Posts Tagged ‘ Mormonism ’

Mormonism on Trial in the UK (plus early Weekend Poll)

February 6, 2014
Mormonism on Trial in the UK (plus early Weekend Poll)

The church is in the international headlines once again, this time because of the much anticipated “October Surprise” promised (threatened?) by Tom Phillips, current head of MormonThink and previous Stake President, now disaffected former Mormon, who detailed his experience with the Second Anointing ordinance when he was a church leader in the UK.  While it’s […]

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Posted in Agency, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Book of Mormon, Church Policy, Doctrine, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Prophet | 49 Comments »

4 Reasons Why Disaffected Mormons Become Atheists

January 22, 2014
atheistmoroni

Why does losing faith in Mormonism so often mean losing faith in Christianity and God in general? Here’s 4 reasons why.

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Posted in Apostasy, Christian, Mormon, Mormon Belief, theology, Uncategorized | 82 Comments »

Mormonism & Capitalism

December 4, 2013
Mormonism & Capitalism

Last week I submitted a post comparing and contrasting Communism with Mormonism. Today I’d like to do the same with Capitalism.  In doing so, I attempt to explore where it is Mormons might stand between these two opposite poles of the political and economic landscape.  Capitalism is easier for most Mormons to sympathize with, because it happens […]

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Posted in Agency, America, debt, economics, money, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics | 44 Comments »

Mormonism & Communism

November 27, 2013
Mormonism & Communism

Like many of Satan’s glass imitations, Communism has some remarkable truths mixed with its errors, and Mormons share many of these same truths.  The similarities might make us uncomfortable, given Communism’s terrible reputation.   It’s tempting to casually dismiss Communism as “Satan’s plan” while ignoring the many similarities between it and the Law of Consecration.  We […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Church Policy, debt, economics, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics | 34 Comments »

Growing up Mormon in Britain

August 1, 2013
Growing up Mormon in Britain

Since Hans Mattson interview in the NYT was published there have been numerous discussions taking place. Many commenters lay the blame with Bro. Mattson himself for his predicament, yet have little or no knowledge of his environment. In Bro Mattson I see mirrored every humble, hard-working, diligent, dedicated, obedient and faithful church leader I have […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Europe, Faith, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 20 Comments »

Losing My Religion: Weekend Poll

June 23, 2013
Losing My Religion:  Weekend Poll

If the church was suddenly dissolved and everyone was told to pick a new religion, which one would you choose?  Or should I say, which one(s) would choose you (speak to you most)?  Does size matter?  The content of the teachings?  Do you cling to tradition?  Do you prefer more freedom?  Does a community appeal […]

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Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 14 Comments »

Why Mormonism is NOT (primarily) a religion

July 18, 2012
Obscured Salt Lake City Temple

Why should we consider Mormonism primarily a religion, when the church itself doesn’t deem belief, activity, or self-identification as membership criteria?

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Posted in Uncategorized | 66 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 »

Mormonism 101: An Encouraging FAQ

March 29, 2012
Mormon101

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about some aspects of the new Mormonism 101: FAQ that were confusing.  These seemed confusing in the sense that they seemed to change things that I thought were taught as doctrine in the church as I was growing up.  While I pointed out some things I didn’t like […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Mormon Belief | 5 Comments »

Mormon Race Issues: Not Just Your Great-Granddad’s Problem

March 1, 2012
Mormon Race Issues: Not Just Your Great-Granddad’s Problem

BYU professor Randy Bott’s attempts to justify the black priesthood ban have incited outrage. But what will any of that accomplish?

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Posted in Uncategorized | 85 Comments »

What Would Pres. Monson Ask Pres. Romney To Do?

January 24, 2012
What Would Pres. Monson Ask Pres. Romney To Do?

Critics of Romney have worried that his Mormonism will affect him in his office as President of the United States.  This concern has been raised from several different angles, and becomes an even bigger question as his tax records reveal his tithing contributions.  To those who lack the context, donating 10% of your income to […]

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Posted in America, Mormon Culture, Politics, Prophet | 103 Comments »

Animal Farm, Dictatorships and Mormonism

December 9, 2011
Animal Farm, Dictatorships and Mormonism

To what extent is the revolution described in Animal Farm like the modern church?

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Posted in Freedom, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 31 Comments »

Mormonism as an ethnicity

November 17, 2011
Mormonism as an ethnicity

Over at my personal blog, I reminisced over the time in my life that seemed to me to be the earliest, simplest, purest root of disbelief. The setting was junior high in the middle of the Bible Belt. I frequently got into debates and discussions with my friends over Mormonism as it stood with respect […]

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Posted in Uncategorized | 29 Comments »

What’s Good and Unique

November 15, 2011
What’s Good and Unique

A criticism I’ve heard about Mormonism on the internet is:  “What’s unique about it isn’t good, and what’s good about it isn’t unique.”  While it’s true that Mormon culture has some flaws, and that other religions share some of its good points, I can’t agree with this observation.  Still, I think something about this phrase […]

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Posted in America, Church Policy, Faith, Mission, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics, Polygamy, Prophet, Uncategorized | 31 Comments »

Novels In Which Everything Happens (to be an allusion)

November 10, 2011
Novels In Which Everything Happens (to be an allusion)

Is A Lost Argument a Mormon novel? An ex-Mormon novel? Romance? Philosophy? If you care about how ideas and literature can transform a person, then whatever it is, it is for you.

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Posted in Uncategorized | 29 Comments »

What’s So Maybe About Mitt?

November 1, 2011
What’s So Maybe About Mitt?

Wow, people really do not love Mitt.  A recent Onion article satirized his failure to connect with voters (and staffers!) emotionally.  He can’t even get a break on Google! (Type in “Romney can win” and it will ask if you meant to type “Romney can’t win”).  Is it his Mormonism?  His politics?  His polished good […]

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Posted in America, Freedom, Politics | 117 Comments »

Fanboys, smartphones, and cultural Mormons

July 2, 2011
Fanboys, smartphones, and cultural Mormons

A while back, there was news that showed that apparently, Apple products and brand motifs trigger religious responses in Apple fans. How silly, I thought. Of course, it’s not something that I would doubt. I know about the long lines to stores when Apple is set to release a new product. Yet, I’d like to […]

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Posted in Uncategorized | 13 Comments »

Elsewhere in Patriarchy (Part 3) . . . Obedient Wives Club

June 28, 2011
Elsewhere in Patriarchy (Part 3) . . . Obedient Wives Club

OK, I thought I was done talking about other patriarchal societies, but then I ran across this little gem from Malaysia:  The Obedient Wives club.  This club was formed by a Muslim fringe group called Global Ikhwan on June 4th (earlier this year they also set up a Polygamy Club for women), so it is very much […]

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Posted in Uncategorized | 69 Comments »

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