A non-LDS scholar surveys the repurposed Maxwell Institute and judges it, at last, “respectable”!

Evolution of the Maxwell Institute

   My friend Bill Hamblin reports an interesting find: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/enigmaticmirror/2015/05/18/philip-jenkins-on-book-of-mormon-historicity/   … [Read more...]

The function of education

At Morehouse College

 The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education. "The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically.  Intelligence plus character -- that is the goal of true education." Martin Luther King, Jr.  … [Read more...]

Ramadi has fallen

That was then

  American soldiers paid an enormous price to take Ramadi from the bloodthirsty terrorists who ruled it. And now, in effect, we've given it back: http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/18/asia/isis-ramadi/ I hope that the veterans of the Ramadi campaign, many of them wounded and maimed, are doing alright, and that the families of those who fell there are getting the support the need.  And that those in the city who helped American forces were able … [Read more...]

Of course, Mitt Romney was a cold, out-of-touch plutocrat . . .

A peasant woman, cooking

   Hillary is running as an advocate for the American middle class and the poor.  She feels their pain. She mingles with carefully selected Ordinary People, and once actually ate a taco salad (or something) in a restaurant to which the masses are admitted. Bill and Hillary Clinton, together, have earned approximately $30 million since January … [Read more...]

“Why does ‘organized religion’ get a bad rap? Because the elite lies about it.”

A rural church in America

  http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/418379/why-does-organized-religion-get-bad-rap-because-elite-lies-about-it-david-french?target=author&tid=1048 And, on a related note, have a look at "Obama's casual slander of American Christians."   … [Read more...]

“Religion Poisons Everything!” (25)

The Mahayana temple of Borobudur

  The ninth-century Mahayana Buddhist temple at Borobudur, in Indonesia's Central Java, provides yet another example of Christopher Hitchens's principle that "religion poisons everything!" Indonesia and the world would have been better off had it never existed. Right?   … [Read more...]

“Is Mormonism Christian?”

The first temple in the Ukraine

   Here's an interesting 2008 exchange -- or, at least, a pair of articles that appeared beside one another -- that you may have missed when it appeared in the estimable monthly magazine First Things: http://www.firstthings.com/article/2008/10/003-is-mormonism-christian Gerald McDermott, the Protestant voice, is, or at least was at the time, a professor at Roanoke College in Virginia. The Mormon voice was provided by my … [Read more...]

“Why parents should stop expecting their kids to get married”

A Victorian view of marriage

  Thanks to Nicol Sorenson-Legakis for bringing this article to my notice: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/05/17/why-parents-should-stop-expecting-their-kids-to-get-married/?tid=sm_fb Sorry, but I can't see this is a good trend. In fact, I regard it as portending disaster. The dissolution of the social ties that bind us; the weakening of the family (which the late Christopher Lasch, a brilliant social … [Read more...]