Alpha & Omega Ministries Apologetics Blog
Concept 2 Rowing's Holiday Challenge, Stand to Reason, Craig Hazen, Richard Mouw
12/24/2004 - James WhiteNothing like an odd headline, eh? OK, here's what it's all about. Concept 2 rowing machines. Here's what they look like. OK, I got hooked on rowing while on a cruise a while back. They had these in the gym on the ship, and I loved it. Tried to get started with a cheapie Sears type when I got home, killed it in less than two weeks. Couldn't afford the real thing, stopped rowing. Well, a friend works for a gym, they had a rowing class cancel, and they had extra used Concept 2c units. I snagged one for $200.00. Enter the Holiday Rowing Challenge. Concept 2 sent out an e-mail announcing a challenge to row either 200,000m or 100,000m between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve. For some reason I decided to go for it, though I hadn't rowed since like August. For a few days almost two weeks in I flirted with the idea of going for the 200K, but I would have had to have rowed about 9k a day at that point, and I just had too many other things going. Anyway, today was the last day to row. I did an 8k run, for a total for the Holiday Challenge of 120k. ...
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More Changes in Mormonism
12/12/2004 - James WhiteIt would not have even been a question thirty years ago. Grant Palmer's book, in which he in essence admits what non-LDS historians have been saying for a very long time (how Smith "revised" Scripture to his own ends, for example, and how the Book of Mormon is not an ancient record), would have resulted in instant excommunication only a few decades ago. But when Palmer faced a hearing today, he was instead disfellowshipped, a lesser ecclesiastical action. A person who is disfellowshipped rather than excommunicated still has church membership, but cannot serve a church calling or be temple worthy. The message? It seems mixed, but it is surely indicative of the changes taking place as a religion much more at home in the inter-mountain West of the United States struggles to define itself in the face of the aftermath of its rapid growth in the 80s and 90s.
EMNR Makes Statement About Mouw Controversy
12/02/2004 - James WhiteOne of the larger "counter-cult" organizations has put out a statement responding to Mouw. I had a hard time following it at a few points, but it is much like my own replies, posted below. It has a useful citation from Millet affirming the very concept Mouw has identified as not being a part of LDS doctrine! Mouw has surely been shown to have completely abandoned any semblance of meaningful scholarship in his study of LDS theology, that is for certain. Meanwhile, Paul Owen attempted to defend his own role in the controversy (he was defending the idea of seeing BYU profs as the new leaders of Mormonism before Mouw ever got involved) over at Reformed Catholicism.com (here's the link). I hear Owen has started to tell folks I'm a hyper-Calvinist, too, for some strange reason. Yeah, us hypers, we are always out at the Easter Pageant of the LDS Church witnessing to folks, a common element of hyper-Calvinism. Maybe that's why I've never seen Owen doing that kind of outreach? :-) He continues to spin ever farther out into the outer reaches.