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Blaming God: Our Prodigal Innocence

January 28, 2015
Blaming God: Our Prodigal Innocence

I’m currently working on a production of Balanchine’s 1929 ballet The Prodigal Son and have been studying Mikhail Baryshnikov’s version. Baryshnikov’s genius was not merely in his technical facility as a dancer, but his extraordinary ability to generate empathy as an actor. His beautiful interpretation reveals dimensions of Jesus’ parable that I had not previously […]

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Into the Woods: The Humanist Gospel of Stephen Sondheim

January 22, 2015
Into the Woods: The Humanist Gospel of Stephen Sondheim

I hope you’ve been out see Disney’s beautiful new film Into the Woods.  Originally written in two long acts, the new film does its best to cram it all into two hours.  Each act of the original musical presents two entirely different philosophies and worldviews.  Act 1 presents a religious and moral view of life, and Act 2 […]

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Are Doubters Welcome?

January 20, 2015
DoubtersWelcome

Wheat & Tares welcomes guest poster Bill Reel: Host of “Mormon Discussion Podcast” There is an epic war of ideology occurring right before our eyes in Mormonism. There are people lining up to take various sides. The trouble is the lines have been blurred and the average onlooker is perhaps not seeing things as they […]

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Tolerance is a Two-way Street

January 17, 2015
Tolerance is a Two-way Street

The word tolerance is an oft thrown about word these days. It’s rather easy for us to be tolerant of like-minded people or ideas, but becomes increasing difficult when people differ. The dictionary definition (according to Merriam-Webster) is “willingness to accept feelings, habits, or beliefs that are different from your own.” The secondary definition is […]

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Surprising Findings from 2014 Polls

January 13, 2015
Surprising Findings from 2014 Polls

Not So Fast The jury of parents is out when it comes to fasting.  People were equally split on whether fasting is good for kids age 8+, bad for everyone, or bad for kids but OK for adults.  If the church has a clear stance on kids’ fasting, it’s not well understood.  I tend to […]

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Is TLC’s Show “My Husband’s NOT Gay” Offensive to Gays?

January 9, 2015
Is TLC’s Show “My Husband’s NOT Gay” Offensive to Gays?

 TLC has a controversial new show called “My Husband’s NOT Gay” about Mormon men with SSA (same-sex attraction) who are married to women.   GLAAD, an LGBT advocacy group had this to say about it:  “This show is downright irresponsible.  No one can change who they love, and, more importantly, no one should have to. […]

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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? […]

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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 »

The Virtues of Vanity

December 17, 2014
The Virtues of Vanity

I credit Ralph Lauren with curing my depression.  When I started filling my closet with his clothing, my depression simply slipped away.  I had a stylist who worked at Ralph Lauren in Houston.  He taught me to avoid the shirts with pony on the front and go for the really good, expensive stuff that is […]

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Festive Food: Mince Pies

December 4, 2014
Festive Food: Mince Pies

The smell of baking pastry and mincemeat heralds the arrival of Christmas. As a child my first mince pie of Christmas was always December 1st, since there was a family birthday that day. Our tradition was a mince pie each everyday in December thereafter. My mum would bake them in large batches at least twice […]

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Terryl Givens: LDS Paradox #1

November 26, 2014
Terryl Givens: LDS Paradox #1

Apologies to everyone for the similarities between Hawkgrrrl’s recent post!  Same subject, different approach. Terryl Givens’ book A People of Paradox: A History of Mormon Culture presents four fundamental paradoxes in LDS culture. Some in the church might argue that there are no paradoxes. The church comfortably embraces all truth in one great whole. Others see conflicts and […]

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Authority vs. Authenticity

November 25, 2014
Authority vs. Authenticity

Do Mormons have an authenticity problem? If so, is it related to our views of authority?

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Is it Time to Update the Word of Wisdom?

November 24, 2014
Is it Time to Update the Word of Wisdom?

Fair warning: I know that Thursday is Thanksgiving, so this post will probably be a killjoy. The Word of Wisdom was written in Joseph Smith’s day and primarily concerned the major health problems of the day: alcoholism and and tobacco.  These were industries of “conspiring men in the last days.”  But obesity is turning out to […]

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Would Joseph Smith Have Liked the Bloggernacle?

November 19, 2014
Would Joseph Smith Have Liked the Bloggernacle?

I learned an interesting tidbit about LDS church history from Terryl Given’s excellent book, People of Paradox. Apparently in the early days of the church, debate “clubs” were popular among members. Not unlike the informal online gatherings in today’s bloggernacle, early LDS saints, Joseph Smith included, would regularly meet for debates, where they argued about […]

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You should have known better!

November 14, 2014
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Wheat & Tares welcomes guest poster Bill Reel once more for a discussion regarding placing of blame for a lack of knowledge of Historical Facts. As Richard Bushman says at a 2008 seminar “Increasingly teachers and church leaders at all levels are approached by Latter-day Saints who have lost confidence in Joseph Smith and the basic […]

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Posted in Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Bill Reel, Criticism, Culture, Doctrine, Latter, LDS, Mormon Discussion, Race Relations, Science and Religion, Truth. Lying, Uncategorized | 56 Comments »

President Eyring off to the Vatican

November 6, 2014
President Eyring off to the Vatican

It was announced Monday that President Henry B. Eyring would be attending “The Complementarity of Man and Woman: An International Colloquium” to be held in the Vatican 17-19 November. From the colloquium website, this is “a gathering of leaders and scholars from many religions across the globe, to examine and propose anew the beauty of […]

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Mormons Need Mormonism

November 5, 2014
Mormons Need Mormonism

Sometimes I get impatient with LDS theology: the clunky anthropomorphism of a “God who weeps,” the sentimental materialism of the eternal family “in heaven as it is on earth,” the focus on obedience, historicity, universality, etc. As a BYU student, I remember being thrilled by the doctrine of deification and eternal progression. But today, I […]

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The Sweet Consolation of an Impersonal God

October 29, 2014
The Sweet Consolation of an Impersonal God

Last week I attended an ordination of a new cleric at Norwich Cathedral. He gave florid vows in high, KJV style English and knelt before the bishop in his stately robes who solemnly laid his hands upon his head. The organist played a hair-raising postlude by Olivier Messiaen. The congregation sat in rapt attention as […]

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What is the Proclamation on the Family? (Weekend Poll)

October 25, 2014
What is the Proclamation on the Family?  (Weekend Poll)

There are many opinions about the Proclamation, even among the top leaders of the church. What do you think? Discuss.

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PR and Religion: Can We Cooperate?

October 23, 2014
PR and Religion: Can We Cooperate?

Sometimes it seems like it’s one PR problem after another, and plenty have fuelled bloggernacle discussions over the last year or so. In this post I’ll be looking at PR as discussed in this BBC R4 Beyond Belief programme, and a recent podcast in which Gina Colvin interviews members Roy and Emma Hann about their […]

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Seattle LDS to Gays: Come Back, But to What?

October 21, 2014
Seattle LDS to Gays: Come Back, But to What?

My little sister sent me an email yesterday, troubled about just what to make of what I called the “post-crusade era” of SSM in the church. She had the following questions: Should legally married gay/lesbian couples be allowed to take the sacrament? Say hypothetically that this couple wanted to get baptized, would they have to […]

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