Home and Temple

Bonnie Oscarson from last general conference

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“Accelerating Universe? Not So Fast”

On Kitt Peak

    Constant revision. http://uanews.org/story/accelerating-universe-not-so-fast Which is part of what makes it so fun.   … [Read more...]

“What to do when church is still boring”

Elmer Gantry film poster

  It's probably never happened to you. But I've been in some church meetings that I've found . . . well, dull. Our speakers aren't typically trained entertainers. How can you deal with such a meeting, should you ever happen to find yourself in one? http://www.whatsoeverisgood.com/what-to-do-when-church-is-still-boring/   … [Read more...]

Yes, freedom of speech is still permitted, but only when it’s okay.

Cabs in New York

  http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/other/cabbie-ordered-to-pay-15g-after-gay-kiss-insult/ar-AAaNfSH Thanks to Jeffery Perry for alerting me to this.   … [Read more...]

“Faith in the Past: Church History in an Information Age”

The Kirtland Temple

  This is a good talk. Thanks to Scott L. Peterson (no relation) for bringing it to my notice.   … [Read more...]

“Religion poisons everything” (2)

Doré, fall of Satan

  It's difficult to imagine John Milton's Paradise Lost (or his Paradise Regained) without religion. Perhaps, some atheist apologist might respond, Milton might have created a great secular poem, instead.  But a secular Paradise Lost is also quite difficult to imagine. And, pray tell, how exactly did religion poison the Paradise Lost that we do have? Yet, if Christopher Hitchens had been right that religion poisons everything, it must, … [Read more...]

Getting started at changing the world

Anne Frank memorial

   “How lovely to think that no one need wait a moment. We can start now, start slowly, changing the world. How lovely that everyone, great and small, can make a contribution toward introducing justice straightaway. And you can always, always give something, even if it is only kindness!” —Anne Frank (1929-1945)     … [Read more...]

Ashamed of Joseph?

Graph of frequency of JS mentions at General Conference

  The graph above is getting some buzz in certain circles, because, they suggest, it demonstrates that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, embarrassed by him, is attempting to distance itself from the Prophet Joseph Smith and go "mainstream." I have no idea whether the figures undergirding the graph -- particularly those for the just-concluded April General Conference -- are accurate or not.  But, even if they are, there's an obvious explanation … [Read more...]