“More than 20,000 Muslims gathered in Canada for three days to denounce terrorism”

    I’m terribly sorry, but I failed to make a note to myself yesterday of who it was that brought this item to my attention, and now I can’t remember.  In any event, I’m grateful:   https://mic.com/articles/182057/more-than-20000-muslims-gathered-in-canada-for-three-days-to-denounce-terrorism#.roLjIILkp   I realize that the Ahmadiyya are a distinct and often rejected Islamic religious minority — they’ve [Read More…]

“Turin Shroud is stained with the blood of a torture victim, new research shows – supporting the belief that it DOES show the face of Jesus”

    Probably around forty years ago — yes, I’m that incredibly old — I read a fair amount about the famous Shroud of Turin.  Since then, unfortunately, not so much.   It’s still a very interesting topic, though.  And, conceivably, a momentous one.   I’m grateful to Matthew Wheeler for calling this item to [Read More…]

From “Da Befo Jesus Book”

    One of my all-time favorite book purchases came here in Honolulu, several years ago.  It was Da Jesus Book, a translation (entirely serious, I hasten to add, not a joke) of the New Testament into Hawaiian pidgin, a form of English spoken by more than a few people beyond the Islands’ sophisticated urban areas.   Now, [Read More…]

“LGBT Group Threatens Johns Hopkins over Study on Homosexuality, Transgender”

    As I’ve said, I don’t altogether trust Breitbart News — particularly since it became the quasi-official mouthpiece for the Trumpist alt.right a few years ago after the premature death of its founder, Andrew Breitbart.   But that doesn’t mean that everything published by Breitbart is false.  On this one, although I find it [Read More…]

“On Becoming a Liberal-Minded Mormon”

    A short essay by my friend Kevin Barney.  I’m guessing that we disagree on just about every currently debated partisan political issue, but it’s worthwhile reading what he has to say:   On Becoming a Liberal-Minded Mormon   Incidentally, for the record, although I’m both religiously and politically conservative, I consider myself “a faithful [Read More…]

“When Science Comes to Church”

    I think that this article makes some good points:   http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2014/march-web-only/when-science-comes-to-church.html?start=1   One of my personal hopes is to have the Interpreter Foundation sponsor another conference on science and religion (we’ve already sponsored two), but this time with the focus on science as a religious experience.  (Ideally, of course, we would have one [Read More…]

“Jeremy Runnells and Anti-Mormon Bravado”

    Mr. Jeremy Runnells believes (sincerely, I think) that I’ve led a campaign of lies against him for two or three years, smearing him and attacking him personally.  And so forth.  He’s told me so repeatedly in various brief but remarkably unpleasant online encounters, including an unexpected one that extended over the past several [Read More…]

“A year after failed coup in Turkey, Erdogan says ‘behead traitors'”

    I absolutely hate what’s happening in Turkey, a place that I love:   http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/15/europe/turkey-coup-attempt-anniversary/index.html   For years, with others, I could point to Turkey as a Middle Eastern success story, a place where separation of mosque and state was firmly established (as we thought) and a place that could be integrated into the [Read More…]

Very high level dissent in the Catholic Church?

    I don’t know exactly what to make of this, but it’s intriguing:   Pope Benedict’s SOS   We’re in a very unusual situation, with both a reigning pope and a living “pope emeritus.” Posted from Honolulu, Hawaii     [Read more…]

On travel

    “If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.” James A. Mitchener   Posted from Honolulu, Hawaii     [Read more…]