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Jason A. Kerr's 2 blog posts were featured
Nov 19, 2012
Jason A. Kerr posted a blog post

Politics and the Book of Mormon

Cross-posted from Historicisms.One of the more uncomfortable aspects of the "Mormon Moment" for me was seeing LDS scripture deployed against the candidate on whose behalf I chose to exercise my franchise. Wish though I may that the Book of Mormon could be safely sequestered from the sordid world of politics, I have to acknowledge that the text itself is pretty heavily political. The…See More
Nov 16, 2012
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Reflections on Social Media and Politics

Note: this essay draws on material originally published in two posts on my personal blog, Historicisms.Having just read Mark…See More
Nov 15, 2012
Jason A. Kerr and Jared Hillary Ruark are now friends
Oct 19, 2011
Jason A. Kerr's blog post was featured

Of Mormons, Baptists, and Liberty of Conscience

On 7 October, Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas, was speaking to reporters outside the Values Voter Summit in Washington, DC, where he had just introduced Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry. Taking aim at Perry’s rival for the nomination, Mitt Romney, Jeffress said that Romney, a…See More
Oct 12, 2011
Jason A. Kerr posted a blog post

Of Mormons, Baptists, and Liberty of Conscience

On 7 October, Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas, was speaking to reporters outside the Values Voter Summit in Washington, DC, where he had just introduced Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry. Taking aim at Perry’s rival for the nomination, Mitt Romney, Jeffress said that Romney, a…See More
Oct 12, 2011
Jason A. Kerr's blog post was featured

Of 9/11 and Learning to Love the Other

For me, 9/11 began with religion: after my clock radio alarm gave me the first hint that something had gone terribly wrong, I knelt by my bed to pray that God would watch over the affected people. Then I went and turned on the TV just in time to see the first tower fall.Religion remained a persistent element of my day. Like many people, I spent much of 9/11 watching television news. This I did in the company of many of my co-religionists at the LDS Institute of Religion at Arizona State…See More
Sep 11, 2011
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Of 9/11 and Learning to Love the Other

For me, 9/11 began with religion: after my clock radio alarm gave me the first hint that something had gone terribly wrong, I knelt by my bed to pray that God would watch over the affected people. Then I went and turned on the TV just in time to see the first tower fall.Religion remained a persistent element of my day. Like many people, I spent much of 9/11 watching television news. This I did in the company of many of my co-religionists at the LDS Institute of Religion at Arizona State…See More
Sep 11, 2011
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Psalm 137 and Religious Violence, Part V: Milton’s Allusive Abuse

For Part I of this series, click here; for Part II, click here; for Part III, click here; for Part IV, click…See More
Apr 8, 2011
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Apr 7, 2011
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Psalm 137 and Religious Violence, Part II: Root and Branch

Like Jacob and Esau after the episode of the pottage, the family relationship of the English Church had gone quite sour by 1640, and this bitterness gave Psalm 137 its potency in the church-government debates. During the 1630s Archbishop Laud and a group of like-minded divines had advanced a “High Church” program of reform that looked a little too Roman Catholic for the tastes of some. In 1637, three vociferous opponents of the Laudian reform, John Bastwick, Henry Burton, and William Prynne,…See More
Apr 5, 2011
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Psalm 137 and Religious Violence, Part I: “Down with it, down with it, even to the ground”

7 Remember the children of Edom, O Lord, in the day of Jerusalem: how they said, Down with it, down with it, even to the ground.8 O daughter of Babylon, wasted with misery: yea, happy shall he be that rewardeth thee, as thou hast served us.9 Blessed shall hee be that taketh thy children: and throweth them against the stones. [1]The sense of glee in the violent conclusion of Psalm 137 is remarkable: the speaker pronounces him “blessed” (the Hebrew word is ‘esher, which means…See More
Apr 4, 2011
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Muslim-Americans and “We the People”

The recent events in Egypt produced many stirring images, among them those of Muslims joining hands so that Coptic Christians could hold Christmas mass unmolested in the wake of a…See More
Mar 6, 2011
Jason A. Kerr's blog post was featured

Bullying: Between a Rock and a Hard Place

In Acts of Faith, Eboo Patel recounts a conversation he had with a Catholic leader who was concerned about the consequences that participation in the Interfaith Youth Core might have for the young people under his care. The leader feared that interfaith dialogue among young people might devolve into an argument about who’s going to heaven and who’s not.Patel showed great wisdom in his response: he…See More
Feb 10, 2011
Jason A. Kerr posted a blog post

Bullying: Between a Rock and a Hard Place

In Acts of Faith, Eboo Patel recounts a conversation he had with a Catholic leader who was concerned about the consequences that participation in the Interfaith Youth Core might have for the young people under his care. The leader feared that interfaith dialogue among young people might devolve into an argument about who’s going to heaven and who’s not.Patel showed great wisdom in his response: he…See More
Feb 9, 2011
Jason A. Kerr is now friends with Juliana Cesano and WASIKE BARASA SEVERINE (REV)
Jan 20, 2011

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Politics and the Book of Mormon

Posted on November 16, 2012 at 6:18pm 0 Comments

Cross-posted from Historicisms.

One of the more uncomfortable aspects of the "Mormon Moment" for me was seeing LDS scripture deployed against the candidate on whose behalf I chose to exercise my franchise. Wish though I may that the Book of Mormon could be safely sequestered from the sordid world…

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Reflections on Social Media and Politics

Posted on November 15, 2012 at 4:00am 0 Comments

Note: this essay draws on material originally published in two posts on my personal blog,…

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Of Mormons, Baptists, and Liberty of Conscience

Posted on October 12, 2011 at 4:00am 0 Comments

On 7 October, Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas, was speaking to reporters outside the Values Voter Summit in Washington, DC, where he had just introduced Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry. Taking aim at Perry’s rival for the nomination, Mitt Romney, Jeffress said that Romney,…

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Of 9/11 and Learning to Love the Other

Posted on September 11, 2011 at 6:01am 0 Comments

For me, 9/11 began with religion: after my clock radio alarm gave me the first hint that something had gone terribly wrong, I knelt by my bed to pray that God would watch over the affected people. Then I went and turned on the TV just in time to see the first tower fall.

Religion remained a persistent element of my day. Like many people, I spent much of 9/11 watching television news. This I did in the company of many of my co-religionists at the LDS Institute of Religion at Arizona…

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