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February 21, 2024

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Jane NelsonFebruary 23, 2014

"Even our beliefs in individual rights and in progress derive from a sense of the sacredness of the individual that is patently derived from Christian belief, even when we have forgotten its source." What an excellent point. Thanks you for clarifying our responsibility to maintain a commitment to truth as we attempt to join the academic conversation.

JohnFebruary 21, 2014

Excellent presentation and thoughts. Thank you!

John C. HancockFebruary 21, 2014

Excellent work. This is the clearest reasoning on reason, as well as faith, that I have read in a long time.

Voin CampbellFebruary 21, 2014

The American Revolution was, at it's core, about foreign oppression of fundamental individual freedoms of "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" (control of personal property). It took a bloody war to secure those rights. Well, the oppressors are back, this time in the form of an anti-christian, anti-libertarian UN agenda, disguised as a protection of individual rights. America now needs fundamental preservation and restoration, not "fundamental transformation" to... now we know that to be "socialist progressive speak" for absolute suppression of individual religion and "the free exercise thereof" at the hands of godless, ant-Jewish, anti-Christian tyrants.

RexFebruary 21, 2014

Excellent Article; Discovering truth can, at times, be a complicated process. Sometimes people are swayed by what sounds like a good argument, simply because of the way it is expressed. President Ezra Taft Benson, wrote; "Every man eventually is backed up to the wall of faith, and there he must make his stand."

David DurfeeFebruary 21, 2014

I agree that we sometimes ignore reason when we feel self-satisfied that revelation suffices. My concern is that we even pick and choose a bit when it comes to revelation. For instance, the scriptures tell us that a great "war" was waged in the pre-existence over the principle of free agency. Our Father lost a third part of his spirit children as the cost of establishing this principle. A third! Could there be any more important principle in all of creation than one for which our Father had to pay a price of forever losing a third part of His spirit children? In all fairness, He did not lose those spirits in establishing the principle of one man-one woman marriage. He did not lose them in establishing the principle of raising our children in wholesome environments. He lost, in the most utterly tragic and terrible manner possible, to Satan, a third part of His spirit children as the price of establishing the principle and importance of free agency. So, why is it that Mormons so quickly shrug that off as they discuss these issues? As important as one man -one woman marriage is to us (ok, well, assuming we ignore the fact that it was of no importance whatsoever to us 150 years ago, of course), and as important as the healthy rearing of children is and should be to us and everyone else, why have Mormons chosen to simply ignore the more profound and scripturally pre-eminent importance of free agency??? When we argue that the historical basis of one man - one woman marriage and/or the best interests of children should override the freedom of choice of same gender couples to be married, we are in my view choosing ONLY reason and wholely ignoring revealed truths. I don't get it. I don't get it for a second.

Francine WyattFebruary 21, 2014

Great points to ponder. Grateful for revelation!

Robert BreadyFebruary 21, 2014

As the cover is to the book, so is rhetoric to substance. There is too much shallow summarizng rhetoric on the subject of social construction and how we can best maintain its safety and benefits for the most. This is substance.



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