Church Education as Consequentialism

For a long time I've felt a disconnect between the concept of "education" employed by programs such as the Church Educational System, and "education" in the context school learning (be it post-high or not). I think I recently have been able to put more of a finger on why I've felt this way. Before going further I should probably admit that this may reflect more of my own attitudes and experience with "education" both within and without the church, than an "objective" description of the … [Read more...]

Exchanging Orthodoxy for Orthopraxy

I tend to make few comments during lessons in Sunday School or Priesthood, even when something is said that I deeply disagree with. I don't want to be labeled as one who "stirs the pot" or the "ward liberal", so for the sake of maintaining harmonious relationships in the ward I usually keep my thoughts to one-on-one interactions I have with closer friends in the ward. When asked to comment (or to speak in Sacrament), I try to do it in a way that facilitates conversation without sparking … [Read more...]

Welcome Jondh and Yellow Dart

We'd like to welcome two guest bloggers: Jondh from SundayPage and Yellow Dart from LDS Kai Ta Biblia. (For more on them see their "about" pages.) Both are young scholars planning on going to grad school in Biblical or Ancient Near Eastern Studies. Let's welcome them to FPR! … [Read more...]

What’s Missing From the Three-Fold Mission?

I don't really know much about the history of the Three-Fold Mission of the Church: To Perfect the Saints, Proclaim the Gospel, and Redeem the Dead (Perhaps someone can refer something to read) I do know, however, that the Three-Fold Mission has been a central component of my church experience as long as I can remember. It seems, in most regards, that the Three-Fold Mission is meant to express the purpose of the Church (a "mission statement" for our religious organization). If I were to … [Read more...]

Interpretation and Revelation

I've been thinking lately about the question of revelation; not necessarily in a definitional sense (in terms of this post we can talk about revelation as knowledge revealed from God to his prophet(s)), but in a material sense--is revelation an idea interpreted into a particular language, recorded on paper, edited, and reproduced for others to read? Or is the reproduction the revelation itself? (And if so, then how materially should we take it--is the reproduced paper and ink sacred? Or if we … [Read more...]

Mormonism: A Very Short Introduction

In March Mormonism: A Very Short Introduction will be published as a part of Oxford's A Very Short Introduction series. For those unfamiliar with the series, Oxford has put out over 300 titles written by "experts" in particular fields (the volume on Kant by Roger Scruton from the University of London, for instance is a fantastically accessible introduction). They are brief (around 100 pages 4x6 inches), and meant for the non-specialist. Richard Bushman is the author of the volume on Mormonism. … [Read more...]

A Course on Mormonism at Harvard

For the first time in the history of the Harvard Divinity School (as far as I can tell), a course on Mormonism ("Mormonism and the American Experience" taught by Melissa Proctor) will be offered. … [Read more...]

The Immaculate Reception… BYU Style

Leave it to a BYU student to invoke the name of the Lord in BYU's win last weekend over the U. Austin Collie, who caught a 49-yard pass on 4th and 18 to keep the drive alive (which eventually put BYU ahead for good), had this to say in a post-game interview: "Obviously, when you're doing what's right on and off the field, I think the Lord steps in a plays a part." His comment, of course, has generated quite bit of controversy. My gut reaction is to dismiss the statement as youthful … [Read more...]


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