Of attitudes

     The mind is its own place and in itself, can make a Heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heaven. John Milton   The longer I live — and I’ve lived a very long time; North America has moved roughly three quarters (3/4) of a meter to the southwest since the fateful day that [Read More…]

“Professor Explains Why Mormons Don’t Like Trump (and My Thoughts on Dissent)”

    Appearances notwithstanding, this isn’t an anti-Trump article.  (Some may have noticed that I’m not exactly hesitant about posting such things, but this isn’t one of those.)   The consistently good Jeff Lindsay responds to Professor Benjamin Hertzberg’s jaundiced speculations about what really motivated Utah to reject Donald Trump so resoundingly in the recent Republican [Read More…]

“Beware of Biased Skepticism”

    A useful call to watch our biases:   http://www.realclearscience.com/articles/2016/04/02/beware_of_biased_skepticism_109589.html   Confirmation bias, false assumptions, blinders, and preconceptions don’t exist only among your adversaries.   “I’m with stupid” should sometimes more accurately read “I’m [with] stupid.”     [Read more…]

BOM Mosiah 21

    It becomes quite clear in today’s reading, Mosiah 21, that the Lord will not sustain an unrighteous people when they go out to seek aggressive battle against their oppressors.   Rather, if they will repent, he will deliver them himself, in his own way.   This will be a major theme during the downfall of [Read More…]

Elder Patrick Kearon, on the current refugee situation

  If you didn’t have the chance to hear Elder Patrick Kearon’s remarkable address about refugees during the concluding session of April 2016 general conference this afternoon, here’s a link where you can watch and listen.  It’s slightly less than fourteen (14) minutes:       [Read more…]

“The Town that Rescued 5000 Mormon Refugees”

    http://ldsliving.com/The-Town-That-Rescued-5-000-Mormon-Refugees/s/80468   “Freely ye have received,” says the Savior at Matthew 10:8, “freely give.”   I was moved today, during the afternoon session of general conference, by Elder Patrick Kearon’s address about refugees.  And I was moved by the emotional reaction to those remarks of President Dieter Uchtdorf, who was himself a refugee as [Read More…]

“The furnace of affliction”

    “Iron till it be thoroughly heated is incapable to be wrought; so God sees good to cast some men into the furnace of affliction, and then beats them on his anvil into what frame He pleases.” Anne Bradstreet, Puritan poet and writer   [Read more…]

The Rings of Saturn

      On the Sabbath, it seems to me appropriate simply to take a moment, sometimes, to contemplate the wonder, order, and beauty of the cosmos in which we live.     [Read more…]

“‘Extraordinary Find’: Rare Religious Text Written in Lost Etruscan Language”

    Even in archaeologically well-plowed areas such as Italy, where written sources abound in ancient languages that (with the exception of Etruscan itself) are well understood — the future Roman emperor Claudius even wrote a history of the Etruscans and (he’s the last ancient person known to have been able to read it) a [Read More…]

“What this year’s early Easter date tells us about early Christianity”

    I’m late with this — Easter’s already past — but John Gee makes a very interesting point here that, frankly, hadn’t occurred to me before:   http://fornspollfira.blogspot.com/2016/03/what-this-years-early-easter-date-tell.html     [Read more…]