Is loneliness the human reality?

William Blake's depiction of Jacob's Ladder

  "We're born alone, we live alone, we die alone.  Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we're not alone." Orson Welles  I believe Orson Welles to have been profoundly wrong in what he said above.  The truth is so much better. Here's a passage from the late Dr. Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, the famous expert On Death and Dying.  She's listing three reasons why it's impossible for anybody to die alo … [Read more...]

New Testament 100

Caravaggio's "Crucifixion of St. Peter"

  Matthew 10:17-25Compare Mark 13:9-13; Luke 6:40; 12:11-12; 21:12-19; John 13:16; 14:26; 15:20; 16:2 What is notably absent from the litany of oppression and persecution given in these passages is any promise of this-worldly success.  There's nothing along the lines of "Just hold on, and your efforts will be crowned by success!  Everybody will eventually honor and respect you, and the Church will triumph!  Christendom will spread throughout the earth!"  I … [Read more...]

Don’t miss the conference at BYU this weekend!

Tanner Building from northeast

  The Interpreter Foundation and BYU Studies have joined to co-sponsor a subtly but deeply significant conference on Saturday: Members of the public are welcome.  Admission is free.   … [Read more...]

Another bit of evidence against the notion that medieval Christianity hated science

Sylvester II and HIs Satanic Majesty   … [Read more...]

A tragic story, but also an uncanny one, out of Utah

A warm day on the Spanish Fork River

  Read all the way through, and you'll see what I mean by "uncanny": For a bit more detail, have a look at this:   … [Read more...]

Moral relativism in elementary school?

Elementary school classroom

  The indispensable Ralph Hancock on Kant, sexual libertinism, and second grade:   … [Read more...]

“The Plight of Palestine’s Religious Minorities”

Bethlehem, in the Church of the Nativity

  One perspective on the current situation of Christians, mostly, under Palestinian control:   … [Read more...]

“Illusion, disillusionment and revelation”

Temple in Fresno

  A very nice mini-essay, worth reading and thinking about:   … [Read more...]