“Evangelical Advisory Board Pressured Trump Admin to Not Deport Iraqi Christians”

    This is a matter where bureaucratic decisions have direct and possibly fatal impact on real, individual, human lives.   http://www.christianpost.com/news/evangelical-advisory-board-pressured-trump-admin-not-deport-iraqi-christians-192709/   Posted from Kaanapali, Maui, Hawaii     [Read more…]

Where would we be without authorities?

    “The amount of knowledge which we can justify from evidence directly available to us can never be large.  The overwhelming proportion of our factual beliefs continue therefore to be held at second hand through trusting others, and in the great majority of cases our trust is placed in the authority of comparatively few [Read More…]

A new project to translate Narsai

    I’m pleased to read about a new effort, under the auspices of BYU’s Middle Eastern Texts Initiative (or METI), which I conceived and founded, to translate the homilies of the fifth-century Mesopotamian Christian theologian Narsai:   Keeping Narsai’s memre in memory   One of the keenest regrets of my professional career is that, [Read More…]

“RIP, anti-Mormon literature”

    I’ve made no attempt at even so systematic a survey as Jana Riess has, here in this article, but I too have noticed the fading away of the old classic Evangelical anti-Mormon publishing machine.   When the FARMS Review began back in 1989 (under the then title of Review of Books on the [Read More…]

“Don’t Believe in God? Maybe You’ll Try U.F.O.s”

    “A man who won’t believe in God,” G. K. Chesterton is supposed to have said, “will believe in anything.”   That statement has never actually been found in any of his works, although it certainly sounds like something he might say.   And, sometimes, it surely seems to be true.   See, for example, this [Read More…]

“What is Sharia Law?”

    A lot of people labor under — and suffer from — severe misunderstandings of the concept of shari‘a.   In many cases, these misconcepions derive from rumors, hearsay, and truly awful media discussions of the topic.  And these, in turn, are often based upon distorted and propagandistic websites.   But not all online sources [Read More…]

“Yes, ancient civilizations on Mars sounds crazy. And yet . . . “

    https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/07/yes-ancient-civilizations-on-mars-sounds-crazy-and-yet/   Posted from Kaanapali, Maui, Hawaii     [Read more…]

“What happens when a Mormon, a Catholic and a Seventh-day Adventist walk into an apartment complex?”

    “What happens when a Mormon, a Catholic and a Seventh-day Adventist walk into an apartment complex?”     It’s pretty obvious that something violent or at least harmful to society is likely to happen when three different kinds of religionists meet.  Right?   “Religion,” insisted the late Christopher Hitchens, “poisons everything.”   Well, maybe [Read More…]

Three responses

    “I love Maui so much.  I would rather live one day in Maui than one month in New York.” Charles Lindbergh   “It [Maui] is queer country, hard to describe because it varies so—and all the foliage changes—sometimes grass—sometimes cane—sometimes bamboo—there are many waterfalls—masses of rank trees and bushes—all new to me— . . [Read More…]

“Encountering a landmark of Japanese Buddhism in Hawaii”

    Many tourists in Hawaii zip right past this place.  If there’s time, though, it’s certainly worth a peek:   http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865685306/Encountering-a-landmark-of-Japanese-Buddhism-in-Hawaii.html   Posted from Kaanapali, Maui, Hawaii     [Read more…]