A serious Latter-day Saint commentary on the gospel of Luke

The Sea of Galilee

  My friend, former teacher, and former BYU colleague S. Kent Brown has been working for many years -- despite heavy administrative duties both at BYU (from which he retired a while back) and in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints -- on a commentary on the gospel of Luke. I'm delighted to say that it has now been published: http://deseretbook.com/Testimony-Luke-S-Kent-Brown/i/5126750 This is the kind of thing that many of … [Read more...]

Lecture: “My Journey as a Scholar of Faith” (Sandra Rogers)

The carillon tower at BYU's Provo, Utah, campus (Click to enlarge.  Click again to enlarge further.)

  I like the idea behind this lecture series very much: http://bystudyandfaith.wordpress.com/my-journey-as-a-scholar-of-faith-lecture-sandra-rogers/ Of course, given the fact that I've launched and run a website called "Mormon Scholars Testify," you probably shouldn't be too surprised that I like it.  Posted from Orlando, Florida    … [Read more...]

Faith as a principle of action, I suppose

Do you agree?

  I think that President Hinckley was right. Now, I know that others will object. Some will be able to cite cynics who contributed, skeptics who created, and doubters who achieved very great things.  Some will say that they themselves are cynics, skeptics, and/or doubters, and will point out that they have contributed, created, and achieved quite a bit, and perhaps much more than any number of credulous pollyannas. But I want to be … [Read more...]

Even at its best, never quite perfection

The castle at Disney World

  Driving in the Orlando area today, seeing all the billboards and road signs for the theme parks here, it occurred to me -- I know, I know; it's an odd thought -- that we're seldom if ever purely content in this life. And I thought of a comment that I read decades ago -- from T. E. Huxley? I really can't recall -- when feeling exultant after a particularly wonderful performance of Hamlet, the thought suddenly hit him:  Good as it was, is that all there is?  Is … [Read more...]

“Secularism offers little comfort”

What do you say when the grief is sharply real? (Click to enlarge.)

   This column has essentially nothing to do with whether religious claims are actually, in the end, true.  It's about whether the secular alternative is really the ultimately happy news that many of its proponents claim it is: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/765619222/Secularism-offers-little-comfort.html?pg=1 Granted, the truth may be, and often is, unpleasant.  And wishing things so doesn't make them so.  Yes, yes.  Those things are o … [Read more...]

“D-Day, and What Followed”

Yet again, President Dwight D. Eisenhower

   A short article about Dwight Eisenhower -- I don't apologize for the fact that World War II and those who fought it have been much on my mind this past week -- that I really, really liked: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/379758/d-day-and-what-followed-kevin-d-williamson  Posted from Orlando, Florida    … [Read more...]

What did YOU eat tonight?

Somebody -- I'm afraid that I can't now remember who it was -- sent this to me a few months ago.

  I can't vouch for the authenticity of this particular item. But most of us, I think, recognize that such things happen -- and that they happen too often. Many politicians don't seem to care, though.  They're less interested in helping the genuinely needy and in sound fiscal management, I sometimes think, than they are in winning votes by using the money of others in order to portray themselves -- themselves! -- as generous.  Posted from … [Read more...]

Service. Philanthropy. How awful!

Part of the hospital complex

  I spent this evening in and around a huge hospital here.  Apparently founded and run by the Seventh Day Adventists and featuring numerous artistic and verbal expressions of faith, it is, I suppose, merely yet another illustration of the way that, in Christopher Hitchens's memorable phrase, "religion poisons everything." Quite unlike the much nicer and even bigger atheist hospital across the street.  Or maybe it's across the county.  Or somewhere else in the st … [Read more...]