Posts Tagged ‘ john dehlin ’

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Fractures and Factions of Mormon Blogging, Part I

September 15, 2011
The Fractures and Factions of Mormon Blogging, Part I

This post is the first in a series. Find the later parts 2, 3 and 4 in the coming weeks… My Naive Beginnings When I first started Mormon blogging, I thought the field was pretty simple. I thought the Mormon blogging world was summed up by one word: Bloggernacle. To be sure, from even my […]

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Strange bedfellows for progressive Mormons

September 8, 2011
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…if you wanted to make a TBM (true believing Mormon) cry you just tell him that the church is not true. If you want to make an uncorrelated Mormon cry tell him the church is not changing. ~Kiley, “The middle path…” We were going to be queens. The above quote was just part of an […]

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Uncorrelated Mormons: Put your Money Where Your Mouth is.

May 7, 2011
Uncorrelated Mormons: Put your Money Where Your Mouth is.

In recognizing that politics is a topic filled with too much strife and vitriol (and yet many of our permas continue to prod that hornet’s nest), I’ve decided to choose a different topic with which to incense people: the issue of new order, or liberal, or heterodox, or non-traditional, or unorthodox, or most recently monikered, […]

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John Dehlin and the Technicolor Bloggernacle Game-Changer

January 29, 2011
John Dehlin and the Technicolor Bloggernacle Game-Changer

It’s been nearly four months since Mormon Matters functionally disbanded and Wheat & Tares was created, and already, it feels like a new tenuous equilibrium has set. While I for one can’t help but feel that the transition has divided our tribe in a way that makes it difficult (if not impossible) for us ever […]

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