“Meet the 100 Most Significant Americans of All Time”

JS on 6 April in Fayette

  My Deutsch-sprechender BYU colleague Eric Ringger has kindly drawn my attention to this interesting item: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonianmag/meet-100-most-significant-americans-all-time-180953341/?utm_source=twitter.com&no-ist Please notice who the first and third persons on the list of "Religious Figures" are. "He called me by name, and said unto me that he was a messenger sent from the presence of God to me, and that h … [Read more...]

“Ether’s Cave”

Primary art, Lehi's dream

   Just a reminder of the blog that my friend and former colleague Matt Roper maintains: http://etherscave.blogspot.com Check in on it from time to time, and you'll be rewarded.   … [Read more...]

“The Lamb,” by William Blake

Lamb of God window

   Little Lamb who made thee          Dost thou know who made thee Gave thee life & bid thee feed. By the stream & o'er the mead; Gave thee clothing of delight, Softest clothing wooly bright; Gave thee such a tender voice, Making all the vales rejoice!          Little Lamb who made thee          Dost thou know who made thee            Little Lamb I'll tell thee,          Little Lamb I'll tell thee! He is called by thy name, For he calls himself a Lamb … [Read more...]

“5 quotes that show the true character of the Prophet Joseph”

Where the Restoration began

  This little item, published slightly more than a week ago on the 209th anniversary of Joseph's birth, represents much, much more that could be said in defense of his much-maligned good character: http://www.ldsliving.com/story/77567-5-insights-into-the-personality-of-joseph-smith?utm_source=ldsliving&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=popular&utm_content=pop2141226   … [Read more...]

Doing and Not Doing

He died in 1976, a Christian once more

  "Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is a nobler art of leaving things undone.  The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of nonessentials." Lin Yutang (d. 1976)    … [Read more...]

“Religious Values and Public Policy”

D. H. Oaks, Apostle and Attorney

  An important 1992 address by Elder Dallin H. Oaks, of the Council of the Twelve: https://www.lds.org/ensign/1992/10/religious-values-and-public-policy?lang=eng#footnote7-92910_000_026 As relevant today as it was nearly a quarter of a century ago.   … [Read more...]

Common sense, physics, and God

Photo in the public domain

  "The ghostly presence of virtual particles defies rational common sense and is non-intuitive for those unacquainted with physics. Religious belief in God, and Christian belief . . . may seem strange to common-sense thinking. But when the most elementary physical things behave in this way, we should be prepared to accept that the deepest aspects of our existence go beyond our common-sense understanding." Antony Hewish, British radio astronomer and 1974 Nobel laureate in … [Read more...]

Arabs and Israelis join to deal with an ecological issue

This map comes from Wikimedia Commons, so don't sue me.

  I love to post positive stories from the Middle East and the Islamic world.  Thanks to Allen Hansen for drawing my notice to this one.   … [Read more...]