“Close-ups of Jupiter’s poles show unexpected weather”

    No prior generation of humans has been able to see such things:   http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/03/health/jupiter-north-pole-irpt/index.html   Do I, as one critic accused me of doing, post some of these scientific things in order to cultivate an attitude of awe toward our vast and fascinating universe?   Yup. I do.  Guilty as charged.   Especially [Read More…]

“Mormon Helping Hands Clean Out Flooded Homes in Louisiana” (Plus a Note on Africa)

    Here’s a wonderful video report, posted before the weekend, of the rather massive Mormon Helping Hands effort following major flooding in Louisiana:   http://www.mormonnewsroom.org/article/mormon-helping-hands-flooded-homes-louisiana   You might also look at Saturday’s report about the clean-up in Saturday’s edition of the Church News:   “Mormon Helping Hands show up by the thousands to help [Read More…]

The urgent necessity of forgiveness

    “He who cannot forgive breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass.” George Herbert     [Read more…]

Meridian Magazine: “Why I Can’t Manage to Disbelieve”

    I hadn’t realized that this article was up (or that it was coming):   http://ldsmag.com/why-i-cant-manage-to-disbelieve/   The critical responses that I’ve seen to my FairMormon remarks have been fairly predictable.  One such response simply declines to engage what I said, on the grounds that I’m simply irrational (or some such thing).  Another asserts [Read More…]

He’ll bring his brilliant business practices to the White House and thrill America’s youth!

    Thanks to Kevin Taylor for calling this item (from a few months back) to my notice:   http://americannewsx.com/crooks-crime/donald-trump-delinquent-scofflaw/   I don’t agree with the article’s in-principle criticism of businessmen-as-presidents, but its portrayal of Mr. Donald J. Trump is downright inspiring.   He’ll make America great again.  Trump in 2016!   By the way, [Read More…]

Weird anti-Mormonism, in Turkey, Iowa, and Logan, Utah . . . and maybe in Venezuela

    “Gulen movement ‘founded by CIA, like Mormons and Scientology’ – Turkish prosecutor”   “Anti-gay & anti-Mormon materials at Lo-Ma assembly draw statewide concern”   “Defeat Democrats, Republicans, Mormons”   “Case of Utah man held in Venezuela moves forward with support from Mormon church”     [Read more…]

Rather like geometry

    At the foundation of moral thinking lie beliefs in statements [for] the truth of which no further reason can be given. Alasdair MacIntyre     [Read more…]

Interested in movies and pop culture?

    Here’s a listing of some of the interesting articles published by a certain Deseret News writer on such subjects:   http://www.deseretnewsservice.com/authors/jeff-peterson-deseret-news     [Read more…]

“Will Utah’s conservative Mormons vote for Hillary Clinton?”

    The BBC interviews Mike Leavitt, who was Utah’s Republican governor (1993-2003), and who served thereafter as Administrator of the national Environmental Protection Agency (2003-2005) and then as Secretary of Health and Human Services (2005-2009) in the administration of President George W. Bush:   http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p046nzg7   As for myself, I’m debating whether I should [Read More…]

“Written in their hearts”

    The latest installment of the bi-weekly Hamblin-Peterson Deseret News column is now up:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865661618/What-it-means-in-the-scriptures-to-write-it-in-their-hearts.html   Of course, you already know in advance what it will be:  Some combination or other of personal attacks, lies, and sheer nastiness, stretched out to a length of 735-739 words. That’s all it ever is.  (I’ve read what [Read More…]