Posts Tagged ‘ john dehlin ’

Malcolm Jeppsen’s Role in the September Six

October 20, 2014
Malcolm Jeppsen’s Role in the September Six

Malcolm Jeppsen served as a Seventy from 1989-94, passing away in 2012.  His daughter, Christine Jeppsen Clark talked to John Dehlin concerning her father’s role in the September Six excommunications in 1993.  The Church has long maintained that excommunications are local decisions, but Church leaders at headquarters have been known to release stake presidents who […]

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Posted in Apostasy, Church Policy, Excommunication, History, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Truth. Lying | 42 Comments »

How do you explain John? (weekend poll)

July 26, 2014
How do you explain John?  (weekend poll)

Many have noted the inconsistencies in church discipline.  Kate Kelly has been exed, and it looked like John would as well.  As noted last week, it doesn’t appear that Tom Phillips has been excommunicated, despite calling Thomas S. Monson a fraud.  Many have noted the double-standards of church discipline–letting John and Tom off easy, but […]

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Posted in Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Excommunication, Freedom, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 30 Comments »

Brother Jake and Church Discipline

July 18, 2014
Brother Jake and Church Discipline

In light of all the confusion about church discipline lately, I made a little video to explain the issue. I hope you enjoy it!

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Faith, Morality, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 7 Comments »

Apostasy & Islam: Compare & Contrast

June 19, 2014
Apostasy & Islam: Compare & Contrast

We’re not the only religious faith undergoing scrutiny from within and without on the topic of apostasy and what it means to us individually and collectively. The case of Meriam Ibrahim sentenced to death for apostasy in Sudan has rightly received international attention. Meriam’s case was recently discussed in the wider context of what apostasy […]

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Posted in Apostasy, Church Policy, Doctrine, History, Mormon Belief, Politics, Uncategorized | 20 Comments »

Kate & John: Liberal Tactics and Conservative Bias

June 17, 2014
Kate & John:  Liberal Tactics and Conservative Bias

The recent actions against John Dehlin and Kate Kelly have been unsettling for many of us who are familiar with them and their work.  Others feel that the church’s action against them is long overdue, and that they are undermining (or attempting to) the very foundations of our doctrines.  There are people like me who […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Excommunication, Faith, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Women | 59 Comments »

(Heart)Breaking News: Kate Kelly and John Dehlin

June 11, 2014
(Heart)Breaking News:  Kate Kelly and John Dehlin

The New York Times reports that both Kate Kelly and John Dehlin are being called for a disciplinary council.  While their aims and methods are vastly different, both are politically more liberal than the majority of church members, and both are proponents of women’s rights and acceptance of homosexuals. From Robert D. Putnam’s book American […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Education, Faith, Freedom, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, New Testament Sunday School Lessons | 119 Comments »

If your morality is fragile, do handle with care…

March 7, 2013
If your morality is fragile, do handle with care…

Maybe the idea that people will lose their morality when they lose their religions says more about the religion?

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Posted in Uncategorized | 90 Comments »

An Open Letter to Current Active Mormons

February 20, 2013
An Open Letter to Current Active Mormons

Dear Epistemologically Certain Emotionally/Developmentally Arrested TBM (ECEDATBM): Please sign an agreement now, that you won’t be a tool when you leave the church.

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Posted in Agency, understanding | 34 Comments »

Better Depictions of the Translation Process

September 17, 2012
Better Depictions of the Translation Process

John Dehlin and Richard Bushman spoke of the translation process in part 3 and part 4 of their interview back in 2007.  In the interview, Bushman says that the Church could do a better job in artwork of depicting the translation process, and Bushman states he does not know any evidence that states the Urim […]

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Posted in Mormon | 20 Comments »

Why it’s so hard to help the Disaffected

August 20, 2012
Why it’s so hard to help the Disaffected

Scott Gordon invited the first non-Mormon to speak at the recent FAIR conference.  She spoke on the similarities between conversion and de-conversion stories in Mormonism.  Many active Mormons just don’t understand de-conversion stories, and it was Scott Gordon’s attempt to help active Mormons better understand why some people feel they can no longer believe.  Richard […]

