On expressing thanks

A photo of Alice Walker

  "'Thank you' is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding."Alice Walker    … [Read more...]

“Mormon Feminist Wants Womens’ Session to Be Just That — Only Women”

Die Erste Präsidentschaft

   What do you think? http://www.sltrib.com/lifestyle/faith/2335717-155/mormon-feminist-wants-womens-session-to Of course, I can easily imagine a feminist author criticizing the Church if nobody from the First Presidency showed up, on the grounds that the chauvinistic patriarchs of Mormonism value women so little that they can't be bothered to put in an appearance, whereas they all speak at the general priesthood session of the Church's … [Read more...]

“However” versus “therefore”: What are your fundamental commitments?

The temple that sits high above Bountiful.

  If you want a way to reflect about who and what and where you are -- or, with appropriate caution, humility, and charity, about who, what, and where certain other individuals and organizations are -- you could do far worse than to start with the issue outlined here: https://seesangelsinthearchitecture.wordpress.com/2014/12/15/however-organizations-versus-therefore-organizations/  Posted from Bountiful, Utah    … [Read more...]

New Testament 116

"The Future of an Illusion" (1928)

  Mark 3:19-21 The notion, common among some adherents of the "New Atheism," that religion is a mental illness or a product of emotional dysfunction, is commonly traced back to the late Dr. Sigmund Freud.  (It rests on roughly the same rigorous analysis of empirical data that's used to support much of Freudianism.) This passage, however, shows quite clearly that ancient unbelievers already knew how to play the madness card two thousand years ago. … [Read more...]

“Israel’s threat from within”

The lights of Tel Aviv

  Fareed Zakaria isn't a fan of Benjamin Netanyahu.  But the thing that strikes me here is his explanation of the nature of Iran's repeated call for the destruction of Israel: http://fareedzakaria.com/2015/03/27/israels-threat-from-within/ It's not quite what the news media often tell us, and deserves consideration.  Posted from Bountiful, Utah    … [Read more...]

“New York Times whitewashes Iran’s religious oppression”

Tehran's Sarkis Cathedral

  Have I noted before that I'm not much of a fan of the New York Times? https://www.commentarymagazine.com/2015/03/27/new-york-times-whitewashes-irans-religious-oppression/   … [Read more...]

“Why I don’t call myself a Mormon feminist”

The temple in SLC

  http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865624888/Why-I-don7t-call-myself-a-6Mormon-feminist.html?pg=all   … [Read more...]

“The Pope’s Planetologists”

The planet Saturn

  http://www.methodquarterly.com/2015/02/the-popes-planetologists/ Guy Consolmagno is currently slated to address an Interpreter Foundation conference on science and religion, roughly a year from now.   … [Read more...]