Posts Tagged ‘ Mormon theology ’

When the Languages Have Been Confounded

May 11, 2013
When the Languages Have Been Confounded

In my living room, I have an oil painting of the grove in Palmyra where Mormonism’s First Vision occurred. It is a family heirloom painted by the wife of a well-known RLDS Seventy of my parents’ generation who befriended them when they retired to Independence. Since Joseph Smith is not shown in the picture, nor […]

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Posted in America, Church Policy, Community of Christ, Doctrine, Joseph Smith, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 30 Comments »

Sin is Not Separation

March 30, 2013
Sin is Not Separation

The Ten Commandments was one of the first Biblical epics to command a mass audience, and so my parents took me into downtown Detroit as a boy to be sure I saw it in its full widescreen glory in one of the few theaters capable of so screening it. The movie was well worth the […]

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Posted in Agency, Community of Christ, Doctrine, Jesus, Morality, Mormon Belief, War in Heaven | 14 Comments »

Brian Hales and Don Bradley Discuss Polygamy

March 11, 2013
Brian Hales and Don Bradley Discuss Polygamy

I was pleased to attend a book signing at Pioneer Book in Orem, Utah Saturday night. Brian Hales has put together a new comprehensive set of 3 volumes concerning the theology and history of polygamy in the early church. Initially the book was over 1000 pages, so the editors at Greg Kofford Books asked if […]

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Posted in Mormon, Mormon Belief, Polygamy | 13 Comments »

Remapping the Eternal Family

March 8, 2013
Remapping the Eternal Family

Human brains naturally use locations in space and time to make sense of events. Why should we expect eternal spirits to follow that protocol? The question has always bothered me. What follows is speculation about a different way of looking at the relationship between the physical and the spiritual than the Restoration faiths adopted in […]

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Posted in Mormon Belief, Polygamy, Race Relations, Science and Religion | 32 Comments »

CofChrist News Beat: World Conference Legislation

February 23, 2013
CofChrist News Beat: World Conference Legislation

Salt Lake City sees General Conference every six months. In the CofChrist, “World” Conference occurs every three years, and 2013 is the lucky year. A Community of Christ World Conference is far more of a legislative exercise than its Utah LDS analogue. It features worship, of course, and normally will have approval to changes and […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Community of Christ, Doctrine, General Conference, Mormon Culture | 20 Comments »

Mormon Yin Yang

November 28, 2012
Mormon Yin Yang

Yin and Yang are powerful concepts stemming from Chinese philosophy, and religiously from Taoism. I was recently reading a book that leveraged the concepts of Yin and Yang to explain why liberals and conservatives (in America) are both needed. The point is brought out that opposites are interconnected, interdependent, and their harmonization is critical to […]

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Posted in Faith, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Politics | 8 Comments »

Predictable Natural Law – Part 1

November 10, 2012
Predictable Natural Law – Part 1

Mormonism comes with its own science. So does any brand of mainstream Christianity, but many such Christians are unaware of how their creeds embed the assumptions of the “scientists” and mathematicians of antiquity. They can consequently perform a mental jujitsu of preserving the religious idea as metaphor for modern times while ignoring the fact that […]

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Posted in Doctrine, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Science and Religion | 13 Comments »

Jesus Had a Wife?

October 1, 2012
Jesus Had a Wife?

I’ve enjoyed reading about a recently discovered document scholars have dubbed “The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife.”  It’s just a scrap of papyrus that dates to around 150-200 AD, but it is causing a bit of a stir.  Dr. Karen King of Harvard University has recently translated the document and it contains the line, “Jesus said […]

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Posted in Uncategorized | 10 Comments »

Cain, Abel and Statism

May 26, 2012
Cain, Abel and Statism

A couple of months ago, while gathering up all of the data required to “render unto the IRS” and trying to feel better about all of the work involved in doing so, I ran across an interesting piece of Biblical literary criticism. It became even more interesting to me when I started thinking about the […]

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Posted in Agency, America, economics, Freedom, Jewish Studies, Mormon Belief, Old Testament Sunday School Lessons, Politics | 13 Comments »

Community of Christ Drafts Statement on Sexual Ethics

May 12, 2012
Community of Christ Drafts Statement on Sexual Ethics

At the end of April, Community of Christ released to the church at large a “Draft Statement on Sexual Ethics” for public review and invited comments to be made by e-mail to the First Presidency. This Statement will be considered by the International Leaders Council (which has no strict equivalent in the LDS) in May […]

