Scribblings

Random scribbles about whatever pops into my little head…

NYC Hurricane Evacuation Zones

NYC orders evacuation – 250,000 residents affected
WNYC Map | NYC Hurricane Evacuation Zones.

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Cool Hurricane Irene Tracking Map

Hurricane Irene Tracking Map – NYTimes.com.

Beckwith on Mormonism and Natural Law

Francis Beckwith, in an article entitled “Mormonism and Natural Law,” defends the LDS church against the argument that the worldview of Mormonism is incompatible with Natural Law.

Now that may or may not be true, and I would hardly put myself forward to argue with an intellectual giant like Beckwith; however, I would at least like to throw in my two cents worth.

Beckwith bases his argument in favor of Mormonism’s compatibility with natural law on statements by Joseph Smith concerning the eternal nature of “the elements” and says that “Smith seems to affirm a view of government that is in the natural-law tradition.”

Now, it is well known that Smith’s writings (and those of other LDS prophets and leaders) have been altered over time, some more significantly than others. (See The Changing World of Mormonism by Gerald and Sandra Tanner.) In light of these ever-changing “doctrines” and “revelations” by Smith, and his successor, Brigham Young, it would be somewhat foolish to base an opinion on Mormon thought on their writings. Which versions do you use on which to base an opinion? The original, if it can be located, or one of the many changed versions, or the latest revision? And if you base your argument on the latest revision, what happens when the LDS leadership decides again that it’s time for a change?

It is well known that Smith “revealed” many things, both verbally and in writing, and then went on to contradict himself with later revelations. His private (and public) life was also at odds with his writings on many occasions. (See Fawn Brodie, No Man Knows My History; Grant Palmer, An Insiders View of Mormon Origins, etc.)

Smith’s words cannot be relied upon to form any basis of solid opinion concerning Mormon thought, except perhaps that it is ever-changing and cannot be relied upon.

It is important, too, to keep in mind that both Joseph Smith and Brigham Young boasted that they were “above the law.” For Brigham Young’s assertion “I live above the law, and so do this people,” see Journal_of_Discourses 1/52 #361.

It is very interesting to note that even while Brigham Young was boasting that he and his people were “above” the laws and Constitution of the United States, he was lying about one of the very laws they were breaking, i.e., polygamy. Many authors have pointed out that Young, as well as Smith and many other top Mormon leaders were practicing polygamy in secret for years, even while they were publicly denouncing the practice.

Mormonism is a dangerous cult founded upon outright lies and subtle deceptions. It continues to be sustained by an ever-changing set of “doctrines” that supposedly “sprang full grown from the words of Joseph Smith” and “have never been worked over or touched up in any way…free of revisions and alterations.” (Hugh Nibley, “No Maam, Thats Not History”)

In light of the many more obvious and ultimately more serious flaws with Mormonism, I think whether or not the Mormon worldview is compatible with Natural Law is irrelevant.

And finally, any man (i.e., Mitt Romney) who claims full allegiance to such a lying cult will never get my vote, regardless of any other alleged qualities he may possess.

via Mormonism and Natural Law.

Michael Crichton’s Final Novel: MICRO

He, being dead, yet speaketh.

I just pre-ordered Michael Crichtons final novel, MICRO.

Amazon.com: Micro: A Novel 9780060873028: Michael Crichton, Richard Preston: Books.

GOP rivals have different takes on Mormon faith – The Boston Globe

Romney is highly active and orthodox – he was a top local lay leader in Massachusetts for years, and he has embraced his church unequivocally: “I believe in my Mormon faith and endeavor to live by it,’’ he said in a major speech in 2007.

In other words, he believes Adam is his god (who is also named Elohim and who himself was once a man). This god lives on a planet near a star named Kolob and has two sons, Lucifer and Jesus. If Mitt lives a worthy Mormon life, he too will one day became a god just like Elohim, and will get to have eternal sex with his many goddess wives and produce billions of spiritual offspring.

Of course, as a good Mormon, he believes a lot of other nonsense as well.

And he wants to be president of the United States of America.

I don’t think I’ll be voting for him.

GOP rivals have different takes on Mormon faith – The Boston Globe.

The “New Atheists” – A Review of The Last Superstition by Edward Feser

“The driving force behind the thinking of the atheists and materialists is opposition to religion. According to Feser, secularism is an “anti-religion” religion that has its own dogmas and morality, which is really immorality. The moving force behind this atheism is not reasonable argument, but a willfulness that there be no God. For, if there is no Creator God who is the First Mover of all things, then there is no purpose to the universe, no immortality of the soul, no natural moral law, no final judgment or accountability for how one lives one’s life. In effect, it makes man into a little god who creates his own reality and is not morally accountable to anyone for what he does or thinks, especially in the area of sex.”

via Editorial – August/September 2011.

Will There Be Zombies?

Will There Be Zombies? | Front Porch Republic.

Whether or not you agree with the conclusions, this article is definitely worth a read!!

Anders Breivik as a Pragmatic Agnostic

Anyone who wants to believe that Anders Breivik was a Christian should read this post by Tim Dalrymple:

Anders Breivik as a Pragmatic Agnostic

Old is Green

I like this common-sense article:

Old is Green.

A Religion of Peace? Five Common Misconceptions About Islam

A nice article refuting some common myths about Islam, by Andrew Bieszad.

http://www.newoxfordreview.org/article.jsp?print=1&did=0511-bieszad