“Millennials have low opinion of themselves, compared to boomers”

Birth rate chart

  Do you agree?  Do you see yourself in the data?  Do you recognize your parents or your kids? http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/social-issues/millennials-have-low-opinion-of-themselves-compared-to-boomers/2015/09/03/36acd614-525d-11e5-8c19-0b6825aa4a3a_story.html   … [Read more...]

Was Jesus just a fictional character?

Tissot, Jesus, Bethany

  The silly claim that Jesus never existed exasperates me.  It's essentially crank stuff, but lately, via the unfiltered medium of the internet, it's won an audience (that it doesn't deserve) among credulous, over-eager atheists and agnostics. I understand disbelief in his divinity.  But the flat denial of his existence is a different matter altogether. I've had relatively little to say about it, but, having again encountered the claim several ti … [Read more...]

On hard work

A beach with two odd sailboats

  "Hard work pays off.  I am so annoyed with my father for being right about that."  (Lena Dunham)   … [Read more...]

New proposed nanny-state regulation on soft drinks in New York

Soda Bottle

  I've heard leftists argue passionately that presentation of an ID shouldn't be required to vote, and that parental consent absolutely shouldn't be required before giving birth control pills to teenagers. But now a state legislator in New York is proposing that children under eighteen shouldn't be permitted to purchase Big Gulps without parental approval: http://watchdog.org/236211/nanny-state-soda-ban-new-york/ It's a matter of p … [Read more...]

New Testament 253

Sellaer Christ Children

  Matthew 19:13-15Mark 10:13-16Luke 18:15-17Compare Matthew 18:3; John 3:3, 5 It's extremely difficult for me to imagine that the Person depicted in these verses, holding the attitudes toward little children that are revealed in this episode, could also (as some Christian denominations have held) have ordained that infants and children, if they die without baptism, are forever denied entrance into heaven.   … [Read more...]

From CNN: “Does Islam promote violence?”

Map of Sri Lanka

  Thanks to Amelia Reynolds Kynaston for calling my attention to this entertaining exchange: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bwdhib-bZ-s I don't know that I agree quite entirely with Reza Aslan -- I think it pretty obvious that, while there are violent Buddhists as well as Muslims, Islamic texts can be read to offer much more plain support, aid, and comfort for those inclined to violence than Buddhist texts can -- but I think that he makes very, v … [Read more...]

“‘He became man that we might be made divine’”

St. John of the Ladder's Ladder

  This week's Thursday column for the Deseret News is now up: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865635930/He-became-man-that-we-might-be-made-divine.html And the usual suspects have already begun to post their rather predictable reactions. Situation normal.   … [Read more...]

Mutual Mormon-Jewish Aid in Orange County, California

Temple in Newport Beach CA

  I really like this story, which Bianca Lisonbee has brought to my attention: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/congregation-679848-temple-cohen.html   … [Read more...]