“Provo ranked 4th most educated city in website’s analysis”

Provo (in autumn?)

   Here's a nice little article in today's Deseret News that, if facts actually meant anything to certain critics of Mormonism, might perhaps possibly maybe potentially suggest a little flaw in a small portion of their general narrative about brain-dead Morgbot sheeple and the laughable state of Utard: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865611092/Provo-ranked-4th-most-educated-city-in-websites-analysis.html The reader responses, thus far, … [Read more...]

A thought on atheism and the problem of evil

A wonderful sky with tree

  "[When I was an atheist] my argument against God was that the universe seemed so cruel and unjust.  But how had I got this idea of just and unjust?  A man does not call a line crooked unless he has some idea of a straight line.  What was I comparing this universe with when I called it unjust?  If the whole show was bad and senseless from A to Z, so to speak, why did I, who was supposed to be part of the show, find myself in such violent reaction against it? . . .  Thus in … [Read more...]

It’s been a long day, and I’m tired.

A lake, with meadow and mountains

 So I just thought that I would share something serene and beautiful:  There.  Nice. Relax.  Life is really very good, on the whole. Shanti. शान्ति   … [Read more...]

1 Nephi 15

The temple by Keith's place

  Today's reading is 1 Nephi 15. I'm pressed for time at the moment, and will need to limit myself to a very brief comment.  So I think I'll concentrate on something very small that struck me during this reading, in 1 Nephi 15:5: "And it came to pass that I was overcome because of my afflictions, for I considered that mine afflictions were great above all, because of the destruction of my people, for I had beheld their fall." One might … [Read more...]

Three months ago, today

Rain falling on flowers.

  I've had a pretty good, satisfying, and even successful life. But this was one of my very worst days: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865605395/Through-cloud-and-sunshine-Lord.html?pg=all The sadness never quite goes away.   … [Read more...]

“Binyamin Netanyahu orders the biggest land-grab in a generation”

A map showing the Israeli settlement of Gush Etzion

  The last paragraph of this article in the 6 September 2014 issue of The Economist might help some Americans understand a bit of the frustration and anger that Palestinians feel toward Israel: http://www.economist.com/news/middle-east-and-africa/21615644-binyamin-netanyahu-orders-biggest-land-grab-generation-another-thousand    … [Read more...]

Is ISIS “Islamic”? Are we at war with ISIS? Should we call it “ISIL”?

Damascus today, by night

  Semantic disputes have flared up over these three questions during the past week or so. Let me comment briefly on each of them, in turn: 1. President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron have both forthrightly denied that ISIS (or ISIL), the self-proclaimed "Islamic State," is genuinely Islamic, to which various commentators, particularly on the political Right, have responded with mockery and charges of "political … [Read more...]

“Thank you to Mormon and Lutheran congregations for working together”

A view of Syracuse, in New York State

  I really like this letter, written by a Lutheran pastor in the area of greater Syracuse, New York: http://www.syracuse.com/opinion/index.ssf/2014/09/thanks_to_mormon_and_lutheran_churches_for_school_supplies_blankets_your_letters.html And, even more, I like the activities, and the attitudes, to which it refers.   … [Read more...]