Acceptable Sub-Identities For Mormons By David Metcalfe September 16, 2019 The core of Mormon identity seems to be three main things: belief in the correct doctrine, family values, and adherence to doctrine/good works. This means any good Mormon, regardless of interests, talents, skills, upbringing, culture, etc., will try to live into those three things. Anywhere in the world that Mormons exist, you will find a … Continue reading Acceptable Sub-Identities For Mormons
A Quick Attempt to Define Post-Postmodernism By David Metcalfe September 12, 2019 Superstition Ain’t The Way (The Modernist Movement) Superstition guided human thought to a large degree for most of human history. Humans have always, of course, had some semblance of reason, but it was hardly used to its full extent, and in many cases, altogether abandoned for whatever superstitions were brought about within the … Continue reading A Quick Attempt to Define Post-Postmodernism
Should I Bother Arguing People In Facebook Comments? By David Metcalfe September 1, 2019 Something I’ve spent hours on- probably hundreds already so far this year- is arguing with people on Facebook. Sometimes it’s friends who post something, or it’s a celebrity, or it’s some kind of news outlet. I study certain topics constantly (especially political philosophy), and am very well educated, so it’s not … Continue reading Should I Bother Arguing People In Facebook Comments?
Beyond Dynamic Conceptions of Religious Identity By David Metcalfe August 27, 2019 Saints and Sinners I think that, as a child, I was raised to have a certain amount of hostility to “non-believers”. It’s something implicit in Christianity- dividing the “saved” and the “unsaved”. It’s the same kind of “saint/sinner” dichotomy formed in many ideologies- communism’s “proletariat/bourgeoisie”, 18th century America’s “white/black”, Nazism’s “Aryan/Jew”, etc. If … Continue reading Beyond Dynamic Conceptions of Religious Identity, and Into Fundamentals of Being
Eucharist, Communion, Sacrament: Whatever You Call It, It’s Insane By David Metcalfe August 22, 2019 Jesus For Breakfast Imagine sitting down to eat at Denny’s and looking through the menu: pancakes, waffles, eggs, the Son of God, bacon, breakfast wrap, oh wait, why is “the Son of God” a breakfast option? It’s because Jesus told people to eat him. In John 6:54 he says, “Whoever … Continue reading Eucharist, Communion, Sacrament: Whatever You Call It, It’s Insane
Big, Unanswered Questions I Have About Economics By David Metcalfe August 20, 2019 Can We Just Donate Our Personal Income To End Poverty? I used to think of fighting poverty as an entirely moral issue. “If only people would donate more money!” was the simple answer I had. It obviously frustrated me, because people seem to have very little, if any, interest in helping others … Continue reading Big, Unanswered Questions I Have About Economics
Too Bad We Aren’t All Cowboys: A Review of Stupid People and Their Guns By David Metcalfe August 12, 2019 America Might Have A Gun Problem When terrorists hijacked planes and flew them into the World Trade Center, killing thousands of people, it was a national tragedy. The government responded quickly and effectively. Airport and border security were never the same. The government monitored phones, … Continue reading Too Bad We Aren’t All Cowboys: A Review of Stupid People and Their Guns