‘How I lost and regained my faith’: LDS man shares 18 lessons he learned”

The first temple in Idaho

  You may have missed this: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865619596/How-I-lost-and-regained-my-faith-LDS-man-shares-18-lessons-he-learned.html?pg=all   … [Read more...]

New Testament 49

Scene from Mussolini's church

  Matthew 5:1; 10:1-4Mark 3:13-19Luke 6:12-16 In the biblical account of Moses, that prophet goes up onto a mountain to receive instruction and to be given his commission from the Lord. I think it not coincidental that, in these New Testament accounts, Jesus climbs a mountain and, from there, gives instruction to his disciples and commissions twelve of them as apostles. There is, in my judgment, powerful symbolism in the … [Read more...]

“How Ayn Rand, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Roe v. Wade Made Me a Christian”

J-P Sartre, fairly young

  A slightly unusual personal narrative of conversion: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/396885/finding-god-mirror-jason-scott-jones   … [Read more...]

Canada: “Christian lawyers and doctors need not apply”

TWU, Langley, BC, CA

  As one person informed me yesterday, I'm a fear-monger on these matters.  But, plainly, I'm not alone: http://www.cardus.ca/blog/2015/01/christian-lawyers-and-doctors-need-not-apply   … [Read more...]


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