Morality

Unpardonable (Weekend Poll)

April 19, 2014
Unpardonable (Weekend Poll)

Is there any sin that is truly unforgivable?  If so, what is it? Discuss.

Posted in Agency, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Christian, Doctrine, Faith, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 7 Comments »

The Gospel of Conformity

April 17, 2014
The Gospel of Conformity

Today’s guest post is by Benjamin.  Imagine that you are asked to participate in a study. The researcher tells you that she is studying people’s ability to interpret visual information. You are placed at the end of a row of four chairs with three other participants. On the projector screen in front of you appears […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 16 Comments »

Leaders with X-Ray Vision

April 15, 2014
Leaders with X-Ray Vision

Who determines worthiness in the temple recommend interview? The bishop? The individual? The questions? Other methods of discernment? Can the bishop rightly withhold a temple recommend based on nothing more than a hunch or the Spirit even if probing reveals no wrong answers? I recently read a blog post written by a group of ex-Mormon […]

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, BYU, Church Policy, Doctrine, Faith, Freedom, History, Mission, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 30 Comments »

Outsourcing Morality to the MPAA

April 14, 2014
Outsourcing Morality to the MPAA

The LDS Church has asked church members to avoid R rated movies for quite some time. (For a little more background, here is my post that discussed the documentary Cleanflix.) As I reviewed that post recently, some ironic things struck me. Hollywood often gets cited as having questionable morals, producing filth, and contributing to the […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Culture | 16 Comments »

Shame on You! (Weekend Poll)

April 12, 2014
Shame on You!  (Weekend Poll)

In a chastity-focused church, there’s plenty of sexual shame to go around.  Where does most of it fall? Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Education, Faith, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 14 Comments »

5 April Fool’s Day Pranks

April 1, 2014
5 April Fool’s Day Pranks

The internet is rife with great pranks for this most inauspicious of holidays.  Here are a handful that are uniquely Mormon-themed, just for our Bloggernacle readers. Find some of your Kindergarten clay projects.  Sell them on ebay as “Authentic Mayan Artifacts.” Using the ward list, call everyone on it about an “exciting scented candle opportunity” […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Apostasy, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 4 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 Girls’ Meeting

March 25, 2014
The Girls’ Meeting

Q.  What do an 8 year old girl and an 88 year old woman have in common?  A.  Both are the apparent target audience of the upcoming Women’s Meeting. For the first time ever, the General Women’s Meeting that precedes General Conference once per year has been expanded to include not only the Young Women, […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Doctrine, Faith, General Conference, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Women | 61 Comments »

Science vs. Religion (Weekend Poll + Jokes)

March 22, 2014
Science vs. Religion (Weekend Poll + Jokes)

Science and religion walked into a bar . . . Joke 1:  How many atheists does it take to change a light bulb? Two. One to actually change the bulb, and the other to videotape the job so fundamentalists won’t claim that god did it. Joke 2:  During the Reign of Terror of the French Revolution, […]

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Posted in Agency, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 7 Comments »

Land of the Free Imprisoned

March 17, 2014
Land of the Free Imprisoned

We like to complain about human rights abuses in Communist China or North Korea. However, it is the United States with the highest incarceration rate in the world, and it is more than 6 times larger than Communist China. (The U.S jails 743 per 100,000 Americans; China jails just 122 per 100,000.) It seems that […]

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Posted in Freedom, Joseph Smith, Morality, Mormon | 38 Comments »

How Feminist Friendly Is Your Ward? (Poll)

March 11, 2014
How Feminist Friendly Is Your Ward?  (Poll)

We frequently talk about how different our local ward experiences are from place to place, and even over time.  I put together a quick and totally subjective rating system to determine how “feminist-friendly” our wards are on the whole.  This is using a 1-5 scale with 1 being hostile to feminists and 5 being welcoming […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 31 Comments »

How Would You React if one of you Children Came out to You?

March 10, 2014
How Would You React if one of you Children Came out to You?

Now that Seasons 3 and 4 are on Netflix, I’m catching up on Sister Wives again.  Season 4 Episode 4 was a Q&A titled You Asked, They Answered, in which viewers ask all sorts of questions of the Browns.  One question in particular gave me much pause, and I thought it might be a nice […]

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Posted in Christian, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Polygamy | 15 Comments »

What is wrong with…Modesty?

March 7, 2014
What is wrong with…Modesty?

I have been thinking about all the complaints lately about various things in the LDS Church. Therefore, I thought I might tackle some of the stickier ones in the coming weeks. Subjects such as Male Priesthood, Simplified History, Traditional Marriage, Missionary Service, etc. Today, in the wake of the brouhaha over Elder Tad R. Callister’s […]

Posted in Agency, BYU, Church Policy, Faith, Modesty, Morality, Prophet | 45 Comments »

The Testimony Puzzle

March 4, 2014
The Testimony Puzzle

I have never been a big fan of testimony meetings for a variety of reasons, but maybe my opinion is starting to shift. Last year I taught the May Sunday School youth lesson from Come Follow Me “What does it mean to bear testimony?” Since I was teaching 12-13 year olds, including my own son, […]

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Posted in Agency, Faith, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 2 Comments »

Patriarchal Blessings (Weekend Poll)

March 1, 2014
Patriarchal Blessings (Weekend Poll)

It’s common for teens and new members to receive a patriarchal blessing, directed to them as an individual.  Looking back, how do you feel about your patriarchal blessing? Discuss.

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Posted in Faith, Mission, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 27 Comments »

Are Moderate Religious Institutions in Decline?

February 27, 2014
Are Moderate Religious Institutions in Decline?

“Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.” (Philippians 4:4-5). Are we losing moderate religion in our societies? Does it matter? This week the BBC R4 programme Beyond Belief discussed religious decline. Presenter Ernie Rae was joined by the Revd […]

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Posted in Christian, Europe, Morality, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, understanding | 21 Comments »

What It’s Like Being a Single Adult in the Church (as told in GIFs)

February 25, 2014
What It’s Like Being a Single Adult in the Church (as told in GIFs)

YSAs or “Young Single Adults” often feel they are in a difficult situation in the church.  Why is that?  Let’s see. But on the upside . . .

Posted in Agency, Apostasy, BYU, Church Policy, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Singles, Uncategorized | 11 Comments »

Let’s Talk About Sex (Weekend Poll)

February 22, 2014
Let’s Talk About Sex (Weekend Poll)

Sex education is a controversial subject in some places, and people have strong opinions about how it should be handled (or not) in the school system.  What do you think? Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Education, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics | 20 Comments »

Ten Cultural Insights from 2013 Weekend Polls

February 18, 2014
Ten Cultural Insights from 2013 Weekend Polls

We’ve been conducting a weekend poll regularly here at Wheat & Tares.  Some of the insights are no-brainers. At times, there is a result that takes me by surprise.  Here are some of the most surprising insights (to me) from a year in polls: For Whom the Wedding Bells Toll 68% of readers believe Jesus […]

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Posted in Agency, Freedom, Jesus, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 11 Comments »

Does God Forgive Evil?

February 17, 2014
Does God Forgive Evil?

National Geographic has a very interesting documentary, The Science of Evil where they look at evil from many points of view.  It was a very thought-provoking documentary, and I think I will put together a series of posts on the documentary.  My first post will deal with Jeffrey Dahmer, the notorious serial killer.  From Wikipedia, […]

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Posted in Christian, Morality, Violence | 22 Comments »

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