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Philosophical Faux Pas



Don’t wear white shoes before Easter. Check. Don’t wear velvet after Labor Day. Check. But isn’t it a bit early in the year’s philosophical fashion season for a purge?

The last purge occurred in September 1993, the infamous purge of intellectuals known as the September Six. The principles behind both rounds of excommunications seem to come from two things mentioned during past sessions of General Conference: 1. the address given several years ago by Boyd K. Packer that opened with “The enemies of the church are feminism, intellectualism and homosexuals,” and 2. the warning “When the Brethren have spoken, the thinking has been done.”

What is the next fashion trend? The address given by Dallin H. Oaks stating that the scientific theory of the origin of the universe called the Big Bang theory is preposterous leaves one thinking that perhaps a future question in the temple-recommend interview might be “Do you unqualifiedly believe that the earth is 6,000 years old and that creationism is the only true theory of our origin?”

Ryan Alder
Salt Lake City

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