“Answering Letter to A CES Director #9”

    Tarik LaCour continues his project of responding, piece by piece, to an attack upon Latter-day Saint belief from a former believer that has had considerably more impact than its arguments merit:   http://tarikdlacour.blogspot.com/2017/07/answering-letter-to-ces-director-9.html?spref=fb   Posted from Honolulu, Hawaii     [Read more…]

A brief report from the Makiki Ward in Honolulu

    We attended services in the Makiki Ward today, in the Honolulu Stake Tabernacle.  (We passed on the chance to meet with the Marshallese ward in the adjacent chapel.  My Marshallese is . . . somewhat weak.)   I enjoyed being in a congregation that looked quite different from me.  The bishop had a [Read More…]

“The World was Never Flat”

    One of the most popular myths about the (also largely mythical) perpetual warfare between Christianity and science is the notion that the medieval Church taught — and insisted that people believe — that the Earth is flat.   Here’s an entertaining little three-minute video on that subject:     If you ever hear [Read More…]

“Astonishing Biblical Archaeology”

    It’s mildly amusing, given that this article in the Weekly Standard is about the Biblical Archaeology Review, that I subscribe to, and very much like, both magazines:   http://www.weeklystandard.com/astonishing-biblical-archaeology/article/2007845   Posted from Honolulu, Hawaii     [Read more…]

“A Black Mormon Man’s Thoughts on Race, Priesthood, and the Church’s Essay”

    http://www.ldsliving.com/A-Black-Mormon-Mans-Thoughts-on-Race-Priesthood-and-the-Churchs-Essay/s/85553?page=1#story-content   Thanks to Matt Bowen for bringing this little article to my notice.   Posted from Honolulu, Hawaii       [Read more…]

Laying the proper foundation

    “Once there was a wealthy but foolish man.  When he saw the beautiful three-storied house of another man, he envied it and made up his mind to have one built just like it, thinking he himself was just as wealthy.  He called a carpenter and ordered him to build it.  The carpenter consented [Read More…]

A book and two movies

    I recently read Lynne Olson’s superb Last Hope Island: Britain, Occupied Europe, and the Brotherhood That Helped Turn the Tide of War, and I want to commend it to anybody who is (as I am) interested in World War Two.   It flows like a novel.  It’s the kind of narrative history that I love [Read More…]

“The Problem with the ‘Science’ Behind Having Fewer Children for the Planet’s Sake”

    I’ve recently been denounced for often posting about anthropogenic global warming and, even worse, posting Incorrect Views about it.   The truth is that I rarely post on the subject and that I have no really strong opinion about it.  I post literally thousands of blog entries per year, and only a small [Read More…]

Shangri La

    Yesterday, my wife and I took a tour of Shangri La.   I’m not making that up.   Shangri La: Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design is the former ocean-side Honolulu winter home of the late tobacco and power-company heiress Doris Duke (d. 1993), who was fascinated with the art of the Islamic world. [Read More…]

“Johns Hopkins Psychiatrist: ‘”Transgendered Men Don’t Become Women,’ They Become ‘Feminized Men,’ ‘Impersonators’”

    Dr. Paul McHugh, formerly a very widely respected psychiatrist at what is often ranked as the top medical school in the United States, is making a serious bid to become one of the most hated and reviled people in America:   http://www.cnsnews.com/blog/michael-w-chapman/johns-hopkins-psychiatrist-transgendered-men-dont-become-women-they-become#.WWG4Dhsva6k.facebook   And, obviously, his position has no merit.  After all, he’s old, [Read More…]