Michael Austin

maustin1Michael Austin is a former English Professor who is now an academic administrator in Evansville, Indiana. He writes occasionally on an incoherent (except to him) assortment of different topics, some of which have to do with Mormonism in American literature and culture. He is the author, most recently, of We Must Not Be Enemies: Restoring America’s Civic Tradition.

Michael’s posts.


  1. Michael G. Dang says:

    Elder Uchtdorf brought up the “It mattereth not” principle in his January talk to the single adults. It’s one of my favorite concepts and I’ve brought it up from time to time where it may matter. He extended it far further than I ever have (e.g., which major brand of beans to buy), extending it out to marriage and what jobs we choose. I decided to discuss this in my high priest group tomorrow. In researching for it I noticed your great post on it. If you haven’t seen the talk here’s a link to it. Keep up the great thinking and writing. https://www.lds.org/broadcasts/article/worldwide-devotionals/2018/01/the-adventure-of-mortality?lang=eng

  2. Can any here be more tolerable for BCC to value the voices of those of color who offer individual and collective diversity of experience? I’m witnessing a silencing by marginalization of voice, drowned out by tone or purpose to deflect from unpleasant topics or discussion when it serves to compel a reflection of humanity’s burden of racism and a call for healing a church, for fear that if you’re black you’re therefore angry, riotous, monument defacing and looting all over every which way and easily agitated or can’t have a perspective which adds value to the discussion. Repeatedly there’s silence following such an offering of voice as to what to do about it but ignore it.

    Please stop insisting that a person of color is angry simply because they express concern on commentary.

    Please stop apologizing for ignorance of not knowing the impacts of systemic racism, in calling a person angry is enough to make a person angry, when using weapons of slavery and their songs sang, as examples of spirit rousing anthems of the Atonement, during a luminous time of racial disparity, wondering what’s the matter with me, while being all to quick to label as angry and calling for study of war and revolution; losing all semblance of the burden of racism found there.

    Maybe instead of an apology to offense, one should ask more questions and listen more in general context and react less, allowing the fullness of a human experience to be viewed more over reflection and not be so quick to dissect as being angry or calling for a revolution and seen as not embracing the atonement.

    I’ve been born from multi ethnicity and identify as black and am a convert. I am one person of a complex diverse personal experience who’s burden of systemic racism gives adequate cause for any words that diminish or have the appearance to not value that perspective.

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