What is Religious Freedom? A Brief Response

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced yesterday that it was initiating an effort to promote the freedom of religion.Here is a video title "What is Religious Freedom?" released by the LDS Church that addresses the meaning of the freedom of religion and the current status of the freedom of religion.A few quick points:1. I found it interesting that the video provided two arguments or philosophical foundations for the freedom of religion. The first was the natural … [Read more...]

What is Just War Theory?

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For now, I will let Michael Walzer answer that question. Walzer is professor emeritus at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) in Princeton, New Jersey. He is also the co-editor or the leftist magazine Dissent.In this clip, Walzer talks about the history of just war theory. He also addresses elements of his own thought on the matter. In the post-Vietnam-era, few have done more to advance just war theory than Michael Walzer.Talk a listen:(Source: Big Think)For Walzer's full … [Read more...]

Australian Prime Minister Offers Christian and Moral Defense of Gay Marriage (Updated)

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UPDATE: (September 8, 2013) My praise did not help Mr. Rudd in the Australian elections on September 7. Mr. Rudd and his Labor Party got crushed. He will no longer be prime minister and has announced that he will step down as head of the Labor Party.Kevin Rudd is the prime minister of Australia. In a recently televised Q & A, Rudd offered a response to a question about why he changed his position on gay marriage. His response is both philosophical and theological.Now, I want to … [Read more...]

Turns Out Emerson Wrote Some “Very Stupid” “Trash”

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I love John Stuart Mill. However, it is probably a good thing he never read anything I ever wrote, because he was rather brutal and harsh.Historian Frank Prochaska has discovered Mill's comments of the American philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson in letters by from Mill and in Mill's notes on a copy Emerson's Essays.History Today reports the following:The words ‘fudge’, ‘nonsense’, ‘oh’, ‘pooh’, ‘sentimental’, ‘superficial’, ‘stupid’, ‘very stupid’, ‘trash’ are among the many pencille … [Read more...]

Teaching the Gospel in Our Homes: My Sermon

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Today, I gave a sermon about teaching the gospel in our homes. The talk touched on Rawls, King Benjamin from the Book of Mormon, my Chevy Suburban, and lots of cutestories about my beautiful and amazing children.Lyndee spoke first and I make a few references to her talk.Take a listen to the talk here.Or here: Podcast Powered By PodbeanI am sharing this talk as part of the Passing on the Faith: … [Read more...]

John Stuart Mill on Mormon Polygamy

I am putting together a conference paper proposal about John Stuart Mill's treatment of Mormon polygamy in his classic "On Liberty." As I do that, I want to share with you the passages that I am considering.The forth chapter of John Stuart Mill's 1869 "On Liberty" starts with the following questions: WHAT, then, is the rightful limit to the sovereignty of the individual over himself? Where does the authority of society begin? How much of human life should be assigned to individuality, and … [Read more...]

Another Liberal at Church!! (Adventures in Sunday School)

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We are loving our time here in Las Vegas. In addition to the abundance of In-N-Out Hamburger locations, we are very much loving our LDS congregation here in Vegas. They turned out in large numbers to unload our U-Haul. They have warmly greeted us on Sunday, stopped by our home to bring us peaches or to welcome our children, and they made us feel most welcomed and included at the Pioneer Day breakfast we attended yesterday. As you may know, I have a certain fascination with bumper … [Read more...]


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