“You are immoral if you eat fish!”

    C. S. Lewis once predicted that the day would eventually come when we would be ethically permitted to eat only cabbage — but, even then, only if the cabbage had been certified to have died a natural death.   That day may be almost at hand:   http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/429097/you-are-immoral-if-you-eat-fish     [Read more…]

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Christmas with the Queen

      It’s a tad late, but I enjoyed listening to the very Christian 2015 Christmas message from Queen Elizabeth II, who will turn 90 on 21 April 2016:   https://www.facebook.com/TELEGRAPH.CO.UK/videos/10153862836414749/?pnref=story   Thanks to Anne Palmieri and Charles Steinman for alerting me to it.     [Read more…]

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Three quotations on faith

    “Faith means belief in something concerning which doubt is theoretically possible.”  (William James) “Faith certainly tells us what the senses do not, but not the contrary of what they see; it is above, not against them.”  (Blaise Pascal) “Faith is not belief without proof, but trust without reservation.” (D. Elton Trueblood)     [Read more…]

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“Why Carly Fiorina will likely be the Republican VP nominee”

      I’m inclined to agree with this prediction — “likely,” not “certain” — and I won’t be particularly unhappy if it proves correct:   http://fortune.com/2015/09/18/carly-fiorina-republican-vp/?XID=Fortune_OutBrain_MPW15   Posted from Cincinnati, Ohio   [Read more…]

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Time is running out!

    Just a reminder that the year is almost over, and that only 2-3 days remain for tax-exempt charitable donations.  Under the tax laws of the United States, anyway.   I mention, again, three of my personal favorites — besides the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints itself, including its humanitarian efforts, the [Read More…]

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Yet another reason to disapprove of Donald Trump

    As if more were needed!   http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/429019/donald-trump-character-republican-party   I’m looking across the Potomac River right now at the dome of the Capitol Building.  Out of sight to its left is the White House.  I don’t want to see Donald Trump taking up residence there.   I don’t expect that he will.  It’s not [Read More…]

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“The Palestinians Descend Deeper Into Depravity”

    http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/429022/stabbing-intifada-palestinians-descend-depravity   I part company with many of my Israeli and pro-Israeli friends in my judgment that the Palestinians have very legitimate grievances against Israel.   I part company with all too many of my Palestinian and pro-Palestinian friends in judging that Palestinian responses have, in far too many cases, been immoral, extreme, indefensible, and [Read More…]

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“The Rise of Hype in Scientific Journals”

    Just keep repeating to yourself “It’s all objective.  It’s all dispassionate.  It’s all objective.  It’s all dispassionate. . . . ”   http://www.vox.com/2015/12/24/10636608/hype-science-increase-bmj   Posted from Washington DC     [Read more…]

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On what may have been the turning point in the battle over redefining “marriage”

    An interesting and informative piece about a pivotal dispute in Indiana:   http://www.firstthings.com/article/2015/06/the-power-elite   Posted from Washington DC     [Read more…]

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BOM 1 Nephi 4

    Today, I’m commenting upon 1 Nephi 4.   The story of Nephi’s beheading of Laban is a fairly horrifying one — almost as much so as Abraham’s near-sacrifice of his own son Isaac (Genesis 22:1-19).  And it’s perhaps especially uncomfortable in light of the stories and images currently coming out of the so-called Islamic [Read More…]

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