About Ivan W.

Ivan Wolfe teaches rhetoric at Arizona State University. He has a PhD in English from the University of Texas - Austin, and a BA and MA in English (with minors in Classical Greek, Music, and Philosophy) from BYU. He has several credits on various Christmas albums aimed at the LDS market, several essays in Open Court's Popular Culture and Philosophy series, and various book reviews in academic and popular venues. He also competes in Scottish Highland Games and mud run/obstacle course races, and he can deadlit over double his bodyweight (his last PR was just shy of 500 pounds). He is currently married to Lisa Renee Wolfe. He has five kids and four stepkids.

Book Review: Death and the Afterlife, Samuel Scheffler et al.

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Title: Death and the Afterlifezzzz
Author: Samuel Scheffler
Editor: Niko Kolodny
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Genre: Philosophy
Year Published: 2013
Number of Pages: 224
Binding: Hardcover
ISBN10: 0199982503
ISBN13: 978-0199982509
Price: $29.95

Reviewed by Ivan Wolfe for the Association for Mormon Letters

A book like this really requires a lengthy, long form book review, preferably at least as long as the shortest essay in the book (12 pages). Given the constraints of the review process at AML, and leaning on my minor in philosophy in college, I trust that I can let interested readers know if they would enjoy reading this book. Continue reading

Conservative/Liberal Mormons

I might as well add my voice to the chorus of self-congratulatory and/or other-condemning posts out there on the topic (I won’t link to them, though.  Well, I’ll link to this one, which is the only good one I’ve seen so far).

Orson Scott Card in his wonderful “Saintspeak” (which predates snarker sites by decades, and did it better than any of them – if any of them are still active) pretty much already came up with the definitive definitions: Continue reading

A Voice from the Past: Celestial Competition?

This news story reminded me of an old post, so I decided to “resurrect” the old post for current consumption:

Celestial Competition:

This story seems to be making the rounds on the net (again – it first surfaced a few months ago, though I somehow missed it then).

The football committee of the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference, which governs high school sports, is adopting a “score management” policy that will suspend coaches whose teams win by more than 50 points.

This reminded me of two experiences in High School (one of which was a major life lesson to me), and got me thinking about the uses and abuses of competition. Continue reading

“Not Even Once”?

Peggy Fletcher Stack, has an article here about the “Not Even Once” controversy.

I’m not going to comment on the article as a whole (though it’s interesting that in the last few year, Ms. Stack seems to be using the more liberal wing of the bloggernacle for unpaid R&D). I do want to comment on one theologically ignorant statement:

Mormons “give constant lip service to Christ’s atonement, but our highest aspiration is never to come within a hundred feet of it,” Jones writes. “If only we can prevent people from performing wrong actions, we think, they can return safely to heaven, untouched by the world and I would add, untouched by Christ’s grace.”

This is wrong on many, many levels – but I’ll focus on just one.
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