Maybe not altogether inappropriate for Memorial Day

    There’ve been many words devoted to the slime-ball who murdered a lot of young girls in Manchester a few days ago, but I want to memorialize his victims:   http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2017/05/world/manchester-terror-attack-victims/   And, from a different angle, here are some others who deserve honor and remembrance for their courage and principle in standing up to [Read More…]

“The Politically Incorrect Guide to Memorial Day Movies”

    Just in case you want to watch something in the Memorial Day vein this evening, here are a few recommendations:   http://www.nationalreview.com/article/448004/memorial-day-movies-politically-incorrect-guide   Having just returned from several remarkable days in Normandy, I’m very much in the World War Two mood.   Currently, I’m reading Killing Patton, by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. [Read More…]

On an ad hoc multiverse

    “It is crazy to postulate a trillion (causally unconnected) universes to explain the features of one universe, when postulating one entity (God) will do the job.” Richard Swinburne       [Read more…]

Once more, on my ouster from the Maxwell Institute

    I notice that, very nearly five years after that legendary event, yet another fact-free discussion is underway on a virulently anti-Mormon message board in which uninformed anonymous commenters debate how to view John Dehlin’s successful effort to get the Brethren to end my amoral reign of terror at FARMS and the Maxwell Institute.  Speculation is [Read More…]

Kindness in Edmonton

    A friend tells me that he’s heard that Church leadership in Edmonton, Alberta, is permitting local Muslims to use a stake center there — specifically, its Relief Society room — during the four weeks of the holy month of Ramadan for late night (10 PM) meals/celebrations to break the month-long daily fast.  It seems that the [Read More…]

Did you read about this local reaction to the Manchester bombing?

    https://www.churchtimes.co.uk/articles/2017/26-may/news/uk/priests-and-imams-united-in-oldham-after-manchester-bomb-kills-locals       [Read more…]

“Ye must have faith.”

    “Anybody who has been seriously engaged in scientific work of any kind realizes that over the entrance to the gates of the temple of science are written the words: Ye must have faith. It is a quality which the scientist cannot dispense with.” Max Planck     [Read more…]

“Where Justice, Love, and Mercy Meet”

    A nice new five-and-a-half-minute video based upon a conference talk by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland:   https://www.lds.org/media-library/video/2017-01-001-where-justice-love-and-mercy-meet?cid=HP_FR_26-5-2017_dPFD_fMLIB_xLIDyL1-A_&lang=eng     [Read more…]

“The REAL Book of Mormon Translation”

    In this ten-minute video, you can actually see the real Stephen Smoot (online, at least) during his temporary return from exile in Toronto:   http://scripturalmormonism.blogspot.co.uk/2017/05/the-real-book-of-mormon-translation.html   Incidentally, I realize that it may seem to many of you that Br’er Smoot is omnipresent.  However, I assure you that he’s not.  He really does currently [Read More…]

Disraeli on Travel

    Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen. Benjamin Disraeli     [Read more…]