Morality

Origen & the Pre-Existence, Coats of Skins

June 27, 2016
Origen & the Pre-Existence, Coats of Skins

I was listening to a great Maxwell Institute podcast in which Blair Hodges interviews Peter Martens. Among other topics, Martens briefly discussed early church father Origen who was denounced postumously for his heretical views, some of which, although they may have been anathema to Catholics, are particularly of interest to Mormons. Origen was an early Christian scholar […]

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Does D&C 132 support Polyandry?

June 26, 2016
Does D&C 132 support Polyandry?

This past week, we’ve discussed polyandry–the idea that a woman can have multiple husbands.  (Polygyny is the concept where a husband can have multiple wives.  Polygamy encompasses both polygyny and polyandry.)  The reason this came up was due to a presentation I attended at the Mormon History Association meetings.  Many people have charged that Josephine’s mother […]

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Posted in Church Policy, History, Joseph Smith, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Patriarchy, Polygamy, Prophet, theology, Women | 4 Comments »

Joseph’s DNA Test #MHA2016

June 20, 2016
Ugo Perego and Brian Hales

The most exciting, newsworthy event at the 2016 Mormon History Association meetings was the announcement of the DNA test of Josephine Lyons.  As the story goes, Joseph Smith had more than 30 polygamist wives.  Except for Emma, none of these wives had children via Joseph.  There had been a few rumored children but John Reed Hancock […]

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Posted in History, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Polygamy, Reviews, Science and Religion | 64 Comments »

Amnesia, Arguments, and Alliances

June 14, 2016
Amnesia, Arguments, and Alliances

I’ve gotten immersed in the Outlander books by Diana Gabaldon.  It’s the story of a combat nurse from World War II transported back in time 200 years while visiting the Scottish highlands.  Although she’s English, and therefore an enemy in the conflicts underway in Scotland in the mid-1700s, these are not her personal conflicts.  Her own […]

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Tattle Tale Culture

May 31, 2016
Tattle Tale Culture

In the wake of the Title IX scandal at BYU, it came to light that not only was BYU opening an honor code investigation on all who reported that they were raped (regardless of whether any honor code violation was involved in their assault), but also that students may have an honor code investigation file […]

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Rainbow Mormons: June 5th Event

May 30, 2016
Rainbow Mormons:  June 5th Event

June 5 will mark seven months since the exclusion policy barring the children of same sex couples from being baptized until age 18 at which point they must also disavow their parents’ relationship.  Allies of LGBT people are asked to join in wearing a rainbow ribbon this day to demonstrate support for inclusion and to […]

Posted in Agency, Charity, Christian, Church Policy, Culture, emotions, Empathy, LDS, LGBT, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion | 44 Comments »

Inspiring Tithing Lesson?

May 29, 2016
Inspiring Tithing Lesson?

In priesthood meeting, we had a lesson on Tithing.  One of the comments was “Do you want net blessings or gross?”  But the story that got the most attention came when the teacher indicated that his first wife left him and wanted nothing to do with the four children.  The divorce was finalized on Dec […]

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Posted in Blind Obedience, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Culture | 25 Comments »

BYU Rape Myths

May 24, 2016
BYU Rape Myths

There has been push back among conservatives within the church (most notably the church’s PR team in their defensive reply to Salt Lake Tribune coverage of the Title IX violations at BYU) about the term rape culture as applied to the issues at BYU.  These concerns stem from a misunderstanding of the term rape culture as […]

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Are Addictions and Free agency compatible?

May 23, 2016
Are Addictions and Free agency compatible?

A few weeks ago, I discussed Utah’s attempts to call porn a public health crisis. I don’t think such a designation is useful for a few reasons: (1) the Utah Legislature allocated no funds to combat the problem, (2) there is considerable debate about whether porn or sex addiction is a legitimate scientific condition, and […]

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Posted in Agency, Christian, Culture, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Science and Religion | 27 Comments »

Belief vs. Faith

May 10, 2016
Belief vs. Faith

A recent Relief Society lesson was using the terms belief and faith interchangeably, which reminded me of a post I did a long time ago that I thought I would revisit. Belief vs. Faith Belief is defined as “an acceptance that a statement is true or that something exists” and also “trust, faith, or confidence […]

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Posted in Agency, Blind Obedience, Culture, doubt, emotions, Empathy, Faith, faith crisis, Freedom, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Religion | 12 Comments »

Is Utah’s Porn Problem Really a Public Health Crisis?

May 9, 2016
Is Utah’s Porn Problem Really a Public Health Crisis?

