Approaching Justice Quote of the Day 9/19/13

Each morning at the Approaching Justice: Faith and Social Justice Facebook Page, I will be sharing the Approaching Justice Quote of the Day. Our inaugural quote comes from Prof. Cornel West of Union Theological Seminary and Princeton University. I will archive those quotes and pictures here each night.Please, "like" the Approaching Justice Facebook Page and support Approaching Justice by sharing items from the page. Thanks! … [Read more...]

“Now, are you following me here, or are you some kind of mindless zealot?”

Some early Daily Show featuring Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell, including a pray-off between Islam and Christianity.Maybe the Jew is right, indeed. … [Read more...]

This is Why I am A Feminist

Few people have influenced my life's philosophical work than that of the political philosopher Susan Moller Okin. However, I am not a feminist because of Susan Moller Okin.If you follow this blog, you know I love sharing clips featuring the philosopher Judith Butler. See here, here, and here. As I said on one of posts, " work and thought is very different from that of Butler. However, her approach to gender continues to fascinate me..." Yet, I am not a feminist because of Judith … [Read more...]

What is Religious Freedom? A Brief Response

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...]

Can there be a Faithful Liberal Mormonism?

I have rediscovered my faith in Christ in recent years and come to terms with my Mormonism. My quest seems to be one of finding where it is that I fit within Mormonism.I am not talking about political liberalism. While political liberalism is my primary area of academic interest, this is not a post about the tired and boring question of "Can a Mormon be a Democrat?" Instead, I am thinking of liberalism in a religious sense.I often hear (or see) references to True Blue Mormons … [Read more...]

James Taylor Showered the Mormon Tabernacle Choir with Love.

Last night, James Taylor was joined by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Utah Symphony for a performance in Salt Lake City.I here traffic in downtown Salt Lake City was pretty crazy last night!I found this video of Taylor performing "Shower the People" with the Choir and the Symphony at the LDS Conference Center.(video from Utah Desert)Okay, I am not even a huge James Taylor fan, but I loved that!Now, go shower the people around you with love. And be sure to shower even … [Read more...]

Creationism Is Not Appropriate For Children

(h/t: Big Think)Bill Nye: Denial of evolution is unique to the United States. I mean, we're the world's most advanced technological—I mean, you could say Japan—but generally, the United States is where most of the innovations still happens. People still move to the United States. And that's largely because of the intellectual capital we have, the general understanding of science. When you have a portion of the population that doesn't believe in that, it holds everybody back, rea … [Read more...]