A day in Cache Valley

    One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple.  (Psalm 27:4)   We drove up with a friend today to Cache Valley, where, after [Read More…]

“The Book of Mormon and linguistic evolution”

    The latest installment of my weekly Deseret News column to blight America’s cultural and intellectual landscape:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865658006/The-Book-of-Mormon-and-linguistic-evolution.html     [Read more…]

“John Dehlin: The Reluctant Atheist”

    On 12 June 2016, an apparently non-apologetic website called “Infants on Thrones” posted an interview with John Dehlin (by “Glenn, Randy, Heather, and Matt”) entitled “John Dehlin: The Reluctant Atheist.”  (Thanks to Gregory L. Smith, a careful student of John Dehlin’s public statements, for bringing this to my notice.)   I haven’t listened [Read More…]

“What do recent attacks mean for future of Egypt’s Christians?”

    http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2016/07/egypt-tensions-christians-copts-killings-sisi.html#ixzz4EMH3eost     [Read more…]

4-5 August. Be there!

    This year’s FairMormon conference has managed to sneak up on us.  But it’s coming soon:   http://www.fairmormon.org/perspectives/fair-conferences/conf16a   And you don’t want to miss it.     [Read more…]

Why should we love our enemies?

    “It seems to me people tend to forget that we are to love our enemies, not to satisfy some standard of righteousness but because God their Father loves them.”  Marilynne Robinson, Gilead     [Read more…]

John Dehlin vs. Scott Gordon

    I’ve had a number of face to face encounters with John Dehlin.  All of them, I believe, have been pleasant and civil enough.  Obviously, he and I disagree very fundamentally on a number of fundamentally important things, and he’s made a number of online statements about me, personally, that I regard as either [Read More…]

“Moral Narcissism and the Least-Great Generation”

    “Moral Narcissism and the Least-Great Generation”   I wish I could remember who brought this piece by Roger Simon to my attention, but I can’t.  And, for that, I apologize.   Anyhow, it seems apropos in connection with one of my earlier posts today.   By the way, although I’m of a later [Read More…]

BOM Alma 52

    In connection with yesterday’s reading and today’s, here’s a Deseret News column (entitled “May your new year begin better than Amalickiah’s”) that I wrote back at the very end of 2011.   It treats some of what I posted last night, but it also addresses, very briefly, the significance of the date of [Read More…]

“Me, Me, Me: The Rise Of Narcissism In The Age Of The Selfie”

    An interesting and very brief report on the work of psychologist Jean Twenge:   http://www.npr.org/2016/07/12/485087469/me-me-me-the-rise-of-narcissism-in-the-age-of-the-selfie   It confirms suspicions that I’ve long had, being myself a crotchety old geezer of the type who, no doubt, hates, envies, and fears both young people and independent thinking.  And it’s a bit worrisome.   Could it, [Read More…]