In the back and forth between the more progressive and the somewhat conservative blogs and voices in the online Mormon blog universe (aka bloggernacle), one common complaint is that the conservatives accuse the progressives of apostasy (not following the prophets, ignoring the scriptures, mingling the gospel with false philosophies) and the progressives accuse the conservatives of bigotry (racism, misogyny, sexiism, homophobia).
This is true. In my own limited, subjective experience, the accusations of apostasy tend to be implied whereas the accusations of bigotry are more explicit – and accusations of apostasy tend to be more general (“Failing to support the Proclamation on the Family is apostasy”), whereas accusations of bigotry call people out by name (“John Doe is a racist for failing to support immigration reform”), but I could be wrong in my impressions here, and my argument doesn’t hang on these observations.
However, I don’t think accusations of bigotry and apostasy are equal opposites. In fact, I think the accusations of bigotry are objectively worse because they can destroy lives, whereas accusations of apostasy are at best (outside of certain rarefied instances) annoyances.
Sometimes it’s depressing how we just divide up into tribes and assume the worst sort of faith on “the other side” and only the best of faith on “our side.”
“The children of God have more in common then they have differences.”
― Henry B. Eyring
Too bad so few of us actually believe this. Continue reading
Title: Class and Race in the Frontier Army: Military Life in the West, 1870 – 1890
Author: Kevin Adams
Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
Genre: History Continue reading
Title: Death and the Afterlife
Author: Samuel Scheffler
Editor: Niko Kolodny
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Year Published: 2013
Number of Pages: 224
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
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