Category Archives: Philosophy

Can “Big Tent” Mormonism Really Work?

It’s been suggested that “Big Tent” Mormonism is a good thing.  That the Church is stronger if its members have a diversity of doctrinal and political opinions.  However, recent events have brought this idea into serious question. It appears that … Continue reading

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Joseph Paul Vorst Exhibit at the LDS Church History Museum

The current exhibit at the LDS Church History Museum needs to be supported.  It presents the works of Joseph Paul Vorst (1897-1947): Vorst presented sharecroppers, black laborers and farm families as destitute and downtrodden, but also ennobled by faith and … Continue reading

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LDS Church as an Automobile, Enhancing the Analogy

In a recent podcast, John Dehlin analogized the LDS Church to a car (the below quotes are taken from wheatandtares.org): Let’s just say that the Mormon church in the 21st century is kinda like an automobile…it drives around; it gets … Continue reading

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Ammon Hennacy: Catholic Anarchist in Salt Lake City in the 1960s

By Jeremy Harmon, sltrib.com, 24 Sep 2017 Dorothy Day, easily the most prominent figure in the Catholic Worker movement, sent Ammon Hennacy to Salt Lake City to open a homeless shelter. Raised by Quaker parents in Ohio, Hennacy had become … Continue reading

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“Power to the Crackpots” Really?

I used to have the following political cartoon by Charles Barsotti prominently displayed on a wall in my home. However, with the election of Donald Trump (whom I didn’t vote for) to be PROTUS, I’m rethinking my political philosophy.  And … Continue reading

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Meditation on America’s Southern Border Fence

By Richard Misrach, NG, Sep 2017 How much good does the Mexican border fence do?  People can climb over it, tunnel under it, and–when it abruptly ends–walk around it. Functionally speaking, a border wall attempts to do two things.  One … Continue reading

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History’s Seven Worst Ideas and/or Inventions?

According to a nonscientific survey of professionals by Paul A. Offit, the worst historic ideas and/or inventions are (extracted from NG, June 2017): 4,000 BC:  the Sumerians discovered “the plant of joy,” which gave birth to a class of drugs … Continue reading

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