Benjamin Libet famously developed a neuroscientific way to test the concept of free will. He claimed to have found a way to measure the time between when a person consciously decides to perform some action and when the somatic processes in their body begin to carry out the action. The wild thing is, that number is negative. The body begins a [...]
A few weeks ago I taught a Relief Society lesson on Priesthood Keys and Authority, and I thought I did a bang-up job. I approached the topic with some trepidation–in fact, 6 weeks of it. And considerable preparation too, as much or more than I’ve ever done.
For one thing, I was struggling to come up with a compelling reason the R [...]
This past Sunday, we had a lesson on the Temple as a “Symbol of our Membership.”
As I was reflecting on what that might mean, and as the comments from the members of my local elders’ quorum started to accumulate, something wasn’t sitting right with me. I raised my hand and out spilled … something – something half-baked and more tinged with e [...]
I’m guessing that if you asked most Mormons what the purpose of life was, you’d get a lot of variations on these 2 simple ideas:
To get a body.
To be tried and tested.
I remember being taught that this life isn’t about proving anything to God. He already knows what kingdom we belong in. It’s about proving it to ou [...]
For those of us who have experienced a faith transition or have had a radical expansion in our knowledge about the history of Mormonism and its development, it can be easy to get so caught up in our newly acquired knowledge that we forget how abrasive and painful those first exposures to Mormonism’s “warts ” were for us. I& [...]
I recently read an essay by David Foster Wallace—Authority and American Usage—that I loved and has got me thinking about the meaning of authority, its use, and how it gets established.
Wallace spends much of the essay recounting what he calls the Usage Wars. To perhaps over-simplify things, grammarians can generally be divided into two camps [...]