Some forthcoming antics by an atheist group

an anti-religious slogan

  A heartwarming tale from the Florida public schools: http://www.thefederalistpapers.org/education-2/atheist-group-to-hand-out-illustration-of-a-demonic-looking-bible-sexually-assaulting-a-woman-in-florida-public-schools   … [Read more...]

Perhaps the worst major Democratic political candidate this year

Thar she is

  http://www.nationalreview.com/article/390872/wendy-davis-vs-principle-charles-c-w-cooke I've written about Ms. Davis, I think, three previous times, all back in January of this year: here, here, and here. As has been suggested, maybe she'll leave politics and join MSNBC.   … [Read more...]

“‘Zion’ and ‘Jerusalem’ as Lady Wisdom in Moses 7 and Nephi’s Tree of Life Vision”

an illustration for 1 Nephi 8

  You'll be astonished to learn -- this being only the 117th Friday in a row, so that the pattern may not yet be entirely clear -- that Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture published a new article today: http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/zion-and-jerusalem-as-lady-wisdom-in-moses-7-and-nephis-tree-of-life-vision/ In this article, Dr.  Samuel Zinner, who is not a Latter-day Saint, takes a look at two important Mormon te … [Read more...]

“Of COURSE the government should force churches to perform gay weddings!”

Amendment Nummer Eins

  Just to be clear, it's satire.  But, as with any satire that's worthy of attention, the satirist's intention is actually serious: http://www.theblaze.com/contributions/of-course-the-government-should-force-churches-to-perform-gay-weddings/ (The earlier iteration of this entry was having technical problems of some sort, so I've attempted it again.)   … [Read more...]

“Muslims and Mormons”: Peterson at Harvard

A view of Harvard from slightly above

  I was surprised to learn, just last night, that a video of this March 2012 lecture is up online: http://vimeo.com/50117415 Even if nobody else cares, this is helpful for my journal or life history.  And that, self-indulgently enough, is one of the main functions of my blog.   … [Read more...]

“Of COURSE the government should force churches to perform gay weddings.”

Religious liberty in peril

  It's satire, of course.  But, like all satire worthy of any attention at all, it's intended seriously: http://www.theblaze.com/contributions/of-course-the-government-should-force-churches-to-perform-gay-weddings/   … [Read more...]

Life by chance?

Belgian physical chemist

  “The statistical probability that organic structures and the most precisely harmonized reactions that typify living organisms would be generated by accident, is zero.” Ilya Prigogine, 1977 Nobel laureate in chemistry … [Read more...]

Scholarship and Discipleship

Lewis's college in Oxford

  "The intellectual life is not the only road to God, nor the safest, but we find it to be a road, and it may be the appointed road for us.  Of course it will be so only so long as we keep the impulse pure and disinterested.  That is the great difficulty.  As the author of the Theologia Germanica says, we may come to love knowledge -- our knowing -- more than the thing known: to delight not in the exercise of our talents but in the fact that they are ours, or even in the re … [Read more...]


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