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Superman and the Failure of American Institutions: An Insight into Changing Public AttitudesNovember 22, 2013 · 0 Comments
By Max Hunsaker Film audiences first met General Zod, a supervillain and one of Superman’s greatest enemies, in the 1980 movie Superman II. Zod’s objective was to take control of Earth, and he attempts to do so by first asserting authority over the president of the United States. After easily overwhelming military
Tradition on Trial: Legislative Prayer and Town of Greece v. GallowayOctober 21, 2013 · 0 Comments
By Patrick M. Chambers The US Supreme Court is scheduled to hear a case Nov. 6 that could change the long-standing tradition of prayers to open public legislative sessions. The case of Town of Greece v. Galloway, most recently decided in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals (2012), held that the town of Greece,
One-Sided Openness to RevelationOctober 16, 2013 · 0 Comments
JAC President Ralph Hancock writes at First Things: “Our openness to prophetic authority has the effect of rendering present authoritative statements provisional. We bracket everything that we hear in General Conference, because, well, we’re so committed to prophetic revelation that, hey, it could change tomorrow. “Eternal Truth,” for those devoutly committed to the distinctive LDS principle
Learning to Surrender Control: Consecration, Trust and Caring for the PoorAugust 21, 2013 · 0 Comments
The following is a talk given at an LDS Church in Provo, Utah. By Marie Balzotti Today we’ve been asked to talk on the blessings of tithes and offerings. This topic actually allows for quite a wide range of interpretation because there are so many beneficiaries on both sides of tithes and offerings. While the
Ralph Hancock Responds to Jason Kerr’s Criticisms of FAIR AddressAugust 16, 2013 · 0 Comments
Jason Kerr has offered a thoughtful critique to JAC President Ralph Hancock’s FAIR address here at Historicisms.com. Read Hancock’s response below Kerr’s post. You can read Hancock’s original speech at FAIR here.
Let Them [Never] Eat Cake: Mayor Bloomberg’s Soda Ban and the Hydra of American HealthAugust 16, 2013 · 1 Comments
By Guy F. Burnett In Plato’s Republic, the philosopher Socrates discusses the importance of education in inculcating the virtue of moderation in a regime Considering the necessity of moderation in all things, he notes that there will always be people acting without moderation in politics — especially when legislators in democracies make new laws. With
The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful: Marion Bartoli and the growing discussion of female beauty in popular mediaAugust 15, 2013 · 3 Comments
By Anna Daines Rennaker Since she could first form sentences, my young niece rehearsed a mantra every time someone complimented her beauty. “Thank you,” she would demur politely, “but it’s more important to be good and smart and kind.” Granted, as a three year old, this same girl donned sumptuous ringlets and ballet costumes
Religious, But Not SpiritualAugust 14, 2013 · 3 Comments
By Ian Sundwall-Byers At the recent 2013 FAIR Conference, Rosalynde Welch spoke regarding what she called “Disenchanted Mormonism.” This does not refer to disappointment or loss of faith, but rather the academic approach in which a religion’s impact in the material world is explored while its spiritual components are ignored or dismissed (hence the term