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The Inadequacy of Our Missionaries

April 12, 2006 | 48 comments
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With all the talk about missionaries around here lately, I have again pondered on something that concerned me both while a missionary and afterwards, teaching in the MTC and more generally as a non-full-time-missionary member of the Church. It is about the sheer inadequacy of our missionaries. Read more »

Danger Rethunk

April 5, 2006 | 23 comments
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I’ve taken down the post titled “The Real Danger?” because it was pointed out to me that its impetus was unnecessarily divisive. This was certainly not my intent and so I considered deleting my first paragraph. Without a statement of that impetus, however, the post simply became a denunciation of pornography, which someone else pointed out was something everyone agrees with and someone else said was old news. Such a denunciation has been done much more effectively in the LDS context by President Monson in the recent General Conference and by President Hinckley in the Priesthood Session of the... Read more »

The Real Danger?

April 5, 2006 | 75 comments
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“Seeing” Providential History

March 31, 2006 | 8 comments
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Should “providential history” be left to seers? Is it ever possible in a pluralistic world to persuasively ferret out meaning in the chaotic and seemingly arbitrary movement of history? Read more »

Credible Witnesses

March 25, 2006 | 21 comments
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Do historians also need to be credible witnesses in the evidentiary sense? I think they do. Read more »

Prophecy vs. History

March 24, 2006 | 32 comments
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Not too long ago, I stumbled across the PBS presentation of Jared Diamond’s book Guns, Germs, and Steel (2d ed. 1999). It reminded me of dealing with the book at college and enjoying the ideas presented and the sweeping take of world history that it offered. But while watching the presentation and contemplating the message of the book itself, I was reminded about how much Diamond’s whole analysis depends solely on inference from extremely scant historical evidence. Read more »

Market Dominant Minorities in the Book of Mormon

March 16, 2006 | 42 comments
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