Most regular readers of my blog are aware of the ancient tradition of Christian authorities that teach theosis (the idea that humanity should become God, also known as divinization, apotheosis, or deification), but some may not know how broadly that tradition has endured. Of course Mormons continue to teach theosis, probably more explicitly and frequently than any other major religion, but they're not the only to do so. In fact, the world's largest denomination of the Christian religion, Catholicism, continues to teach theosis.
This weekend, I watched and listened to the October 2014 General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and engaged in discussion of related ideas online. Below are 97 thoughts and highlights, from me and others, about the conference. The thoughts range from affirmations to disagreements, and from questions to assertions. Hopefully they'll provoke reflection, questions, and comments, and contribute to a more meaningful engagement with the ideas generally, and particularly with the Mormon religion and the LDS Church, which are important parts of life for me, many of my family and friends, and millions of others.
If you're a parent, like me, one of the challenges of accelerating technological change is that of encouraging children to explore and learn from our increasingly interconnected world while mitigating risks inherent in all exploratory endeavors. Friends often ask me how I do this with my children, and another just asked again today, so it's probably time to write some of this down. Before I share with you a list of some of the tools we use in our family, I have a few comments about some behaviors that are probably more important than the tools.