“Come, listen to a prophet’s voice”


   Something that still amazes me after all these years: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865579297/Come-listen-to-a-prophets-voice.html  Posted from Miami, Florida    … [Read more...]

“No, Tony Blair and the West aren’t responsible for violence in the Muslim world.”

A scene in Aleppo, Syria

   http://www.nationalreview.com/article/381051/no-tony-blair-and-west-arent-blame-violence-muslim-world-john-osullivan  Posted from Miami, Florida    … [Read more...]

“Sanctimony desecrates excommunication”

A restful landscape, chosen to promote calm thoughtfulness (Click to enlarge.  Click again to enlarge further.)

   While I think he seems to come a bit too close to suggesting that there is a specifically Christian position on the details of American immigration policy, and while I believe that fear and opposition to communism are entirely appropriate, on the whole I quite like Lincoln Cannon's statement here -- which was brought to my attention by Don Bradley. An analogy: I'm ambivalent on the death penalty.  I see decent arguments for it, and I'm … [Read more...]

“What is apostasy?”

George Q. Cannon (d. 1901)

   A very good statement from Elder George Q. Cannon of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, who ultimately served as a counselor in the First Presidency to four presidents of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints -- Brigham Young, John Taylor, Wilford Woodruff, and Lorenzo Snow -- and who was one of the most impressive Mormon leaders in the second half of the nineteenth … [Read more...]

“Conformist Heretics: A French View”

Alain Finkielkraut

   From my friend and BYU colleague Ralph Hancock: Conformist Heretics: A French ViewAlain Finkielkraut is a distinguished French philosopher and literary critic, born of Polish-Jewish refugees and recently elevated to the summit of French literary prestige, the Academie Francaise. (For those of you who listen to French, try the podcast of his terrific interview program on the France Culture station, Repliques. There’s no better spoken French, and n … [Read more...]

“The heavenly council, and some counsel for mortals”

On the campus of the University of Richmond, in Virginia (Click to enlarge)

   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865578482/The-heavenly-council-and-some-counsel-for-mortals.html  Posted from Miami, Florida    … [Read more...]

Two current movies

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  I saw The Amazing Spider-Man 2 a few weeks back.  So did my film-buff son, separately.  He liked it.  I didn't.  I really didn't. Tonight, with my wife and others, he and I saw Edge of Tomorrow.  I didn't really get a chance to talk to him about it, but I enjoyed the movie quite a bit.  My wife, however,  commented that she preferred Groundhog Day. Those of you who've seen Edge of Tomorrow -- I'm assuming that everybody has seen Groundhog Day -- w … [Read more...]

A visit to Vizcaya

A portrait of James Deering by John Singer Sargent (1917)

     We decided to stay in Florida for a while beyond last Friday's funeral.  We figured that our son and daughter-in-law could use some company as things begin to settle down.  Moreover, she, in particular, had some things that she very much wanted to do and to show us. So here we are.  And that's why we headed down to Key West over Saturday and Sunday.  One of the advantages of my current sabbatical is that my schedule is … [Read more...]