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The Enlightenment, Mormonism and Personal Revelation

December 13, 2012
The Enlightenment, Mormonism and Personal Revelation

“It is a contradiction in terms and ideas, to call anything a revelation that comes to us at second-hand, either verbally or in writing. Revelation is necessarily limited to the first communication”

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Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Doctrine, Education, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 30 Comments »

The Devil Made Me Do It: Personal Responsibility and Satanic Inspiration

September 13, 2012
The Devil Made Me Do It: Personal Responsibility and Satanic Inspiration

I always find it remarkable from sacrament how comfortable we are to ascribe diabolic motives and influence to the actions of others. Perhaps this is because there is a cosmic war between the devils and angels being waged in the air around us to which we are oblivious.  If we are being deceived and are […]

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Posted in Agency, Mormon Belief, Sunday School | 19 Comments »

Can You Be Truly Happy Outside the Church?

September 6, 2012
Can You Be Truly Happy Outside the Church?

This weeks Sunday School lesson was meant to start with a description of how Satan markets misery to people. As the manual says: “answers may include that he could make misery look appealing or that he could trick people into thinking that his product will bring happiness instead of misery.” Later in the lesson it […]

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Posted in Mormon Culture, Sunday School, Uncategorized | 51 Comments »

Are My Preconceived Notions Blinding Me?

August 23, 2012
Are My Preconceived Notions Blinding Me?

It is not often that I am prone to blog about scriptures and how they can inspire us. I generally find blogs that are a form of scriptural exegesis rather dull. If I want insipid spiritual thoughts full of sentimentality and devoid of substance I have the Ensign for that, or if I want to […]

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Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Church Policy, Freedom, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Sunday School | 59 Comments »

How Inclusive Is the Church towards Disabled People?

August 16, 2012
How Inclusive Is the Church towards Disabled People?

If you don’t walk like most people do, will members really walk and talk with you?

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Posted in Church Policy | 28 Comments »

Social Roles and The Theatre of Mormonism

August 9, 2012
Social Roles and The Theatre of Mormonism

Our lives are governed by social roles. From the the minute we first speak we are indoctrinated in a set of social scripts that determine the way we behave and act in certain situations. Social roles are the set of expectations which are imposed upon us that we expected to play and conform to. As […]

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Posted in Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 28 Comments »

The Cost of Being a Mormon

June 27, 2012
The Cost of Being a Mormon

Being a mormon comes at a cost. As Joseph Smith taught true religion requires sacrifice and implicit in the concept of sacrifice is a personal cost. Those who leave the church talk about the cost of leaving the church, in terms of losing friends, family and emotional upheaval. Others have pointed out to some of […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, economics, Mission, Mormon Culture | 72 Comments »

God save the Queen?

June 21, 2012
God save the Queen?

Does God influence who becomes political leaders?

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Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, America, Church Policy, Politics | 20 Comments »

Young Single Adults Are Not Half-Humans

April 28, 2012
Young Single Adults Are Not Half-Humans

The church does not have a solid reputation of treating all people equally. Some unequal treatment is based on behavior (e.g. the heathen drinkers of alcohol), other distinctions are made for tribal reasons (e.g. other religions or unfamiliar backgrounds), and there are distinctions made for who people are inherently (e.g. one’s sex or sexual orientation). […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 29 Comments »

Who on Earth knows what the ‘Strengthening Church Members Committee’ is or does?

March 29, 2012
Who on Earth knows what the ‘Strengthening Church Members Committee’ is or does?

On Tuesday the BBC did a documentary called The Mormon Candidate. The aftermath resulted in every one of my member friends shouting (virtually, of course) that we should all complain about the programme’s misrepresentation of the church. By Common Consent even published an open letter to the BBC about the decontextualisation of the facts in […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Faith | 51 Comments »

Juana Ines De la Cruz: Nun, Feminist, and Intellectual Freedom Fighter

March 22, 2012
Juana Ines De la Cruz: Nun, Feminist, and Intellectual Freedom Fighter

I may be a historian, and I may align with feminist thinking, but I am not a feminist historian. Feminist history usually involves digging up forgotten people (women) from the past, and then holding them up to show how they were oppressed, subjected by male patriachy, or silenced. In some cases it is important to […]

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Posted in Agency, Faith, Freedom, History | 5 Comments »

Cognitive Dissonance, Self-deception and delusions

March 15, 2012
Cognitive Dissonance, Self-deception and delusions

Anyone who has listened to the Mormon Stories podcasts, or spent any time around New Order Mormons, or any Ex-mormon site should be familiar (they are used often enough) with the terms cognitive dissonance, deception and delusions. It seems as if they have a particular traction amongst these groups. Personally I think they are over […]

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Posted in Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Science and Religion | 33 Comments »

Thou Art a Whore

March 1, 2012

My 15 year old sister always gets told off by my mother when she prays.  The reason for this is that instead of saying “Thee,” “Thou,” or “Thy” (referred to as TTT from now on) she uses “you” and “your.”  My mother likes to quote these words of Spencer W. Kimball: “In all our prayers, it is well […]

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Posted in Mormon Culture | 29 Comments »

Substituting Religion for Sentimentality

February 23, 2012
Substituting Religion for Sentimentality

A recent trend in sociology claims that there is a rise in sentimentalism, that increasingly we are substituting sentimentality for real emotion. Both religion and sentimentality end up failing to be what they seem upon closer inspection. It has been argued that if Christianity were inspected by the Trades Descriptions Act it would be found guilty of false […]

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Posted in Faith | 15 Comments »

Learning to See Beauty

February 16, 2012
Learning to See Beauty

The philosopher Goethe once said that we should every day see something beautiful when he said that: “Every day look at a beautiful picture, read a beautiful poem, listen to some beautiful music, and if possible, say some reasonable thing.” This year I have taken up that challenge and I am attempting every day to […]

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Posted in Uncategorized, understanding | 6 Comments »

Oh, Ye, of Too Much Faith! (part 2 of 2)

February 9, 2012
Oh, Ye, of Too Much Faith! (part 2 of 2)

Last week I talked about the results of John Dehlin’s recent survey that showed that a leading cause of people leaving Mormonism has become the ready access to church history information on the internet.  Today I’d like to continue to evaluate the survey information. Oh Ye of Too Much Faith It seems that often those […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Faith, History, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 90 Comments »

Does Studying Church History Lead to Apostasy? (Part 1 of 2)

February 2, 2012
Does Studying Church History Lead to Apostasy?  (Part 1 of 2)

Recent articles in the media have pointed to the study of church history as being key to the loss of faith. What role does it actually play?

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Posted in Church Policy, Faith, History, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 104 Comments »

What if God was your next door neighbour?

January 25, 2012
What if God was your next door neighbour?

We often speak of God as a distant abstract entity, a being who dwells on a planet next to Kolob. At the same time we talk of a being who is intimately involved in our lives and helps us find our lost car keys. This dual process of distancing and bringing Him close in many […]

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Posted in Mormon Belief | 15 Comments »

Age of Accountability

January 12, 2012
Age of Accountability

The famous proverb states that if you ‘Train a child in the way of the Lord when he is old he shall not depart from his ways.’ If this proverb is right and childhood education has such a deterministic role in a persons life, then the education of that child should be considered carefully, lest […]

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Posted in Mormon Belief | 23 Comments »

Nazis and Mormons

January 5, 2012
Nazis and Mormons

“A number of interesting parallels can be seen between the church and some of the ideas and policies of the National Socialists [Nazis].” Deseret News, 1933

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Posted in History, Mormon Belief, Politics | 28 Comments »

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