Mitt Romney’s Son Helps Victims of Major Auto Accident; Draws Fire because His Father Dared to Challenge Obama

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  http://gawker.com/mitt-romneys-son-wants-everyone-to-know-hes-a-hero-1473647452 Thankfully, Mr. Obama has ended partisan divisions in America. Kumbaya!   … [Read more...]

Peter Higgs versus Richard Dawkins

This image has something to do with the Higgs boson.  It's not important, just now, to know precisely WHAT.  It just happens to look cool.

  I'm grateful to Ray Agostini -- I think it was Ray Agostini -- for bringing this to my attention: http://www.theguardian.com/science/2012/dec/26/peter-higgs-richard-dawkins-fundamentalism   … [Read more...]

Joe Bonamassa in duet with Eric Clapton

Eric Clapton, on the right, as he appeared when I first became aware of him.

   I just watched a television broadcast of Eric Clapton playing with Joe Bonamassa at Royal Albert Hall: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g1mzm6j6Urk Wonderful! This is one of the pieces that I heard from Clapton and Cream in concert when I was a teenager: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZleKo-nXHI    … [Read more...]

Having now looked at it . . .

Increasing the distance

  One thing can be confidently said about the relaunched Mormon Studies Review: It plainly confirms the Maxwell Institute's intention to turn away from a goal that the organization's founders and leaders had long pursued, and with some success -- to speak to and try to "edify" and inform ordinary members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, to defend the truth-claims of the Restoration in accessible and relevant ways. The contents of … [Read more...]

“Can a Man See God? 1 Timothy 6:16 in Light of Ancient and Modern Revelation”

"The First Vision" A stained glass window by Tom Holdman in the Palmyra New York Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  I'm pleased to announce that, as yet another plain indicator of its ongoing descent into silence, Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture has just published yet another article: http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/can-a-man-see-god-1-timothy-616-in-light-of-ancient-and-modern-revelation/ I've lost count.  That's something like seventy or seventy-one weeks in a row.   … [Read more...]

A bit more on Pope Francis and free markets

Vatican City It may be significant that there is no industrial or commercial zone in this independent city-state (Click once to enlarge.  Pause and then click a second time to enlarge further.)

  A few posts back, I gently criticized recent comments on economics by Pope Francis. Here are two additional critiques from people on my side of the politico-economic fence: The first, although it comes from a libertarian who seems fairly unsympathetic to Catholicism and even just a tad shrill, makes several solid … [Read more...]

A New Massacre of Christians in Syria?

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  I was involved in a conference call this morning with several Syrian intellectuals in Damascus, some (if not all) of whom have been under serious death threats for a long time. Conditions there are terrible.  The electricity was out in Damascus, so their power was being supplied by a generator in the room. Far worse, though, was the news that they conveyed of a massacre, by forces aligned with al-Qa‘ida, of twenty-seven Christians in Daraa (or De … [Read more...]

500-Year-Old Evidence of a Near-Death Experience?

"The Ascent into the Empyrean or Highest Heaven," by Hieronymus Bosch

   Ever since the publication of Raymond Moody's pioneering 1975 book Life after Life, the concept of a "tunnel of light" through which departing spirits pass into the next world has been generally familiar and widely discussed.  It doesn't occur in all near-death experiences, by any means, but it's far from rare and it can take different forms.  Sometimes, the "tunnel" is actually reported as dark, with light at the end.  (Hence, the common concept, also, of "g … [Read more...]


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