“What are the demographics of heaven?”

    This somewhat speculative but exceedingly interesting article was brought to my attention by Jabra Ghneim:   http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/what-are-the-demographics-of-heaven/?ex_cid=538fb   Among other things, I find it oddly encouraging.  Why?  Because it suggests that (come the Millennium?) the task of redeeming the dead is actually practically possible, at least in terms of sheer numbers.  Given increasing [Read More…]

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“An open letter to Trump supporters and the other Republican candidates”

    Kent Budge, who comments on my blog, has written a blog entry of his own, elsewhere, with which I completely agree.  So completely, in fact, that, at least on a first reading, there isn’t a single sentence that I wouldn’t happily have written myself:   An open letter to Trump supporters and the [Read More…]

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“Kings and Conversion”

    The most recent installment of the biweekly Hamblin/Peterson Deseret News column is now up:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865649325/Kings-and-conversion.html   Posted from Monterey, California     [Read more…]

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“We should remember our dying”

    It seems to me that if you or I must choose between two courses of thought or action, we should remember our dying and try so to live that our death brings no pleasure on the world. John Steinbeck (d. 1968)   Posted from Monterey, California     [Read more…]

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Did God design the human hand?

    I’m not especially competent to judge the argument scientifically and, for reasons specific to my own particular theology, I don’t actually have much invested in the issue.   But the kerfuffle is interesting and, to some extent, amusing:   http://www.wired.com/2016/03/science-journal-invokes-creator-science-pushes-back/   Plainly, from their names, the three co-authors are know-nothing Bible Belt rubes [Read More…]

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A stunning historical revelation about the iconic Eliza R. Snow?

    It’s difficult to tell from a newspaper article how firmly grounded this allegation is, but, if it’s true, it both shocks and (potentially) sheds instructive light on several facts about her biography:   http://www.sltrib.com/home/3613791-155/shocking-historical-finding-mormon-icon-eliza   Posted from Monterey, California     [Read more…]

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“Trump is unfit to command the military”

    Those tempted by Caesarotrumpism should consider this extremely important article, written by two retired military officers who happen also to be attorneys and experts on military law:   http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/03/03/donald-trump-commander-in-chief-war-crimes-military-torture-civilian-targeting-column/81271916/   I’m very grateful to Michael Schroth, himself a lawyer (based in Ohio), for bringing this item to my attention.  I hope it gains a [Read More…]

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“Science and Mormonism”

    It being Friday, Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture has published a new article:   Science and Mormonism   Surprised?   Posted from Monterey, California     [Read more…]

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The Cad Who Would Be King

    “Nine Tales of Trump at His Trumpiest”   Perhaps one of the slogans of those who oppose Caesarotrumpism should be “Remember Vera Coking!”  There may still be some hope, though it’s waning rapidly, of recalling a few Trumpists to dim recollections of human decency.   Posted from San Jose, California     [Read more…]

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Three definitions and a quotation from Ambrose Bierce

    Egotist, n.  A person of low taste, more interested in himself than in me.   Lottery, n.  A tax on people who are bad at math.   Bore, n.  A person who talks when you wish him to listen.   In our civilization, and under our republican form of government, intelligence is so [Read More…]

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