D.C.’s Cardinal-Archbishop: We’d Be a “Mess” Without Religion

    An interesting and no doubt controversial perspective, with which I’m strongly inclined to agree:   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2016/06/23/dcs-catholic-archbishop-people-ask-me-why-religion-matters-today-i-tell-them-wed-be-a-mess-without-it/?wpisrc=nl_faith&wpmm=1   Posted from Brockwood Hall, Cumbria, England     [Read more…]

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“Dalai Lama meets with two high-ranking LDS leaders”

    Some of you might find this interesting, if you’re not already aware of it:   http://www.sltrib.com/lifestyle/faith/4037654-155/dalai-lama-meets-with-two-high-level   I apologize for the hat that he’s wearing in the photograph that accompanies the Tribune article.  And I seek your forgiveness on his behalf.  I’m sure that he was unaware that it would give offense to decent [Read More…]

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BOM Alma 36

    I simply can’t pass by Alma 36, today’s reading, without mentioning the seeming presence in it of an intentionally constructed chiasm.   If you don’t know about the literary device known as chiasmus, or if you’re unaware of its occurrence in Alma 36, I suggest that you browse through this concise introduction:   http://www.jefflindsay.com/chiasmus.shtml [Read More…]

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“‘Neas’ and ‘Sheum’ in the Book of Mormon”

    http://scripturalmormonism.blogspot.co.uk/2016/06/neas-and-sheum-in-book-of-mormon.html   Posted from Brockwood Hall, Cumbria, England     [Read more…]

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“Beauty Way More Than Skin Deep”

    Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture published a second article today:   Beauty Way More Than Skin Deep   We wish you a great weekend!   P. S.:  Despite the title and the photo of the author, his article isn’t actually autobiographical.   Posted from Brockwood Hall, Cumbria, England     [Read more…]

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“Anti-Muslim incidents at mosques surged last year”

    https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2016/06/20/report-anti-muslim-incidents-mosques-surged-last-year/o13UQg0V0EZU7gf3Q4TOiL/story.html   Of course, anti-Jewish incidents are also surging:   http://europe.newsweek.com/anti-semitic-incidents-college-campuses-nearly-doubled-2015-adl-474394?rm=eu   http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/70368/new-adl-report-shows-sharp-rise-violent-anti-semitic-assaults-u-s/#FVA8OGLIbTvQsjVP.97   https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/feb/05/antisemitic-attacks-uk-community-security-trust-britain-jewish-population   We are, as I’ve said before, in danger of going tribal.  In politics as elsewhere.   Posted from Brockwood Hall, Cumbria, England   [Read more…]

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“Would aliens really kill us, ‘Independence Day’-Style?”

    A pleasant subject to contemplate on a Friday evening:   http://www.space.com/33266-would-aliens-kill-humans-movie-style.html   Posted from Brockwood Hall, Cumbria, England     [Read more…]

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“‘O Ye Fair Ones’ — Revisited”

    Today is Friday.  So, predictably, there’s a new article up in Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture:   “O Ye Fair Ones” — Revisited   Posted from Brockwood Hall, Cumbria, England     [Read more…]

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“Trailing clouds of glory”

    Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting: The Soul that rises with us, our life’s Star,   60         Hath had elsewhere its setting,           And cometh from afar:         Not in entire forgetfulness,         And not in utter nakedness, But trailing clouds of glory do we come   65         From God, who is our home:   [Read More…]

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A visit to Furness Abbey

    We spent some time yesterday looking at the ruins of Furness Abbey, which, at the time of Henry VIII’s dissolution of the monasteries in the 1530s, was the second richest Cistercian institution in all of England, after an abbey in Yorkshire.  The weather was perfect.  Sunny, but not at all hot.     [Read More…]

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