“Half-Time” in Ancient Rome

    Some propagandists for atheism would have you believe that, in order to be truly evil, humans must be motivated by religion.  This article provides convincing evidence — though vastly more such evidence could be supplied, from every era and every culture — that such insinuations are historically unsupportable and, indeed, blatantly untrue:   http://www.livescience.com/53615-horrors-of-the-colosseum.html [Read More…]

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President Uchtdorf recounts his childhood experience as a two-time refugee

    A brief article with some still photographs, accompanied by a video that lasts just slightly more than three minutes:   http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/dieter-uchtdorf-recounts-childhood-refugee-ordeal?cid=HP_FR_2-5-2016_dPAD_fMNWS_xLIDyL2-1_     [Read more…]

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BOM 2 Nephi 19

    Today’s reading, 2 Nephi 19 (= Isaiah 9) is full of messianic language.  No wonder it’s been a favorite over many Christian generations.   “The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light; they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined” (verse 2).   [Read More…]

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“13 Hours”

    Well, I finally saw 13 Hours.   It’s a very gripping movie, and not really — despite how we know the story turned out — as much of a downer as I had expected it to be.  Nor, although there’s obviously plenty of violence in it, was it unduly graphic.  I went partly out [Read More…]

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What is humility?

    Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less. C. S. Lewis     [Read more…]

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“What Next for the Left?”

    My friend Ralph Hancock calls my attention to this somewhat longish but brilliant essay by James W. Ceaser of the University of Virginia:   http://www.weeklystandard.com/what-next-for-the-left/article/2000801#.VrYVAKnoqAk.facebook   Its insights and implications go far beyond mere partisan politics, and even beyond politics altogether.     [Read more…]

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An Appeal to the Voters of New Hampshire

    It’s overwhelmingly likely that The Donald will win the Republican primary in New Hampshire.  But Republican and independent voters there have the glorious opportunity to finish off his non-substantive and irritating campaign.  Will they seize their chance?  Will they make the nation proud?   If Mr. Trump were to come in second there [Read More…]

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A murmuration of starlings

    This is one of nature’s most astonishing spectacles.  And nature offers a lot of spectacles.   Here are two interesting pieces, with video:   “The Startling Science of a Starling Murmuration”   “The Incredible Science Behind Starling Murmurations”   Watch and be amazed.     [Read more…]

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“Restaurants du Coeur: LDS Charities is assisting work in Lebanon to preserve dignity”

    Gysler is a very familiar name from my missionary days in Switzerland, and Karim Assouad is a pillar of the Church in Lebanon and the Middle East.  Those are only two of the minor reasons that I like this story:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865646941/Restaurants-du-Coeur-LDS-Charities-is-assisting-work-in-Lebanon-to-preserve-dignity.html?pg=1   I suppose that this effort is simply another redundant example [Read More…]

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“Clinton, Sanders battle over ‘gods’ and ‘devils'”

    An interesting link kindly brought to my attention by Nathaniel Hancock:   http://www.cnn.com/2016/02/05/opinions/progressive-clinton-sanders-debate-graham/index.html   My friend and colleague Ralph Hancock comments on it as follows:   “Interesting.  Weird, actually, and a sign of the underhandedness of the left:  ‘Liberal’ was a term stolen in order to mask the more radical ‘progressive’ (anti-individual freedom) [Read More…]

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