Next year in Jerusalem?

    If you’re interested in going to Israel and/or Egypt with me next May, go to the “Cruise Lady” website, and, under “Headliners,” choose my name.   Of course, if you want to do so, you can go with somebody else instead, or at another time.   On another front, I’m disappointed:  I was [Read More…]

“CTE found in 99% of studied brains from deceased NFL players”

    Professional football has been catching a huge amount of flak in recent years, and this story doesn’t help:   http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/25/health/cte-nfl-players-brains-study/index.html   I’m not a particularly passionate football fan.  If a game is on television, I’ll watch it and even get into it.  As much as the next guy.  I vastly prefer it to [Read More…]

“Most & Least Educated Cities in America”

    Bruce Webster, who brings this to my attention, correctly points out that this isn’t a bad showing for Provo, Orem, and Utah County:   https://wallethub.com/edu/most-and-least-educated-cities/6656/#main-findings   And to think that, according to some exceptionally rabid critics of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, my adopted home state of “Utard” is largely inhabited [Read More…]

The Interpreter Foundation, FairMormon, Book of Mormon Central, and others on lds.org

    Something new.   It may seem a small thing, but it’s not:   https://www.lds.org/si/objective/doctrinal-mastery/gospel-sources?lang=eng   Posted from Kaanapali, Maui, Hawaii     [Read more…]

What will Paradise be like?

    “I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986)   Of course, I also expect that it will be indescribably beautiful.   On another note, I take considerable satisfaction from the fact that I was once able to meet Jorge Luis Borges, one of the great writers [Read More…]

The difference between “complete” and “finished”

    This wonderful item was brought to my notice by Faisal Alzamil:   http://theanthrotorian.com/culture/2012/11/29/the-difference-between-complete-and-finished   I’m in utter awe of impromptu wit like this, if it was, as it seems to have been, off the cuff.   Two of my other favorite examples both come out of Great Britain, but, in both cases, from [Read More…]

“Post-Christian America: Gullible, Intolerant, and Superstitious”

    The estimable David French comments on an article in the New York Times that I myself mentioned (“Don’t Believe in God? Maybe You’ll Try U.F.O.s”) a few days ago:   http://www.nationalreview.com/article/449789/post-christian-america-superstitious-intolerant-reality     Posted from Kaanapali, Maui, Hawaii     [Read more…]

“An Unnecessary Attack on Faithful LDS Scholars: Does Prophetic Fallibility Matter?”

    The redoubtable Jeff Lindsay, a member of the executive board of the Interpreter Foundation, takes issue with an article published in Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture:   http://mormanity.blogspot.com/2017/07/an-unnecessary-attack-on-faithful-lds.html   There is no hive mind at the Interpreter Foundation.   I’m happy about that.   Posted from Kaanapali, Maui, Hawaii     [Read more…]

It’s time for a shameless commercial message

    I continue to stand by my opinion that this isn’t actually the worst thing ever written about Muhammad or Islam:   https://www.amazon.com/Muhammad-Prophet-God-Daniel-Peterson-ebook/dp/B001F0RLLA/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1500968025&sr=1-1&keywords=Daniel+Peterson   Posted from Kaanapali, Maui, Hawaii     [Read more…]

“Would a supervolcano eruption wipe us out?”

    Are you sleeping too well at night?  Have you developed an unfortunate resistance to horror movies?  Do they no longer give you that delicious old thrill?   If so, consider reading this article about some of the world’s supervolcanos:   http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20170724-would-a-supervolcano-eruption-wipe-us-out   Posted from Kaanapali, Maui, Hawaii     [Read more…]