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Orthodox and Liberal Interpretations of Abraham

April 21, 2014
Orthodox and Liberal Interpretations of Abraham

The story of Abraham’s attempted sacrifice of Isaac is one of the most perplexing moral dilemmas in all of scripture.  It has long been held up as an example of Abraham’s faithfulness.  Orthodox members do not question the traditional interpretation of the story.  They seem to reason that if God wants you to do something, you […]

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Flatland, The Black and White World

June 11, 2013
Flatland, The Black and White World

You’re for us or you’re against us.  People are good or evil.  We serve God or Satan.  Many people prefer the simplicity of true/false and either/or choices to the subtlety of an essay question or even the slightly elevated risk of a multiple choice quiz.  It’s easier to follow a checklist (which is essentially a […]

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Obedience is the First Law of Heaven: An Early General Conference Meme?

January 17, 2013
Obedience is the First Law of Heaven: An Early General Conference Meme?

Today’s guest post is by Hedgehog.  How do you feel about obedience?  Not so long ago ago this post by Stephen resulted in a brief discussion about obedience.  “Obedience is the first law of Heaven” is a phrase I have heard most of my life, it comes up fairly frequently in lessons about the subject […]

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Which Side of the Lines? Wheat or Tares? Choose.

September 7, 2012
Elijah casting his mantle on Elisha

For more than a month I’ve felt driven in family times each evening to talk to my teens (I have five still at home) about asking more of themselves. We can get up each day, brush our teeth, put on clothes, go do our thing, come home and relax, go do fun stuff, and go […]

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If I Were In Charge: Revisit the Word of Wisdom (Including Obedience and Obesity)

May 17, 2012
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What is the Word of Wisdom?  From Mormon.org, we read that “our bodies are precious gifts from God.  We believe He has given us guidance about how best to take care of them.  He revealed a law of health, called the Word of Wisdom, to Joseph Smith in 1833.  The Word of Wisdom prohibits the […]

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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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The CHI Says What?

December 7, 2010
The CHI Says What?

Today we have a joint post between jmb275 and Hawkgrrrl. Now that the CHI (Church Handbook of Instruction v. 2) is published on lds.org, those members who have not previously read a copy of it may be surprised at a few of the instructions.  jmb275:  Previously, with only a select few having access to the […]

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Halloween and the Laws in our Inward Parts

October 31, 2010
Halloween and the Laws in our Inward Parts

OT SS Lesson #43 When my now-returned-missionary daughter was in second grade, her class had a Halloween party. I sent her to school in a little blue Sleeping Beauty princess costume. As the teacher was setting up for the party, one of the students informed her that she was one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, and that […]

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Rules, Principles, Seeds & Shells: Part II

August 7, 2010
Rules, Principles, Seeds & Shells: Part II

Last week, I began to sketch out the relationship between rules and principles. For the CliffNotes: faith is a process of applying correct beliefs that enlarge our souls and enlighten our minds. This application process is best analogized to the planting of a seed, where the seed is the Word (and the various beliefs, principles, and […]

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Rules, Principles, Seeds & Shells: Part I

July 31, 2010
Rules, Principles, Seeds & Shells: Part I

I sometimes wonder where the 32nd chapter of Alma would rank in a list of most iconic scriptures in the entire Book of Mormon. It comes up frequently in discussions, so I have plenty of times to revisit it. I think the reason for this is that it introduces a powerful image that — in every […]

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How do we earn our morals?

July 31, 2009

A while back on my blog, Seth R (usually of 9 Moons fame) posted a lengthy and detailed comment about the deficiencies of liberal religion (particularly of a hypothetical liberal Mormon denomination) and also the deficiencies of our current orthodoxy. I took a stab at part of his comment in a post on my blog, wondering if […]

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