Friendships

    If a man does not make new acquaintances as he advances through life, he will soon find himself alone.  A man should keep his friendships in constant repair. Samuel Johnson   Posted from Mentor, Ohio     [Read more…]

“Basic Beliefs” of Community of Christ

    Here in Kirtland, there is a major presence of what was long called the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints but is now known as Community of Christ.   In my experience with members of this church, I’ve found them to be kind and friendly.   Today, from the visitor’s [Read More…]

“The weekend America’s newspapers called Donald Trump a liar”

    This happened before last night’s “debate”:   http://money.cnn.com/2016/09/25/media/newspapers-donald-trump-hillary-clinton-lies/index.html   Posted from Mentor, Ohio     [Read more…]

“Man who led police to bombing suspect is an immigrant, too”

    http://religionnews.com/2016/09/20/man-who-led-police-to-bombing-suspect-is-an-immigrant-too/   Some may recall the case of Balbir Singh Sodhi, the Sikh-American gas station owner who was murdered by an anti-immigration “patriot” in Mesa, Arizona, on 15 September 2001 as retaliation for the 9-11 terrorist attacks.  Sikhs, of course, aren’t Muslims at all.  And they’re Indians, not Arabs.  These distinctions, though, were [Read More…]

“‘Phenomenal’ ancient Chinese skeleton discovery in London graveyard casts new light on Roman society”

    “Oh,” Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) famously wrote, “East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet.”   He may have been wrong:   http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/archaeology/chinese-skeleton-discovery-roman-history-society-southwark-cemetery-asian-remains-a7330666.html   Posted from Mentor, Ohio     [Read more…]

On last night’s debate

    I’m simply not interested.  I see little reason to choose between the wooden and corrupt woman and the thoughtless, ignorant, but authoritarian buffoon, given the fact that neither one cares a bit about limited government or the Constitution and that neither of them has much if anything to say about freedom.   So [Read More…]

A report from Geauga County

    Some of you may be wondering what on earth I’m doing here in Ohio.  (My more unhinged critics will be eager to find in my presence here redundant further evidence of my corruption, viciousness, and dishonesty.  Or something of that sort.)   Permit me to explain what I’m up to.   I’m here [Read More…]

A challenging standard

    I really only love God as much as I love the person I love the least. Dorothy Day (1897-1980)   Posted from Mentor, Ohio     [Read more…]

“How Old is the Bible?”

    A quite short but also quite interesting little piece:   http://bigthink.com/paul-ratner/how-old-is-the-bible   Please, as you read it, keep the fact in mind that Joseph Smith’s claim of a sacred book written on metal plates has seemed absurd to many.  Now note the material on which the oldest known biblical text was written.   Posted [Read More…]

“Prominent theologian says secularism, not religion, is set to decline”

    Timothy Keller is an interesting thinker, and he’s been extraordinarily successful in building up a congregation of people in New York City who had previously been living ostensibly secular lives.  I think there’s much to be learned from him:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865663048/Prominent-theologian-says-secularism-not-religion-is-set-to-decline.html   Posted from Mentor, Ohio     [Read more…]