Hey Bloggernacle. All those snarky comments complaining about Utah’s porn use have been heard.  The problem is, I don’t think you’re going to like Utah’s solution.  Several media outlets, such as the Deseret News, and the Washington Post, are reporting that Utah is the first in the nation to declare that porn is a public health […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Culture, LDS, leadership, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Culture | 35 Comments »

To Be Honest

May 2, 2016
To Be Honest

Mormons consider honesty to be an important virtue, and who doesn’t?  I learned pretty quick that my mom would punish me for lying → could read my mind → so I might as well tell the truth When I told a whopper, my mom made me suck on a bar of Ivory™, perhaps in the […]

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Posted in Agency, Culture, doubt, emotions, Empathy, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion | 53 Comments »

Are Mormons Happy?

April 27, 2016
Are Mormons Happy?

Wheat & Tares is pleased to feature today’s guest post. Mormons clearly value happiness on Earth, and they have the pithy quotes to prove it.  If you ask me (and nobody is) happiness is pretty much the point of any spiritual journey.  I mean, deep down, the idea of eternal bliss after death ought to make life […]

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Posted in Agency, Christian, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, emotions, Empathy, Faith, faith crisis, gender equity, LDS, Mental Health, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Pride, Religion, Women | 74 Comments »

Understanding Title IX and BYU

April 23, 2016
Understanding Title IX and BYU

There has been a good deal of discussion about Title IX recently.  This guest post explains just what Title IX is and how the law impacts the current BYU policy. The Law In shorthand, Title IX means that universities must have a program for reporting sexual assaults. [It is much, much more, but that is […]

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Posted in BYU, BYU-Idaho, Church Policy, Culture, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Women, workplace | 52 Comments »

Why the “No Proselyting” Rule Exists

April 13, 2016
Why the “No Proselyting” Rule Exists

By Common Consent recently published a guest post by Maryan Shumway[1] describing her missionary service among Southeast Asian refugees in the 1980s. She noted a particular rule: “[We] were absolutely not allowed to proselyte or even mention the church in any way. I was a missionary, but was strictly forbidden to talk about the church.” It […]

Posted in Charity, Christian, Empathy, Holy Land, Humanitarian Aid, Morality, Religion, understanding | 17 Comments »

The Road Not Taken

February 23, 2016
The Road Not Taken

Everyone’s heard the Robert Frost poem The Road Not Taken. [1]  Often people mistakenly focus on the notion of the path taken being the less traveled route, not the one that others take, or in other words, they see this as being primarily about marching to the beat of your own drummer, doing your own […]

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, BYU, Culture, doubt, Education, emotions, Empathy, LDS, Mental Health, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Religion, Uncategorized | 9 Comments »

A Short History of Robbers and Insults

January 15, 2016
A Short History of Robbers and Insults

The Oregon standoff has included the frequent use of the word “terrorism” to describe the Bundys and their associates. Because of my research into revolutionary warfare, I’m not surprised that words like “terrorists” are used as tools to delegitimize political actors.[1]  My research projects have included insurgencies into the Late Roman Empire, samurai warfare in […]

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Posted in History, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Violence | 12 Comments »

The Policy & The Commodification of Marriage

January 12, 2016
The Policy & The Commodification of Marriage

When I was a YW, I had a nightmare about my imaginary future marriage.  I dreamed that my parents had arranged a marriage for me with a “worthy” young man.  He came to my parents’ house to live, and when it was time to go to bed, he came out of the bathroom wearing 1950s […]

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Posted in Agency, BYU, Charity, Christian, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, doubt, emotions, Empathy, Faith, faith crisis, LDS, leadership, LGBT, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Patriarchy, Women | 37 Comments »

Last Week of Nominations! Tell your Friends! #Wheaties #TareficAwards

January 11, 2016
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Nominations ramped up this week, but we still need you to tell your friends!  Every year someone doesn’t hear about nominations until it’s too late!  This is your chance to nominate, or be nominated!  This is our final week of nominations.  (Leave comments on other blogs to tell them to nominate!) Voting will begin next Monday […]

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Posted in Feminism, LDS, LGBT, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, social media, Temple, Wheaties, Women | 30 Comments »

Reviewing Religion of a Different Color

December 28, 2015
Reviewing Religion of a Different Color

I finally finished Paul Reeve’s book Religion of a Different Color.  Paul highlights the strange evolution of Mormons, once seen as not white enough, now seen as too white. From page 270, …as late as 2012 the perception persisted in some corners that Mormons were racist and that there were few or no black Mormons.  […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Culture, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Priesthood, Race Relations, Reviews | 12 Comments »

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