long ago ideas

“When we are tired, we are attacked by ideas we conquered long ago." - Friedrich Nietzsche. Long ago, Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery conquered false claims that the Book of Mormon was fiction or that it came through a stone in a hat. But these old claims have resurfaced in recent years. To conquer them again, we have to return to what Joseph and Oliver taught.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Divesting BYU

I've often heard rumors that the Church planned to divest BYU by selling it to a private foundation. Lots of pros and cons, but such a move is long overdue.

Academic freedom entitled BYU professors to teach whatever they want, which is fine. The problem arises when the professors think they are correct--and the prophets are correct only when they agree with the professors.

The conflict between intellectuals and prophets makes ongoing Church affiliation problematic. The affiliation confers a quasi-authority on the teachings of the BYU faculty, some of whom apparently actually believe they have been hired by the prophets to guide the Church. For some people, the 14th Article of Faith is a reality.

Even if the Church does not divest BYU officially, Church members should recognize that when there is a conflict between the intellectuals and the prophets, we should choose the prophets every time.

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