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William F. Buckley dies

February 27, 2008 | 37 comments
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Bill Buckley died this morning. Farewell, happy warrior. Read more »

States of Grace review (spoilers).

February 27, 2008 | 69 comments
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We finally watched States of Grace (God’s Army II). Read more »

Mormons and the Pew U.S. Religious Landscape Survey

February 26, 2008 | 21 comments
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Pew has a new, comprehensive survey of American religion. Its gotten attention around the blogosphere (e.g..) and, I believe, has been linked on the side bar. At the suggestion of a reader, here’s your chance to comment or to highlight any details you think will be of interest. Read more »

Demographic Winter Bleg

February 21, 2008 | 89 comments
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I’m looking for more information about the people associated with the Demographic Winter film. Read more »

Why Did God Give Contradictory Commandments?

February 20, 2008 | 22 comments
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The temple treats the Garden story as a universal story. Whatever the reason for that, you can make a good case that in some sense each of us has been in the Garden and fallen. In fact, as we’ve discussed here before, making the Garden story a universal story can make sense of the contradictory commandments God gave Adam and Eve. Read more »

Lincoln and the Will of God

February 12, 2008 | 104 comments
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The State of New Mexico officially recognizes Lincoln today. Our recognition doesn’t elevate him but it does elevate us. Read more »

Pagan Mormonism

February 11, 2008 | 17 comments
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Someone pseudonymmed Spengler wrote an anti-Mormon column too trifling to bother with until I was reminded that some people believe anything they read about Mormons. Read more »

Sustaining the Brethren

February 10, 2008 | 15 comments
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On the sweetness of Mormon life. Read more »

Praising Righteous Gentiles

February 8, 2008 | 20 comments
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Now would be a good time to publicly recognize the folks at Evangelicals for Mitt, Jay Sekulow, Hugh Hewitt, John Schroeder at the Article VI blog, Kathryn Lopez, Glendon, and many, many others who went very far towards damping sectarian strife and saving Mormons from lapsing into a kind of counter-prejudice against evangelicals and Catholics. Read more »

Mormons the most pro-life

February 7, 2008 | 45 comments
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Matt Evans has linked to a Life News report on exit polls showing that of all the Super Tuesday voters, Utah GOP voters were the most pro-life. Read more »

Romney’s Out

February 7, 2008 | 68 comments
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Multiple sources report that Romney is getting out of the race today at CPAC. Pre-released announcement here: This is not an easy decision for me. I hate to lose. My family, my friends and our supporters… many of you right here in this room… have given a great deal to get me where I have a shot at becoming President. If this were only about me, I would go on. But I entered this race because I love America, and because I love America, I feel I must now stand aside, for our party and for our country. I... Read more »

The Perpetual Education Fund

February 4, 2008 | 25 comments
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Several of the saints at church Sunday said they’d donated to the Perpetual Education Fund in memory of President Hinckley. It put us in mind to do the same. Read more »

Madonna Moms and Book of Mormon Stories

January 25, 2008 | 22 comments
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Ensign art shows are themselves a kind of art. The whole is greater than the parts. The Ensign ran art shows in the last two Ensigns and this is my idiosyncratic critique.* Read more »

35 Years of the Mandatory Abortion License

January 22, 2008 | 13 comments
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35 years ago today the Supreme Court found a constitutional right to abortion, inagurating perhaps the most liberal abortion license in the West. 45 million have been aborted since. The number aborted each year has declined roughly since 1990 but around 1.2 million are still aborted each year. Roughly 10-15% of those aborted were past their first trimester. We’ve had a lot to say about abortion over the years. I’ve put together the links here. Talk is nothing in the presence of these dead, but it’s all we’ve got. Read more »

If You Don’t Like Mormons, Mitt Flip-Flops

January 18, 2008 | 49 comments
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A Vanderbilt study suggests voters who are bigoted against Mormons are more likely to believe that Mitt Romney is a flip-flopper. Read more »

The Greatness of Their Stumbling Block

January 8, 2008 | 23 comments
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And the Gentiles are lifted up in the pride of their eyes, and have stumbled, because of the greatness of their stumbling block, that they have built up many churches; nevertheless, they put down the power and miracles of God, and preach up unto themselves their own wisdom and their own learning Second Nephi 26:20. This is another post about the Feldman article. But if you want to sing Feldman’s praises and take issue with his Mormon critics, go here. If you want to defend his observation that from the secular standpoint mainstream Christianity has its share of the... Read more »

Upstate New York Exists, so Mormonism Is True

January 8, 2008 | 60 comments
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You will recall that in July Atlantic bloggers Matt Yglesias and Ross Douthat agreed that the Book of Mormon was “a remarkably crude and obvious forgery.” To his credit, Ross Douthat later retracted the claim and promised, in effect, that he’d wade into the weeds of history, archaeology and comparative theology before he made judgments like it again. Read more »

Must Bishoprics Be in the Baby’s Blessing Circle?

January 7, 2008 | 48 comments
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Must the bishop be in each baby’s blessing circle? Read more »

Who Won?

January 3, 2008 | 91 comments
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Who won tonight? Read more »

On Cell Phones in Sacrament Meeting

January 1, 2008 | 62 comments
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Cell phones have arrived. Even in my semi-rural, blue-collar ward enough people have a cell phone now that one’s gone off every sacrament meeting for the last month. Read more »

The 6th Day of Christmas

December 30, 2007 | 14 comments
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On the sweetness of Mormon life. Some child behind me started yelling during a really good talk about charity. Because of the talk, perhaps, I remembered not to turn around and gawk. Later I peeked behind me and saw a young mother with three small children who had slipped in late. Her husband is a good man but he doesn’t believe and won’t come and he works on Sundays anyway, so she and her children are usually late. Sometimes they’re so late they don’t come until the very end of sacrament meeting. But they almost always come. Read more »

Revelation Made Flesh

December 23, 2007 | 9 comments
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Christ was uniquely part divine and part mortal. The Almighty was his father, the woman Mary was his mother. Read more »

Naked, and ye clothed me

December 21, 2007 | 5 comments
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When Christ says to Mary and Joseph– I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me –they will not ask him “when?”. Read more »

Christmas and the Sacrament

December 20, 2007 | 4 comments
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There is only one Christmas. Each year it comes slightly more into view. Read more »

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