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Liberals don’t have testimonies?

August 17, 2014
Liberals don’t have testimonies?

Might there be some truth to the idea that liberals don’t have testimonies?

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Posted in Culture, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Culture | 31 Comments »

The Couple that (Drinks/Abstains) Together…?

September 11, 2013
The Couple that (Drinks/Abstains) Together…?

It may not be the amount someone drinks, or if they drink at all, but much the person differs from his or her spouse.

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Posted in Uncategorized | 12 Comments »

Woman in Swimsuit + Hostilely Sexist Man = “Immodesty”

June 20, 2013
Woman in Swimsuit + Hostilely Sexist Man = “Immodesty”

Only straight men who possess hostile sexist attitudes tend to objectify “scantily clad” women, or see them as less than human.

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Posted in Agency, Mormon Culture | 60 Comments »

The Psychology and Reality of Evil

March 27, 2013
The Psychology and Reality of Evil

Shenpa Warrior discusses evil from a psychological view In the 5th installment of the Psychology of Religion series.

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Posted in Agency, Doctrine, Morality, War in Heaven | 8 Comments »

An Open Letter to Current Active Mormons

February 20, 2013
An Open Letter to Current Active Mormons

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.

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Posted in Agency, understanding | 34 Comments »

“Believe” –> You Keep Using That Word. I Do Not Think it Means What You Think it Means

February 13, 2013
“Believe” –> You Keep Using That Word. I Do Not Think it Means What You Think it Means

To many, “do you believe in the gospel?” means “do you cognitively accept this set of propositions to be a map of reality?”

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Posted in Doctrine, Faith, Mormon Belief | 17 Comments »

Are You a Monotheist, or a Fetishistic Henotheist?

February 6, 2013
Are You a Monotheist, or a Fetishistic Henotheist?

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.

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Posted in Faith | 4 Comments »

What the Heck is Religion, if not Reality?

January 30, 2013
What the Heck is Religion, if not Reality?

Dawkins: delusion. Freud: illusion. James: intuition. Jung: incontrovertible experience of an intensely personal, reciprocal relationship with an extramundane authority.

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Posted in Faith, Science and Religion | 17 Comments »

Zen@Church: How We Make It Worse

February 8, 2012
Zen@Church: How We Make It Worse

In our best attempts to be happy, we often make things worse for ourselves.

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Posted in Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 29 Comments »

Zen at Church: The Plan of Happiness… or Suffering?

January 25, 2012
Zen at Church: The Plan of Happiness… or Suffering?

Why is there so much suffering–particularly among the “faithful”–in this “Plan of Happiness?”

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Posted in America, economics, Faith, Mormon | 49 Comments »

Lawnmower God Helped Me Find My Wallet

January 3, 2012
Lawnmower God Helped Me Find My Wallet

What causes one to attribute small events (like scoring a goal) to God or a higher power? What is the function of that belief?

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Posted in Faith | 69 Comments »

The Best & Worst of Personal Revelation

August 30, 2011
The Best & Worst of Personal Revelation

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 […]

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Posted in Uncategorized | 22 Comments »

Do bishops need to be recovering addicts?

July 19, 2011
Do bishops need to be recovering addicts?

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 […]

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Posted in Uncategorized | 16 Comments »

What is the difference between a “good feeling” and the experience of “the Holy Ghost?”

June 15, 2011
What is the difference between a “good feeling” and the experience of “the Holy Ghost?”

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 […]

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Posted in Uncategorized | 98 Comments »

cult

June 8, 2011
cult

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 […]

Posted in Uncategorized | 21 Comments »

offended

May 18, 2011
offended

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 […]

Posted in General Conference, Pride | 48 Comments »

Should K-12 teachers make six-figure salaries?

May 4, 2011
Should K-12 teachers make six-figure salaries?

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. […]

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Posted in Uncategorized | 130 Comments »

So what ARE we supposed to eat???

April 20, 2011
So what ARE we supposed to eat???

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 […]

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Posted in Uncategorized | 45 Comments »

Best and Worst: GenCon

April 6, 2011
Best and Worst: GenCon

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 […]

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Posted in General Conference | 26 Comments »

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