Posts Tagged ‘ religion ’

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 »

Answering “Why”

October 3, 2012
Answering “Why”

Why is why such a weird question to answer?

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Posted in Uncategorized | 11 Comments »

Y or Y Not: Weekend Poll

September 29, 2012
Y or Y Not:  Weekend Poll

Rise and shout – this poll is for parents who are thinking about their kids’ college education.  Did you / would you send your kids to the Y?  Y or Y Not? Discuss.

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Posted in Agency, America, Mormon, Mormon Culture | 39 Comments »

Should Mormons Get With the Program?

September 29, 2012
Should Mormons Get With the Program?

Not the program you might think. Rather, the kind of program some people had in mind for Salman Rushdie when he pointed out the contradictions of “The Satanic Verses”. Or, perhaps that should be pogrom, since there are death penalties involved. Certainly, Mark Steyn is one who has had his proverbial skin in the game, […]

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Posted in Agency, America, Freedom, Morality, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Politics, understanding, Violence | 30 Comments »

What is grace?

September 26, 2012
What is grace?

What is ‘grace’? How has it affected your life? Has it?

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Posted in Uncategorized | 13 Comments »

There are Wars and There are WARS

September 16, 2012
There are Wars and There are WARS

Unable to sleep a few nights ago, I sought mind-deadening through cable TV. I chanced upon a movie I thought would do the job — a murder mystery set in a mountain abbey in 14th Century Italy. I didn’t get what I expected. Instead, the movie, The Name of the Rose, starring Sean Connery and […]

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Posted in America, Europe, Faith, Freedom, History, Israel, Morality, Politics, understanding, Violence | 18 Comments »

What is faith?

August 22, 2012
Hold to the Rod

What is faith? Is it something believed or something in action, and do we choose it?

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Posted in Uncategorized | 92 Comments »

Romney’s Taxing Problem

August 7, 2012
Romney’s Taxing Problem

There has been much ado about the number of years of tax returns Mitt Romney should share as candidate for POTUS.  Critics on both sides of the political spectrum as well as the majority of Americans have called for him to release them, and yet he has refused, resulting in speculation that whatever is in […]

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Posted in America, Mormon, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture, Politics | 105 Comments »

Hearing Prophets — Just what are they saying and how to hear them.

July 20, 2012
Hearing Prophets — Just what are they saying and how to hear them.

When prophets talk what they say falls into one of six categories. This essay is about how to determine which category their words fit into and how to have a better understanding and application of the speech of prophets, ancient and modern.  It presents six categories and five tools. The six categories are: 1) Specific […]

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Posted in Alternative Sunday School Lessons, understanding | 42 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 »

Art Imitates Life? How Civilization V faithfully tells the faith story

June 28, 2012
Civilization V: Gods and Kings Logo

Civilization V’s religions will look nothing like real-world ones. So how do they capture the religious story so well?

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Posted in Uncategorized | 19 Comments »

Community of Christ Crosses Rubicon on LGBT Issues

June 9, 2012
Community of Christ Crosses Rubicon on LGBT Issues

The Community of Christ has begun “crossing the Rubicon” on LGBT issues, and there can be no reversing the action taken. CofChrist is committed to the theological precedent that priesthood can be compatible with participation in a legally recognized same-sex sexual relationship. On June 2nd, the Australian National Conference approved the following recommendation to the […]

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Posted in Church Policy, Mormon Belief, Mormon Culture | 11 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 »

Intersectionality and Individuality

May 9, 2012
Intersectionality and Individuality

What makes a person unique? If people are unique, then why do we still find so much in common with others?

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Posted in Uncategorized | 9 Comments »

Escaping from Lost Tribes

April 28, 2012
Escaping from Lost Tribes

Community of Christ is attempting to form a tradition — now that its World Conferences are held every three years instead of at six month intervals as is customary in LDS practice — of having its Prophet address the church in non-Conference years in something of a “state of the church” address. Community of Christ […]

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Posted in Agency, Church Policy, Freedom, Mission, Mormon Culture, Prophet | 7 Comments »

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