Sunday in Outer Blogness: Boundaries Edition!
This week Rob explained one reason outsiders have trouble understanding Mormon experiences: others don’t always get that Mormons have a different idea about boundaries. Take, for example, a Mormon mom who got angry that someone politely declined her kid’s proselytizing effort (because — if it’s a kid then politeness dictates that you have to join their religion…?), or perhaps these Utah neighbors “helping” when a neighbor’s patriotism display wasn’t good enough. Regarding LDS church history, there’s the annoying insistence on labelling disagreement “offense”.
In philosophy, consider the benefits of being able to admit it when you’re wrong (it’s so easy to be wrong and biased!) as opposed to eschewing self-critical and introspective insight (counterpoint: reasons to just believe). Semi-related: you can apply the scriptures to anything if you’re bullish enough.
In US history, learn about Stonewall and Mormon reactions. In politics, even the Pentagon thinks America’s priorities are a little skewed. Liberals and conservatives: still don’t understand each other.
In book projects, some people are planning a book of advice for people leaving Mormonism — have a look and see if you have some input to contribute! Jana Reiss’s book cover is ready to go. In other media, here’s an interesting radio panel on Mormons and environmentalism.
Happy reading, and have a great week!