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Archive for December, 2009

About Threaded Comments….

Posted by BrianJ on December 31, 2009

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 »

Posted in Misc. | 19 Comments »

Liberal vs. Communitarian Conceptions of Accountability

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 in Scripture topics | 17 Comments »

Am I my Brother Keeper when it comes to Debt?

Posted by kirkcaudle on December 29, 2009

One subject that we always hear from the leadership of the church is to stay out of debt. I think we seem to be hearing more about it now than ever. There are exceptions to this to be sure, (education, house, etc.) but I think most of us understand that. In 1998, President Gordon B. Hinckley said, “I urge you to be modest in your expenditures; discipline yourselves in your purchases to avoid debt to the extent possible. Pay off debt as quickly as you can, and free yourselves from bondage … If you have paid your debts, if you have a reserve, even though it be small, then should storms howl about your head, you will have shelter for your wives and children and peace in your hearts” (Ensign, Nov. 1998, 54). Again, I am sure most of us would agree with President Hinckley’s remarks.

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Posted in Misc., On studying, Scripture topics | Tagged: , , | 54 Comments »

Does “Iron Rod” = “Scriptures”?

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 in Scripture topics | 29 Comments »

Should I Feel Dismay?

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 in Misc. | 17 Comments »

Jacques Ranciere: A Brief Contextualization

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 in On teaching | 6 Comments »

Joy to the World

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 in Misc. | 5 Comments »

A Schedule for _The Ignorant Schoolmaster_

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 schedule:

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.

Complaints? Quibbles?

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 in On teaching | 6 Comments »

OT Lesson 2 Study Notes: Abraham 3; Moses 4:1-4

Posted by Jim F. on December 21, 2009

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Posted in Lessons:Sun. School | Tagged: , , | 14 Comments »

How to Teach the New MP/RS

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.

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Posted in Lessons:RS/MP, On teaching | 17 Comments »