Posts Tagged ‘ religion ’

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 | 30 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 »

Religious Freedom: Are The Religious The Biggest Threat?

September 17, 2015
Religious Freedom: Are The Religious The Biggest Threat?

In light of speeches on religious freedom coming from top church leaders, and concerns expressed by family and other church members locally here in Britain recently, I wanted to take a brief look at this topic. Here, at least, I don’t think the rhetoric from the top is helpful. In Britain we have the Equality […]

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Posted in Agency, Europe, Freedom, Religion, Uncategorized, understanding, workplace | 39 Comments »

The Most Segregated Hour in America

August 24, 2015
Rev. Jeremiah Wright

Some have said Sunday morning is the most segregated hour in America. What happens when it becomes less segregated?

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Posted in Christian, Culture, Race Relations | 16 Comments »

Defending the Family by Preaching Homonormative, Gay Marriage

April 7, 2015
Defending the Family by Preaching Homonormative, Gay Marriage

As defenders of the family, why aren’t more Mormons in favor of committed, same-sex relationships?

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Posted in LGBT, Mormon | 69 Comments »

Religion as Software for the Brain

March 9, 2015
Brain as computer

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 »

PR and Religion: Can We Cooperate?

October 23, 2014
PR and Religion: Can We Cooperate?

Sometimes it seems like it’s one PR problem after another, and plenty have fuelled bloggernacle discussions over the last year or so. In this post I’ll be looking at PR as discussed in this BBC R4 Beyond Belief programme, and a recent podcast in which Gina Colvin interviews members Roy and Emma Hann about their […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Culture, LDS, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Mormon Discussion, Uncategorized, understanding | 7 Comments »

All the Single Ladies (& Gents): Who is Mormonism for?

September 24, 2014
May the odds be in time and eternity ever in your favor

Can a traditional-family-oriented church offer anything of value to singles or non-traditional families?

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Posted in Mormon, Mormon Culture, Singles | 28 Comments »

Sacred AND secret: Is public activism inherently unfaithful?

September 17, 2014
Ordain Women at General Conference

Ordain Women’s latest planned action is to watch Priesthood session of October General Conference at local stake centers. Is this too low-key? Is low-key more spiritual?

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Posted in Faith, Feminism, gender equity, Mormon | 29 Comments »

Seeing the truth

September 7, 2014
Seeing the truth

Bad things can happen to us, but we do not need to become what has happened to us.

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Posted in Faith, Holy Spirit, LDS, theology, Uncategorized, understanding | 7 Comments »

At Their Own Word: The Mormon Newsroom on Church Discipline

June 20, 2014
LDS Newsroom Moroni

What can we learn about the church, discipline, and apostasy if we take the Newsroom at its own word?

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Posted in Apostasy, Church Policy, Doctrine, Excommunication, Mormon, Priesthood, Women | 33 Comments »

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 »

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