We must act.

    “‘There is no possible idea,’ Kenneth thought as he came onto the terrace, ‘to which the mind of man can’t supply some damned alternative or other.  Yet one must act.’”  Charles Williams, War in Heaven   Posted from Kaanapali, Maui, Hawaii     [Read more…]

“Understanding Apologetics”

    A brief but important post from Tarik LaCour:   http://tarikdlacour.blogspot.com/2017/07/understanding-apologetics.html?spref=fb   I myself have tried to make the same patently obvious and unquestionably true point on several occasions, without much success.  Maybe Brother LaCour will have more luck.   Posted from Kaanapali, Maui, Hawaii     [Read more…]

Church in Lahaina

    We attended the Lahaina 1st Ward today, having decided that an English-language service would be more appropriate for us than one in Tongan.   It was a very good meeting, organized loosely on a “Pioneer Day” theme.   Once again, I loved the roster of names and participants:   Conducting the meeting was [Read More…]

“The Myth of Religious Violence”

    A provocative essay.  I expect that the title alone has already upset some of my secular-minded readers:   The Myth of Religious Violence   Posted from Kaanapali, Maui, Hawaii     [Read more…]

Grant Palmer, again

    I suspect that we’re going to be hearing about bit about Grant Palmer again in the next week or two, so it seems not inappropriate to call attention to a few links regarding his work:   Brian C. Hales and Gregory L. Smith, “A Response to Grant Palmer’s ‘Sexual Allegations against Joseph Smith [Read More…]

Science as a religious activity

    “A scientific discovery is also a religious discovery. There is no conflict between science and religion. Our knowledge of God is made larger with every discovery we make about the world.” Joseph Hooton Taylor, Jr. Posted from Kaanapali, Maui, Hawaii     [Read more…]

“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…]