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January 6, 2009 in LDS, Mormon, Spirituality, subjective | Tags: agency, anger, authority, Baptism for the dead, Christianity, coercion, contention, CS lewis, example, freedom, heaven, knowledge, pluralism, prejudice, pride, religion, truth, war | 2 comments
First Published May 21, 2008
If there is one thing that can make religion unpopular in today’s pluralistic society, It is the idea of claiming access to exclusive truth. On my mission I learned firsthand how the act of sending someone to your door is felt deeply offensive for so many people. It is one reason religion is just something you are not supposed to talk about, in the interest of keeping peace. Religion is simultaneously deeply personal and deeply divisive.
When you feel a strong spiritual bond of community, spirituality and faith, the proselyting of others is seen as an assault on everything you stand for. At the same time, helping others see what you have and sharing it also becomes important the more invested you become and the more joy you find in your faith. Calm assurance that you are “right” has been used to justify coercion, violence and even genocide against outsiders through history. This in spite of the fact that such actions are almost always roundly condemned in the holy writings of all the faiths involved. Read the rest of this entry »
July 12, 2008 in Brain, LDS, Medicine, Mental Illness, mind, Mormon, Neurology, psychiatry, psychology, Spirituality | Tags: anger, brain freeze, caregiving, Chruch, cognitive distortion, coma, comedy, committment, creativity, crying, dementia, demonization, doctoring, forgivenss, government, humor, ice cream, love, Manta Rays, marriage, mathematics, Mental Illness, migration, music, nursing, pagers, parenting, photos, physicians, revelation, scapegoating, scripture, Spirituality, state, Steve Martin, tofu, violence | 5 comments
My own recent deficiencies notwithstanding, this has been an especially powerful and abundant week for the mind, soul and body on the Internet. There is more to share than I had room for. It sometimes seems I spend more time bringing everyone else’s work than I do in my own writing, but know this- I do it especially for you, the reader. What good is wisdom and knowledge if not shared among people. So partake and enjoy the best of the Internet- Read the rest of this entry »