It seems to me that there are academic issues that saints sometimes have difficulties with and that they might be helped if they had â€œanswersâ€? to those questions from LDS academics who have thought about the problems. I can imagine a student in university who hears about a particular hot topic in the academy and doesnâ€™t yet have tools for thinking about it from an LDS perspective.
Iâ€™m thinking about gathering short, well-written, readable pieces by LDS academics that discuss some of those issues, at least sometimes from more than one point of view. Some of the issues are obvious, such as evolution. It used to be something that faculty and students argued about at BYU, but that argument has pretty much disappeared. A variety of reasons explain that disappearance, but foremost among them, I think, is that more and more on both sides of the debate have learned how to talk about their views in both informed, interesting, and respectful ways. The issue is no longer much of an issue among the faculty, and I suspect that means it isnâ€™t much of an issue among students either. In contrast, same-sex attraction continues to be a difficult issue for everyone: even if we know what our position on that question is, we rarely know how to talk about it well and, so, we rarely know how to explain what we think.
What are some of the issues for which it would be useful to students and parents to have LDS reading materials?
NOTE: Some of the discussion may turn into discussions of the issues in question. Thatâ€™s fine with me assuming that the discussions remain civil, but I hope that even when that happens people will want to make suggestions about which issues can cause saints the most difficulties. That is the real topic of the thread.