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Skousen Unmasked

The author of the Religion for Mormons blog doesn’t pull any punches when sharing his views on Cleon Skousen:

I’ve been responding a bit to several other blogs centered around W Cleon Skousen’s sophomoric ramblings about the “Atonement,” and other “deep” or “advanced” folk-doctrines still being hailed as his masterworks. I’ll just summarize my response to these claims briefly:

First of all, we have his highly exaggerated FBI “experience,” which consisted almost exclusively of shuffling papers in the outback with no security access to anything of world or national importance. The fact that he was a rabid anti-Communist and J Edgar may have given him a short offhand nod according to Skousen’s camp or that at his death somebody somewhere asked him to give a speech commemorating Hoover’s service to the country, amounts to nothing. In the world of mindless, foaming anti-Communists, there are enough loons to go around that somebody connected somehow to Hoover would end up looking like, or would be made to look like they endorsed W Cleon Skousen. The fact remains that the FBI officially condemned and divorced themselves from his efforts, his ramblings, his writings, his speechmaking, and the official FBI position on Willy Skousen was that he was doing more harm than good, and actually obfuscated, confused, and inhibited the serious work of sorting out credible risks to national security. As for the recurring claims of his devotees that he was fired as chief of police by a lawless Salt Lake mayor who hated the way he enforced the law equally and fairly, and wouldn’t look the other way when the bigwigs had a game of cards–the overwhelming assessment of his stint as Top Cop in Salt Lake City was that his approach to law enforcement was a combination of Barney Fife and Joe Stalin.

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Posted by on August 11, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

His Image in your Wardrobe

Hawkgrrrl over at Wheat & Tares gave us some of her insights into the expected LDS Church Sunday form of dress:

Have ye received his image in your wardrobe?

As the military understands very well, there is little to instill unity like a uniform.  The word uniform literally means “always the same,” “consistent,” or even “identical.”  Doctrine & Covenants 38: 27 says:  “I say unto you, be one; and if ye are not one ye are not mine.”

What is our church uniform?  It’s mostly an unwritten code to define “Sunday best.”  Here are some cultural do’s and don’t’s:

Men:

  • DO wear:  white shirt, tie, dark conservative suit.
  • DON’T wear:  long hair, visible tattoos, earrings, facial hair, colored shirt, wild tie, khaki pants, anything not conservative, jeans, shorts.

Women

  • DO wear:  knee length or longer skirts, blouses, jackets, full garment coverage even if not endowed.  Some of the older church members (as well as the church office building) include pantyhose in this list.
  • DON’T wear:  flip flops, pants, anything that shows cleavage, anything above the knee or sleeveless, more than one earring per ear, visible tattoos, shorts, jeans.

Those who flaunt the unwritten Mormon dress code may be greeted with clucking tongues and wagging heads in some wards or a “meh” in others.  In any case, some people report feeling judged or even considered unworthy and rebellious for not dressing like everyone else.

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Posted by on August 9, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

A Mormon – Not a Christian

David V. Mason, an associate professor of theater at Rhodes College, and the author of “My Mormonism: A Primer for Non-Mormons and Mormons, Alike.” wrote the following explanation about why he doesn’t mind not being accepted as a mainstream Christian:

Thanks to Mitt Romney, a Broadway hit and a relentless marketing campaign by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Mormons seem to be everywhere.

This is the so-called Mormon Moment: a strange convergence of developments offering Mormons hope that the Christian nation that persecuted, banished or killed them in the 19th century will finally love them as fellow Christians.

I want to be on record about this. I’m about as genuine a Mormon as you’ll find — a templegoer with a Utah pedigree and an administrative position in a congregation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I am also emphatically not a Christian.

For the curious, the dispute can be reduced to Jesus. Mormons assert that because they believe Jesus is divine, they are Christians by default. Christians respond that because Mormons don’t believe — in accordance with the Nicene Creed promulgated in the fourth century — that Jesus is also the Father and the Holy Spirit, the Jesus that Mormons have in mind is someone else altogether. The Mormon reaction is incredulity. The Christian retort is exasperation. Rinse and repeat.

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Posted by on August 3, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

10 Ways Christians Fail?

John Shore is a Christian commentator who makes some interesting points, although I might personally take a different slant on some of them:

We Christians too often fail in these ten ways:

1) Too much money. “Wealthy Christian” should be an oxymoron. In Luke 12:33, Jesus says, “Sell your possessions and give to the poor.” In Matthew 19:21, he says, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor.” In Matthew 6:24, he says, “You cannot serve God and Money.” Christians are generally pretty huge on cleaving to the word of God. I just don’t see how those particular words could be clearer.

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Posted by on May 12, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

High Nibley eBooks

Several of Prof. Hugh Nibley’s books are now freely readable online.  If you’ve never read Nibley before I’d recommend starting with Approaching Zion, which is probably his most controversial and my personal favorite.

Listen to his famous talk – Leaders and Managers

 
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Posted by on April 1, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

The Church or the Gospel?

Mormon Matters asked the interesting question – “Do we let the Church get in the way of the Gospel?” –

Any church is like an orange: it has sweet, juicy, nourishing fruit (i.e., truths that help people live better lives); and it has a tough, bitter peel that protects the fruit and holds it together (i.e. an organizational structure, prescribed forms of worship, and claims to divine authority). Were it not for its protective institutional peel, a church’s nourishing spiritual teacThe hings would become damaged and lost; were it not for its fruitful truths, a church’s institutional peel would be hollow and purposeless.

For me, the sweet, juicy, nourishing fruit of Christianity is best exemplified by the timeless truths for daily living that we read in the Sermon on the Mount: be generous, help people because you love them, don’t be a religious “show off”, don’t get angry with people or insult them, worry about improving yourself instead of pointing out others’ faults, be a doer and not just a hearer of Christ’s word, etc. Meditating on these thoughts and truths feeds my soul. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 19, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

Ammonihah’s Arrogance

From Connor’s Conundrums some sobering thoughts:

The experience of the city Ammonihah in the Book of Mormon provides an interesting case study regarding the arrogance that patriotic pride produces. Having apostatized from the Nephite faith and embraced the teachings of Nehor, the people violently rejected a prophet of God sent to call them to repentance. In their wickedness, the citizens had apparently grown so proud of their metropolis that
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Posted by on May 30, 2009 in Uncategorized