Posts Tagged ‘ Jerusalem and Athens ’

Taking On the Big Questions

September 24, 2007 | 48 comments

Today’s colleges and universities have abandoned their most important task, en masse, says Anthony Kronman in his recent Boston Globe article. What are the prospects for getting back in the saddle? Read more »

O Jerusalem, Jerusalem

June 16, 2006 | 47 comments

My wife and I were in Jerusalem for a week in March. Below are some thoughts on the city, its religious heritage, and the current conflict. Read more »

Who’s accomodating whom?

November 1, 2004 | 2 comments

Greg Call links to Dave’s Mormon Inquiry on whether Church accomodation has led to slower Church growth. Read more »

Cave used by John the Baptist?

August 16, 2004 | 2 comments

Archeologists have excavated a cave some believe was used as a baptistry by John the Baptist. AP story is here. Read more »

The Old Trope that we’re the New Jews

August 13, 2004 | 11 comments

The Society for Mormon Philosophy and Theology has circulated the following announcement: On tuesday Oct. 12 at USU Menachem Fisch from the University of Tel Aviv will be speaking on “Science, Judaism and the Religious Crisis of Modernity”. Fisch has written widely on 19th century philosophy, plus the acclaimed book Rational Rabbis: Science and Talmudic Culture. Read more »

An Addendum

June 7, 2004 | 7 comments

After I wrote my earlier post, I realized I should have been more precise about something. I know that all orthodox faiths place limits on philosophical reflection. For example, an orthodox Catholic is not free to speculate about whether God is Trinity or whether abortion is actually a virtue. But I was trying to point to a substantive difference between all other Christian sects and Mormons in this regard: the Mormon limitation seem to be more primary (or radical) in that it demands that believers resist fundamental tendencies of Western thought that go all the way back to the... Read more »

Mormon Shakespeare’s and Miltons

December 11, 2003 | 23 comments

The mysterious Metaphysical Elders (not to be confused with these guys) also discuss the perennial favorite: why aren’t their more Mormon geniuses, if the gift of the Holy Ghost is really on us? See here, and here, and here. Read more »

Churches and the Erosive Intellect

December 9, 2003 | 4 comments

First Things also has an entry on the declining fortunes of the American Rabbinate. (scroll down about 7/8ths or keep reading for the relevant excerpt). The entry has some relation, though imperfect, to our own Church and our own intellectual striving. Read more »

Brother Maxwell and Professor Marsden

December 2, 2003 | 4 comments

I’ve just read a remark of Brother Maxwell’s to a group of scholars. He urged them to have a passport to Athens, and use it frequently, while keeping their citizenship solidly in Jerusalem. I take him to mean that our real lives of family, Church, and nation, or of bills, hometeaching, and taxes, are the true centers of our souls. Only in these limited confines can we forge a boundless soul. Still, I also take it that scholarship is a useful vocation or avocation for those of us who are so called. Whether we are really discovering profound truths... Read more »


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