I just love it when a discussion topic goes viral, and spreads from one blog to another! (The Internet’s great, isn’t it?) For example, J. Max Wilson called the New Order Mormons “Pharisees”, and that set off an interesting discussion about “Cultural Mormonism”. Daniel followed-up with an excellent response and analysis, and Therese came up with a home-cooked recipe for getting faith and intellectual integrity to cohere. Naturally, Andrew S. got into the act and rounded up and summarized all of the main discussions about this topic over the past year or so. Then we got a point-counterpoint: Kiley finds herself wanting to be a cultural Mormon whereas J G-W argues we should reject “Cultural Mormonism” (as a concept).
OTOH, maybe the problem isn’t the culture. Dane Laverty made a valiant attempt to explain some scriptures by translating them into a programming language (looks like some variant of C++ or Java), and succeeded in demonstrating that the scriptures could use a little refactoring. But it was a living leader that lit the discussion that spread across the Internet like wildfire this past week: How do civil liberties and religious freedom fit together? Are they compatible at all? Questions that are made all the more interesting by the CoJCoL-dS’s unfortunate baggage and sense of humor. (Hint: it’s about gay marriage, as usual.)
Then, making perhaps a bigger Internet splash than Oaks himself, Joanna Brooks posted her thoughtful response. (Kuri’s short version: “…it will be easier for LDS conservatives to protect their religious freedom as a minority if they acknowledge that Mormons live as a minority not in a depravedly morally relativistic society …but in a democracy defined by legitimate moral and religious pluralism.”) I could swear I’ve been saying something like that for years, but maybe they’ll actually listen to Joanna.
Congrats again to this past year’s William Law X-Mormon of the Year, and have a great week!