Posts Tagged ‘ Mormon ’

Seeing Mormon Faith Transitions as Social Class Movements

January 28, 2016
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In America, we rarely talk about social class. But what if social class can help us understand different expressions of faith?

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Posted in economics, Education, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Religion | 29 Comments »

Is inclusiveness a meaningless value?

December 15, 2015
Is inclusiveness a meaningless value?

Dear readers of Wheat & Tares, I regret to inform you that today’s post begins with a quiz. I will present three statements, and then ask questions regarding the state of affairs described in those statements. May the curve be ever in your favor. Statement 1: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is […]

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Posted in Christian, Feminism, gender equity, LDS, LGBT, Mormon, Race Relations, Religion, Uncategorized | 28 Comments »

I Am Greek; I Am Orthodox

November 8, 2015
I Am Greek; I Am Orthodox

Warts and all, their church was their home, and they were going to stay and do what they could to help.

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Posted in Faith, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Culture | 11 Comments »

Preserving a Heteronormative Mormonism

November 6, 2015
Preserving a Heteronormative Mormonism

What is the LDS church hoping to accomplish with its new policy on LGBT apostasy?

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Posted in Apostasy, Excommunication, Faith, LGBT, Mormon | 8 Comments »

Misplaced sadness for Exmormons

March 11, 2015
Misplaced sadness for Exmormons

At By Common Consent, bhodges wrote confessions to people who’ve left the church. But do exmormons really need Mormon sorrow?

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Posted in LDS, Mormon | 15 Comments »

Religion as Software for the Brain

March 9, 2015
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In the theory of non-overlapping magisteria, people argue that religion and science both have value because the two cover different domains. The argument is that while science is good for explaining hows and whats, it does not — cannot — explain why. And there’s the value of religion. To me, this dichotomy fails because the two […]

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

Finding Meaning

February 19, 2015
Finding Meaning

I like how Andrew S and Brigham Young actually reach a parallelism on deconstruction (so that they do not reach the same place but they both realize that the current paradigms in the Church are social constructs). Without taking too much time on deconstruction as it is in philosophy, the essence of deconstruction is that intrinsic […]

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Posted in Joseph Smith, LDS, Mormon | 27 Comments »

Transparency & Due Diligence: Open Stories Foundation Finances

February 11, 2015
Transparency & Due Diligence: Open Stories Foundation Finances

In the forums I visit online, Peggy Fletcher Stack’s recent article on the finances of Open Stories Foundation has launched several discussions about donor’s understandings (and sometimes misunderstandings) of what their donations were being used for. But first, a side note: I am tied between wanting to say “Damn you, Sam Brunson” and “Bless you, Sam […]

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Posted in LDS, Mormon | 25 Comments »

Modal, Model Mormonism

November 13, 2014
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Can we ever generalize a typical Mormon experience?

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Posted in LDS, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Polygamy | 19 Comments »

Sexting & the Law of Chastity

November 11, 2014
Sexting & the Law of Chastity

For starters, sexting is pretty much a no-no in terms of the law of chastity, and yet, it is common among teens.  As a “no contact” sexual experience [1] it may seem like an easy way to avoid the nasty side-effects of breaking the law of chastity.  Will anyone get pregnant?  No.  Do you have […]

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Posted in Agency, Christian, Church Policy, Culture, emotions, Faith, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, LDS, Modesty, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 23 Comments »

Faith vs. Appeal to Authority

November 3, 2014
Faith vs. Appeal to Authority

The definition of faith is “1. complete trust or confidence in someone or something. 2. strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof.” Appeal to authority is a form of unreliable argument used to dismiss contrary evidence by overlooking errors in judgment, bias, dishonestly or groupthink […]

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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Blind Obedience, Christian, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Faith, Freedom, General Conference, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Prophet, theology | 37 Comments »

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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Posted in Uncategorized | 18 Comments »

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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Posted in Agency, Apostasy, Blind Obedience, Church Policy, Criticism, Culture, Faith, Feminism, Freedom, gender equity, LDS, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Uncategorized | 18 Comments »

Patriarchal Tribes (Weekend Poll)

October 18, 2014
Patriarchal Tribes (Weekend Poll)

What’s your tribe?  Will we be called to a rumble at some point, tribe against tribe?  If so, knives or zip guns?  Sharks or Jets? Do you feel a personal affiliation with your assigned tribe (if you have one)? Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Culture, Doctrine, Jewish Studies, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 14 Comments »

Does Excommunication Cancel a Sealing?

October 16, 2014
Does Excommunication Cancel a Sealing?

I heard a third-hand report that a divorced man wanted to cancel the sealing to the first wife.  As time moved on, the man was excommunicated.  After a while, the bishop where he lived came to him and asked him to reconsider his sealing cancellation, counseling him not to do it.  Doesn’t an excommunication cancel […]

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Posted in Apostasy, Church Policy, Doctrine, Excommunication, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Temple, theology | 31 Comments »

Don’t Get Your Hopes Up! Conservative Arguments Against Liberal Mormon Activism

October 15, 2014
Don’t Get Your Hopes Up! Conservative Arguments Against Liberal Mormon Activism

Are progressive causes in support of LGBT rights or women’s ordination just a surefire path out of the LDS church?

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Posted in Apostasy, Feminism, LDS, LGBT, Mormon, Politics | 44 Comments »

10 Best Mitt Romney Halloween Costumes

October 14, 2014
10 Best Mitt Romney Halloween Costumes

Here are my top 10 suggestions for Mitt to wear to the ward Trunk or Treat: Harry Reid & Hillary Clinton (with Ann) Cubmaster Walmart greeter A binder full of women The Fonz Himself and Ann in their underwear (I’m sure I’ve seen this image somewhere) Ken and Barbie (with Ann) Angela Merkel Robot, using […]

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Posted in America, Culture, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Culture | 2 Comments »

The LDS Drug Problem

October 13, 2014
The LDS Drug Problem

I watched Lisa Ling’s program on CNN Saturday night dealing with the LDS Drug problem.  (A short preview is available here.)  On the one hand, it was unremarkable.  Drug users (in any community) say that they want to stop doing drugs, but are very flaky and keep doing them. LDS users are no different.  On […]

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Posted in Agency, Culture, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Culture | 15 Comments »

MD Podcast: David Bokovoy Historical Jesus

October 12, 2014
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Wheat & Tares welcomes guest poster Bill Reel once more for a discussion on “David Bokovoy: Historical Jesus”, an interview that discusses what we are to make of Jesus in the Historical sources. At Mormon Discussion Podcast we interviewed David Bokovoy this Week Scholars and Authors like Bart Erhman take the Divine Jesus and strip him down to […]

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Posted in Bill Reel, Christian, Criticism, Doctrine, History, Latter, LDS, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion | 1 Comment »

All Rise! Standing for Apostles (Weekend Poll)

October 11, 2014
All Rise!  Standing for Apostles (Weekend Poll)

Where does respect end and worship begin?  Where do we go from looking unified to looking like a cult?  You decide! Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, Blind Obedience, Church Policy, Culture, Faith, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Priesthood, Prophet | 25 Comments »

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