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Compassion, Gaslighting and You

April 20, 2016
Compassion, Gaslighting and You

On creating the wrong perception. My blogging hiatus at Wheat and Tares came about when I was trying to write on being heard and avoiding the perception that the speaker was mentally ill.  I eventually gave up on the project, because I couldn’t wrap it into a post.  Well, I think I found a way to […]

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What is Evil?

April 14, 2016
What is Evil?

Terrorism…pornography…Donald Trump? Evil is a popular word these days in Mormon culture. But what is evil and what exactly do we mean when we say it? In the church, I think the word evil has a Satanic component. But non-members often understand it differently. Some dislike the word because of its supernatural religious connotations. When George W. Bush used the phrase […]

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Memory, Simplification and Lies

April 10, 2016
Memory, Simplification and Lies

Thinking about the following made me understand why I react the way I do to people who insist that any simplification of a narrative is a lie.  In addition, because I do not have visual memories the way many people do, and am an abstract rather than a concrete thinker, I don’t deal in details […]

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A Parable of the Wheat and Beans — A guest post.

April 7, 2016
A Parable of the Wheat and Beans — A guest post.

We talk a fair amount about Wheat and Tares, but sometimes we need to talk about beans and wheat. I’m sharing a guest post on the topic of monoculture wheat (“Monocots”), standing in rows and tangled beans (“Dicots”), growing and giving back at the same time. Here is the guest post by Amateur Parent: I […]

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April 2016 Gen Conf in GIFs

April 5, 2016
April 2016 Gen Conf in GIFs

For those who need a quick recap of general conference weekend, here’s the GIF version.                            

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Welcome to my Nightmare (Political style)

March 25, 2016
Welcome to my Nightmare (Political style)

Like many of you, I am aghast at this year’s edition of the United States Presidential campaign.  I guess I can start out by saying that the crop of candidates is probably the worst I’ve seen since I started voting in the early 1970’s. I take no satisfaction in saying this because the future of […]

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Juggling Church Callings in a Family

March 24, 2016
Juggling Church Callings in a Family

For most of our married life my husband and I have held callings that did not conflict, or which, sometimes complimented each-other. Early in our marriage, before children, we both served in the youth programme, and I was pianist, whilst he served as chorister in our sacrament meetings. Once children came along we weren’t called […]

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The implications of eternal polyandry and other things

March 24, 2016
The implications of eternal polyandry and other things

Not what you expected? But seriously.  If 107 boys are born for every 100 girls, and given infant mortality and other factors, there will be more men than women in the hereafter.  Which means that rather than those who are not married in this life looking forward to some sort of eternal polygamy, they are […]

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Growing Tribalism: its Virtues and Perils

March 17, 2016
Growing Tribalism: its Virtues and Perils

In 1992, historian Francis Fukuyama wrote a book called The End of History and the Last Man. His premise was that with the end of the Cold War, humanity had entered a new era peace and cooperation and that democracy would inevitably be embraced by nations around the world. As a generation X-er, I recall […]

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What is Omnipotence?

March 4, 2016
What is Omnipotence?

We often talk of God being all powerful or omnipotent, but there is a wide range of what Omnipotence can mean in a religion. At the broadest margins, God is powerful enough to embrace and create paradox.  God can both create a weight so heavy he cannot lift it and lift the weight.  Or, in […]

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Mormonism and Atheism

February 25, 2016
Mormonism and Atheism

A few months ago I blogged about Brandon Flowers’ interview with Richard Dawkins. In the interview, Dawkins launched a vicious and unprovoked attack on Brandon’s LDS faith. I’ve often thought of how I possibly could have responded to Dawkins. I respect him as a scientist, as he is an important pioneer of neo-darwinism, and I […]

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Blasphemy: What Is It?

February 25, 2016
Blasphemy: What Is It?

Having seen blasphemy raised as an issue on blog posts over the last week, I thought it would be interesting to take a look at the topic, and our varying attitudes towards it. Reported in the news today, Coptic Christian teens in Egypt have been sentenced to 5 years in prison for insulting Islam, the […]

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Why didn’t someone tell me — Brigham Young and Prophecy

February 25, 2016
Why didn’t someone tell me — Brigham Young and Prophecy

Brigham Young had four defining characteristics when it came to the things he said in public: Hyperbole.  He used it as a rhetorical style, and used it as hyperbole. Logic.  Much of what he said he would describe as pure logic or “kenning.” When asked he would state that there wasn’t any revelation to it […]

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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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Donald Trump and the Religious Right

February 18, 2016
Donald Trump and the Religious Right

Donald Trump has won the support of much of the conservative Christian community. This in spite of his profanity laced stump speeches, multiple marriages, and obvious irreligiousness. How did this happen? What made so many Evangelicals so willing to throw out their religious ideals and support this boorish, hedonistic plutocrat? There are many possible answers […]

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Generic Podcast …

February 18, 2016
Generic Podcast …

Before you read this, recognize that there are some excellent, excellent podcasts out there. That said, you can wrap up a lot of podcasts by just plugging in the following review: They complained that the church should make people uncomfortable. Too many liberals at church who need to buck up and get a grip about […]

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Pathological Human Behavior

February 12, 2016
Pathological Human Behavior

Introduction There are about five or six pathological social responses in human behavior.  I began paying attention to them when I was dealing with dispute resolution and then when I became friends with the late Dr. Elgin.  They show up in a number of contexts, and you can identify factions by which pathology they embrace. […]

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Images and Musings from a Buddhist Temple

February 11, 2016
Images and Musings from a Buddhist Temple

Here are a few photos from my visit to Lama Temple in Beijing last week. As I stood on the sidelines with my telephoto lens I noticed a few things which gave me insight into the state of religion in China:  Most people came to the temple to pray, not to take pictures. This is […]

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Potential Ensign Articles — Your Suggestions

February 4, 2016
Potential Ensign Articles — Your Suggestions

Recently I ran across a thread that discussed some potential Ensign articles that would help address some common criticisms or answer questions. That seemed to make a great concept for a post and a place to invite reader input. I’d invite your posting/commenting what you would like to see addressed in the “I have a […]

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Resolving the Resurrection Paradox

February 3, 2016
Resolving the Resurrection Paradox

A few months ago I wrote a blog called The Resurrection Paradox discussing my ambivalent feelings about the doctrine of the resurrection. On the one hand, I feel inspired by the idea of a reunion with loved ones in an eternal world. The LDS doctrine of the resurrection enshrines the relationships and physical characteristics of […]

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