On adjusting one’s provisional understandings of doctrine, scripture, and revelation

From "The Matrix," which I've never seen.

  Some out there seem to hold to the notion, so far as I can decode it, that, while human understanding of science, history, and other areas is constantly in flux (and, we hope, fairly constantly improving), human understanding of scripture and revelation is perfect, set in stone, beyond refinement, and as deep and as subtle as it can ever be. At least, it is for believers.  Or, to put it in cruder terms that sometimes seem to me to fit, that a Junior Sunday School … [Read more...]

“Reject the lie of white ‘genocide’ against Native Americans”

Susan Sontag being exceptionally foolish even for her

  Yesterday was Columbus Day, and, without looking for it at all, I came across several denunciations of Columbus as -- for example -- an evil white rapist and a genocidal murderer on a par with Hitler. I'm certainly not going to argue that Columbus was without flaw, but such condemnations strike me as ludicrously over the top. And, in that spirit, I offer … [Read more...]

Are all Muslims violent?


  http://www.vox.com/2014/10/13/6968999/bill-maher-islamophobia-muslims-violent-debunk And, for those of you who insist on believing that Barack Obama is a Muslim, you can make it six out of the last twelve!  Posted from Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii    … [Read more...]

Three provocative thoughts on writing and literature

Three greats

  “By a curious confusion, many modern critics have passed from the proposition that a masterpiece may be unpopular to the other proposition that unless it is unpopular it cannot be a masterpiece.” G. K. Chesterton, “On Detective Novels,” Generally Speaking  “And all over the world, the old literature, the popular literature, is the same. It consists of very dignified sorrow and very undignified fun. Its sad tales are of broken hearts; its happy tales are of broke … [Read more...]

FreedomFest 2015

the venue for Freedom Fest 2015

  It seems that I'm going to be one of the minor lights speaking at next summer's Freedom Fest 2015 in Las Vegas.  I've participated in Freedom Fests before, and have enjoyed it, so I'm looking forward to this one. My topics and the number and nature of my talks are still in flux.  I notice on the program that I'm set to address the topic of the existence of God.  That may eventually be a debate of some sort.  And we've also talked about a lecture on the conte … [Read more...]

2 Nephi 21

Lion with lamb in millennium

  Isaiah's remarkable eloquence is yet again on display in today's reading, 2 Nephi 21 (= Isaiah 11). He envisions the coming of a just and kind ruler, whom Christians for centuries have taken to be the millennial Christ, who will judge fairly and not according to mere appearances (verse 3) and who will advocate the cause of the oppressed poor and humble (verse four). Moreover, with the advent of that ruler, there will be genuine peace, such that … [Read more...]

A video version of Mr. Romney’s Obama joke

Mr. Obama, leading from behind

  It's better this way: http://www.ijreview.com/2014/10/187268-zing-mitt-romney-comments-obamas-accomplishments-president-hilarious-lighthearted-joke/ (Thanks to Kent Stephens for calling this to my notice.)  Posted from Princeville, Kauai, Hawaii    … [Read more...]

Four blogs worth watching

The "real" Bali Hai

  I've mentioned them before, but I thought that a reminder might be helpful. Here are four sites that I like to look in on fairly often, from Mormon thinkers and writers -- friends, too, as it happens -- who have profited me over the years: Ralph Hancock's The Soul and the City Matt Roper's Ether's Cave Bill Hamblin's Enigmatic Mirror John Gee's Forn Spoll Fira I commend them to you, as w … [Read more...]