Let her eat cake.

Le Roi-Soleil

    http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304527504579171710423780446     … [Read more...]

Elections have consequences

President Obama steps forward to assume responsibility.
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    "If you like your healthcare plan," said the President, "you can keep it.  Period."     Strong leadership and executive competence have been Obamacare's key to success:   http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505263_162-57610620/obamacare-memo-reveals-health-care-adviser-warned-w.h-was-losing-control-3-years-ago/     Everything's going to be just fine.  You have to break a few eggs, of course, to make an … [Read more...]

Mormon-Evangelical Detente?

Payton Hall on the Pasadena campus of Fuller Theological Seminary in California

    For those of you who may have missed it:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865589508/Mormon-evangelical-detente-Mouw-Zacharias-to-speak-to-LDS-again.html?s_cid=Email-4     … [Read more...]

“Finding God through the history and philosophy of science”

A scene in Oxford
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    The weekend's Hamblin/Peterson column in the Deseret News:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865589677/Finding-God-through-the-history-philosophy-of-science.html     … [Read more...]

He’s beyond good and evil, but he’s still miffed

you know who you are!

    Yesterday, on a whim, I picked up and re-read C. S. Lewis's classic little story The Great Divorce.  Once again, as I am nearly every time I read something from Lewis (and it's almost inevitably re-reading; there's very little of his writing that I haven't already read, and, often, several times), I was blown away by his brilliance.  One of my wishes is that the entire LDS membership would take up the reading of C. S. Lewis.   "Blake wrote the Marriage of … [Read more...]

All God’s critters got a place in the choir.

Our ward choir at this morning's practice session
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    Our ward choir began its preparations for Christmas today.   One of the many good things about participation in church is the opportunity to sing.  As a congregation and, if you're inclined, in a choir.   Most people, I'm guessing, don't have much chance to sing unless they attend religious services.  In church, though, we sing every week.  Quite a bit.   And that's a good thing.  One of life's pleasures.     … [Read more...]

St. George, Utah: Meeting Place of Heaven and Earth, Time and Eternity, the Living and the Dead

The Mount Timpanogos Temple
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    I was privileged to introduce my longtime friend and former BYU and Maxwell Institute colleague Dr. Noel Reynolds for his plenary address on Friday night at the meeting of the Society for Mormon Philosophy and Theology.  Dr. Reynolds is currently serving as president of the Mount Timpanogos Utah Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.     He had many interesting things to say, but I'll mention one brief comment … [Read more...]

Real People, Real Community

German troops marching in the Netherlands, which they occupied 194-1945

    Several things said today in our fast and testimony meeting struck me.   Some of the speakers expressed gratitude for having received help during yesterday's ward service day, while others expressed gratitude for having been involved in giving service.   I wasn't able to participate, because I was deeply involved from Thursday evening through late last night in the tenth annual meeting of the Society for Mormon Philosophy and Theology.  This was, … [Read more...]