On the Proper Role of Government

Nationalism, or patriotism, is the hallmark of how individual citizens show their support for the Government. This is extended when we see how those in position of authority utilize wisdom and discernment in securing public interest. This includes maintaining the freedom of one's conscience and the expression of one's conscience. What this brings up is the nature of whether Government's role is to implement rights to the individual. Today, we see turmoil over the misuse and abuse of Government influence in who has the right and who does not possess the right.

Are You Engaged in a Spirit of Contention or Mindful Apologetics?

Many times, in the course of online discussions, it may become natural to forget the other person is an individual. Specifically when we are engaged in online discussions. By being mindful of the other person - we are being understanding of their own uniqueness, fears, hopes, particular problems they are bringing to us concerning some of the teachings and doctrines. Through our example of mindfulness, we hope to build trust in order to enrich and deepen the conversation to a more personal level of discussion.

The Christian Ethical dilemma and obligation in how to alleviate American Poverty

In the previous essay, Christianity and the presenting problem of poverty in America today, we explored the question as to who is considered poor and impoverish; as well as, what lead to their state of poverty.  The summation of this essay provides insight in two things: Poverty is defined by an individual (or family) lacking … Continue reading The Christian Ethical dilemma and obligation in how to alleviate American Poverty

Christianity and the presenting problem of poverty in America today

According to report by the US Census Bureau, released in 2012, the official figures of American's experiencing poverty is about 46.2 million; or, about 15% of the US Population. Moore reflects how poverty threshold increases since the government started tracking poverty records, beginning in 1969. Furthermore, Moore reflects how the increase in America's poverty may be attributed to the ripple effects from the Great Recession. Quoting Professor Mark Rank of Washington University in St. Louis, the reason for increase in poverty is not due to individuals working less, or are not working harder, it is because there appears to be a lack in decent paying jobs.

Do businesses have a right to deny services to homosexuals based on religious conviction?

According to Komo News 4 and the Seattle PI, several Republican Lawmakers are introducing a measure to exclude business owners from Anti-Discriminatory lawsuits where their religious beliefs would be protected in denying services or goods to those who identify as homosexuals. This measure is Senate Bill 5927. It is being sponsored by 12 of the … Continue reading Do businesses have a right to deny services to homosexuals based on religious conviction?

The Lord would not suffer them to take happiness in sin

The tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut sparked more politicizing debates on whether or not we should have greater gun control. Here, at Mormon Apologia, our hearts are with those friends and family who have lost a loved one. We pray for the strength and grace that they need to mourn and grieve the loss of those … Continue reading The Lord would not suffer them to take happiness in sin

Baptist Press – Mormonism’s cultural rise likely to continue – News with a Christian Perspective

According to Aaron Earls article, found here Baptist Press - Mormonism's cultural rise likely to continue - News with a Christian Perspective, one cannot escape the flawed statements made. At first, one reads and finds some congruence with what Earls is saying, and the informational statements made by Tal Davis and Ant Greenham, about Mitt Romney … Continue reading Baptist Press – Mormonism’s cultural rise likely to continue – News with a Christian Perspective

Inerrancy: I think someone forgot to tell the Bible

Starting to love some of the material on various blogs over at Patheos - especially when they deal with Religion, Religious philosophy, the Bible, and Religious History. This particular gem comes from Peter Enns via Inerrancy: I think someone forgot to tell the Bible. Enns discusses the danger's of holding to the false idealism of Biblical inerrancy. As … Continue reading Inerrancy: I think someone forgot to tell the Bible

Every Evangelical/Mormon Argument Goes Something Like This . . .

David French, over at Patheos via Every Evangelical/Mormon Argument Goes Something Like This . . .., writes a very interesting article about the commonalities of Evangelical and Mormon discussions. Specifically, how such discussions turn into a kind of "Well my intellectual reasoning is better than your intellectual reasoning" schoolyard commentary. He brings up the following six points … Continue reading Every Evangelical/Mormon Argument Goes Something Like This . . .

Avoid wrestling with pigs

George Bernard Shaw adequately stated the following: I learned long ago, never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it. As we engage in the conversations about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we are going to come across individuals with a pernicious tenacity to engage us … Continue reading Avoid wrestling with pigs

Yellow Journalism and modern Anti-Mormon Rhetoric

  Yellow Journalism is a term used to define the type of journalism that relies on sensationalism and lurid exaggeration to attract readers[1]. The Online Etymology dictionary provides additional information as to what yellow journalism refers to: “Sensational chauvinism in the media,” 1898, Amer. Eng. From newspaper agitation for war with Spain; originally “publicity stunt use of colored ink” (1895) in ref. to the popular … Continue reading Yellow Journalism and modern Anti-Mormon Rhetoric

Mormon Theological Ethics – Obedience to Authority | Worlds Without End

Seth Payne has just published an interesting article via Mormon Theological Ethics – Obedience to Authority | Worlds Without End. In this article, and subsequent forthcoming articles, Payne is focusing on the understanding of Mormon Theological ethics and how it plays in the lives of Latter-day Saints. Ethics, in general, is an interesting area of study. Unlike … Continue reading Mormon Theological Ethics – Obedience to Authority | Worlds Without End

Defending the Faith: Don’t blame religion for world’s ills | Deseret News

Defending the Faith: Don't blame religion for world's ills | Deseret News. It is far too easy in our modern perspective to look at and condemn religion for all of the ills of humanity. Open up any newspaper, watch the local and national news channel and somewhere, a group of people are committing acts of … Continue reading Defending the Faith: Don’t blame religion for world’s ills | Deseret News

Mormonism in the News: Billy Graham Evangelical Association and Mormonism

This is definitely something that is very interesting. Here is a quote from the article: When asked about Graham's beliefs about Mormonism, Graham spokesman A. Larry Ross said in a statement that "Through an inclusive evangelistic ministry spanning more than 60 years, Mr. Graham was called to preach the transformative message of the Gospel to … Continue reading Mormonism in the News: Billy Graham Evangelical Association and Mormonism

When were Mormons Socialists?

  When Were Mormons Socialists? D. E. Neighbors 28 May 2012 7 And behold, there was peace in all the land, insomuch that the Nephites did go into whatsoever part of the land they would, whether among the Nephites or the Lamanites. 8 And it came to pass that the Lamanites did also go whithersoever they would, … Continue reading When were Mormons Socialists?