On theologically “progressive” non-judgmentalism

If ANYBODY has a problem, it seems to be "GOD." Right?

  The ever-relevant and perceptive C. S. Lewis.  As timely  now as ever: By the goodness of God we mean nowadays almost exclusively His lovingness; and in this we may be right. And by Love, in this context, most of us mean kindness -- the desire to see others than the self happy; not happy in this way or in that, but just happy. What would really satisfy us would be a God who said of anything we happened to like doing, ‘What does it matter so long as they are co … [Read more...]

“Judicial Tyranny”

An experienced European statesman and political thinker weighs in

   An editorial has just appeared from Salt Lake City's Deseret News regarding yesterday's federal court decision, by a single appointed federal judge, that voided an important portion of the constitution of the State of Utah: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865592839/Judicial-tyranny.html I share its concerns. And so should even those who favor its specific direction. Overturning the legally expressed will of … [Read more...]

The Judge is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him.

When the court speaks, the thinking has been done.

  Perhaps some of you haven't heard that a federal judge overturned Utah's definition of marriage as between a man and a woman today, and that, unless I'm mistaken, at least one same-sex wedding has already been performed. Resistance is futile.  You will be assimilated.  Posted from St. George, Utah … [Read more...]

Materials for Advent (2013) — Day 20

Harry Belafonte (b. 1927) The 1950s "King of Calypso"

   "Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God, manifesting himself unto all nations."  (The title page of the Book of Mormon) “You know, we can quote the written Word all day to our friends, but nothing will touch them like our own hunger and love for the Word himself. It is not dutiful love that attracts but love freely lavished from a heart familiar with the gardens of heaven.”  (Amy Layne Litzelman) Jester Joseph Hairston (1901-2000), a North Caro … [Read more...]

“The Christmas Quest”

Enroute to Bethlehem

  In honor of the upcoming holiday, Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture reprints a brief article on Christmas first published by Hugh Nibley nearly sixty-four years ago in England: http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/the-christmas-quest/  Posted from St. George, Utah    … [Read more...]

Interpreter’s seventh volume now available

The St. George Utah Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (oldest functioning temple in the Church) Photo by Derrek Sorrells (Click to enlarge.  Click again to enlarge further.)

  The seventh complete volume of Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture is now available in multiple formats: http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/volume-7-now-available-for-ordering-in-paperback/ And we're well into volume eight.  Posted from St. George, Utah    … [Read more...]

“An Outbreak of Lawlessness”

President Barack Obama (One of my readers accuses me of racism whenever I include a photo suggesting that the President might be black.  Accordingly, I've decided to depict him more accurately, as a white man.)

  http://www.nationalreview.com/article/365101/outbreak-lawlessness-charles-krauthammer   Posted from St. George, Utah    … [Read more...]

Materials for Advent (2013) — Day 19

The Cosmic Christ

  "He that ascended up on high, as also he descended below all things, in that he comprehended all things, that he might be in all and through all things, the light of truth."  (Doctrine and Covenants 88:6) Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.  But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his st … [Read more...]