“Do Atheists Exist?”

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   http://www.nationalreview.com/article/367136/do-atheists-exist-nicholas-frankovich   … [Read more...]

The Interpreter Foundation and the IRS

IRS headquarters in Washington DC Franz Kafka wrote a relevant story called Das Schloss ("The Castle") (Please do NOT click to enlarge this!)

   The Interpreter Foundation is still without the 501(c)(3) tax exempt status that it seeks. We're waiting.  More or less patiently.  Well over a year since our application.  The IRS appears to be running roughly eighteen months behind. Incredible.  I frankly doubt that most newly founded charitable groups can survive so long a delay. Fortunately, though, we didn't include the words patriot or Constitution or Tea Party in the … [Read more...]

Get on “the love train”!

I came of age in California in th.e Sixites

  A commenter bids me surrender my reservations about same-sex marriage, ignore the well-reasoned arguments I've read, openly oppose the leadership of my church, and board "the love train." I'm reminded of a passage from the ever-quotable C. S. Lewis: St. John's saying that God is love has long been balanced in my mind against the remark of a modern author (M. Denis de Rougemont) that "love ceases to be a demon only when he ceases to be a god"; … [Read more...]

Help for the Old Testament course of study beginning next Sunday

Virtually all of the Bible narrative occurred within the area shown in this satellite view. (Click to enlarge.  Click again to enlarge further.)

  With the new Gospel Doctrine curriculum year set to begin next Sunday, I would like to call attention once more to The Interpreter Foundation's series of "scripture roundtable" discussions: http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/category/scripture-roundtable/ These are intended to be helpful and interesting for Gospel Doctrine teachers and students, as well as all those using the same curricular materials for related courses.  They are organized to … [Read more...]

“Ancient Temple Themes in the Book of Mormon,” etc.

A rare early colorized photograph of the Temple of Solomon, by William Hamblin (who is a good photographer, an expert on Solomon's Temple, and, yes, that old)

   Keep an eye on the blog of The Interpreter Foundation.  Interesting things show up there: http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/category/blog/   … [Read more...]

“Camille Paglia: A Feminist Defense of Masculine Virtues”

The Eiger, the Mönch, and the Jungfrau in Switzerland's Berner Oberland

   http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303997604579240022857012920   … [Read more...]

“Uncomfortable Truths about Family Breakdown”

This ancient Greek family wasn't modeled on "Ozzie and Harriet"

   Some marriages are unsustainable.  That's obvious. However, even in justifiable cases, a price is paid.  And the failure to marry at all, especially when young children are involved, often incurs serious costs: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/367109/uncomfortable-truths-about-family-breakdown-michael-barone This is a principal justification for government policy that solid favors marriage.  And it's a principal reason … [Read more...]

“Islam and American Jazz’

John Coltrane (1926-1967)

  An interesting historico-cultural footnote: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/367111/islam-and-american-jazz-daniel-pipes   … [Read more...]