“Sometimes, God DOES intervene”

The traditional word for this is "(divine) providence."

   Have you had experiences of this kind? http://www.deseretnews.com/article/765615592/Sometimes-God-does-intervene.html?pg=1   … [Read more...]

A remarkable woman was executed nearly six hundred years ago today

Joan of Arc

  St. Jeanne d'Arc, Joan of Arc, was burned at the stake at the age of nineteen nearly six hundred years ago today, on 30 May 1431. Her story is a fascinating one. Odd footnote:  The agnostic anti-Catholic Mark Twain, who heartily disliked the French, considered Joan of Arc, a French peasant girl who led the armies of France in obedience to the instructions of (she said) Catholic saints and who herself would eventually be canonized by the Vatican, … [Read more...]

“Breaking: Obama stunned to learn he’s president”

Americans had the opportunity to choose a competent executive in 2012.  They decided against it.

  How many times over the past several years has Barack Obama explained that he only learned about Administration Scandal X or Administration Dysfunction Y when he read about it in the newspapers? I've lost track. http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/379215/breaking-obama-stunned-learn-hes-president-peter-kirsanow     … [Read more...]

“Bloomberg: Universities becoming bastions of intolerance”

Michael Bloomberg at Harvard yesterday

  The former long-time mayor of New York City, during Harvard's 363rd commencement exercises: http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/29/us/bloomberg-harvard-speech/index.html?c=homepage-t   … [Read more...]

“‘And There Wrestled a Man with Him’ (Genesis 32:24): Enos’s Adaptations of the Onomastic Word Play of Genesis”

Jacob wrestles with the angel (Click to enlarge.)

   It being Friday, a new article has, of course, appeared in Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture: http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/and-there-wrestled-a-man-with-him-genesis-3224-enoss-adaptations-of-the-onomastic-wordplay-of-genesis/   … [Read more...]

“D-Day at Seventy”

Just a few days away

   An important anniversary is fast approaching, and I hope that it won't be entirely ignored: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/378966/d-day-70-victor-davis-hanson There are very few people left who remember it, and their numbers are dwindling rapidly.  But it was a great -- and historically pivotal -- achievement.   … [Read more...]

Sixteenth annual FairMormon conference (7-8 August)

The Provo City Center Temple (shown here on 21 May) is under construction, using the shell of the nineteenth-century Provo Tabernacle, within walking distance of the conference venue.

       The sixteenth annual FAIR -- now FairMormon -- conference is just slightly more than two months away.  I'll have more details in future posts.  But the opportunity for discounted "early bird" tickets ends tomorrow (Saturday): http://www.fairmormon.org/perspectives/fair-conferences/2014-fairmormon-conference The conference will be held in Provo, in the Utah Valley Convention C … [Read more...]

“Exaltation isn’t a new doctrine”

The San Diego California Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Click to enlarge.  Click again to enlarge further.)

   Many people assume that the Latter-day Saint doctrine of human deification came as part of Joseph Smith's Nauvoo teachings, at the end of his ministry.  But it was already present (at least latently) very early in the history of Mormonism: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/765615021/Exaltation-isnt-a-new-doctrine.html?pg=all   … [Read more...]