“CHRISTIAN to ‘MORMON’-Christian (a near death conversion)”

    When you can find forty minutes, you might want to listen to this very thoughtful account from a recent convert to the Restored Gospel:     I share his appreciation of the evidence provided by near-death experiences, though there’s considerably more in his remarks than just NDEs.   Great Sabbath listening, if you have [Read More…]

“DNA Detective Work with Ugo Perego”

    We hear a great deal of confident talk about DNA and the Book of Mormon (most obnoxiously, from people who might find it difficult to spell “DNA”).  And DNA research also enters into the contentious question of Joseph Smith and early Mormon plural marriage.   Here’s a chance to hear from Dr. Ugo Perego, a [Read More…]

Science and religion

    Science takes things apart to see how they work.  Religion puts things together to see what they mean. Jonathan Sacks     [Read more…]

Predestination

    David McCullough, on the early nineteenth century Calvinist clergyman Lyman Beecher, father of the even more famous Rev. Henry Ward Beecher and of Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin:   “But something in him made him shy away from the strictest tenet of his creed — total predestination — and its logic.  Once when [Read More…]

Science and religion

    Science takes things apart to see how they work.  Religion puts things together to see what they mean. Jonathan Sacks     [Read more…]

Predestination

    David McCullough, on the early nineteenth century Calvinist clergyman Lyman Beecher, father of the even more famous Rev. Henry Ward Beecher and of Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin:   “But something in him made him shy away from the strictest tenet of his creed — total predestination — and its logic.  Once [Read More…]

Kanye West in 2020!

    I want to get aboard the bandwagon while things are still early, so today I declare my support for Kanye West’s 2020 presidential bid.   This article sets forth the rationale for Kanye as our conservative dream candidate four years from now:   Brad Thor: All In for Kanye in 2020?…and how that’s [Read More…]

“A Halloween monster movie primer”

    Trying to decide how to get into the . . . umm, vein?  Here are some suggestions, from an always interesting Deseret News movie writer:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865665901/A-Halloween-monster-movie-primer.html   Do not watch Eat Pray Love this weekend.  (Do not watch Eat Pray Love on any weekend, nor, for that matter on any day of [Read More…]

“The Best Places to Trick-or-Treat in 2016”

    One city on this list, in particular, caught my attention:   https://smartasset.com/mortgage/best-places-to-trick-or-treat-in-2016   Incidentally, I’m thinking of giving the children who ring my doorbell this year a choice of either Brussels sprouts, peanut-butter-coated liver jerky, or toothpaste.  That should send my neighborhood’s Halloween ratings through the roof!   Should I dress as Donald Trump, or [Read More…]

Motivations in worship

    “O God!  If I worship Thee from fear of Hell, burn me in Hell, and if I worship Thee in hope of Paradise, exclude me from Paradise.  But if I worship Thee for Thine own sake, withhold not Thine everlasting beauty!” Rabi‘a al-‘Adawiyya of Basra (d. AD 801)       [Read more…]