Even when I was a happy trooper for Mormonism, Bruce McConkie tended to amuse me. Apostle or not, in light of his statements about evolution and the virgin birth I always viewed him as somebody who had never quite matured to adulthood, a living proof that one can graduate from an American law school while remaining utterly uneducated, another variety of the American species, the perpetual teenager but instead of joining a rock band at forty, desperately trying to project gravitas while uttering childish nonsense. His pretense and his ignorance where so painfully obvious, it was almost endearing.
Of course, I was also moved by his deathbed testimony and I especially respected him because he was willing to admit that he had been wrong about race. Most of his peers in the LDS hierarchy are not mature enough to admit as much about any doctrinal dispute. If there were a tradition of leaders acknowledging error, Mormonism would be a better place.
So I am happy to pay Bruce McConkie respect and acknowledge that he might have been right about Coke all along. Back in the day when Coke somehow became legitimate in Mormon company, McConkie responded to a question that in his opinion, the consumption of Coke did violate the Word of Wisdom but that the Word of Wisdom was not the gospel.
The New York Times reports that Coke extracts calcium from bones and might be responsible for chronic kidney disease.
The research into Coke and kidney disease is preliminary but still, in this matter, Bruce might be the man.