“The best lack all conviction”

    In 1948, the poet and future Nobel laureate T. S. Eliot published a book entitled Notes towards the Definition of Culture.  I’ve always been struck by one particular passage in it:   . . .  [W]hether education can foster and improve culture or not, it can surely adulterate and degrade it. For there [Read More…]

“CES Letter Author Jeremy Runnells to Face Disciplinary Action: The Non-Scandal”

    Mr. Runnells was actually excommunicated from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Sunday.  Or, if you prefer his narrative, he himself excommunicated the Church immediately upon his emergence from the disciplinary council that decided to void his Church membership.  (He emerged, by the way, to the cheers and applause of a [Read More…]

“Here’s Why I’m a Proud Godzilla Supporter”

    When I was quite young, I was a wildly enthusiastic Godzilla fan.  My mother used to tell me that — in days long before the advent of home video recorders (which some of you will have a difficult time even imagining) — I once watched the original Americanized Godzilla movie (with Raymond Burr) nine [Read More…]

A statement from BYU about sexual assault

    Some of you, no doubt, are aware that a national and even international firestorm of criticism has erupted about Brigham Young University’s treatment of victims of sexual assault.   It hasn’t been merely suggested by some critics, but declared as fact, that, in its self-righteous and puritanical zeal, the University has been far [Read More…]

Tomorrow’s New York Primary

    Tomorrow, New Yorkers will tell us which New Yorker we should accept as our president.   I hope that others in flyover country are as excited about this as I am.   On the Democratic side, they’ll choose between a female who would be 69 years old upon her inauguration and a male [Read More…]

Faith and sunrise

    “Faith is the bird that sings when the dawn is still dark.”  (Rabindranath Tagore)   Posted from Phoenix, Arizona     [Read more…]

“Did Jesus teach in this ancient synagogue?”

    http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865652322/Did-Jesus-teach-in-this-ancient-synagogue.html   Posted from Mesa, Arizona     [Read more…]

Should the Bible be banned from public libraries?

    Some think (or claim to think) that public libraries should not include the Bible in their collections:   Holy Bible is Now a ‘Challenged’ Book   Posted from Mesa, Arizona     [Read more…]

“When a tiny church houses three religions”

    I’m a bit ambivalent, but this is very interesting:   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2016/04/14/when-a-tiny-church-houses-three-religions/   I can certainly see economic benefits to such an arrangement, as well as the obvious benefits of added tolerance and appreciation.   Posted from Mesa, Arizona     [Read more…]

“Mosiah 4-6: Children of Christ”

    Taylor Halverson offers a helpful discussion of three important chapters in the book of Mosiah:   Mosiah 4-6: Children of Christ   Posted from Mesa, Arizona     [Read more…]