“Miracles from Heaven”

    A few nights ago, my wife and I watched a film with Jennifer Garner entitled Miracles from Heaven.   I liked it, and I recommend it.   It’s based on a book that claims to be telling a true story, and, having done no specific research on this particular account but lacking an [Read More…]

“Dave Barry missed the naked women, but finds dancing Republicans!”

    Unlike previous conventions, to which I paid very close attention, I’ve decided that it’s appropriate to the 2016 Republican National Convention for me to follow it by means of the brilliant reportage of Dave Barry.   Here’s an installment:   http://www.miamiherald.com/living/liv-columns-blogs/dave-barry/article90278682.html     [Read more…]

“Organisms might be quantum machines”

    This is extraordinarily interesting stuff:   http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20160715-organisms-might-be-quantum-machines   And, yes, it does appeal to my “gee whiz” sense about many things that science is disclosing.   By the way, the relatively simple universe of the old-style “hard-headed” materialist (like Mr. MacPhee, in C. S. Lewis’s That Hideous Strength), who credits only “objective facts” — [Read More…]

“Why Was a Stone Used As an Aid in Translating the Book of Mormon?”

    An interesting discussion of an issue that has never troubled me even a teensy tiny little bit, but that, I know, has troubled some (and inflamed others):   https://knowhy.bookofmormoncentral.org/content/why-was-a-stone-used-as-an-aid-in-translating-the-book-of-mormon     [Read more…]

“Mormon Filmmakers Focus New Lens on Anne Frank”

    Having just been in Amsterdam recently, the story of Anne Frank has been on my mind lately.  (It came up again during a conversation yesterday.)  So I was interested to see this:   http://lds.net/blog/buzz/entertainment/arts-culture/mormon-filmmakers-anne-frank/?utm_source=lds.net+users&utm_campaign=bf5f65503c-Newsletter_July_18_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_608611419d-bf5f65503c-86348953     [Read more…]

A final summarizing note about BYU’s recent conference on religious liberty

    http://www.iclrs.org/index.php?pageId=1&contentId=1&blurbId=60260       [Read more…]

“Fethullah Gulen: The Islamic scholar Turkey blames for the failed coup”

    Some useful background information on the controversy about the failed recent coup:   https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2016/07/16/fethullah-gulen-the-islamic-scholar-turkey-blames-for-failed-coup/   And also this, from the often controversial but indisputably well-qualified Daniel Pipes:   “Why I Rooted for the Turkish Coup Attempt”   And this:   “How Erdogan Is Rolling the Dice, and How/Why America Must Check Him”   [Read more…]

Hoofbeats of the Apocalypse

    A really revealing account from someone who worked with Mr. Donald Trump, and who saw Mr. Trump up close and personal, for eighteen months:   “‘The New Yorker’ Talks to Trump’s Ghostwriter”   In other words, should Mr. Trump be elected, we’re in for . . . nobody, including Mr. Trump, really knows [Read More…]

The secret of success?

    “I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career.  I’ve lost almost 300 games.  Twenty-six times, I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed.  I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life.  And that is why I succeed.” Michael Jordan   When I was in Tehran a number [Read More…]

“Revelation is real even in a policy meeting in the LDS Church”

    I really like this blog item that was posted by Jonathan Max Wilson back in January of this year, and I commend it to you:   https://www.sixteensmallstones.org/revelation-is-real-even-in-a-policy-meeting-in-the-lds-church/#more-3312   Many critics say that revelation in the Church has ceased.  Its leaders disagree.     [Read more…]