“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…]

“Forget sharks: 7 things in the water swimmers should actually fear”

    From now on, after reading this article, you may decide to take only sponge baths.  But it offers some serious warnings about real threats as well as just bit of practical advice (though you may wish that it had given more).  If you’re headed to the beach, or a public pool, or a [Read More…]

“Do Muslims, Jews, and Christians Worship the Same God?”

    I like this blog entry, by a Catholic blogger named Joe Heschmeyer, very much:   Do Muslims, Jews, and Christians Worship the Same God?   There are a few points at which a Latter-day Saint might not quite agree with the analysis, but, on the whole, I think it’s entirely sound.   See also [Read More…]

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…]