“Jesus became like us so that we could become like him”

    A nice Deseret News Christmas piece by Taylor Halverson:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865644066/Jesus-became-like-us-so-that-we-could-become-like-him.html   Posted from Richmond, Virginia   [Read more…]

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“The Stakes in the War on Christmas”

    Bruce Thornton, a scholar of classics and comparative literature associated with the Hoover Institution at Stanford, offers a thoughtful opinion piece on the annual struggles between secularism, on the one hand, and, on the other, public celebrations of (or even references to) the religious meaning of Christmas:   http://www.hoover.org/research/stakes-war-christmas   Posted from Richmond, [Read More…]

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In the Washington Post: “Everybody Loves ‘Star Wars.’ But Here’s Why Mormons Especially Love ‘Star Wars'”

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2015/12/21/everybody-loves-star-wars-but-heres-why-mormons-especially-love-star-wars/   Posted from Richmond, Virginia     [Read more…]

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Two quotations from Robert E. Lee

     “I cannot trust a man to control others who cannot control himself. “The education of a man is never completed until he dies.”   Posted from Richmond, Virginia   [Read more…]

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‘Twas the Night Before the Revolution

    Merry Christmas, and death to the capitalist exploiters of the proletariat!   http://existentialcomics.com/comic/112   Thanks to Stephen Smoot alerting me to this poem.   Posted from Richmond, Virginia     [Read more…]

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“Kenyan Muslims shield Christians in Mandera bus attack”

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-35151967   Kindly brought to my attention by Jabra Ghneim   Posted from Richmond, Virginia     [Read more…]

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Music of Christmas 21

    And now, because I’m feeling rather nostalgic, not exactly for das Vaterland but for nearby German-speaking Switzerland and Austria, here’s a fairly schmalzy rendition of a nineteenth-century German Christmas carol that has happy memories for me.  The song proper lasts only somewhat more than two minutes.  The last minute or so of the [Read More…]

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“A Fight for the Soul of Science”

    This is a fascinating — if slightly longish — article about a discussion with enormous implications, both for science and for philosophy and theology:   https://www.quantamagazine.org/20151216-physicists-and-philosophers-debate-the-boundaries-of-science/   Posted from Salt Lake City, Utah     [Read more…]

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“He Is The Gift”

    This short video, from last year’s Christmas campaign of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is still very much worth watching — and very much worth sharing:   https://www.lds.org/media-library/video/2014-00-1460-he-is-the-gift?lang=eng   Posted from Salt Lake City, Utah     [Read more…]

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“The Order of the House of God: Ancient Practices and Modern Experiences”

    David J. Larsen spoke on ancient and modern temple worship at the 2015 FairMormon conference back in August, and his remarks are publicly available:   http://www.fairmormon.org/perspectives/fair-conferences/2015-fairmormon-conference/the-order-of-the-house-of-god   Posted from Salt Lake City, Utah     [Read more…]

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