“Plural Marriage in Kirtland and Nauvoo”

Rebuilt Nauvoo Illinois Temple

  An official statement from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on early plural marriage (in the days of Joseph Smith): https://www.lds.org/topics/plural-marriage-in-kirtland-and-nauvoo?lang=eng It's gratifying to see such people as Craig Foster, Brian Hales, and Ugo Perego -- all involved with The Interpreter Foundation and all contributors to Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture -- prominently represented as sources in the … [Read more...]

Nobody can be pure enough

Four comrades, so happy together!

  If certain folks are determined to cast themselves as victims, or to demonize you as a demonizer, they're going to find a way to do it -- no matter how sensitive and progressive you're trying to be. Consider, for example, this: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/390523/anti-rape-culture-rally-accused-promoting-rape-culture-katherine-timpf Kind of amusing, in its way. I recall reading an interesting comment a number of … [Read more...]

The impending collapse of the Middle Eastern political order?

from "Lawrence of Arabia"

  An article in the 11 October 2014 issue of the Economist, entitled "The rule of the gunman," points to a very important and disturbing phenomenon in the contemporary Middle East: the disintegration of post-colonial Arab states. Increasingly, the battles that are being fought in the region are occurring between non-state actors. ISIS or the "Islamic State" is the most obvious one right now, although al-Qa’ida is another easy one to n … [Read more...]

An extraordinary speech on religious liberty

BYU's law school in Provo

   A friend has called my attention to a very thoughtful and, in my judgment, remarkable keynote address delivered by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) on 5 October 2014 at the twenty-first annual International Law and Religion Symposium at BYU's J. Reuben Clark Law School: http://www.iclrs.org/content/blurb/files/Senator%20Hatch%20Keynote%20Address%20Symposium%202014.pdf It's twelve-pages long, but they are twelve very important pa … [Read more...]

What is hell like?

Must reading

   "Hell is something liken the bureaucracy of a police state or the offices of a thoroughly nasty business concern." C. S. Lewis, Preface, The Screwtape Letters  Hell isn't a matter of flames and of comical devils dressed in red satin with pointy horns and carrying pitchforks. Lewis's observation rings absolutely true for anybody who has ever been the surprised victim of scheming intrigue and betrayal by false … [Read more...]

“The Marshmallow Test”

Professor Mischel

  There's an extremely interesting review, in the 11 October 2014 issue of the Economist, of what looks to be a genuinely fascinating book: Walter Mischel's The Marshmallow Test: Mastering Self Control. Dr. Mischel is the Austrian-born psychologist, then at Stanford University, who devised a simple but clever experiment back in the 1960s to study delayed gratification. Four- or five-year-old children at Stanford's Bing Nursery pre-school -- … [Read more...]

“Lord, is it I?”

A quote from President Uchtdorf

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Gender Wars in Elementary School

So THIS is what they look like.

  I think that I've already posted an entry about the enlightened school district in radical-leftist Nebraska that has advised staff and teachers not to use oppressively gendered expressions like "boys and girls" when addressing its young inmates, but, instead, to call them something madly whimsical like "purple penguins" (and nothing so blandly literal as Kameraden or … [Read more...]


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