Posts Tagged ‘ religion ’

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 »

Faith Crisis, in GIFs

January 21, 2014
Faith Crisis, in GIFs

Lots of internet Mormons go through a crisis of faith.  What is that like?

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Posted in Agency, Anti-Mormon, Apostasy, Education, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Uncategorized | 7 Comments »

No Religious Symbols Allowed (Weekend Poll)

January 4, 2014
No Religious Symbols Allowed (Weekend Poll)

Montreal has proposed legislation banning religious symbols and clothing that are deemed “distracting” from the public sphere:  government buildings and the workplace. burqas, turbans, hijabs, yarmulkes, and crosses would not be permitted in any public office, including courts, police stations, hospitals, or government offices. Staff members in public schools, including large daycares, CEGEPs and universities […]

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Posted in Agency, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 12 Comments »

You Wore What to Church? (Weekend Poll)

December 14, 2013
You Wore What to Church?  (Weekend Poll)

We are told to wear our Sunday best to church.  What’s inappropriate for someone to wear to a Mormon church service?  Anything goes? Cultural norms only?  What’s your opinion?  Does it differ for visitors, investigators and inactives? Discuss. P.S. Sunday, December 15th is the second annual Pants to church day, so consider wearing pants or […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Faith, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief | 27 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 »

If the Saviour Stood Beside Me

June 18, 2013
If the Saviour Stood Beside Me

In other Christian sects people like to ask “What Would Jesus Do?” as a caution to try to be perfectly Christlike in our behavior.  In Primary we have a song “If the Savior Stood Beside Me” that has the same intention: If the Savior stood beside me, would I do the things I do? Would I […]

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Posted in Agency, Faith, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Pride | 15 Comments »

Polygamy in Britain

May 9, 2013
Polygamy in Britain

A congruence of comments on my last post, and media broadcast/articles on this subject resulted in my selection of this topic. Hawkgrrrl commented: “Interestingly, we are now in a position to have to tell converts in countries that allow polygamy that we don’t allow it as we spread to African and Asian countries. India allows […]

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Posted in Agency, Education, Freedom, Morality, Polygamy, Race Relations | 15 Comments »

Christianity at the Crossroads: Women Bishops

April 25, 2013
Christianity at the Crossroads: Women Bishops

The week from 17 March saw the inauguration of both the new Pope, Pope Francis, and the new Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. To mark that historic occasion the BBC broadcast a debate entitled Christianity at the Crossroads. The panellists were: Matthew Parris (MP) – former Conservative MP; Dr Anna Rowlands (AR) – Catholic theologian; […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Mormon Culture, Priesthood, Roman Catholic Church | 19 Comments »

Creepers…Yes Guys, You Probably Are: Mormon Edition

April 3, 2013
Creepers…Yes Guys, You Probably Are: Mormon Edition

If you’re a man…and Mormon…you’re probably a creeper. Read on to find out if you fit the profile and get tips for increasing your creepiness!

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Posted in Mormon Culture, Singles | 106 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 »

COB and the Roman Curia: Balancing Management and Spiritual Leadership

March 21, 2013
COB and the Roman Curia: Balancing Management and Spiritual Leadership

The LDS church with some 14.7 million members is a fraction of the size of  the Roman Catholic church with over 1.2 billion. As with my last post however, I feel drawn to the similarities in the hierarchical organisations, and the institutions that assist with the day to day running of both organisations. The Catholic […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Roman Catholic Church | 48 Comments »

Church Without Church: Weekend Poll

February 23, 2013
Church Without Church:  Weekend Poll

I recently had a visitor in my Sunday School class, a young Beehive who currently lives in Bali, Indonesia.  I know from personal experience that there is no LDS branch in Bali.  This girl said that her family just attends another Christian church that is in their neighborhood.  This reminded me of when I was growing […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Doctrine, Faith, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Priesthood | 5 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 »

The Church’s Little Black Book: Weekend Poll

February 16, 2013
The Church’s Little Black Book:  Weekend Poll

Have you ever received a call to buy insurance from someone who could only have gotten your information from the ward directory?  Been asked on a date by someone you don’t really know personally but have seen at church? Members are asked to use the ward directory only on ward business.  How have you used […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Freedom, money, Mormon, Mormon Culture | 11 Comments »

Society, The World, and Being Not of It

February 5, 2013
Society, The World, and Being Not of It

Daniel faced a serious problem.  Darius the king had been tricked by his princes into outlawing prayer.  But Daniel felt beholden to pray to his God.  The society in which he lived restricted his personal freedoms more than his religious society did.  In fact, his religious community went underground due to the persecutions and restrictions of the […]

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Posted in Agency, Alternative Sunday School Lessons, America, Church Policy, Doctrine, Education, Europe, Faith, Freedom, General Conference, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Old Testament Sunday School Lessons, Politics, Polygamy, Uncategorized | 11 Comments »

Can’t Anybody Here Make a Good Conspiracy Theory?

February 2, 2013
Can’t Anybody Here Make a Good Conspiracy Theory?

Mystery guest number 1 was never a practicing Catholic. Mystery guest number 2 never believed in Temple rites. Now, there’s a good conspiracy theory. Sometimes a conspiracy theory turns out to be true. There is even a class of crime for which people go to jail that starts out “conspiracy to commit…”. But the conspiracy theories […]

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Posted in America, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Politics, Prophet, War in Heaven | 38 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 2

November 24, 2012
Predictable Natural Law – Part 2

In my last post on natural law, I focused on how changing minor “precepts” might make tremendous impacts on our theological understandings. I used cosmological models from general relativity to illustrate the point. Today, I want to look at things a little less, well, cosmically,  and review how changing scientific “precepts” over the last few […]

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Posted in America, Doctrine, economics, Morality, Mormon, Politics, Science and Religion | 11 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 »

If the Mormon Moment Lasts Four More Years?

October 13, 2012
If the Mormon Moment Lasts Four More Years?

Let’s face it. Although morality profoundly impacts American’s political views — making political and election issues an inevitable topic of attention for a Mormon blog — the idea of a Mormon being elected President of the United States has animated discussion on this site much more than would a contest between Barack Obama and a […]

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Posted in America, History, Mormon, Mormon Culture, Politics | 60 Comments »

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