[If you’re a regular F&J reader, I should let you know that F&J will have to go offline next week, and possibly the week after, while I’m traveling with my family in Europe. We’ll see how it goes.]
- How the Mormons Make Money: Watching a religious leader celebrate a mall may seem surreal, but City Creek reflects the spirit of enterprise that animates modern-day Mormonism. The mall is part of a sprawling church-owned corporate empire that the Mormon leadership says is helping spread its message, increasing economic self-reliance, and building the Kingdom of God on earth.
- Does Quantum Physics Make It Easier to Believe in God? Not in any direct way. That is, it doesn’t provide an argument for the existence of God. But it does so indirectly, by providing an argument against the philosophy called materialism (or “physicalism”), which is the main intellectual opponent of belief in God in today’s world.
- When the Spirit Moves: Finding God in Transition: I have something to report back to you from the trenches of transition and disquiet that are young adulthood: this is life. There is no plateau of calm and stability on the horizon. It doesn’t exist. Life is change and transition and being uprooted again and again. Period. But that doesn’t have to be a bad thing.
- The Most Common Edits: I like commas and tolerate them more than most. (I would have put one in the last sentence if I’d thought it could survive.) But few writers pay attention to their use of commas, and in the typical manuscript they appear across the page like ash from a cigarette, falling where they may.
- I Want it Today: How Amazon’s push for same-day delivery will destroy local retail.
Just for Fun
- Are Mermaids Real? 11 Myths the U.S. Government Has Addressed