December 2008 Blog Posts (2)

Culture and the Ex-Mormon

I just got through reading Malcom Gladwell’s new book, Outliers: The Story of Success. Briefly, the book is about the story of success and an attempt to debunk the myth of the solitary genius and the self-made man/woman/person. Gladwell’s premise is that circumstance, societal support, hard work and culture account for success as much as any Seven Habits.



Now Gladwell has made a fortune writing books that are provocative and challenge conventional wisdom: The Tipping Point and Blink… Continue

Added by Roth on December 28, 2008 at 11:21am — No Comments

THE PROSPERITY MYTH AND MORAL THOUGHT

One of the consistent and predominant themes in the post-mormon culture are quips and quibbles about tithing. The temporal economic strength of the Mormon Church is disconcerting to the non-believer. The unease comes in part from the knowledge that in many circles money is power and an institution that has power economically as well as socially and spiritually (intended to include the ability to influence thought and action in its believers) is a formidable and daunting foe. Proposition 8 is… Continue

Added by Roth on December 21, 2008 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

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