Ummm, I Was Not Offended.

Meridian has never been a beacon of nuanced Mormon thought.

There was a swift backlash against yesterday's Meridian Magazine blog post which attacked liberal Mormons. By mid-day, Meridian had removed it from their website. A number of my friends and associates have mentioned that they were glad that it was taken down. I think it was unfortunate. I thought that the post was an opportunity to respond and discuss what being a liberal Mormon means to me. Hence, I posted a response. The post by Joni Hilton was not offensive to me. I disagreed with nearly … [Read more...]

Why, Yes. I am a Liberal Mormon.

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Joni Hilton over at Meridian Magazine asked this morning, "Are You a Liberal Mormon?" (UPDATE: The original post by Hilton was removed. Here is the text.) Sister Hilton, it is very sweet of you to ask. Yes, I am a liberal Mormon. Some might not like the use of the term "liberal" since it largely has a political connotation. I am indeed a liberal in the political sense. However, "liberal" is also a term with significant theological meaning. That said, it is not a term that is often used … [Read more...]

No, Sen. Coburn the correct term is “badass.”

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Politico reports that Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) referred to the Senate Majority Leader an “absolute a—hole” during a fundraising gala in New York City on Monday. While apologizing for using the word, Coburn insists the frustration is real. I understand frustration with the current political climate and there are no shortage of a--holes in either party. However, I think in all that frustration, Sen. Coburn may have gotten his words mixed up. Back in July, Benny Johnson of Buzzfeed … [Read more...]

The Metaphysics of Halloween: Enjoy the Snickers

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Halloween is fun. For me, it also poises a fun opportunity to examine how we use truth claims over the most trivial of things. What is Halloween all about? There is a history of how Halloween has evolved from Medieval time to now. However, our celebration of Halloween today has little to do with those roots. Sure, we borrow certain images from that tradition. But even those images are more Madison Avenue and Hollywood than they are All Hallow's Eve. Halloween as we know it, much like … [Read more...]

Bob Bennett Warns Against the Tea Party and other “Slogan Screamers”

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Last Thursday, former United States Senator Robert Bennett (R-UT) spoke about the current political scene in the United State at a university forum at Brigham Young University-Idaho in Rexburg, Idaho. "Beware of the Slogan Screamers," said Bennett in thinly veiled reference to the Tea Party. Bennett said that Democrats are the party of government solutions and Republicans are the party of market solutions. And both sides can be correct. He praised the Democrats on Civil Rights and … [Read more...]

Can Appeals to Free Will Solve the Problem of Evil?

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For me, appeals to free will and human agency have never been particularly satisfying when considering the problem of evil. If anything, I think they might tell us more about how we conceptualize God than how we conceptualize evil. I will need to spend more time studying the philosophy of religion before I can more fully respond to this question, but I found this video from the Center for Philosophy of Religion at the University of Notre Dame to be both helpful and enlightening about this … [Read more...]

Blood Diamonds for Christmas

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Last night, Stephen Colbert took a look The Neiman Marcus Christmas Book. "Its the perfect place to find a gift for person that has everything except taste," said Colbert. Colbert used this opportunity to not only remind us of the some of the idiotic excesses of extreme wealth, but also to remind us of some of the horrors that take place as part of the pursuit of extravagant luxury. I wonder if Neiman Marcus has a good Black Friday sale? … [Read more...]

Entrepreneurs and Society: Ethics and Responsibility (Video)

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In the following one minute video, Dutch economist and philosopher Ingrid Robeyns shares some brief thoughts on the intersection of entrepreneurship and society. Noting that entrepreneurs are important to society, Robeyns has two tips for entrepreneurs and future entrepreneurs: 1. If you choose to start a business, address an issue that is an important challenge facing society over the next decade. 2. If you are successful, use that opportunity to give something back to … [Read more...]

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A Muslim comment on “Are Mormons Christians” (A Guest Post from Rashid Patch)

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The following is a quest contribution to “Are Mormons Christian?” An Interfaith Round Table As a Muslim, I am supposed to follow the Qur'anic injunction, that when speaking to Ahl al-Kitab - the Family of the Book ("people of the book" is really not a good translation; "Ahl" means, primarily, "family"), I should try to discuss the things we hold in common, and not the things we hold in dispute. Qur'an also assures us that people will argue about the nature of Jesus (peace be upon him) … [Read more...]