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Posted in Uncategorized | 64 Comments »

Multiple First Vision Accounts

August 13, 2012
Multiple First Vision Accounts

One topic I have not discussed in my 4 years of blogging is discrepancies in the First Vision accounts.  Basically, there are 4 accounts of the First Vision.  The account in the Pearl of Great Price is the last account, and comes from 1838.   John Dehlin and Richard Bushman discuss these variations in Part 2 […]

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Sunstone 2012 Recap

July 30, 2012
Sunstone 2012 Recap

Sunstone began on Wednesday, but unfortunately, I could only attend Friday. I thought I would give some impressions of the Friday sessions. Todd Compton started off the day with the polygamist ancestry of Mitt Romney. It was interesting to see that Parley P. Pratt is the great-great grandfather of Mitt Romney. Parley’s fourth wife, Mary […]

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Dehlin asks, “Where do we go?”

July 23, 2012
Dehlin asks, “Where do we go?”

The Church’s correlated manuals are narrowly focused on topics the Church wants to reinforce with members.  When members want to learn more about Church history, there really aren’t any resources availabe to Church members, and in the past, it seems the Church has tried to discourage participation in events like Sunstone Symposia, or reading Dialogue […]

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Posted in Uncategorized | 50 Comments »

The Church Should Stay Out of the History Business

July 9, 2012
The Church Should Stay Out of the History Business

More than almost any other religion, Mormonism delves into its history.  We draw upon our history to teach lessons.  Yet sometimes, the Church doesn’t like to emphasize certain parts of history.  In the 1970s and 80s, New Mormon History started to make headway, and the Church hired a professional historian, Dr. Leonard Arrington to be […]

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Posted in Uncategorized | 26 Comments »

Pop Mormon Studies: John Dehlin’s Gift to Mormonism

July 4, 2012
Pop Mormon Studies: John Dehlin’s Gift to Mormonism

When it comes to issues in church history and theology, we have the research. But how do we popularize that research?

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Posted in Uncategorized | 45 Comments »

Talking to Angels

June 25, 2012
Talking to Angels

Bonnie has written a really interesting post on whether regular people can have access to angels.  Denver Snuffer was interviewed by John Dehlin on Mormon Stories back in February, and Denver has written a book detailing the steps to go through to receive an angelic visit.  John introduces Denver as a “A Progressive, Fundamentalist, Non-Polygamist […]

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Posted in Uncategorized | 27 Comments »

Oh, Ye, of Too Much Faith! (part 2 of 2)

February 9, 2012
Oh, Ye, of Too Much Faith! (part 2 of 2)

Last week I talked about the results of John Dehlin’s recent survey that showed that a leading cause of people leaving Mormonism has become the ready access to church history information on the internet.  Today I’d like to continue to evaluate the survey information. Oh Ye of Too Much Faith It seems that often those […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Faith, History, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 90 Comments »

Does Studying Church History Lead to Apostasy? (Part 1 of 2)

February 2, 2012
Does Studying Church History Lead to Apostasy?  (Part 1 of 2)

Recent articles in the media have pointed to the study of church history as being key to the loss of faith. What role does it actually play?

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Posted in Church Policy, Faith, History, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 104 Comments »

Boomerang Back to Religion

January 30, 2012
Boomerang Back to Religion

I transcribed a bit more of the Jana Riess interview from Mormon Stories.  There have been many posts on the bloggernacle (such as this one by Mike S) discussing the fact that the activity rates seem to be slowing for the LDS Church.  I thought it was interesting that John Dehlin acknowledged that atheists are […]

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Posted in Uncategorized | 21 Comments »

The Fractures and Factions of Mormon Blogging, Part II

September 22, 2011
The Fractures and Factions of Mormon Blogging, Part II

This is the 2nd part of a multi-part series on the factions and fractures of Mormon Blogging. Please read Part 1 first here. Good Guys and Bad Guys? Up to this point, I’ve mostly focused on the Bloggernacle (particularly with respect to major personalities and metonyms like By Common Consent and Steve Evans) and its […]

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Posted in Uncategorized | 41 Comments »

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