An interesting little article reflecting on an annual statistical survey:   http://denvercatholic.org/opinion/world-christianity-numbers/#.VO9VIUuEcdt     Read more

      http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865622838/Even-in-science-faith-isnt-optional.html   (Thanks to Stephen Smoot for calling my attention to this book.)     Read more

    Tough language.   http://www.patheos.com/blogs/soulandcity/2015/02/anti-christs-among-us/   It has to be said, though, that, if the Book of Mormon’s narratives of such figures as Nehor and Korihor are to have any contemporary relevance at all, there must be somebody in modern times who bears some similarity to them.     Read more

    Two quite divergent Muslim perspectives:   http://pjmedia.com/blog/how-isis-plans-to-sack-rome/   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-david-liepert/muslims-predict-jesus-def_b_6725486.html     Read more

      It has always seemed strange to me  . . .  the things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling, are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest, are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the second.   John Steinbeck I ‘m not sure that I completely agree with… Read more

    An important perspective on the so-called “Islamic State” that was published in the Atlantic Monthly back in October.  It’s still entirely relevant.  Perhaps, indeed, even more than it was back then:   http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2014/10/the-roots-of-the-islamic-states-appeal/382175/?single_page=true     Read more

    Driving home just now, I heard a fair portion of an interview with Eric Moutsos, the former Salt Lake City police officer whose attempt to avoid an assignment connected with last summer’s Gay Pride Parade has now reached the national and international news.   He was a very articulate and persuasive interview.   Based on the little that I’ve now heard and read about this story, which I haven’t previously followed, it seems to me that Salt Lake… Read more

    A nice little article in the 21 February 2015 issue of the Economist is entitled “A galactic vampire”:   Our galaxy seems to be somewhat more than thirteen billion years old, which makes it not much younger than the universe itself.  How does the Milky Way retain its youthful good looks?  Why, the same way that I do:  It sucks the lifeblood of others!   The article is a quick read.  For some reason, though, the direct link to… Read more

    May God bless all who were involved:   http://abcnews.go.com/Health/showed-autistic-boys-birthday-party-strangers-saved-day/story?id=29166772     Read more

    I just got off the phone with a journalism student at Loyola University in Chicago, who wanted to interview me for an article that he’s writing on the topic of  “Ordain Women.”  I had assumed that he was writing for the student paper there, but he indicated to me that he’s hoping for wider publication.   It was a pleasant interview, although, based upon my experience with such encounters, I wouldn’t be surprised if I either don’t show… Read more

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