Concerning Manchester

    President Trump called the perpetrators of the Manchester attack “losers.”   That seems to me, frankly, the kind of insubstantial thing that a teenager might say to express hostility and anger, but it also seems to reflect a poverty of vocabulary.   The British prime minister described the attack as “cowardly.”   But that [Read More…]

“Creating a List of ‘Standard Works’ on Book of Mormon Authenticity”

    I’ve just been reminded of this useful post, by Neal Rappleye:   http://www.studioetquoquefide.com/2013/10/creating-list-of-standard-works-on-book.html#more   Since its writing, some new items have been making a case for their own inclusion in the list.  I, for example, would probably add the still-ongoing work of Royal Skousen and Stanford Carmack regarding the language of the English Book of Mormon, [Read More…]

“New Paper on Isaiah in the Book of Mormon”

    Thanks to Neal Rappleye for calling attention to a new article by Joseph M. Spencer:   http://www.studioetquoquefide.com/2017/05/new-paper-on-isaiah-in-book-of-mormon.html   Posted from Pontorson, Normandy, France     [Read more…]

On seeing the president’s photo at a hallowed location in France

    We visited both the German military cemetery and the main American military cemetery in Normandy a few days back.  The latter, as our guide that day rightly pointed out, is — given its nature as a cemetery — a palpably life-affirming and magnificently beautiful place.  Yesterday, we returned on our own to the [Read More…]

From the one-time supreme commander of the Allied forces in Europe, and leader of D-Day

    Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.   You do not lead by hitting people over the head — that’s assault, not leadership.   And, yes, he did eventually resign his five-star generalship and become president of Columbia University.  And [Read More…]

At Pegasus Bridge

    We traveled this morning to Pegasus Bridge, inland from Sword Beach, which was prominently featured in the book and the movie of The Longest Day.  British forces landed in gliders very near it, disarmed the explosive charges that the Germans had placed to destroy it and render it useless to Allied troops and [Read More…]

“How to Read the Bible: Slowly, and Sport with the Words”

    Good advice, and an interesting book recommendation:   http://www.nationalreview.com/article/447833/bible-hebrew-greek-literature-ancient-languages-sarah-ruden-face-water-translator-beauty-meaning   Posted from Carentan, Normandy, France     [Read more…]

“On the New World Archaeological Foundation”

    I occasionally encounter very mistaken, even misleading, claims about the Church’s involvement or lack of involvement in Mesoamerican archaeology.  Here’s a relatively short article that I wrote back in 2004 that might help to shed some light on that topic:   Fullscreen   Posted from Carentan, Normandy, France     [Read more…]

“Ghost churches near Jordan River baptism site await reclamation”

  We were just there, on the Israeli side at Qasr al-Yahud, a couple of weeks ago:   http://www.reuters.com/article/uk-israel-palestinians-churches-idUSKBN15227H   I have to say that, just at a glance, the phrase beyond the Jordan strongly suggests to me that the true baptismal site of Jesus is on the far, or eastern, or Jordanian side of [Read More…]

In and around Bayeux

    On Saturday, we drove into Bayeux, where we spent considerable time looking at the very famous Bayeux Tapestry and looking about the accompanying museum.  My wife has see the Tapestry several times, but this is my first visit to Normandy.  It’s a fascinating illustrated document, 230 feet long, that was possibly commissioned either by Queen [Read More…]