Mr. Cruz endorses Mr. Trump

    I’m very disappointed by Senator Ted Cruz’s decision to endorse Mr. Donald J. Trump for the presidency of the United States of America:   “Cruz: Yeah, I’ll Vote for Trump”   “Awkward . . . “   Leaving aside all of the many, many political and other problems with Mr. Trump, I can [Read More…]

Inadvertent theists and atheists

    Many an atheist is a believer without knowing it just as many a believer is an atheist without knowing it. You can sincerely believe there is no God and live as though there is. You can sincerely believe there is a God and live as though there isn’t. Frederick Buechner     [Read more…]

“Assessing the Joseph Smith Papyri: An Introduction to the Historiography of their Acquisitions, Translations, and Interpretations”

    Wishing you, as always, a very happy Friday, Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture offers you some interesting reading for the weekend:   Assessing the Joseph Smith Papyri: An Introduction to the Historiography of their Acquisitions, Translations, and Interpretations   This is the 218th consecutive week (out of the 219.5 weeks of its existence) [Read More…]

“New Mormon church-owned skyscraper brings high hopes to Salt Lake City”

    http://www.sltrib.com/news/4386439-155/new-mormon-church-owned-skyscraper-brings-high   The howls of outrage have already commenced, many of them (if not most of them) coming from people who don’t contribute to the Church.   This is a misuse of tithing money, they say.  (Actually, it probably doesn’t involve tithing money at all.)   The more rhetorically powerful objection, though, is [Read More…]

“Muslim. Black. Women.”

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/muslim-black-women_us_57dc212ae4b0d5920b5b2a58   Okay.  First of all, this article was published before the attacks in Minnesota, New York, and New Jersey last weekend, and it was presumably written several days earlier than that.   So, yes, the author’s opening complaint about anti-Muslim violence rings a bit off key at the moment, but it wouldn’t have done [Read More…]

“Christians aren’t stupid, and atheists aren’t evil”

    This is an interesting interview with someone who’s been on both sides of the fence.     [Read more…]

Honoring the potential in even apparently unpromising people

    “I never meet a ragged boy in the street without feeling that I may owe him a salute, for I know not what possibilities may be buttoned up under his coat.”  James A. Garfield   [Read more…]

“How Faith-Based Groups Power the U.S. Economy”

    A bit more on that recent report suggesting that, as a matter of fact, religion may actually not “poison everything”:   “How Faith-Based Groups Power the U.S. Economy”     [Read more…]

“Hanks and Eastwood Bring the Right Stuff to Sully’s Tale”

    My wife and I saw Sully a few days ago, and I concur with this review by John Podhoretz:   http://www.weeklystandard.com/hanks-and-eastwood-bring-the-right-stuff-to-sullys-tale/article/2004445   I recommend it.  It’s a good film.   It didn’t make me feel any better about insurance companies, though.   Last week, we discovered a very slow leak in some of [Read More…]

“Donald Trump Cannot Save Our Republic”

    This, I think, is a serious article that goes far beyond the quite obvious problems of Mr. Donald J. Trump as an individual.  It merits a reading, if you can access it:   http://www.weeklystandard.com/donald-trump-cannot-save-our-republic/article/2004461     [Read more…]


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