Camille Paglia on liberals, atheists, Jon Stewart, Donald Trump, and etc.

Sterling Library Yale

  If you've never heard or read Camille Paglia, you might consider giving her a try.  She's not for all tastes nor necessarily for all seasons, but she can be a very bracing and quite unpredictable voice:’s_simply_not_true/ Thanks to Renee Contreras De Loach for bringing this to my attention.  Posted f … [Read more...]

“Why the BSA decision is truly cause for concern”

Boy Scouts and Campfire Girls

Ralph Hancock brings this piece by Cassandra Hedelius to my attention: on tight.  The water's going to get rough.Posted from Victoria, British Columbia … [Read more...]

“The Doctrine of Resurrection in the Book of Mormon”

Maghrabi cemetery

  I'm tardy in putting this up, but, it's Friday again, so Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture has posted a new article today:  Posted from Victoria, British Columbia  … [Read more...]

Edward L. Kimball, on “Mormon Scholars Testify”

Birthplace of Edward, onetime residence of Spencer and Camilla

  I've neglected my "Mormon Scholars Testify" project for quite a while.  I'm the one who recruits and edits all entries, and I just haven't had time lately. But a new entry did go up the other day: You may recognize Edward L. Kimball as, among many other things, the author of excellent biographies of his father.  Posted from Victoria, British Columbia    … [Read more...]

“Carly the Communicator”

Skidmore photo of Fiorina

  I like her.  I'm actually intrigued by her presidential candidacy: I would love to see her debate Hillary Clinton.  Posted from Victoria, British Columbia    … [Read more...]

It really is a kind of war, you know, and religious freedom really is under siege.

Federal stamp from years ago. Here are some crucial lines from the article: “We are at a crossroads where the choices we make will mean we will fight religious exemptions for two to three years or have a protracted twenty year struggle on our hands,” Tim Sweeney told leading business executives and others attending the Out & Equal Workplace Advocates exe … [Read more...]

New Testament 222

Illustrating Luke 16:1-9

  Luke 16:1-9 This is one of the weirder passages in the Gospels. Is Jesus really commending what is, by just about any standard, unethical behavior? I think that's extremely unlikely. What he is clearly praising, though, is worldly wisdom, prudence -- canniness, if you will.  Competence in real life.  Functioning. Disciples of Christ are not to be fools.  They're to be fully in the world, while, of course, not … [Read more...]

On the “Goldilocks Universe”

European Southern Observatory photo

  “Scientists are slowly waking up to an inconvenient truth -- the universe looks suspiciously like a fix.  The issue concerns the very laws of nature themselves.  For 40 years, physicists and cosmologists have been quietly collecting examples of all too convenient 'coincidences' and special features in the underlying laws of the universe that seem to be necessary in order for life, and hence conscious beings, to exist. Change any one of them and the consequences would be le … [Read more...]