economics

The Hereafter is a Hustle

July 6, 2016
The Hereafter is a Hustle

There is one quote (among many) that I heard over the last few years that has changed the way I see and live the Gospel of Jesus Christ: “When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why they are poor, they call me a communist.” -Dom Hélder Pessoa Câmara […]

Posted in economics, Mormon Belief, Politics, Race Relations, theology | 44 Comments »

Does God Agree With Your Politics?

March 16, 2016
Does God Agree With Your Politics?

My opinion is not a popular one, especially among Mormons. It’s based on one of my foundational beliefs that I still maintain from my days as a centrist: both sides of our political divide are founded on sound principles that are imperfectly applied – because we’re humans. (Just like I believe our Church organization is […]

Tags:
Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, America, economics, Freedom, History, money, Mormon Discussion, Politics | 20 Comments »

Seeing Mormon Faith Transitions as Social Class Movements

January 28, 2016
olddesignshop_oneillcataloguemensclothingbw

In America, we rarely talk about social class. But what if social class can help us understand different expressions of faith?

Tags: , , , , ,
Posted in economics, Education, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Religion | 30 Comments »

Discernment, Coercion and Non-Verbal Cues

January 18, 2016
Discernment, Coercion and Non-Verbal Cues

I’m starting to question my faith . . . in the excellent detectives of the New York Police Department as portrayed on the various Law & Orders. Over the holidays, a lot of us got caught up in the Netflix series Making a Murderer, the story of accused Wisconsin murderer Steven Avery.  **SPOILER ALERT**  What […]

Tags: , , , , ,
Posted in Agency, Criticism, Culture, economics, Education, Mental Health | 14 Comments »

The Government vs. The West

January 7, 2016
The Government vs. The West

Today’s guest post is from long-time blog favorite Mary Ann. You can read other posts from Mary Ann here and here. Mormon anti-government sentiment is typically chalked up to a psychological complex from government-sanctioned persecution in the 19th century, but it doesn’t adequately explain the anger against the federal government currently festering in the American […]

Tags: , , ,
Posted in Agency, America, Criticism, Culture, economics, Education, emotions, Empathy, Freedom, Mormon Culture, Politics, Technology | 26 Comments »

Defending the Family vs. No Paid Leave

December 8, 2015
Defending the Family vs. No Paid Leave

A recent article in the Washington Post highlighted that despite pro-family rhetoric, many religions do not offer paid family leave to employees.  Mormonism was highlighted as providing no paid family leave to either men or women [1], although they were consistent with a few other conservative religious groups.  Given our focus on families, why doesn’t the […]

Posted in Agency, Charity, Christian, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, debt, economics, Education, Empathy, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, General Conference, LDS, leadership, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Patriarchy, Politics, Religion, understanding, Women, workplace | 21 Comments »

Sanders Appeals to Conservatives

September 28, 2015
Sanders Appeals to Conservatives

Bernie Sanders is a socialist.  Yup, I said it.  Apparently Karl Marx thought that Socialism leads to Communism (as is the USSR – Union of Soviet Socialist Republics)  or Naziism, which was headed the the National Socialist German Workers’ Party.  But the opposite seems to be true.  Both Naziism and the Soviet Union have died, although certainly Vladimir […]

Tags: ,
Posted in Charity, Christian, Culture, debt, economics, Faith, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Politics, scriptures, theology, workplace | 64 Comments »

Down at the [Y]MIA — alternatives to the Boy Scouts

August 3, 2015
Down at the [Y]MIA — alternatives to the Boy Scouts

For the last twenty-thirty or so years the Church has explored alternatives to scouting. One of the problems is that those who have been tasked with approaching the concept end up just creating boy scout clones, with the bottom line that they give up and suggest just sticking with the boy scouts.  They have a […]

Posted in Church Policy, economics, gender equity, leadership, Uncategorized | 29 Comments »

Marriage For Now

March 23, 2015
Marriage For Now

Is it looking past the mark to think of our marriages as eternal rather than thinking of what we need in the here and now and in the near future?  Do we focus so much on eternity that we are just barely enduring to the end in the day-to-day marriage? Last week I re-posted a review […]

Tags: ,
Posted in Agency, BYU, Culture, economics, Education, emotions, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion | 37 Comments »

The Myth of Traditional Marriage

March 17, 2015
The Myth of Traditional Marriage

According to the song, love and marriage go together like a horse and carriage.  But when it comes to the history of marriage, pairing marriage with love is putting the cart before the horse.  If we look at why people used to get married, traditionally, we’ll quickly see why marriages today are less stable.  And why […]

