Rachel Milne gives a good review that catches most of my thoughts related to "Of Faith and Reason." Another reviewer recommends this book for readingRachel Milne gives a good review that catches most of my thoughts related to "Of Faith and Reason." Another reviewer recommends this book for reading prior to serving a mission, and I wholeheartedly agree.
I am quite pleased (and amazed) at just how much archaeology and other sciences have uncovered in the years since the BoM was first published, things which back up an incredible amount of what Joseph translated 150+ years ago. So many things may have seemed ridiculous then, but time has proven critics wrong on many accounts.
I decided several years ago that archaeological evidences would be a bolster to my faith, but that in the end the message & spirit of what was written in the BoM was more important than any physical evidence. However, Bro. Ash's consolidation of current studies and research that lends so much credence to Joseph Smith as a translator and the BoM as an authentic, wholly credible ancient text is greatly welcomed in this day and age of increasing religious skepticism, doubt, and unbelief. ...more
If Brother Ash could have mustered a stronger closing, I would have bumped this important book up to 4 stars. Instead, his arguments just kind of peteIf Brother Ash could have mustered a stronger closing, I would have bumped this important book up to 4 stars. Instead, his arguments just kind of petered out; it was as if he just got bored and decided to stop writing!
Nevertheless, I believe this text to be an vital addition to the fairly small, but I pray, growing list of LDS apologetics literature. The issues Ash addresses are vital for Latter- day Saints to understand in much greater knowledge that they currently do, and we must not only decide where we stand on these issues, but how to defend our faith. This is not the day and age one can simply have a belief system based on their parents' or grandparents' faith. Many topics that Ash discusses are things that do, indeed, seem to shake some people to their foundations, unnecessarily so, I believe. If our mindset and our faith is focused where it should be- on the Savior, and our understanding of the human condition, that all mankind is fallen and fallible, then the sometimes foolish and ignorant things that men (and women) do, even when we feel they should be "better," doesn't need to damage testimonies in the way it often does. There was only ever one perfect man to walk this Earth, and Joseph Smith wasn't he, any more than was Noah, Moses, Abraham, Peter, Paul, or John!...more
A really great resource for scripture study. Thanks to my husband for passing this one along to me. I'm not really "finishing" this one, it will contiA really great resource for scripture study. Thanks to my husband for passing this one along to me. I'm not really "finishing" this one, it will continue to be used for frequent reference....more
I have started a scripture study group- my Wednesday Morning Scriptorians- and I am hoping the insights, oft reprinted though they may sadly be,will hI have started a scripture study group- my Wednesday Morning Scriptorians- and I am hoping the insights, oft reprinted though they may sadly be,will help me develop the direction of our group. ...more
Great little book for people of all political walks who care about the planet but are sick to death of all the alarmism -- not to mention the additionGreat little book for people of all political walks who care about the planet but are sick to death of all the alarmism -- not to mention the addition of "green" and "eco" to every other word in the dictionary, as if that means anything!
Myers brings some much needed common sense to a subject that left rational in the dust about 50 years ago- and has only gotten worse in the last 20 years.
His work is well researched and footnoted, but most importantly he has lived and worked as an environmental policy maker and has seen some of the unproductive fads in action. Meyers insights give pause for thought, as he strives to consider all sides of environmental policy arguments.
His most important piece of advice for rabid, vapid environmentslists: all decisions require trade-offs, some are too costly, and others are less so, but ineffective action for the sake of doing "something," is poor stewardship at it most absurd and wasteful of precious resources ($$). For the reticent, he assures us there are solid ways to manage the environment and still make a good profit, but caring about the planet is a must. Meyers did an admirable job at making the reader think about policy motivations, programs, and possible outcomes from more than just the media or activist side, though they got a hearing, too.
On the con side, Meyers' arguments in part 1 began to feel a bit repetitive, though some of that may be from my reading his book on my Android over several months. Slow Android reading seems to throw off my perceptions....more
Historical medieval melodrama. Full of flat, one dimensional charcters from the first page to the last. Some very good one & two star reviews in AHistorical medieval melodrama. Full of flat, one dimensional charcters from the first page to the last. Some very good one & two star reviews in Amazon discussing how well done the research was (the afterward by Cross, wherein she discusses the historical basis for Joan and reasearch done for the book was extremely interesting), but how poor the execution. I agree! Cross should definitely stay with non-ficton.
Nevertheless, if you've got a few hours to spare, Pope Joan would be a passable summer read for a day at the beach. Just don't expect more....more
What a read. Mamet has come Right with all the fervor of a new convert and the anger of betrayal and disillusionment of someone waking up to the factWhat a read. Mamet has come Right with all the fervor of a new convert and the anger of betrayal and disillusionment of someone waking up to the fact that the real estate he purchased sight unseen for top dollar 50 years ago is really uninhabitable swamp land.
I appreciated Mamet's clarity in some instances, but in others......more
Often repetitive and written in basic terms, but full of much truth-- truths that are NOT relative, but concrete and everlasting. Turning from the traOften repetitive and written in basic terms, but full of much truth-- truths that are NOT relative, but concrete and everlasting. Turning from the traditions of faith and family, giving them up for what is convenient & "relative," has sent society on its current downward spiral (not to mention growing government intrusion to make up for our inability to govern ourselves)....more
I try to be very stingy with my 5 star reviews, and I could knock Hitchens a star for not spending as much time as I expected on his conversion to ChrI try to be very stingy with my 5 star reviews, and I could knock Hitchens a star for not spending as much time as I expected on his conversion to Christianity after 2+ decades of Trotsky adulation and hard-edged atheism, however, the depth of his exploration into the development and spread of anti-theism, as well as the denigration and disintegration of Christianity in Western culture made up for the lack of details.
I was drawn in by Hitchens' historical analysis of the USSR and the manner in which the Soviets purged faith from the country..... more later.
Ok, it is later: Here is Lisa's review & it works for me:
This was an eye-opening book. I "really liked it" for a couple of reasons. I have become aware of a recent surge in numbers of self-proclaimed (and angry and demanding) atheists, and concerned about the reasons behind it - this book gives logical and solid reasons for this political/philosophical shift. It is a candid look at religiosity in contemporary England, and therefore a vision of what could/will happen soon in America (political attempts to negate religious rights). It is a wonderfully concise history of attempts at communism/living without God. It exposes the flawed logic of throwing over a God-fearing society. I did not give it 5 stars because Part 3 of the book gets a little bogged down in communism's terminology and examples - and I probably need more background to understand it better.
Here is a line that resonated with me: "In an age of power-worship, the Christian religion has become the principal obstacle to the desire of earthly utopians for absolute power." (p.113)
And, "Without a belief in God and the soul, where is the oath? Without the oath, where is the obligation to fulfill it? Where is the law that even kings must obey? Where is the lifelong fidelity of husband and wife? Where is the safety of the innocent child growing in the womb? Where, in the end, is the safety of any of us from those currently bigger and stronger than we are?" (p. 147) ...more