Saturday, December 26, 2015

Preserving Our Freedom and Liberty

 Introduction to the Article: 
Defending Religious Freedom in a Secular Society
Neil J Flinders/August 2015

Fairness for all, in matters of personal freedom and collective liberty, requires some recognition of context. This article offers an introductory explanation of why this is important and how it could be addressed. The author takes his cue from the American Founders who faced and responded to similar challenges. He provides an intellectual and historical frame for examining contemporary personal and institutional conflicts over religious freedom. The role of rhetoric and the transition in western culture from a sacred to a secular worldview are confronted directly. Some dangers of a warping society are illuminated. The article concludes with 13 suggestions for pursuing actions in the defense of freedom of conscience, social liberty, and resisting the political erosion of these values.

You can find the complete article here.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Speakers for our 2014 Conference

Date/Time: November 22nd, 9 AM – 5 PM
Location: Utah County Convention Center, in Provo.

Neil FlindersNeil Flinders (Neil’s book “Teach the Children” is the inspiration behind our organization) He will introduce his new book Joseph Smith: America's Greatest Educator and speak to the topic:
Title: The Anatomy of Educational Philosophy: Roots of Factionalism in American Education
Description: What agency is and why it is important. How Custodialism emerged and gained control of American education. Fundamental assumptions that create factions in education: viz.Education is (a) an individual function (b) a family obligation (c) a church responsibility (d) a state interest. The four propositions that govern learning and teaching: (a) context (b) content (c) process (d) structure.
Bio: Author of numerous agency-based documents: e. g. Joseph Smith: America’s Greatest Educator (2014); Teach the Children: An Agency Approach to Education (1990); “A Restorationist Views the Modernist/Post-Modernist Debate” (Presidential Address, 1990) annual meeting of the Far Western Philosophy of Education Society; Moral Perspective and Educational Practice (1979). Emeritus CES and the BYU School of Education.

Thoughts to Ponder

"That which matters most is that which transcends mortality." -- NJF

"Spiritual Understanding: When you feel a precept is when you begin to understand it." -- NJF

"Life without God leads to random speculation. Random speculation leads to confusion. Confusion can be disturbing, dangerous, and even destructive. Life with false 'gods' also
leads to random speculation and this is the domain in which human darkness prevails  
upon the personality." -- NJF

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Personal Standards that Guided My Writing of
Joseph Smith: America's Greatest Educator

Strive to write under the influence of the Spirit.

Construct the text so critics inside and outside the Church could respect it.

Make the message theologically accurate—acceptable to Church authorities.

Keep the vocabulary in the story-line simple enough for ordinary readers.

Make the writing style respectable in a literary sense.

Seek to write so Joseph Smith would feel good about the message.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

<b><b>/The Oldest and Most Destructive Deception: Rejection and Substitution</b>

As any loving parent would do, our Heavenly Father provided simple answers to the most basic questions that concerned his children:
Who am I? Where did I come from? Why am I here? What should I do? What is my ultimate destiny? He gave this information to the first parents
and instructed them to teach this information to their children. He advised them to keep a family record and pass it on to subsequent generations.
This they did. Some of their children listened and learned; they cherished the answers and followed the counsel. Others, however, were not so
inclined; they heard the information and with a little help from the Adversary (devil that he was) they rejected the answers. They chose not to believe
what their parents taught and substituted their own speculations about what life was all about. A pattern was established. It seemed so easy and exciting
to <i>reject the truth</i> and <i>substitute error</i> in its place. And they got to make their own rules about how to conduct their lives.
This was the origin of the counter-culture; it still prevails in various forms in this mortal estate. True doctrines, principles, and ordinances were
in the past and still are given to the people with a simple explanation and legitimate authority. Inevitably, it seems, many continue to reject this path.
They find it exhilarating to create and substitute false and counterfeit doctrines, principles, and ordinances and promote these without legitimate authority.
Although it is somewhat common to find similar behaviors in both cultures the outcomes are starkly different and affect most aspects of life. On the one hand
continuous effort is expended in the original pattern to seek peace, prosperity, service, and sacrifice. On the other hand, life's dominant drift is toward
eat, drink, and be merry; live for today by the rules you establish that are most comfortable in the moment. The content of the former pattern is to
reverence family, church, schools and government by law. Basic institutions to serve and protect the people are instituted and promoted. Strategies for survival
are pursued. The alternative lifestyle is to attack and destroy the traditional family, distort the concept of Church and corrupt its teachings, challenge,
occupy and change the schools, and revise the purposes of government. Basic ways to confuse and destroy the people are instituted and promoted. Strategies
for destruction are pursued with great vigor--sometimes covertly and other time in the streets with great public visibility. This seems to be what drives
life in mortality. What is our choice?