Yours Truly on KSL Radio this coming Sunday

The logo of KSL Radio

  I've just now recorded a twenty-minute interview with Martin Tanner, via telephone, regarding The Interpreter Foundation. It will air this coming Sunday, as Martin Tanner's "Religion Today" program on KSL Radio in Salt Lake City (102.7 FM; 1160 AM; streaming) at 6:30 AM and 9:30 PM.  ("Religion Today" usually also airs at 10:00 AM as well, but apparently there's something else being broadcast at that hour on KSL on this particular Sunday.) The i … [Read more...]

“The Miracles of Jesus”

Do it for the team!

  Deseret Book monitors its sales over conference weekends as a way of gauging what sorts of things its customers find of interest. I'm hoping that Deseret Book will recognize that a substantial subset of its audience has an interest in serious, faithful writing about the scriptures that is informed by reputable biblical scholarship. And here's one way of showing that: Professor Eric Huntsman, of Brigham Young University, has superb … [Read more...]

“Why traditional marriage supporters think 2015 will be a turning point in debate”

Ben Carson against gay "marriage" It's tempting, sometimes, to think that all is lost, whatever the merits of the argument may be.  But perhaps not.  We shall see.  Posted from Koloa, Kauai, Hawaii    … [Read more...]

“A Few of My Favorite Things”

American Samoa on the map  Posted from Koloa, Kauai, Hawaii  … [Read more...]

On the pleasure of dissent from stifling orthodoxies

Saying NO!

  The pleasure of being a contrarian or a dissenter is no legitimate reason, in and of itself, to reject consensus or to buck current intellectual trends. But there is an undeniable thrill, sometimes, in battling for unpopular or unfashionable ideas.  It gets the adrenalin going. "The act of defending any of the cardinal virtues," wrote the great G. K. Chesterton, "has today all the exhilaration of a vice."  ("A Defense of Humilities," The De … [Read more...]

Probably not my last post about the wonders of Hawaiian geology

A bird's eye view of the central Pacific hot spot

  Whenever I'm in Hawai’i, my inner geologist awakens.  (Alas, I've never taken a class.)  This place is fascinating, geologically speaking.  (And, of course, in other ways, too.) As the Pacific Plate moves to the northwest (i.e., toward the upper left in the illustration above), the stationary hot spot beneath it creates undersea volcanoes that sometimes break the surface of the Pacific Ocean. Thus, Kaua’i, where I'm writing at the moment, is the o … [Read more...]

“5 reasons Mitt Romney will probably run for president again”

The White House, from the south lawn  Posted from Koloa, Kauai, Hawaii    … [Read more...]

“Elder Holland introduces ‘Meet the Mormons’”

a fourth temple in Idaho

  Hear what he has to say about this pathbreaking film effort:  Posted from Koloa, Kauai, Hawaii  … [Read more...]