August 17, 2014
Might there be some truth to the idea that liberals don’t have testimonies?
September 11, 2013
It may not be the amount someone drinks, or if they drink at all, but much the person differs from his or her spouse.
June 20, 2013
Only straight men who possess hostile sexist attitudes tend to objectify “scantily clad” women, or see them as less than human.
March 27, 2013
Shenpa Warrior discusses evil from a psychological view In the 5th installment of the Psychology of Religion series.
February 27, 2013
In a futile attempt to answer President Packer, this post will address the feeling of the Spirit via psychology and affective neuroscience.
February 20, 2013
Dear Epistemologically Certain Emotionally/Developmentally Arrested TBM (ECEDATBM): Please sign an agreement now, that you won’t be a tool when you leave the church.
February 13, 2013
To many, “do you believe in the gospel?” means “do you cognitively accept this set of propositions to be a map of reality?”
February 6, 2013
Welcome back to class! How might Mormonism be viewed through Fowler’s descriptions of poly-, heno-, and monotheism. Or, why we’re probably all idolatrous.
January 30, 2013
Dawkins: delusion. Freud: illusion. James: intuition. Jung: incontrovertible experience of an intensely personal, reciprocal relationship with an extramundane authority.
February 8, 2012
In our best attempts to be happy, we often make things worse for ourselves.
January 25, 2012
Why is there so much suffering–particularly among the “faithful”–in this “Plan of Happiness?”
January 3, 2012
What causes one to attribute small events (like scoring a goal) to God or a higher power? What is the function of that belief?
August 30, 2011
For every “I knew then that I should marry him, and we’ve had a great marriage” there is a “I married him because the Spirit told me to, but we have nothing in common and argue all the time.” Personal revelation can take many forms. For example: WORST: “I was prompted to buy the VW […]
July 19, 2011
Or rather, do therapists who work with veterans need military experience? Just over 6000 soldiers have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001. Around 6,500 veterans commit suicide every year. There is also a shortage of mental health services for these veterans. Many therapists have not had military experience, losing valuable street cred with […]
June 15, 2011
What is the difference between a positive emotional experience, and “feeling the Spirit?” I have had many positive emotional experiences in both religious and secular contexts… I have also had a handful of experiences with religion that were qualitatively different from that. A few have felt like what I can only imagine must be similar […]
June 8, 2011
This is not a neutral word. What use does it serve? Here are some definitions: a particular system of religious worship, especially with reference to its rites and ceremonies. (There you have it, “cult” is everywhere, in every religion.) an instance of great veneration of a person, ideal, or thing, especially as manifested by a […]
May 18, 2011
No matter how this word is used, it ascribes blame. I was offended = It was the other person’s fault. I chose to be offended = It was my fault. I did not mean to offend = It is your fault if you were. I propose that we BANISH this word from our vocabulary. In […]
May 4, 2011
A recent NY Times article suggested that K-12 teachers should start out at 65k/year, making up to 150k. Many people agree that teachers don’t make enough for what they do, but I don’t think we should raise their salaries out of “fairness” or pity. We should raise their salaries out of concern for our children. […]
April 20, 2011
A friend of mine has been on the Paleo Diet for a while: Eat like a cave-person and lose weight. Another friend recommended The China Study to me: Don’t eat animal proteins and you won’t get cancer. A magazine my wife gets pushes the Eat-Clean diet: Don’t eat anything with more than three ingredients, and […]
April 6, 2011
In the name of dissonance and ambiguity, remember to include a worst AND a best memory in your comments! Here are two each of mine: Worst: The debate about conference-as-scripture vs. conference-as-not-necessarily-scripture. Which is it? Either/or? Both/and? Part of this confusion I think comes from blanket (general?!) statements as people describe conference as “the words […]