Uncommon Wealth

July 25th, 2011

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Studying the seals of four states might help.

Brinkmanship is a bad way to resolve our budget crisis. It is however indicative of a broken system. Fixing the system as well as resolving our debt crisis might benefit from studying the seals of four states—Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Virginia, and Kentucky.

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Easels

July 18th, 2011

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It’s easels more than evangelism that makes a difference.

Mormonism is a hot topic nowadays. Newsweek magazine recently highlighted its vitality, evidenced in politics and business—think Harry Reid, Mitt Romney, Jon Huntsman, and Steven Covey. But it also animates the Twilight vampire novels of Mormon Stephenie Meyer. Many attribute this vitality to Mormon missionaries evangelizing the world. But vitality of faith might have more to do with easels and artists.

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By Kevin Antlitz

What would it take to remove Flint and Detroit, Michigan from the list?

According to a recent Atlantic Monthly article, the most recent FBI crime data lists Flint and Detroit, Michigan as the two most dangerous cities in America.1 How would the church contribute to solving this problem? Crime is a complex problem, so the solution will likely also be complex. To shape the minds, morals, and manners of a society, Percy Bysshe Shelley, a Romantic poet of the 18th century, suggests giving preeminence to poets and painters.

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Self-Evident?

July 4th, 2011

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Civil War buffs say it’s self-evident the South was finished when Vicksburg fell on the fourth of July 1863. Niall Ferguson disagrees—the decisive event occurred earlier. History and human nature remind us how self-evident truth is not always self-evident. In the case of America for example, the decisive date might not be the Fourth of July 1776.

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