Christmas Cheer 10

Christmas hearth with fire and tree

  I've been a fan of Leonard Cohen since I was a California teenager.  The Christian group Cloverton has taken his "Hallelujah" and turned it into a Christmas song: And BYU's male a cappella group, Vocal Point, has just released a version of "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen":  Posted from Orlando, Florida    … [Read more...]

Tariq Ramadan

Controversial European Muslim intellectual

  Tariq Ramadan is, arguably, the most prominent Muslim public intellectual in Europe. In 2009, I chaired a plenary-session panel at the Parliament of the World's Religions in Melbourne, Australia, that included Dr. Ramadan -- as well as Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, who's best known, I suppose, for his involvement with the so-called "Ground Zero Mosque" in Manhattan, I thought that some might find Dr. Ramadan's English-language website of … [Read more...]

The Washington Times: “Mormon fans make BYU feel welcome in any arena”

Welcomed by members all over the place   … [Read more...]

Music of Christmas 9

Mormon musical stars

   And now for a change of pace:   … [Read more...]

This world and the next

W. Wilberforce, M.P.

  "If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this." C. S. Lewis  … [Read more...]

Christmas Cheer 9

Merry Christmas at Temple Square!

  This is a great idea for a really happy Christmas season:   … [Read more...]


Good for man?

  There's a brief little notice in the current (December 2014) issue of Scientific American about the idea of a "plantibody."  The article's author, Annie Sneed, defines plantibody as "a human antibody produced by plants." ZMapp, a drug generated via "hijacked" tobacco plants, was used this past summer to treat two Americans infected with the Ebola virus.  Both survived, though it isn't yet clear that ZMapp was the crucial factor in their re … [Read more...]

“Mitt Romney at BYU: Beyond Politics”

Mitt and Ann Romney   … [Read more...]