“The man who tried to weigh the soul”

    An interesting (though now little-known) story:   http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/crux/2015/11/03/weight-of-the-soul/#.Vjr5S0vgMdt   I have no particular investment in Dr. Duncan MacDougall’s attempted measurements.  If he was right, that would be fascinating.  If he was wrong, it doesn’t affect anything I believe, because I wouldn’t have expected him to be right.   But I have to admit [Read More…]

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“Coming to terms with a post-Christian world”

    An interesting essay by Rod Dreher:   http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2015/november/coming-to-terms-with-post-christian-world.html?paging=off   Does it have anything to say to Latter-day Saints?     [Read more…]

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He was quite prescient; it’s much worse now.

    Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views. William F. Buckley, Jr.     [Read more…]

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“Harry Reid Shocked to Learn He’s Mormon”

    I’ve defended Senator Harry Reid on this blog — more than once — against attacks on his faith, calls for his excommunication, and so forth.  I don’t believe that the Church should be divided by political differences; in fact, I regard such divisions as the work of the devil.  (And I’m deeply serious [Read More…]

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“The Harrowing Night Elder Oaks Was Held at Gunpoint”

    An interesting story that many may not know:   http://www.aggielandmormons.org/2015/10/in-very-moment-harrowing-night-elder.html   Posted from Salt Lake City, Utah     [Read more…]

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“Ancient fortress discovery may solve one of Jerusalem’s great archaeological mysteries”

    http://www.foxnews.com/science/2015/11/03/ancient-fortress-discovery-may-solve-one-jerusalems-great-archaeological-mysteries.html   Thanks to Kevin Flanigan for making me aware of this item.     [Read more…]

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New Testament 298

    Matthew 25:1-3 Compare Mark 13:33-37; Luke 12:35-38   Ambrose Bierce cynically defined a Christian as “One who believes that the New Testament is a divinely inspired book admirably suited to the spiritual needs of his neighbor.”   Such an attitude, to the extent that it really exists, is a grievous, grievous error.   An important lesson to take [Read More…]

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Huffington Post: “Why Mormon Women Don’t Want the Priesthood”

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mette-ivie-harrison/why-mormon-women-dont-wan_b_8453032.html   Well, what do you think?   A quibble, by the way:   The article observes that “women are called to leadership positions within the church, though only over other women and children.”   This is, by and large, true.   Of course, it’s also true that many and perhaps most leadership [Read More…]

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“The particle physics of you”

    Here’s a really fresh and stimulating — and concise and clear — view of how your body fits into the world of subatomic particles and the Big Bang (and of how they fit into your body):   http://www.symmetrymagazine.org/article/the-particle-physics-of-you   I’ll bet that you don’t think about yourself this way every day.   Fascinating, [Read More…]

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The importance of being earnest, and of surviving

    “To be natural is such a very difficult pose to keep up.”  Oscar Wilde My wife and I headed out to a local movie house this evening to see a broadcast of David Suchet performing (at the Vaudeville Theatre in London) in Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, from which the quotation above [Read More…]

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