Jack reviews a postmodern critique of Christian apologetics. Yes, it is relevant to Mormon apologetics -- same tune, different words. (Dave) ... See MoreSee Less
No rest for the righteous in Mormon heaven. Jana R does April 1. (Dave) ... See MoreSee Less
Ross Douthat on where the religious freedom debate is going. He suggests the ground is shifting beneath our feet. (Dave) ... See MoreSee Less
Things you won't hear in Conference: "Archbishop of Canterbury admits doubts about the existence of God." Actually, I think the Guardian story is unfairly representing the tone and import of the Archbishop's remarks -- read it yourself and decide. (Dave) ... See MoreSee Less
I have a theory. What do you think? (Alison) ... See MoreSee Less
Privilege and the Family http://wp.me/porgd-8Ch ... See MoreSee Less
Part 2: FPR on how the BYU AVP's unfettered discretion undermines academic freedom and merit hiring. Example: publish in Dialogue and you can't even get an interview. (Dave) ... See MoreSee Less
"Our society’s information environment steers the public to view conflicts as just a part of a bigger culture war, a battle of winner-takes-all in which there is only ever one right and one wrong, and where the only answer to any question is either “yes” or “no.” Such polarizing only hardens our hearts and coarsens our reason." (Julie) ... See MoreSee Less
FPR looks at BYU's Statement Against Academic Freedom. (Dave) ... See MoreSee Less
Not doctrine, not history -- just a touching story and a good seminary teacher. (Dave) ... See MoreSee Less
This is what happens when you put the Missionary Department in charge of LDS historical sites. (Dave) ... See MoreSee Less
A 4-part series on corporatism, the organizational imperative, and Correlation, by a former Ensign editor. (Ben S) http://mormonomics.blogspot.com/2015/02/the-most-powerful-idea-in-universe-part.html ... See MoreSee Less
A Chicago newspaper editor visits Temple Square. You won't believe what happened next. (Dave) http://my.chicagotribune.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-83091729/ ... See MoreSee Less
Cyclone Pam leveled Vanuatu, but all LDS missionaries now accounted for. Great photos. (Dave) ... See MoreSee Less
My summary of feedback from bishops and stake presidents: In theory, you can publicly support gay marriage and maybe even OW and keep your membership and temple recommend. Just not generally in practice. But they all affirm inerrancy of the Brethren (not a doctrine of the Church) and expect you to as well. (Dave) ... See MoreSee Less
I know we believe in a God of hurricanes, but this is starting to get ridiculous.
My sister lives in Tampa.
I read last spring that this was going to be a terrible year for hurricanes, the worst in many a decade. And we are now in a particular part of the weather cycle, that we may see a lot of hurricanes for the next few decades.
From A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief (the 4th verse)
‘Twas night; the floods were out, it blew
A winter hurricane aloof.
I heard his voice abroad, and flew
To bid him welcome to my roof.
I warmed and clothed and cheered my guest
And laid him on my couch to rest;
Then made the earth my bed, and seemed
In Eden’s garden, while I dreamed.
Hoax, yes. Political cartoon, no.
This cracked me up, even tho snopes sets the record straight. However, given Elder Oaks’ talk, is the premise really that silly?
News from hurricane alley: the effects of hurricanes extend 100 miles in each direction from the path of the eye. That means that all kinds of blue counties (Palm Beach is one example) were badly affected by the storm. The new storm Jeanne is expected to hit Sunday morning, and it will follow a path similar to Frances. Four hurricanes have hit Florida so far, and another two months left in hurricane season! Unprecedented and quite scary.
If you live in the hurricane zone, you can see the positive effects of a hurricane on people. Immense storms tend to humble people and make them more willing to love their neighbors and respectful of the power of their Creator. It is not accidental that all of these storms are happening in Florida today.
I’ve had enough of these storms, and I want them to stop. But from an eternal perspective, I see the tremendous power of the Creator in them.
From the political point of view, if Heavenly Father is using hurricanes to send an anti-Bush political message, he’s doing a bad job of it. Pres. Bush gets to come in after the disaster strikes and throw lots of Federal money around to help people rebuild their lives. I can guarantee that western North Carolina, which has been devastated by flooding from the recent spate of hurricanes, will not get the same attention from the federal government as Florida.
One would assume that this is placed to prompt discussion and you have no axe to grind. Otherwise one would be tempted to make comparisons with current events and a certain large media network / newsperson.
This is very funny, entertaining but also very wrong â€“ each of the hurricane tracks for Charley, Frances and Ivan are shown incorrectly. As a resident of Florida this is immediately obvious. One can view the actual hurricane track and see that the correct hurricane track differs from the graphic provided by Kaimi Wenger. The Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) Monterey Marine Meteorology Division website is one of the best to look at — http://www.nrlmry.navy.mil/tc_pages/tc_home.html, select ALL under the heading of 2004 storms, then you can click on each hurricane for the historical tracks.
Neither funny nor illuminating nor accurate. But hey, its political! And the views espoused are cartoonish.
Today hurricanes… Tomorrow Volcanos?
“Neither funny nor illuminating nor accurate. But hey, its political! And the views espoused are cartoonish.”
In short: vintage liberal law prof chic.
Sorry to hear it, Nate. At Notre Dame, perhaps because they didn’t think they were preaching to the choir, the liberal law profs were scarily bright and fair and well-informed. One’s attitude was, more or less, ‘please don’t say anything I’m going to feel forced to respond to, because then you’re going to eat my lunch.’
Yet another argument for more conservatives in legal academia. They make the liberals smarter…