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

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

all rational points of view

One cause of confusion, mistrust and contention is the suppression by the majority of opinions, points of view, and perspectives of the minority.

President Dallin H. Oaks spoke at the inauguration of the BYU law school when he was president of the university:

The curriculum and manner of instruction in the J Reuben Clark Law School should approach the law from a scholarly and objective point of view, with the largest latitude in the matters being considered.....

It is uniquely important that its students be exposed to all rational points of view on every question worthy of study. Failure to provide this kind of training would put our graduates at a significant disadvantage when they meet the opposing arguments--as they will.

We can assess the legitimacy and productivity of any educational organization by how well it observes President Oaks' admonition.



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