Violence

The Duck Dynasty Strategy from the Book of Mormon

September 21, 2014
The Duck Dynasty Strategy from the Book of Mormon

[Morgan Deane is a military historian and history professor at BYU-I.  His first book, Bleached Bones and Wicked Serpents: Ancient Warfare in the Book of Mormon is available in book stores, and he blogs at http://mormonwar.blogspot and www.arsenalofvenice.com ] The Duck Dynasty patriarch made news recently for advocating a controversial policy in response to the […]

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Garments a Protection?

August 7, 2014
Garments a Protection?

During the initiatory rite, patrons are clothed in the garment of the holy priesthood.  During the ceremony, Mormons are promised that the garment will serve as a protection to us until we have “finished our work on earth”, so long as we do not defile them through sin.  Mormons love to promote stories in which […]

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The Circumstance of Evil

March 3, 2014
The Circumstance of Evil

We would like to think that we would always choose good over evil, but is that always the case? This is part 3 of my series on a documentary, The Science of Evil.  In Part 1, I discussed Jeffrey’s Dahmer and his baptism.  In Part 2, we discussed whether there is a soul, or whether […]

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Posted in Agency, Book of Mormon, Christian, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Reviews, Science and Religion, Violence | 6 Comments »

Does God Forgive Evil?

February 17, 2014
Does God Forgive Evil?

National Geographic has a very interesting documentary, The Science of Evil where they look at evil from many points of view.  It was a very thought-provoking documentary, and I think I will put together a series of posts on the documentary.  My first post will deal with Jeffrey Dahmer, the notorious serial killer.  From Wikipedia, […]

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Posted in Christian, Morality, Violence | 22 Comments »

What Should Be the LDS position on Syria?

September 9, 2013
What Should Be the LDS position on Syria?

A somber-looking Pope Francis made an impassioned appeal before 100,000 people on Saturday to avert a widening of Syria’s conflict, urging world leaders to pull humanity out of a “spiral of sorrow and death.” Francis, who two days ago branded a military solution in Syria “a futile pursuit,” led the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Community of Christ, Freedom, Holy Land, Israel, Mormon, Politics, Roman Catholic Church, Violence | 14 Comments »

Missionary Shot in Columbia

September 2, 2013
Missionary Shot in Columbia

It seems to be an especially tough year to be on a mission.  This is from the Deseret News. CALI, Colombia — A missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serving in Colombia was shot and killed Saturday by a stray bullet, church officials confirmed Sunday. Jose Daniel Encarnacion Montero of the […]

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Posted in Mission, Mormon, Violence | 7 Comments »

“We as Black People Don’t Have Respect for each other”

August 8, 2013
“We as Black People Don’t Have Respect for each other”

Charles Barkley was interviewed in the Dan Patrick Show this week where he discussed the recent racial comments made by Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper, as well as the Trayvon Martin verdict.  Barkley had some interesting views. Ninety-five percent of black people who get killed, get killed by other black people.  I don’t see […]

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Posted in America, Race Relations, Violence | 38 Comments »

Would you let your kids watch “The Bible”?

June 10, 2013
Would you let your kids watch “The Bible”?

The History Channel just produced one of the most successful series dealing with the Bible in a few decades.  I heard so much good about it that I decided to purchase the entire series on iTunes, having never seen the series at all.  I’ve had occasion to watch the first 2 episodes and wanted to […]

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Posted in History, Holy Land, Israel, Mormon, Polygamy, Reviews, Violence | 1 Comment »

The Statistics of Gun Control

April 28, 2013
The Statistics of Gun Control

Last week, Stephen Marsh at Wheat and Tares posted about how arguments about Guns and Gays are similar.  Steve specifically said “people post disputed statistics for the harm caused by the parties they wish to regulate or deny. In both cases, those opposing regulation point to contrary statistics showing how good either guns or gay […]

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Posted in America, Freedom, Mormon, Politics, Violence | 37 Comments »

CofChrist News Beat: World/USA Conference After-Action Reports

April 26, 2013
CofChrist News Beat: World/USA Conference After-Action Reports

The headline is clear. Community of Christ will provide sacramental ordinances of marriage, commitment ceremonies, and ordination independent of sexual orientation in the USA. Specifically, after two days of discussion, the USA National Conference formally approved by a required 2/3rds majority the following recommendations to the First Presidency and Quorum of Twelve: The 2013 USA […]

