When I lived in New Mexico, I knew many Mormons who were high level scientists at White Sands, Sandia National Labs, Los Alamos, etc. As my husband would say , they were "full on propeller heads" - not superficial people.
"A Shallow faith for superficial people." Sounds to me like a pretty god description of fundamentalist Protestantism.
2 Cor 10:12, 17 "For we do not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise. But he that glorieth, let his glory be in the Lord." There is no question these things you share are true. The question is: what does it matter? All that matters eternally is that we recognize from whence cometh our blessings of learning, and Spirit, and of wisdom and that we share, WITH LOVE What is the Source of our capacity to and our focus as it pertains to gaining perfect, and unconditional love, Christlike love, that which the Greeks called Agape'? This is our first service, and our last devotion... our first society and our only value: That we become members of His Kingdom, through love and reaching out to increase love in our world, does anything else REALLY matter? Well written article.. very well done... But my great search as time is falling from me, and as I ponder the eternal, a path I shall soon join with my ancestors, my great search is for an increase of THIS GREAT LOVE. Does anything else really matter? And if it does not increase love within our hearts, our relationships, and our world, of what value is it? Again- well written, but perhaps too much comparing and coming short of that which is truly of value - in the big picture. And when Jesus was asked what is the greatest commandment.....? His answer was...? It is this one thing that encompasses all that matters. The rest takes care of itself and thus attention to it is moot and is vanity.. That which matters is not so much religion (and too often it's followers inherent comparisons), but it is relationship that gives value to all things
I don't much like the St. Thomas Aquinas argument. It gives the false impression that traditional Christianity didn't have much to offer intellectually for over 1000 years when this is clearly mistaken. Lets be fair to our Christian brothers and sisters and admit that they had fantastic theologians and philosophers within the first three centuries.
Heard long ago: Science vs. Religion: Science puts everything into one of five categories: Time, Force, Action, Space and Matter. Look at the first sentence in the Holy Bible: In the beginning (Time) God (Force) created (Action) the heaven (Space) and the earth (Matter). As you can see, science and religion are quite compatible. Science just needs to catch up to where religion has always been.
@ Will Enoch: Do the math, Will. It's absolutely impossible that Mormons will more likely go to Mormon schools. With 15M members, about 700,000 are of college age. The three BYU schools together have less than 50,000 enrolled. Sorry to splash cold water on your knee-jerk anti-Mormon stereotypes.
I enjoyed your article Mr. Peterson.
Great rebuttal to Cahill's slur. Keep it coming, Dan.
Excellent (as usual). Thank you.
Mormonism is a study religion where you learn the truth. I've been privy to many conversations with "educated intellectuals" who have a lot of non-essential knowledge that does not serve to strengthen them intellectually because they are not coming from a standard of truth. I'm not that smart but I've enjoyed winning most debates with these pseudos. It's a piece of cake.
I'm the sort of nerd who read the Quran and Plato and Homer at the age of 12 'for fun.' When I left on my mission I was a perfect example of "because they are learned they think they are wise." Thankfully I learned from a brother who couldn't read that all my pretensions of superiority were not just ridiculous but anti-Christian. We can't achieve heaven by intellectual greatness, and the trap of intellectual arrogance is a deep tar pit that looks like a jacuzzi. Simplicity is actually the most difficult concept for an intellectual to learn, because it lets the air out of a swollen head, and it's nice to hang out near the ceiling looking down on everybody else. Yet a helium ballon, on its own, can never escape from a house, because the door is lower than the ceiling; you have to be pulled down to escape and reach the real heights. If you won't humble yourself, God will have to do it instead, and that is NO FUN. Believe me I know from personal experience.
No one says these things better than Dan Peterson!
Where Jehovah's Witnesses do agree in higher education is that both strive to keep members controlled with their own teachings. It's more likely that Mormons will go to Mormon schools.
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