Better than wisdom

    “What is better than wisdom?  Woman.  And what is better than a good woman?  Nothing.” Geoffrey Chaucer (d. 25 October 1400)     [Read more…]

Stay in touch — Like Sic et Non on Facebook:

LDS missionary numbers declining?

    http://www.sltrib.com/blogs/3450134-155/from-surge-to-slump-no-but   Some critics are chortling in triumph, but I’m not sure how significant it really is.   After all, it was entirely predictable:  There would be a period when the missionaries called under the old age guidelines (nineteen years old for men, twenty-one for women) would still be in the field while [Read More…]

Stay in touch — Like Sic et Non on Facebook:

How great Thou art!

      It’s appropriate, on the Sabbath, to experience feelings of awe and humility.  Here’s a short article that will help you to do precisely that today:   http://www.realclearscience.com/blog/2016/01/the_incomprehensible_power_of_a_supernova.html   Oh Lord, my God, when I in awesome wonderConsider all the worlds Thy hands have made,I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder [Read More…]

Stay in touch — Like Sic et Non on Facebook:

BOM 2 Nephi 5

      Critics of the Book of Mormon have often criticized the idea, contained in today’s reading (2 Nephi 5), that Nephi built a temple in the New World.  I saw a video two or three years ago for which a rabbi had been recruited to mock the notion.   No good Jew, they [Read More…]

Stay in touch — Like Sic et Non on Facebook:

On Huffington Post: “Why do Mormons have churches and temples?”

    A nice explanation for those who might — and probably do — find us and our buildings rather puzzling:   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mette-ivie-harrison/why-do-mormons-have-churc_b_8914054.html   After all, sometimes our chapels are even right next to our temples, sharing the same parking lot.  Why do that?  Why have two separate buildings — they’re both churches, right? — [Read More…]

Stay in touch — Like Sic et Non on Facebook:

“Kenyan Muslim who shielded Christians in al-Shabab attack dies”

    This is a story that shouldn’t be overlooked.  Not just the story of the heroic Salah Farah, upon whom be peace, but the overall story of Muslims who stood up for their Christian neighbors during a brutal attack:   http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-35352763   As Jordan’s Queen Consort Rania points out in a Fox News interview [Read More…]

Stay in touch — Like Sic et Non on Facebook:

“Scholar disputes pollsters’ dire predictions for faith in U.S.”

    https://baptistnews.com/culture/social-issues/item/30843-scholar-disputes-pollsters-dire-predictions-for-faith-in-u-s   Compare my own short Deseret News column on roughly the same topic:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865643849/Sociologist-shares-how-the-world-may-be-more-religious-today-than-ever-before-in-The-Triumph-of.html     [Read more…]

Stay in touch — Like Sic et Non on Facebook:

The so-called “Prayer of St. Francis”

    Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.Where there is hatred, let me sow love;Where there is injury, pardon;Where there is doubt, faith;Where there is despair, hope;Where there is darkness, light;Where there is sadness, joy.O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seekTo be consoled as to console,To be understood as [Read More…]

Stay in touch — Like Sic et Non on Facebook:

“The Missionary Killed by Islamist Terror”

    Truth in advertising:  He wasn’t an LDS missionary.  (I say this because many readers of my blog will inevitably assume, at the first, that he was.)   But it doesn’t matter at the moment.  He should be remembered and honored — and he will be blessed — anyway:   http://www.wsj.com/article_email/the-missionary-killed-by-islamist-terror-1453419371-lMyQjAxMTE2NjIwMjIyMDI2Wj   I can’t [Read More…]

Stay in touch — Like Sic et Non on Facebook:

“What Secularism Wrought in Catholicism”

    I have to admit that, while I once thought that my own church was largely immune to these sorts of influences, I’m not quite so confident any more:   http://www.realclearreligion.org/articles/2016/01/23/what_secularism_wrought_in_catholicism.html   I have great confidence in the Brethren.  I believe them to be genuine apostles and prophets.  But I worry at what I [Read More…]

Stay in touch — Like Sic et Non on Facebook:

CLOSE | X

HIDE | X