November 5, 2018

    As I think I’ve made very clear over the past three years or so, I have profound reservations about President Donald J. Trump.  He was not my first choice for president.  Nor would he have been, in an ideal world, my tenth choice or my twentieth, or my hundredth.  And, in fact, I didn’t vote for him in 2016.   My initial and principal reservations concerned Mr. Trump as a potential (and now current) head of state.  His… Read more

November 5, 2018

    I grew up fairly near to Pasadena’s California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and typically drove by it, with my parents and then on my own, at least once or twice a month and probably, on average, just about every week.  There was, in my mind, a sense of almost mystical awe around the place.  Not terribly much further, though it wasn’t part of my neighborhood the way Caltech was, was the famous Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in La… Read more

November 5, 2018

    In a very recent blog entry here (“Finally, I returned to my body”), I commented on the remarkable frequency with which “out-of-body experiences involve reports of being up near the ceiling.”  I’ve seen that phenomenon described literally scores and scores of times, in recollections from a wide variety of people.  Here’s another instance of the claim.  Its similarity to many other more modern accounts — coupled with the fact that neither the person claiming the experience nor the person… Read more

November 4, 2018

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November 4, 2018

    Yawn.  More notes from another incomplete manuscript.  I wrote this up several years ago.  Eventually, in sha’a Allah, it will be incorporated (probably in substantially modified form) into a more finished text and submitted for publication:   It is not obvious that reason as reason can survive on a naturalistic view of the universe.  Let us suppose, for example, that the universe did indeed commence with the Big Bang—as, to this point, the evidence overwhelmingly suggests that it… Read more

November 4, 2018

    People in the West who strongly oppose and condemn Islam don’t do so merely for political reasons.  Some anti-theists and militant secularists use Islam as a particularly egregious example of the evils posed by religion in general.   Are they justified in doing so?  The evidence suggests that they are not.   Here are a few more passages that I’ve drawn from John L. Esposito and Dalia Mogahed, Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think (New York:… Read more

November 4, 2018

    Every once in a while, I feel moved to post this item, which I first wrote many years ago.  I feel impressed to do so yet again.   Other books and materials could easily be added to this list, addressing these and scores of other specific topics, but these will do for starters:   I’m sometimes contacted by people who’re experiencing doubts about the claims of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or whose spouse or… Read more

November 3, 2018

    Four passages reporting a multi-colored “sky” in heaven, from John Burke, Imagine Heaven: Near-Death Experiences, God’s Promises, and the Exhilarating Future That Awaits You (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2015):   Dean Braxton recalls, “The most gorgeous sky ever seen here on earth cannot even come close to the atmosphere in Heaven.  It is bright because of the glory of our God. . . .  The atmosphere is something you experience, not just see.  It is golden, yellow, white, and… Read more

November 3, 2018

    Don’t forget!  The Interpreter Radio Show can be heard live via broadcast in the greater Salt Lake City area or, anywhere at all, by computer.  It originates between 7 PM and 9 PM on Sunday nights, Utah time:   The Interpreter Radio Show   I, alas, probably won’t be able to hear it this week, as I’m hosting the monthly meeting of our reading group on Sunday night at just that time.  We’ll be discussing the new history… Read more

November 3, 2018

    From another of my manuscripts come these notes, in a fairly raw state:   Why does the public care so much about Darwinism and evolution?  Nobody — nobody who isn’t a specialist, anyway — becomes very exercised over quantum mechanics, the role of chlorophyll in photosynthesis, the nature of the covalent bond, or general relativity.  The difference, I suspect, arises because Darwinism isn’t merely a theory in biology but an entire world view, one that carries profound implications,… Read more

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