As the century closes, subcultures are being swalloed up by a world culture of mass media and increased secularization. Like a great and abominable church, much of this culture is fundamentally opposed to the principles of the gospel. For twenty-five years, Arthur Henry King has critiqued this mass culture. But he does more. He teaches us to spiritually arm ourselves and our children to win the battle against the destructive forces encompassing us worldwide.
King's talks encourage a deeper commitment to a life of repentance and service and an empathy for the unconverted. They counsel us to turn away from the ugly, vulgar, violent entertainments of our time. Rather, we should seek happiness, not as a goal, but as an activity that includes learning from the best art, music, and literature. By attending to the minute particulars of texts and to the details of everyday living, we free ourselves from traditions that stunt our souls. We open our hearts and minds to the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, our souls to the Atonement.
Professor King persuasively argues that genuine education begins in homes where parents read the scriptures to and with their children. The language and morality of scripture then form the foundation for learning and judging every activity, art, and discipline.
Arm the Children includes all the talks found in King's Abundance of the Heart plus several previously unpublished talks that continue his jeremiad on behalf of us all. [from dust jacket]