I don’t think I’ll ever attend another fireside again; I was forced to go to too many in my youth. Any soft spots that I may have had for firesides have been cauterized out.]]>
But truthfully, most firesides are pretty useless. The blogs give better information.]]>
Also, am I the only one that think’s Browns book is horrible? Horrible characters, horrible writing style and some really strange pacing. I broke down and read it after everyone I heard talk about it raved, and only finished reading so I could feel honest telling them how bad it was start to finish.]]>
I’m sorry. After re-reading the post I see that you were addressing the fact that Constantine embraced Christianity, which is true. What the speaker said that was innaccurate was that he made it the state religion, which as I stated before, did not happen till Theodosius made it so in 381.
Brandon, Rusty, etc.
I had the same feeling going into and coming away from it. I think it should have (if done at all, which it shouldn’t have considering the content) been labeled a “forum address) or something of that sort and done on a different day than Sunday if for no other reason than to not let people get it confused with church doctrines or beliefs.
Amen. I enjoyed Dan Brown’s books because they were fun but I don’t like that it has led to all this romanticized history and conspiracy theory. So many people think that if they read it in a book by someone who’s got a degree (or even NO credentials!) it’s got to be fact.]]>
I’m also somewhat incredulous that stake sponsorship would be afforded to this topic, just because it would pique audience curiosity. Is the goal is just to fill the stake house on Sunday nights? And since when does Dan Brown’s silliness merit serious and officially-sanctioned attention?]]>
I still think the more significant question is not whether the material presented was accurate or not (though I think that is important, being a historian myself), but whether a fireside is an appropriate venue for such material. I understand how the subject would garner a lot of interest, but with all due respect, is that the best criterion on which to base a decision about whether or not a particular topic merits a fireside. If it is, then why not open the flood gates to include discussions of romance novels and the latest installation of _The Work and the Glory_ (wait, maybe that’s already being done!)]]>