contention

The prevalence of a spirit of contention amongst a people is a certain sign of deadness with respect to the things of religion. When men's spirits are hot with contention, they are cold to religion. - Jonathan Edwards

Monday, December 24, 2018

Peace, love, and unity

Here's hoping that in 2019, everyone interested in the Book of Mormon and the Restoration can find peace, love and unity as we all strive to move the work forward.

I discussed this a while back, here:

http://bookofmormonconsensus.blogspot.com/2017/10/lessons-from-3-and-4-nephi.html

Saturday, December 8, 2018

"Consensus" is not a great cause

From a speech by Margaret Thatcher:

When I asked one of my Commonwealth colleagues at this Conference why he kept saying that there was a “consensus” on a certain matter, another replied in a flash “consensus is the word you use when you can't get agreement” ! 
To me consensus seems to be —the process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values and policies in search of something in which no-one believes, but to which no-one objects. —the process of avoiding the very issues that have to be solved, merely because you cannot get agreement on the way ahead.
What great cause would have been fought and won under the banner “I stand for consensus”?

Thursday, December 6, 2018

How consensus persists, even when wrong

I saw this on twitter:

How consensus works :

Scientist A believes something because he thinks scientist B believes it.
Scientist B believes something because he thinks scientist C believes it.
Scientist C believes something because he thinks scientist A believes it.

repeat loop endlessly .....

https://twitter.com/SteveSGoddard/status/1070357107310882817

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This describes the way the M2C "consensus" operates. It's another version of the academic cycle:















One way to break the cycle is for people to think for themselves. But to do that, they need accurate and complete information.

So long as the M2C citation cartel engages in censorship, people will not be able to make informed decisions and thereby break the endless consensus loop.