“Why the LDS Church’s statement on LGBT families is good for America”

The Carter Center in Atlanta

  I've participated with David Blankenhorn -- a resident of New York City who is, by the way, a Democrat, and not a Latter-day Saint -- in small multi-day dialogues between Western and Middle Eastern intellectuals that have taken place on the Mediterranean island of Malta, in Malaga (Spain), and at the Carter Center in Atlanta, so I was especially pleased to see that he had written this … [Read more...]

Is stupidity the solution?

Will Rogers with lasso, etc.

  "If stupidity got us into this mess, then why can't it get us out?"  - Will Rogers (1879-1935)   … [Read more...]

For those who want more background in order to understand the John Dehlin matter

USU campus scene

  Here are three useful resources: http://ldsmag.com/why-john-dehlin-faces-church-discipline/ https://dearjohndehlin.wordpress.com/2015/02/10/index-of-current-posts-on-john-dehlin/(Thanks to Hales Swift for bringing this to my notice.) http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/gregory-l-smiths-review-of-mormon-stories/(A pivotal bit of research posted nearly two years ago.)   … [Read more...]

“The Real War on Science”

Cosmic Happy Face

  I don't think that I posted a link to this: http://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2015/01/14146/   … [Read more...]

My granddaughter

Dawn over St. Kitts.

  On Friday, it will be eight months since she was born. I keep a photograph of her on my cell phone.  I see it many times a day, but I desperately don't want that to become routine.  I'm trying really hard not to forget that, despite appearances, I have a grandchild. Just now, I decided to listen again to a song that my friend Greg Smith shared with me back in June when it h … [Read more...]

Berlitz German Coast Guard

An early seventeenth-century storm at sea

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MUsVcYhERY If you haven't seen this, take forty seconds and watch it. "This here is my sector," says the new young man's boss in German.  "This is the most important apparatus in the Coast Guard.  Its a survival savior." Then comes the English.   … [Read more...]

New Testament 70

A beautiful photo of clouds

  Matthew 7:7-11Compare Luke 11:9-13; John 16:24; 14:13-14; 15:7 I note, but otherwise pass over in silence, what I see as the relevance of Matthew 7:7-8 to the temple.  For fuller discussions of this topic, see John Welch's Illuminating the Sermon at the Temple and the Sermon on the Mount: An Approach to 3 Nephi 11-18 and Matthew 5-7, from the good old days at FARMS, and, aimed at a non-LDS scholarly audience, his The Sermon on the Mount in the Light of … [Read more...]

“Three Meditations on One Excommunication”

Utah's second temple

  Several people have called my attention to this superb, empathetic, and charitable essay on the case of John Dehlin: http://mormonmidrashim.blogspot.com/2015/02/three-meditations-on-one-excommunication.html I commend it highly.   … [Read more...]