How Did Mitt Romney’s Mormon Mission Affect Him?

Mitt Romney, far left, on his Mormon mission in France (Mike Post/Reuters)

A lot, according to this story from Reuters:

To understand why Mitt Romney persists in the face of rejection, opposition and indifference from his own party, look no further than the two and a half years he spent in France, getting up at 6:30 a.m. every day to venture forth and have doors slammed in his face for 10 hours.

The fresh-faced Latter-Day Saints who came to France in the late 1960s to preach the message of Jesus Christ — of whom Republican presidential candidate Romney is the best known — discovered a secular and skeptical populace, and few willing converts.

On bad days, the young Americans were greeted with guns, or barking dogs chased at their heels. Romney has said his mission, which took him through Le Havre, Paris and Bordeaux, was testing.

But it was precisely this challenge that helped cement Romney’s tenacity and his faith, say current and former missionaries.

via Special Report: Mitt Romney’s French education – politics – Decision 2012 –

A Former Fuller Professor Becomes a Lightning Rod in the Presidential Race

I didn’t know much about evangelicalism when I matriculated at Fuller Seminary in 1990.  I went there because a close family friend was a professor, and because I’d just spent four years on the East Coast — I thought some California sun would be nice.  I completely enjoyed my time there, and I was intellectually challenged by the likes of Nancey Murphy, Jim McClendon, and Miroslav Volf.

So it came as a surprise to me when, sitting in the office of Geoffrey Wainwright of Duke, I was told that my Fuller degree would cripple my application to the Duke Ph.D. program.  Indeed, in the Spring of 1994, I was rejected at Duke, Yale, Emory, and the University of Chicago.  Of course, I have no idea what role my Fuller pedigree played in those rejection.

C. Peter Wagner

But if Fuller was looked down on in the academy, it may have been thanks to C. Peter Wagner.

Wagner was a professor at Fuller when I was a student there.  I never took a class from him, as I am highly dubious of his brand of Christianity, but many of my peers did.  Wagner’s classes were rife with healings (usually leg-lengthenings) and maps showing the “territorial demons” that had carved up Los Angeles County for their dominions.  He played audio tapes in his class that he had recorded during exorcisms.

Fuller was smart to part ways with Wagner in 2001, when he retired after 30 year there.  And, in my experience, an M.Div. from Fuller nowadays is seen as academically on par with the top seminaries and divinity schools.

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Biggest Problems: Money in Politics

Part of a series on the Five Biggest Problems Facing America:


5. Unnecessary wars

4. Inequalities in public education

3. Corporate tax loopholes (Tuesday)

2. Medicare (Wednesday)

1. Money in politics

Conclusion (Friday)

Quite simply, I think that money in politics is the single biggest problem in our society.  It has corrupted the system upon which liberal democracy is based almost completely.  And it is ultimately responsible for all of the other problems I’ve highlighted.

As the video above shows, the recent SCOTUS ruling that corporations are individuals truly exacerbates this issue, not to mention offending the commonsense sensibilities of just about everyone in our republic.

Honestly, I’m just so flummoxed with how the wealthy and corporations can buy politicians’ favor, that I don’t know anything we can do about it.  It may just be the reason that our republic falls.

I wish I could conjure up something pithy to write, or even propose a solution. But the thoroughgoing way that our system has been co-opted by money is utterly depressing to me. It leaves me speechless.

More Proof that Corporations Are Not Persons

via: Down to Earth

HT: (Texas citizen) Bob Carlton