Category Archives: Foundations

This category includes posts which set a framework for this blog. New readers can familiarize themselves with this blog’s purpose, and learn what to expect from further posts.

Objection!

Sticks and Stones

I hate the word “controversy.”

It’s not that people use it incorrectly, unlike, for instance, the word “literally” (no need to break out Princess Bride memes).

Rather, I hate the word “controversy” because of the way people use it to manipulate a conversation. To say “controversy” suggests something sinister and appalling – it’s in the connotation (just like with the connotation of the word “cult,” which I also discuss on this blog). Don’t get me wrong – controversy absolutely, legitimately exists – but too often the word “controversy” is used to color a conversation and predispose us to a certain point of view.

It works, too. Be on the wrong side of a controversy, and folks are ready to literally burn you at the stake. Continue reading Objection!

Revelation, through Prophets

Not Based on the Bible

Ross Baron, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, set up what he called Community Firesides in his community of southern California. Their purpose was to respond to anti-Mormon activities in the area. His firesides were so successful that he has boiled his method down to ten principles others can use to be successful.

He made a very important point in one of these firesides, a point that has great pertinence to the posts on this blog. There is a premise, he says, that members of the Church often accept incorrectly. He continues, Continue reading Revelation, through Prophets

Simple Questions, Complex Answers?

There is seemingly no shortage to questions about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Some of my posts, particularly those in the “Apologetics” category, will represent my attempt to answer various questions about the Church and its’ doctrine or positions.

I have learned that, in regards to these questions, there is always a simple answer. I’ve also learned that the simple answer is almost always wrong. Continue reading Simple Questions, Complex Answers?