“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…]

“Dust and tears, rain and realization — Tribune religion reporter retraces her steps on the Mormon Trail”

    A nice piece from Peggy Fletcher Stack:   http://www.sltrib.com/home/5536656-155/dust-and-tears-rain-and-realization   I’m sorry that I’m linking to it just a bit late for Pioneer Day.   Posted from Kaanapali, Maui, Hawaii     [Read more…]


    “To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.” Lewis B. Smedes, Reformed Protestant theologian (d. 2002)   Posted from Kaanapali, Maui, Hawaii     [Read more…]

“Trump, Party of One”

    As usual, Jonah Goldberg offers a humorous but also serious and balanced conservative view of the subject:   http://www.nationalreview.com/g-file/449747/donald-trump-defenders-rationalizing-failure   Posted from Kaanapali, Maui, Hawaii     [Read more…]

Some essential Maui geology

    The basic geology of Maui is pretty obvious:  An older volcano to west-northwest, now much eroded, and a new and larger volcano to the south-southeast, connected by a plain formed by the confluence of their lava flows.   The larger, younger volcano to the east-southeast, Haleakalā (“house of the sun”), rises to a height [Read More…]

“Young men giving up on marriage: ‘Women aren’t women anymore’”

    I can’t help but wonder whether there’s a relationship between these social trends and the rise of the religious “nones”:   https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/young-men-giving-up-on-marriage-women-arent-women-anymore?utm_content=bufferd83b3   See, in this context, “Faith and family depend upon each other.”   Posted from Kaanapali, Maui, Hawaii     [Read more…]

“Can Chiasmus Survive Translation?”

    Some have suggested that, even if chiasmus exists in an ancient text, it would almost certainly be destroyed in the process of translation.  A post from Book of Mormon Central considers that issue:   https://knowhy.bookofmormoncentral.org/content/can-chiasmus-survive-translation   Posted from Kaanapali, Maui, Hawaii     [Read more…]