I received the following note this morning from my former BYU colleague Valerie Hudson, who has now assumed the George Bush Chair in the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M; University:
Hi, Dan, the Spring 2012 issue of SquareTwo is out! The full table of contents for this issue can be found on our archives page here.
First up, we honor the memory of Philip M. Flammer (deceased), long-time military historian at Brigham Young University whose work on military ethics influenced an entire generation of LDS thinkers and practitioners in national security. Here we publish an article co-authored by Flammer on the topic of loyalty. Is loyalty a virtue? Flammer’s answer may surprise you . . .
Next, Rebecca Rickett argues that our gender stereotypes for women force women to become androgynous, at the same time crippling men’s ability to develop full human connection with their families. Surveying the work of a wide diversity of authors, she comes to the conclusion that the LDS community has a clear vision for correcting these problems, and that an important place to start is an international LDS call for a family-friendly workplace.
Third up, our own inimitable Ryan Decker takes ‘em all on — Bloom, Hitchens, Sullivan, Dowd, Denton, and others who have used Mitt Romney’s candidacy as a pretext for dragging our faith through the mud. Are Mormons are “sinister and weird” as our critics suggest? Read Decker’s take on it here.
Then, Brent Gilchrist, assistant professor of political philosophy at Brigham Young University, asserts that as a universal foundation of human being as well as society, marriage should be preserved from radical changes that incite the disintegration of society and the redefinition of human being. He argues that those who would have us ignore sex differences seek an abstraction of human being that is characteristic of modern reason’s assault upon nature.
Valerie Hudson and Channing Hancock then report on the level of international awareness among BYU students. They find a strong 9-11 effect, which faded within a few years. More importantly, they find a large and statistically significant gap between the awareness of female and male students.
Finally, we have our latest Readers’ Puzzle, apropos of this season of presidential campaigning and election. Should an LDS person vote for Mitt Romney because he is LDS and the other candidate is not? Now, on the face of it, that seems absurd, but consider the question more carefully . . . and then let us know what you think!