Posted in Agency, America, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, economics, Education, emotions, Europe, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, LDS, money, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Culture, understanding, Violence, Women | 73 Comments »

Today’s Press Conference: Double-Edged Discrimination

January 27, 2015
Today’s Press Conference:  Double-Edged Discrimination

In today’s press conference, LDS leaders encouraged church members to support anti-discrimination legislation while continuing to oppose marriage equality.  You can find a very local perspective here, slightly less local here or downright global perspective here.  A few quick highlights: LGBT people deserve the same basic rights as all individuals:  equal access to housing, legal protections, […]

Tags: ,
Posted in Agency, America, Christian, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, doubt, economics, Education, Freedom, LDS, leadership, LGBT, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Politics, Pride, understanding, workplace | 34 Comments »

Weekend Poll: Tipping

January 3, 2015
Weekend Poll:  Tipping

Tipping is commonplace in the United States, but not so much in Europe.  A recent Freakonomics episode found that service improved when tipping was abolished.  A 2012 study found that countries that tipped the most have a perception of increased corruption.  I’ve always found certain practices strange. Is tipping even fair?  Slender women earn more […]

Tags: ,
Posted in Culture, economics, Morality | 18 Comments »

The Gay Cake Debate

December 30, 2014
The Gay Cake Debate

About two years ago, the baker who refused to sell a wedding cake to a gay couple for their wedding was in the news.  He’s baaack!  Are individual proprietors free to refuse their services to others on any basis they choose, even if it’s discriminatory?  Is it OK to refuse to serve Jews? Or Mormons? […]

Tags: , , , , ,
Posted in Agency, America, Apostasy, Christian, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, economics, Education, emotions, Freedom, LGBT, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Politics, Uncategorized | 61 Comments »

I Resolve: Weekend Poll

December 27, 2014
I Resolve:  Weekend Poll

Do you set New Year’s Resolutions?  Have you successfully completed them in the past?  What do you hope to do in 2015? Discuss.

Tags: , , , ,
Posted in Agency, Culture, economics, Education, emotions, Faith, LDS, money, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion | 6 Comments »

It’s beginning to look a lot like . . . a Weekend Poll!

December 20, 2014
It’s beginning to look a lot like . . . a Weekend Poll!

Ready or not, the holidays are upon us. Discuss.

Tags: , , , , ,
Posted in Culture, economics, emotions, Jesus, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion | 4 Comments »

Where Are All the Men? You’ll Never Know.

September 22, 2014
Where Are All the Men?  You’ll Never Know.

The church has recently released a 9 minute video called “You Never Know.” It features what must be assumed to be a single mom who is trying very hard to get her to do list done so she can meet her cousin at the airport to spend the evening with her.  But her to do […]

Posted in Agency, America, Christian, Church Policy, Culture, economics, emotions, Faith, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, LDS, money, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Women | 54 Comments »

Was Jesus a Socialist?

April 17, 2014
Was Jesus a Socialist?

The parable of the lord of the vineyard hires workers to do specific work in his fields in the morning, at noon, in the afternoon and at the end of the day. At the end of the day, he pays every single one of them a full day’s wage (to the great dismay of the […]

Tags: ,
Posted in Christian, economics, Jesus, Mormon | 21 Comments »

Mormons & MLMs (Weekend Poll)

March 29, 2014
Mormons & MLMs (Weekend Poll)

Why do multi-level marketing schemes prevail in Mormon culture? Discuss.

Posted in Agency, debt, economics, Education, Faith, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 17 Comments »

The Paperless Stake

March 13, 2014
The Paperless Stake

“Unfortunately, many of the benefits of living in a technology-rich age accrue primarily to those who can afford to learn about and gain access to new technology. Those who cannot are left further behind.” (taken from Chapter 1 of  “Creating an Information Democracy” Centre for Urban Policy Research, Rutgers University) In our embrace of modern […]

Tags: ,
Posted in Church Policy, economics, Education, Freedom, Mormon Culture, Technology | 27 Comments »

Mormon Feminism (in GIFs)

February 11, 2014
Mormon Feminism (in GIFs)

Being a woman in a patriarchal church is bound to have some ups and downs. In summary . . .

Tags:
Posted in Agency, economics, Education, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Uncategorized | 56 Comments »

Search