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January 17, 2006 | 10 comments

Infertility is a huge topic, as large in its own way as the topic of birth control. Unfortunately, I don’t have the time to do it justice. I fully recognize that this can be an extremely sensitive issue for couples for many reasons. I absolutely do not judge any patients for making choices in dealing with infertility that I would not recommend professionally. I also fully celebrate the life of all children of God, regardless of how they were conceived. With this background in place, I wish simply to make three points. Read more »

Postfertilization effects of birth control methods

January 17, 2006 | 6 comments

In considering options of which birth control method to use, couples have a variety of factors that they may consider. Read more »

Embryonic stem cell research

January 17, 2006 | 24 comments

The issue of embryonic stem cells has been discussed in this forum before, here, here and here. Ongoing current events, however, make this issue salient for another examination. Read more »

Beginning of Human Life

January 16, 2006 | 56 comments

When does human life begin? This phrasing of this question as it is commonly stated is imprecise and can be misleading. Let’s look at some more precise questions. Read more »

NFP part 3- Interest and use

January 8, 2006 | 46 comments

Natural family planning (NFP) Part 3- Interest and use Read more »

NFP part 2- Summary of methods and effectiveness

January 8, 2006 | one comment

Natural family planning (NFP) Part 2- Summary of NFP methods and effectiveness Read more »

Natural family planning part 1- Medical overview

January 7, 2006 | 4 comments

NFP is not a single method. Rather, it is a group of different “methods for planning and preventing pregnancies by observation of the naturally occurring signs and symptoms of the fertile and infertile phases of the menstrual cycle, with the avoidance of intercourse during the fertile phase if pregnancy is to be avoided.” (World Health Organization, 1982) Read more »

Features of an ideal family planning method

December 30, 2005 | 62 comments

Before posting on natural family planning (NFP) or any other family planning methods specifically, I think it is worthwhile to consider a more general question: What would you consider the features of an ideal method of family planning? I am talking here about features, not about any specific method. For reasons that may become apparent below, I prefer the broader term “family planning” to the terms “birth control” or “contraception.” Read more »

Are sex and procreation connected?

December 28, 2005 | 171 comments

First, I’d like to thank Matt Evans for the invitation to be a guest contributor to T&S. On the too few occasions that I’ve taken the time to look through T&S, I’ve seen a lot of interesting and often edifying discussions. I hope I can contribute constructively. For my first contribution, I’d like to address the question: Is there a connection between having sex and having children? Read more »

The Sexual Generation of Jesus

March 9, 2005 | 90 comments

In the May 7th issue of The Christian Post, there is an article entitled “What Religious Beliefs are Shaping American Christians Today?” I noticed the following in that article: “The journal features an article written by Cky Carrigan, national interfaith evangelism missionary with the North American Mission Board and visiting professor of missions at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C. on the theology of Mormonism, one of the nation’s fastest-growing religious groups. Carrigan’s article focuses on the Christology of Mormonism, which includes the atonement and the belief that Jesus Christ was born as the result of sexual... Read more »

Over-Identification with Mormon Athletes

March 7, 2005 | 50 comments

I have a problem. I think I need a 12-step program, if one existed for this problem. I am over-invested in the success of Mormon athletes. Read more »

MHA in Vermont

March 4, 2005 | 15 comments

I am planning on attending the MHA Conference in Killington, VT, May 26-29. For details, see here. I see that T&S blogger Kristine is presenting; is anyone else from the Bloggernacle going to be there? Read more »

Nauvoo Trivia

March 2, 2005 | 15 comments

My family moved to Illinois in 1965 when I was seven years old. Every year for vacation we drove back to visit relatives in Utah, and every year on the way we spent a couple of days in Nauvoo and Carthage. I continue to live in Illinois, so I’ve been there at least a couple of dozen times now. Read more »

Celestial Polygamy

March 1, 2005 | 80 comments

About 18 years ago, Eugene England published his essay, “On Fidelity, Polygamy, and Celestial Marriage,” Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 20/4 (Winter 1987): 138-54, which has since been reprinted in a couple of different venues. A copy is available at the University of Utah Dialogue archive, here. This article was an exercise in speculative theology, in which England took the position that the marriage relationship in the Celestial Kingdom will be monogamous, not polygynous. Read more »

Temple Marriage Policy

February 28, 2005 | 183 comments

What would a guest blogging stint be without a little friendly ark steadying? To wit: I propose that the Church do away with its policy that requires a one-year wait between a civil marriage ceremony outside the temple and a temple sealing. Read more »

The ideal Mormon university

December 10, 2004 | 77 comments

I want to thank you all for your very generous and interesting comments over the last two weeks during my time in the guest blogger’s chair. Everyone has been most congenial and welcoming. I hope to come back for the guest blogger’s reunion. For my last post, I’d like to Read more »

Are Mormons a “myopic” people?

December 9, 2004 | 21 comments

Are Mormons a “myopicâ€? people? The historian Richard Poll first suggested the possibility in an article on Mormon personality published many years ago. Read more »

Are we killing the Zion dream softly?

December 8, 2004 | 21 comments

My post begins with a pointed question: Are higher education and the scriptural ideal of Zion at odds? The question had never occurred to me until a few years ago while living in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Read more »

By Study and Also by Faith

December 7, 2004 | 20 comments

I want to ask a question within the genre of scriptural exegesis. When our church leaders commend us to seek education, they often quote Read more »

Boundary Maintenance and the “Modest” Mormon

December 6, 2004 | 13 comments

In her brilliant book Mormonism: The Story of a New Religious Tradition (Uillinois, 1985), Jan Shipps suggests that the Word of Wisdom replaced polygamy as “boundary maintenanceâ€? between the church and the world. Read more »

BYU and “Destructive” Entertainment

December 5, 2004 | 13 comments

The utterly fascinating comments about rock concerts confirm one of my theories about BYU and Provo. I want to pass it by T&S readers for critique, criticism, comment. My theory is Read more »

Rock Concerts at BYU

December 3, 2004 | 54 comments

Has anyone ever attended a rock concert at BYU? You may have noticed that they dried up in the mid-1980s, and I am trying to figure out why. In the 1970s artists such as Elton John, America, Read more »

Town and Gown

December 3, 2004 | 24 comments

I told Gordon that I’ve been doing some writing about the relationship between Provo and BYU, and if you don’t mind I’d like to enlist the assistance of T&S in helping me solve a few riddles. For those who have never lived in Provo, please pardon the indulgence. Read more »

The Protestant Reformers and “Prepared Ground”

December 2, 2004 | 36 comments

I want to start a discussion using one of Rosalynde’s comments as a launching point. In a comment on my first post, Rosalynde reminded us that we in the church often talk about the Protestant Reformers as though they helped lay the groundwork for the Restoration. Read more »