“No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.” So wrote John Donne. This is true for all of us.
Donne’s point is that we’re interdependent, not autonomous. In everything from its emphasis on the crucial need for service to the sealing requirements for exaltation, the gospel agrees with this philosophy of connectivity.
I was reminded of Donne by reading Alison Moore Smith’s, “A Mormon Mother of Daughters Talks to a YSA Bishop About Intimacy ,” a response to a Meridian piece about modesty for women.
Smith writes[i] that men need to do a better job of not objectifying women[ii]. Fair enough. However, there are numerous flaws in her essay. The greatest error isn’t in anything she writes, though. It’s in what she doesn’t write.
She’s correct in her assertion that men have a duty not to lust after women. But nowhere does she note any reciprocal duty of women towards men.
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Posted in Religion | Tagged feminism, gender, gender roles, John Donne, Latter-Day Saints, modesty, women |
I think this is one of the best Book of Mormon videos on YouTube–certainly, it gives the most information in the shortest time, and with great visual aids. Yes, this is a greatly improved version of a video I did in June. Please enjoy and share!
Posted in Religion | Tagged apologetics, Book of Mormon, chiasmus, Egyptian, evidence, Hebrew, Jershon, Nahom, Samabaj |
Whenever I get an error message that says something like, “The object you are looking for doesn’t exist,” I’m suddenly filled with existential dread.
Posted in Humor | Tagged computers |
One of my favorite R&B songs, from the early 90′s (of course). Does anybody write stuff like this anymore?
Posted in Arts | Tagged Maxi Priest, music, R&B, Roberta Flack, Set the Night to Music |
Some liberals are calling conservatives petty for focusing on the massive failure of the healthcare.gov website rollout. They say that these kinds of kinks are normal and will be worked out soon.
That’s just delusional denial. The catastrophic malfunction of the first aspect of this law is a harbinger, not an outlier.
Can anyone imagine a history book a hundred years from now saying, “There were some minor glitches in the website at first, but those quickly got fixed, and then everything was fine with Obamacare forever. Everything else always worked perfectly.”?
Posted in Politics and Society | Tagged healthcare.gov, liberal, ObamaCare, universal health care |
Three things I’ve recently come across that are worthwhile in expanding our understanding of the gospel:
1. Nathan Richardson’s “structured editions” of the scriptures. The Book of Mormon draft needs work, but it’s a great start. The Pearl of Great Price format is excellent. The other resources on his site are worth checking out, too.
2. Steven Reed’s “Through the Veil,” a list of scripture quotes designed to illuminate the temple experience. Very thoughtfully done, but plenty more citations could be added (where’s Deuteronomy 22:12?) Like Richardson’s, his site has tons of useful goodies on it, including my 15-verse summary of the Book of Mormon.
3. Interpreter’s “Temple On Mount Zion Conference.” I can’t believe this is a year old and I’m only now watching these talks. They’re amazing. The ones on Job, the ark, and Latter-day houses of the Lord are especially recommended.
Posted in Religion | Tagged Interpreter, scripture study, temple |