“The Orlando shooter Googled my name”

    A thoughtful piece by the important contemporary American Muslim thinker and leader Hamza Yusuf:   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/in-theory/wp/2016/06/24/the-orlando-shooter-googled-my-name-i-wish-he-had-reached-out-to-me/   Posted from Brockwood Hall, Cumbria, England     [Read more…]

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What really counts

    The best portion of a good man’s life is his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.  (William Wordsworth) Posted from Brockwood Hall, Cumbria, England     [Read more…]

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The future is just around the corner: “California considering bold restrictions for religiously-affiliated schools”

    http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865656876/In-our-opinion-California-considering-bold-restrictions-for-religiously-affiliated-schools.html   Nearly ten years ago, I think, I was over in California for a public lecture in Sacramento.  I hadn’t been there in many years — basically, not since I had come for “Junior Statesmen” events at the state capitol building when I was in high school.   So, just before taking [Read More…]

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“Mormon discrimination diminishing on campuses”

    It’s the responsibility of faithful Latter-day Saint academics and students to fix this problem.  It will take time, but there’s evidence that things are changing:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865656927/Mormon-discrimination-diminishing-on-campuses.html?pg=all   Posted from Brockwood Hall, Cumbria, England     [Read more…]

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BOM Alma 38

    I’ll highlight one passage from today’s reading, Alma 38:   “See that ye bridle all your passions, that ye may be filled with love” (38:12).   I heard Truman Madsen point out, many years ago (probably when I heard him lecture at Education Week down in California, while I was still in high school), that [Read More…]

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Life among “ruins”?

    “We live among ruins in a World in which ‘god is dead’ as Nietzsche stated. The ideals of today are comfort, expediency, surface knowledge, disregard for one’s ancestral heritage and traditions, catering to the lowest standards of taste and intelligence, apotheosis of the pathetic, hoarding of material objects and possessions, disrespect for all [Read More…]

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The faith of a mathematician

    I rejoice that the sacred scriptures of our faith portray a God who listens to prayer, who loves us and longs to lead us.  I rejoice that my chosen line of work, mathematics, has enabled me to bring into being new things that did not exist before, and to greet with wonder and [Read More…]

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A personal testimony

    Back in 2009, I posted a (relatively) brief expression of my belief, and of why I find Mormonism so very deeply satisfying, on the Mormon Scholars Testify website:   http://mormonscholarstestify.org/151/daniel-c-peterson-2   It seems appropriate for me to call attention to that statement every decade or so.  Just so people know where I stand. [Read More…]

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“What is dying?”

    What is dying? A ship sails and I stand watching  till she fades on the horizon,  and someone at my side says, “She is gone”. Gone where? Gone from my sight, that is all; she is just as  large as when I saw her . . . the diminished size and total  loss [Read More…]

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“Thousands of British Refugees Make Dangerous Journey Across the Irish Sea”

    Thanks to Robert Boylan for calling my attention to this important news story:   Thousands Of British Refugees Make Dangerous Journey Across The Irish Sea   Meanwhile, here are some less serious items about the “Brexit”:   “Reflections on the Shock of Brexit”   “Brexit and the End of International Progressive Inevitability”   “Liberal [Read More…]

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