Posts Tagged ‘ LDS ’

LDS Perspectives on the Law: Part I

November 23, 2004 | 17 comments

In response to Gordon’s post below, I am going to sketch out some of my thoughts on how one might bring Mormonism and legal thought together. The first step, I think, is to become aware of the attempts that have already been made to do so. Read more »

Utah Mormon Socializing

November 22, 2004 | 31 comments

I thought I’d put up a slightly different kind of post and get at a pet peeve of mine from back in the days when I was single. (i.e. only a year and a half ago) The big question is, outside of Church, where does a single Mormon go to socialize? The problem is, of course, that Church culture orients our socializing around Church activities. But if you are cursed to be in a ward where you “don’t enjoy the company” or they don’t have good activities, where do you go? Further, Church activities are primarily focused around a... Read more »

“Ministers of Justice”

November 22, 2004 | 37 comments

Today’s NYT features a story on law schools that promote a religious perspective on law. Not surprisingly, BYU isn’t mentioned. Read more »

Holocaust as Metaphor

November 20, 2004 | 60 comments

I know it’s the weekend and blog activity drops way down on weekends. However I thought some might find this discussion interesting. I’ve been blogging about it on my website the past few days, but have primarily been focusing on abstract phenomenological and semiotic aspects of the problem. The basic issue gets back to the whole Sheri Dew Nazi reference. Over on LDS-Phil we had this (to me) extremely interesting discussion of why her comments were inappropriate. Quite a few people I really respect strongly suggested that to use the holocaust as a metaphor diminishes and denigrates the holocaust. Read more »

Our Times, Your Seasons

November 19, 2004 | 33 comments

A retrospective, an announcement (or two), and a thank you. Read more »

Very Serious Reflections on the occasion of our first anniversary.

November 19, 2004 | 19 comments

Times and Seasons has turned the searching glare of its inquiry onto itself. We don’t know exactly the question that was asked, but whether the answers are self-parody or just self-indulgence is up to you. Enjoy. Read more »

Essential Net Resources

November 16, 2004 | 28 comments

First thanks to everyone for actually allowing me to write on topics unrelated to my blog. Hopefully I can live up to some of the excellent guest bloggers from over the past year. (Damon Linker was among my favorites.) One thing I’ve noticed of late is that my favorite series on Times and Seasons has been neglected. I speak, of course, of the essential texts series that was so enjoyable in the early days of this blog. Beyond encouraging those who’ve not read through those lists to do so (and add their own comments) let me suggest another useful... Read more »

Thank you Ryan Bell, Welcome Clark Goble

November 16, 2004 | 7 comments

It’s again time to rotate our guest bloggers. We offer many thanks to Ryan Bell for his thoughtful posts. Given that I graduated in the bottom 10% of my high school class, his provocatively titled post questioning the value of a good education was especially welcome. We are pleased to announce that Clark Goble, Times & Seasons’ most prolific commenter, has agreed to write with us. Clark has been a staple on intellectual forums discussing Mormonism and philosophy for many years, being a prominent voice on the LDS-Philosophy and LDS-Law email lists, and then starting his own philosophy-intensive blog,... Read more »

Remembering the Blog

November 16, 2004 | 7 comments

Blogs have archives but no memory. Perhaps our Very Special Anniversary Announcement will be special enough to change even that. I’m not taking any chances. I’ve decided to revive a few old posts from the first half of the blog. I’ve enjoyed doing it. “Time,” as James Lileks says, “is nothing more than a lick of paint over the hinges. Push hard enough. They still swing open.” Read more »

On Our Ambiguous Origins

November 15, 2004 | 220 comments

One of the more interesting aspects of Mormon theology is the basic ambiguity that it sets up about our ultimate origins. Read more »

The Incredibles, a good flick

November 15, 2004 | 30 comments

Things have been a little heavy around here lately . . . But not too heavy for MISTER . . . INCREDIBLE . . . to lift! Er, yes. Read more »

