What do our authors/readers think about the threaded comments? We seem to be using them a lot on the blog lately, but I know that some people really dislike them. Read the rest of this entry »
Archive for December, 2009
Posted by Robert C. on December 31, 2009
Following up on the Brother’s Keeper discussion, I remembered a great essay by Nate Oman, “Intelligences and Zion: An Essay in Mormon Political Philosophy,” that nicely frames the liberalism-vs.-communitarianism debate in political philosophy in Mormon terms. (Nate posted the essay as a series of 4 blog posts—the link takes you to the 4th part, but has links to the first 3 parts.)
In short, Nate argues that our notion of a pre-earthly council and eternal intelligences is very similar to the Rawlsian notion of the original position, and the Kantian (individualistically-conceived) transcendental ego that it invokes. Thus, ontologically, Mormonism is very close to liberalism (Kirk: think liberalism = Kant). However, the concepts of covenant and Zion are more conducive to communitarian conceptions and rhetoric. Nate calls this (somewhat unfortunately, on my view) a communitarian teleology. Nate doesn’t try to give an ultimate answer to the tension here, but sheds light on the underlying tensions (at best, and contentious political stand-offs, at worst…). Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by BrianJ on December 27, 2009
I pondered this question for the first time today. As long as I can remember, that’s what I’ve been told: the Iron Rod Lehi and Nephi saw in vision symbolizes the scriptures; hold fast to the scriptures and they will guide you through the mists of darkness, etc.
But that’s not what Nephi writes. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by BrianJ on December 26, 2009
Five days ago, I wrote a post on How to Teach the New MP/RS using the revised Gospel Principles manual.
Today, The Ensign arrived in the mail. I immediately noticed—and just finished reading—the article by Elder Nelson announcing the revised manual.
I wonder now, should I feel dismay? Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by joespencer on December 26, 2009
I want here just to spell out what is hopefully a helpful bit of background material on the work of Jacques Ranciere. For the most part, however, I assume it is just an exercise I’m taking advantage to help me synthesize Ranciere’s various projects, which have received a lot of attention from me lately. :) Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by robf on December 23, 2009
Since this is the time of year we sing about angels coming to proclaim joy to the world, maybe it’s a good time to ask what we really know about joy? Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by joespencer on December 23, 2009
What follows is a basic schedule for our reading of Ranciere’s The Ignorant Schoolmaster. The date provided is the date by which the post on the chapter should be up on the blog, and the date by which everyone would presumably have already read the chapter. Discussion would proceed during the following week while everyone reads the next chapter and the next post is being prepared. I’ve put the dates up as Saturdays.
For those who are not permabloggers here, just send your post to me (I think all of you have my e-mail address), and I’ll make it gets up.
The Ignorant Schoolmaster, chapter 1 (pp. 1-18)
Chapter read and post up on the blog by January 9th
Author of post: Joe Spencer
The Ignorant Schoolmaster, chapter 2 (pp. 19-43)
Chapter read and post up on the blog by January 16th
Author of post: Julie M. Smith
The Ignorant Schoolmaster, chapter 3 (pp. 45-73)
Chapter read and post up on the blog by January 23rd
Author of post: Robf
The Ignorant Schoolmaster, chapter 4 (pp. 75-99)
Chapter read and post up on the blog by January 30th
Author of post: Ben
The Ignorant Schoolmaster, chapter 5 (pp. 101-139)
Chapter read and post up on the blog by February 6th
Author of post: Robert C.
Again, the link for the download is: http://www.mediafire.com/?mn3fjsyuond.
When I get a chance, I’ll put up a post about Ranciere’s background and other work, since I’ve done a fair bit with his work.
Posted by Jim F. on December 21, 2009
Posted by BrianJ on December 21, 2009
While the topics are (supposedly) not new, many teachers are new to teaching lessons from a manual like “Gospel Principles,” the newly revised manual for priesthood and Relief Society over the next two years. We at the Feast Blog plan to regularly post lesson notes at least a week before each lesson (i.e., two posts per month). To kick things off, however, I thought it would be helpful to discuss how to teach from this manual.