Clean and Press Apologetics

This morning as I was doing a clean and press set the usual happened. At about the tenth repetition of the second set my momentum began to pull me forward, off balance. Now those of you that are familiar with this exercise know that it actually requires momentum, that is, to do it right you want some momentum to get the bar up to shoulder height, and then again to press it overhead. The challenge is in controlling and focusing the momentum so that it boosts your motion at the right time and in the right direction.

 

So what happened? Well, I have a friend who helps me with this sort of thing. His normal input is to assert that since my ears are not bleeding we should add more weight. However, he watches closely and when needed he yells “Reset,” which means that I need to take a teensy pause and get things back together and balanced. How long does that take? About a second if I pay attention to him, and then I can go right on. If I don’t, however, and actually get pulled forward then I often have to stop and put the bar down.

What does this have to do with apologetics? Well, I think apologetics is actually hard work. And those who do it can benefit from the “momentum” that comes from a love of truth, a zest for spreading the gospel, or even the inspiration of the Spirit. However, the human condition is sufficiently flawed that this “momentum” can sometimes pull the apologist off balance. Again, this is not because the “momentum” is bad or the apologetic effort is wasted, but because the human condition is always less than ideal. Moreover, sometimes the line between mysticism, which bypasses the perceived failure of church leaders in favor of access to the Highest Authority, and various forms of cognitive and emotional distress is thin and poorly understood, particularly by those most closely involved.

So we might need a friend here, and perhaps here, just to yell “Reset” and elicit a pause for better balance. And we at FPR can’t be that friend because things are a bit hostile and tense. So if someone could just do us all a favor and have a look around to see if all is well, I would be much obliged.

Mogs

  • Howard

    Well, despite the thin line of implied mental illness, one of the beauties of mysticism is everyone with the Spirit can find out for themselves!

  • mogget

    I think I’d like to politely resist the idea of mental illness in favor of simply noting that stress is debilitating no matter who you are or what you’re doing. The Kingdom does not stand or fall because of anything that goes on around here.

    Mogs

  • Kenneth C. Tropple

    Your an uneducated idiot, to indicate that Hugh Nibley was anything but a genious, and a great man. I will never subscribe to this rubbish. You prob don’t have the character to look inside but to dismiss this. Fine, that’s why your an idiot………

  • http://www.faithpromotingrumor.com Chris H.

    Hey, smart guy. You are commenting on the wrong post. Mogget didn’t even write the post on Nibley.

  • mogget

    I beg your pardon? Can point out where I have indicated my opinion of Nibley’s work?

    Incidentally, when using the second person pronoun in a contracted form, that is, to say when writing “you are,” the correct presentation includes an apostrophe. Likewise, a quick spelling check will also improve the presentation of your ideas, as will careful attention to controlling subject shifts and the proper use of an ellipsis. So something like this:

    YOU’RE an uneducated idiot, to indicate that Hugh Nibley was anything but GENIUS, and a great man. I will never subscribe to this rubbish. You PROBABLY don’t have the character to look inside but RATHER HAVE CAVALIERLY DISMISSED HIS WORK. Fine. That’s why YOU’RE an idiot.

    Mogs

  • Kris

    Great fun.

  • Matt W.

    Thanks for this

  • http://ethesis.blogspot.com/ Stephen M (Ethesis)

    Mogget ;)
    Thanks for the OP too.

  • Clark

    I think this is right Mogget. It’s quite easy to delve into apologetics and miss the forest for the trees. Unless the big picture is kept in mind (and who your audience is) you might win the arguments but lose the war. While I think FARMS did a ton of good and something like it needs to be in place it’s also true that some of the polemics turned off the very people they were designed to help. FAIR has tried to be better in this regard but it’s not really an organization to do the apologetic research but more an organization to distribute it.

    Like others I also wonder if engaging with the anti-Mormon writers by name and book is as productive as engaging with the ideas more in abstract. That is to have answers to general questions rather than particular works.

  • mogget

    Like others I also wonder if engaging with the anti-Mormon writers by name and book is as productive as engaging with the ideas more in abstract.

    I agree with your thoughts. Were I ever to participate, it would be along these lines.

    Mogs


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