Lit Review: George and Wolfe “Natural Law and Public Reason” #rawlsreligion

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NOTE: This is a research note as I compile my literature review.Robert George and Christopher Wolfe argue that the "reason" aspect of public reason automatically cast religion as somehow being unreasonable or irrational (George 2000, 67). For George and Wolfe, public reason is hostile to religion in that the revelation which stands as the basis of religious faith is sacred rather than "publicly accesible" (67).George and Wolfe contends that prior to 1947 and the Supreme Court case … [Read more...]

“My religion is of interest only to me…”

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"My religion is of interest only to me, as its various phases and how they followed one another are not unusual or especially instructive." (Rawls 2010, 261)The above sentence is how John Rawls begins his rather informal note titled "On My Religion." I have been thinking about this sentence lately and mostly laughing to myself about it.On one hand, this is an example of his humility. Afterall, who would care about musings on religion by some obscure philosopher. Rawls had similar … [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...]

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...]

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...]

Influence of Jean Bodin on Rawls #rawlsreligion

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Rawls wrote in "On My Religion" that one of the texts on religions which has most struck him is the Colloquium of the Seven by Jean Bodin. Rawls noted that three features of Bodin's thought stood out and impressed him about Bodin:First, Bodin was committed to toleration as a life-long Catholic. Rawls differentiates this from Spinoza who "came to toleration after rejecting or changing his religious faith" (Rawls 2010, 266). Toleration was instead for Bodin "an aspect … [Read more...]

“…they depict God as a monster moved solely by God’s own power and glory….” #rawlsreligion

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Following his experiences in World War II, John Rawls more and more moved away from Christianity. He explains that his difficulties were "always moral ones, since my fideism remained firm against all worries about the existence of God." (Rawls 2010, 263)Fideism is the view that there cannot be an evidence-based or scientific proof of the existence of God. Since, Rawls' view of the existence of God was not in question, his departure from Christianity was not an exodus towards Atheism, … [Read more...]


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