Notes on the Proclamation

November 15, 2004 | 58 comments

In the fall of 1995 I enrolled in a critical theories seminar; first out of the block was feminism. One afternoon in September, I sat at a carrel in the old reading room on the south side of the HBLL and wrote on the inside cover of my reader a personal manifesto of sorts: “Why I don’t believe in gender essentialism.â€? Less than a week later, I sat in the Marriott Center watching the Women’s Broadcast on the big screen, and heard President Hinckley say, “Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal and eternal identity and purpose.â€? Read more »


November 14, 2004 | 80 comments

In Book X of Confessions (chapter 39), Augustine writes about various ways of being proud. Read more »

Against an LDS Theology of Conscience

November 12, 2004 | 24 comments

I’ve never seen the Disney version of “Pinocchio,â€? but I’ve absorbed by cultural osmosis the image of Jiminy Cricket cheerfully chirping, “Always let your conscience be your guide.â€? Our banal present-day version of conscience—and our uncritical acceptance of the concept as a stable psycho-spiritual category–belies the treacherous history of the idea. Read more »

What’s So Great About a Good Education? (A Rant)

November 10, 2004 | 58 comments

I can’t claim to have an explicit link to LDS life with this post, but I think it’s topical nonetheless. There have been several discussions on this site about education– the various pros and cons of homeschooling, pre-schooling, small private colleges, etc. So here’s my little contribution: Why does it matter? Read more »

Dinner Theater, or Do We Consume Media?

November 8, 2004 | 89 comments

It was late spring in London, and just as the weather outside started warming up, things inside started heating up, too. Read more »

Are We Really a Peculiar People, or are we Just a Bunch of Odd Ducks?

November 8, 2004 | 35 comments

We LDS like to refer to ourselves as a peculiar people. Read more »

Can a Good Mormon be a Meritocrat?

November 4, 2004 | 41 comments

I’m not a big fan of much of David Brooks’s writings, as he is often too Manichean to be useful (here’s a good parody). But in the opening pages of Bobos in Paradise, Brooks does a nice job of describing the shift in American culture from a class structure based on lineage or money to one based on education and achievement. Read more »

The State of the Marriage Movement, post-election

November 4, 2004 | 110 comments

What next for supporters of traditional marriage? Read more »

Religion as Secular Epistemology

November 3, 2004 | 30 comments

Well, we have ourselves a new president. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. A week or two ago, Brandy Siegfried mentioned Ron Suskind’s article “Faith, Certainty, and the Presidency.” I didn’t read the article, but I heard Suskind talk about it on NPR, and found it very interesting. Read more »

Moderation In Most Things

November 2, 2004 | 19 comments

Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. (Phillipians 4:5) We have often heard the saying “moderation in all things.” But the words moderate, moderation and moderately only appear sparingly in the scriptures and the phrase “moderation in all things” does not appear at all. Then again, on second glance, this may simply be an interpretive or editorial choice. The King James Version prefers the words tempered, temperate and temperance and the Book of Mormon follows the KJV’s example. Thus we see the phrase “temperate in all things” more than once scripturally (1 Corinthians... Read more »

Sunday School Lesson 43

November 2, 2004 | 2 comments

Lesson 43: Mormon 1-6, Moroni 9 Since I’m putting these together between conferences all over North America, the last lesson and this are not as complete as I would like. My apologies. Read more »

Spirit, Body, Brain

November 1, 2004 | 38 comments

Thank you, Adam, for the intro, and T&S for the guest-spot. It’s a sacrifice for my other little blog, but I can really use the extra income. Today i’m thinking about my job and what it’s doing to me. I work on the tenth floor of a not very big building in downtown Salt Lake. My office is small but comfortable, and in the back corner of the building, where no one ever wanders by. Read more »

Welcome, Ryan Bell.

November 1, 2004 | 7 comments

If a demographer drew a line around the Salt Lake City area and then filtered out all but the LDS attorneys with a beautiful wife and two kids, he’d still have quite a crowd. Read more »


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