Three pieces about Elder Perry

Second temple compeleted in Utah

  "Elder L. Tom Perry -- An uncommon life of service and enthusiasm" "21 uplifting quotes from Elder L Tom Perry" "Family, dignitaries honor Elder L. Tom Perry's ability to connect with leaders, regular people" Enthusiasm, ability to connect with common folk as well as dignitaries -- these were certainly striking characteristics possessed by Elder Perry, along with striking height and, as Princeton's Robert George points out in the … [Read more...]

The Book of Mormon as “inspired fiction”?

Wittenberger Marktplatz

  The idea is popular in certain very small circles within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and on its fringes:  Posted from Wittenberg, Germany    … [Read more...]

Does the Church boast, unscripturally, about the humanitarian good that it does?

Friedrich der Grosse

  A vocal number of angry secularist ex-Mormons like to complain online about humanitarian aid given out by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It's not enough, they say. I'll leave aside the likelihood that they themselves give little or nothing, because I can't know in any individual case what they do.  But study after study indicates that religious people typically give far more to charity, and far more service, than do secularists. … [Read more...]

From and about a great modern German writer (if a problematic man)

Brecht portrait

  Some scattered quotations from the playwright Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956): Sometimes it's more important to be human, than to have good taste. Intelligence is not to make no mistakes, but quickly to see how to make them good. He who laughs has not yet heard the bad news. What happens to the hole when the cheese is gone? The finest plans have always been spoiled by the littleness of them that should … [Read more...]

“Elder L. Tom Perry dies at age 92″

Elder L. Tom Perry

  I'm so, so sad at this news.  (I wrote about Elder Perry yesterday, here.) He was so remarkably clear and vigorous up until his diagnosis with cancer.  Thereupon, things went rapidly.  Mercifully, I suppose. My wife and I were able to send something from Israel to him upon our return earlier in May, something that we knew would mean something to him, and I tre … [Read more...]

I’m not frightened by the approaching heat-death of the universe.

Heat death flat line!

  I'm going to leave that to my students.  Let them worry about it: Serves 'em right. But it will be too bad, assuming that the universe is really all that there is and that it's purely naturalistic, that Shakespeare, Little League coaching, Beethoven, service as Cub Scout den mothers, the Taj Mahal, Confucius, studying organic chemistry, Michelangelo, the Beatles, … [Read more...]

Apostate internet behavior scientifically explained?

Coffee. On my blog!

  I often marvel at the bizarre internet behavior of certain apostate critics of Mormonism. Now, though, I think I may have found an explanation: More than a few of them also post from time to time on the life-transforming wonders that they've discovered in their post-liberation consumption of coffee. Pure coincidence? Maybe. But … [Read more...]

In Australia, Elder Quentin Cook calls for a global effort to defend religious liberty

Church of St. Benedict, technically in Chippendale

  This has become a recurrent theme of members of the Council of the Twelve, both within the United States and internationally.  It behooves Latter-day Saints to be aware of the issue and informed on the issues: Elder Cook is, among other things, a graduate of Stanford Law School.  Posted from Berlin, Germany    … [Read more...]