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Posted in America, Church Policy, Morality, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics | 16 Comments »

Recognizing the Veil Is Not There

April 14, 2012
Recognizing the Veil Is Not There

Community of Christ does not follow its LDS cousins in having secret temple rituals. So I read last week’s post by Bored in Vernal, on the “Sacred Embrace As Five Points of Fellowship” with the curiosity of one who has never even been inside an LDS Temple. Much of the terminology was unfamiliar to me […]

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Posted in Faith, History, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Science and Religion | 16 Comments »

Is Karma Fair?

March 31, 2012
Is Karma Fair?

“Liberals have difficulty understanding the Tea Party because they think it is a bunch of selfish racists. But I think the Tea Party is driven in large part by concerns about fairness. It’s not fairness as equality of outcome. It’s fairness as karma — the idea that good deeds lead to good outcomes, and bad […]

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Posted in Agency, America, economics, Freedom, Morality, Mormon Belief, Politics | 44 Comments »

Was Jesus Born in December?

December 26, 2011
Was Jesus Born in December?

In his 1915 classic entitled Jesus the Christ, Elder James E. Talmage maintained that Jesus Christ was born on April 6 in the year 1 BC.1 Talmage was apparently the first LDS writer to propose this particular date.  Nearly a century has passed since his book appeared, and in that time it has become practically axiomatic […]

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Posted in Uncategorized | 8 Comments »

Apostles versus Prophets

July 9, 2011
Apostles versus Prophets

The LDS church is an Apostolic church. It has a Prophet, but the Prophet is chosen according to seniority of his position among the Apostles upon the death of his predecessor. Further, the Twelve in Salt Lake City are considered successors in office to the Twelve originally called by Jesus in Jerusalem. It’s a bit […]

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Posted in Faith, Mormon Belief | 35 Comments »

Magic and Meal: Miracle and Covenant

May 28, 2011
Magic and Meal: Miracle and Covenant

“Bring a miracle and request a table. Those you heal must accept you into their homes….The deliberate conjunction of magic and meal,  miracle and table, free compassion and open commensality,  was a challenge launched not just at Judaism’s strictest purity regulations,…but at civilization’s eternal inclination to draw lines, invoke boundaries, establish hierarchies, and maintain discriminations…. […]

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Brokering the Kingdom is Missing the Point

May 14, 2011
Brokering the Kingdom is Missing the Point

There are some nutritious and delicious meals that you would never eat if you knew what was in them before you sat down at the table. I would never have had scrambled eggs, for example, if they’d first been described to me as ground-up unfertilized bird embryos. I had heard bad things about the Jesus […]

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Posted in Reviews | 33 Comments »

Church Reboots and Science Fiction

April 16, 2011
Church Reboots and Science Fiction

I was in high school when the original Star Trek television series premiered. As nerdy then as I am now, I watched every episode, and every re-run, and every afternoon syndication for years. I finally stopped — not because I wasn’t interested in the Star Trek universe, which was infinitely expandable (as multiple incarnations have […]

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Posted in General Conference, Mormon Culture | 7 Comments »

Was the Civil War Prophecy About the Civil War?

April 2, 2011
Was the Civil War Prophecy About the Civil War?

During the past several weeks, as rebellion spread from country to country in the Middle East, a local evangelical church — whose members include several business clients and personal friends of our family —  has been advertising an “end-times” series on the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy regarding the Latter Days. Some of the advertising has […]

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Posted in America, Mormon Belief, Violence | 23 Comments »

Kepler and Incarnation

March 19, 2011
Kepler and Incarnation

At the end of February, during the annual American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)  meeting, data from the Kepler space probe was announced. Kepler is a planet hunter. The NASA craft stares at a small parch of sky containing about 150,000 stars and waits for something to pass in front of a star, […]

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Posted in Mormon Belief, Science and Religion | 23 Comments »

The Problem with Empathy

March 8, 2011
The Problem with Empathy

I have been undergoing some interesting cultural training as part of a work assignment.  Part of this training explores the continuum of inculcation that people undergo when they experience a new culture.  I found some very interesting parallels with how members of the church view those from other faiths or the process by which people […]

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Posted in New Testament Sunday School Lessons, Uncategorized | 37 Comments »

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