Monthly Archives: March 2011

Pilgrimages: Why?

A few years ago, I started walking the St. Jacques de Compostelle pilrimage route across northern Spain.  I began by hiking the last 70 miles, and the next year I hiked the first 100 miles.  Now all I have to accomplish are the middle miles.  For … Continue reading

Posted in catholicism, mormonism, pilgrimage, Religion, Travel, Walking | 4 Comments

“The Book of Mormon” . . . Reviews of the Musical

The Broadway musical The Book of Mormon opened to almost universal rave reviews.  I guess we Mormons had better develop a more expansive sense of humor. Peter Marks of The Washington Post, calls TBOM a “pricelessly entertaining act of musical-comedy subversion . . . … Continue reading

Posted in absurdism, mormonism, Religion | 4 Comments

In Defense of the King James Version

This year is the 400th anniversary of the King James Version of the Bible.  Mormon are particularly attached to this particular translation.  According to Dallas Robbins writing in Dialogue (Mar 2011), for Latter-day Saints the ‘concise solid stamp’ of the … Continue reading

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“The Book of Mormon” . . . the Musical

Tomorrow (Thursday, 24 Mar 2011), the musical “The Book of Mormon” opens on Broadway.  Time magazine is involved in the hype.  Richard Zoglin in a 2-page article provides an introduction: The indecency police, if there are any left in New … Continue reading

Posted in Entertainment, mormonism, Movies, Television, theatre, uganda | 3 Comments

Save the Orangutans

When my son finished his Mormon mission in the southern Philippines, his twin brother and I joined him for an extensive tour of the islands of Mindinao, Palawan, and Borneo. At the end of the 5-week trip, we spent one week … Continue reading

Posted in Environment, great apes, Personal Essays, Travel | 5 Comments

Exploring Developing Countries

I have made 5 trips to Uganda, east-central Africa.  I love going there; I love the people.  Ugandans have greeted and treated me with warmth and respect.  But I occasionally have the feeling that I’m being too much of a poverty voyeur.  And … Continue reading

Posted in Social Justice, Travel, uganda | 5 Comments

Science and Religion, FAR too Far

On 8 Feb 2011, I had an op-ed piece published in the SLTrib.  The article was an expansion of one of my blog posts ( which encouraged churches and their leaders to stop fighting science, particularly in the areas of human … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Social Justice, transhumanism | 6 Comments