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Posted in America, Church Policy, Community of Christ, Doctrine, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Priesthood, Prophet, Violence | 34 Comments »

Guns and Gays

April 17, 2013
Guns and Gays

In many ways, the arguments against guns and the arguments against gays are very similar. In both cases, people who find an “ick” factor in something (be it guns or gay marriage) are against it. Those who fit in the group (either owning a gun or being gay) feel it is a personal matter others […]

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Some Still Love their Guns More than God

January 11, 2013
Some Still Love their Guns More than God

In February 2011, I wrote this blog about how I though some people love their guns more than they love God. In other words, they love their guns more than they care about the people that die each year by guns.  I still believe that there is a segment of the population that this applies […]

Posted in Uncategorized, Violence | 116 Comments »

Pieces on Earth

December 22, 2012
Pieces on Earth

The response to trauma is instinctual, even if our instinctual responses are wired individually. God evolved our species’ instincts to do something fast –flee, fight, or freeze — because the lethal nature of most of the dangers that killed humans throughout history is immediately perceptible and requires immediate response. Instincts don’t do as well when […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Doctrine, Freedom, Morality, Violence | 7 Comments »

Should Mormons Get With the Program?

September 29, 2012
Should Mormons Get With the Program?

Not the program you might think. Rather, the kind of program some people had in mind for Salman Rushdie when he pointed out the contradictions of “The Satanic Verses”. Or, perhaps that should be pogrom, since there are death penalties involved. Certainly, Mark Steyn is one who has had his proverbial skin in the game, […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Politics, understanding, Violence | 30 Comments »

There are Wars and There are WARS

September 16, 2012
There are Wars and There are WARS

Unable to sleep a few nights ago, I sought mind-deadening through cable TV. I chanced upon a movie I thought would do the job — a murder mystery set in a mountain abbey in 14th Century Italy. I didn’t get what I expected. Instead, the movie, The Name of the Rose, starring Sean Connery and […]

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Posted in America, Europe, Faith, Freedom, History, Israel, Morality, Politics, understanding, Violence | 18 Comments »

Reflections on “Blowing Up the World”

August 18, 2012
Reflections on “Blowing Up the World”

I have been personally (and later professionally) interested in the extent to which mathematics could help forecast historical trends ever since I read the fiction of Isaac Asimov way back in the 1960’s. When I shared my first office at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory with a staff meteorologist working on air quality dispersion […]

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Posted in Agency, Faith, Freedom, Israel, Morality, Science and Religion, Violence | 17 Comments »

Crazy People and Gun Laws

August 14, 2012
Crazy People and Gun Laws

Did you know that there are 88.8 guns for every 100 people in the US?  As an American who has never owned one, I was pretty surprised by that statistic.  Living abroad, I’ve been asked by many people why Americans are prone to mass shootings.  It’s a great question, one that is difficult to answer. […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Politics, Uncategorized, Violence | 47 Comments »

The Laws of Hell

January 21, 2012
The Laws of Hell

The laws that govern normal behavior on earth (e.g., “Thou shalt not kill”) do not apply in heaven, because there they are unnecessary. The laws that govern normal behavior on earth also do not apply in hell, because there no one can hope to keep them. I am not the first to notice that “war […]

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Posted in America, History, Morality, Politics, Violence | 28 Comments »

Our Not So Free Speech

January 6, 2012
Our Not So Free Speech

As a child of the 60s and 70s, I came to realize that the rights we have as guaranteed by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights are somewhat conditional. Firstly, and obviously, you are not free to yell “fire” in a crowded movie house unless there really is a danger. But secondly, and more […]

Posted in America, economics, Freedom, History, Morality, Politics, Violence | 31 Comments »

Lessons From a Utopia (Dystopia)

January 4, 2012
Lessons From a Utopia (Dystopia)

I like dystopian novels. I think that if many of the ideals espoused by most people were executed to perfection the result would be captured by one of the many dystopian novels that have been written. I think this says something very important about ideals, paradox, uncertainty, and truth. I’ve been reading “Brave New World” […]

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