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

Untermenschen,
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...]

This weekend’s conference is over; another one is on the horizon.

A completely irrelevant but pretty scene from the Orem/Provo area, where the conference was held and where I live

    Well, the tenth annual conference of the Society for Mormon Philosophy and Theology is now history.  It was enjoyable, though it kept me from blogging.  (It also kept me from participating in a ward service day, which I regret.)   After our board meeting early in the evening, two Latter-day Saint colleagues and I went out to dinner with a professor of New Testament studies from the Pentecostal Theological Seminary who had delivered a paper during the … [Read more...]

“The Late War against the Book of Mormon”

That's all, folks!

    It's Friday, so, of course, Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture has posted yet another article.  This one responds to a very recent presentation that purported to identify a major literary source -- "the smoking gun!" "the silver bullet!" (I'm not making this up; some critics actually used these phrases) -- plagiarized by Joseph Smith and/or a group of conspirators during the composition of the Book of … [Read more...]

“Obamacare’s Moment of Clarity”

The doctor is in.

      Psychiatrist and political commentator Charles Krauthammer (M.D., Harvard Medical School, 1975), on some of the things the current state of Obamacare tells us:   http://www.nationalreview.com/article/362784/obamacares-moment-clarity-charles-krauthammer     … [Read more...]

SMPT, Today and Tomorrow

The stave church at
Borgund, Norway

      Here's the program for the annual meeting of the Society for Mormon Philosophy and Theology, which is happening right now on the campus of Utah Valley University in Orem:   http://www.smpt.org/conferences_2013.html   I'll be participating in a plenary panel discussion on "Mormon studies" at noon on Friday (presumably defending the legitimacy of apologetics as a kind of Mormon studies), and I'll be introducing Noel Reynolds for his plenary … [Read more...]


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