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Unpardonable (Weekend Poll)

April 19, 2014
Unpardonable (Weekend Poll)

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

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Darren Aronofsky’s Noah and the Power of Myth

April 16, 2014
Darren Aronofsky’s Noah and the Power of Myth

There is a trend in modern LDS scholarship to assiduously avoid what is called “proof-texting,” which means taking scriptures out of context, or using them in ways the original author might not have intended.  Mormons take their scriptures very seriously, often literally, and implicit in their study is always the question “what did such and […]

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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 »

Tweets and Conference: Real-time Reactions to the Priesthood Session

April 13, 2014
Tweets and Conference: Real-time Reactions to the Priesthood Session

For those unfamiliar, Twitter is a social media platform that allows users to post statements consisting of 140 characters or less. Because of its immediacy and length constraint, it has become increasingly popular platform for sharing real-time reactions to things, giving rise to the phenomenon of “live-tweeting” events. General Conference is no exception, and I […]

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A Prophet by Any Other Beard?

April 13, 2014
Old-reader-cover

I gave a presentation at Saturday’s Association for Mormon Letters conference (brought to you by the letters U, V, and U) about the history of Book of Mormon comic books. I included the classics: “Lessons from the Life of Nephi” (George Reynolds and C.C.A. Christensen), “Stories from the Book of Mormon” (John Philip Dalby), The […]

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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 »

Rethinking Gender Hierarchy

April 9, 2014
Rethinking Gender Hierarchy

My extremely unpopular post of last week caused me to do a little soul searching.  I recently took the Ambivalent Sexism Inventory, a test which rates just how sexist you are, and whether you are a hostile or benevolent sexist.  I came out as a strongly benevolent sexist, and I think there is some truth […]

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Why the Woman Submits to the Man, the Man to God

April 2, 2014
Why the Woman Submits to the Man, the Man to God

(Disclaimer: In this post I resort to stark stereotypes in order to make a case for the gender hierarchy in the temple.  But please read in conjunction with this post,where I explain how I believe men and women are also equal.  I am not as chauvinistic as it might appear from a casual reading of this […]

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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 »

FSY* – The New EFY

March 27, 2014
FSY* – The New EFY

Just recently I was forwarded an email, originating with the Stake youth leaders encouraging leaders, in enthusiastic, even hyperbolic terms, to get all the youth signed up to attend FSY (For the Strength of Youth) this summer. The information provided in the email covered dates, costs, and the inevitable dress standards. Also included was a […]

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Resisting Skepticism: “Believe All Things”

March 26, 2014
Resisting Skepticism: “Believe All Things”

What does the statement “We believe all things” mean in the Articles of Faith?  To me it means that Mormons are fundamentally a trusting, believing people, not overly given to skepticism.  Joseph Smith said, “No man was condemned for believing too much, but he is condemned for unbelief.”  Believing all things isn’t just about accepting […]

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Dear God: Shall I Lament Your Impotence, Defy Your Injustice, or Renounce Your Followers?

March 21, 2014
Ordain Women at General Conference

Dear God, you probably already know this, but your followers don’t give me much confidence in you.

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Getting a Grip on History

March 18, 2014
Getting a Grip on History

There has been a lot of discussion in the b’nacle about what the church can do from a practical standpoint to address the thorny issues in church history.  The traditional approach has been to: 1) keep the curriculum uplifting and free from controversy, 2) to never speak ill or contradict leaders of the past or […]

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Posted in Agency, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Book of Mormon, Church Policy, Doctrine, Education, Faith, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, New Testament Sunday School Lessons, Old Testament Sunday School Lessons, Uncategorized | 28 Comments »

Apostate Feminists (Weekend Poll)

March 15, 2014
Apostate Feminists (Weekend Poll)

Feminists sometimes get a bum rap at church.  Is it deserved or is it based on misunderstanding? How much of a feminist are you? Discuss.

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Teaching Old Testament Violence to Children

March 12, 2014
Teaching Old Testament Violence to Children

I teach Old Testament to the 7-8 year olds.  Sometimes I wonder if I should really be teaching them about the bloodthirsty Jehovah of the Bible.  How much should I emphasize Abraham sacrificing Isaac, Lot’s wife turning into a pillar of salt, the wicked being burned, the righteous being saved, Moses slaughtering thousands those who […]

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Secret Sins (Weekend Poll)

March 8, 2014
Secret Sins  (Weekend Poll)

What would you do if nobody would ever see or find out?  Would you behave the same as you do now or would you do something truly bad? Discuss.

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How the Adam-God Theory Reconciles Evolution with LDS Doctrine

March 5, 2014
How the Adam-God Theory Reconciles Evolution with LDS Doctrine

In LDS Doctrine, God has a body of flesh and bone and we are created in His image.  Our bodily form is therefore divine, transcendent, and ultimately, not of this world.  However, this idea is strongly contradicted by the science of evolution, which states that the peculiarities of human anatomy came about through natural selection […]

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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 »

An Examination of Gender Roles and Sexual Orientation

February 26, 2014
An Examination of Gender Roles and Sexual Orientation

Nathaniel Givens and Julie Hartley-Moore have been sparring over gender roles over at Times and Seasons.  Nathaniel defends traditional gender roles as intrinsic, while Julie argues that a lot of it comes down to culture, and that men and women are both capable of playing the same roles equally well.  I’d like to jump into […]

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