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A humane approach to immigration

January 19, 2008 | 116 comments
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One thing that church leaders said in their recent meetings with state lawmakers: Let’s take a humane approach to immigration. The Deseret News reports that: Read more »

The best article on Mormonism and politics that I’ve read all year

January 8, 2008 | 172 comments
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That’s faint enough praise for January 8th — but Noah Feldman’s recent New York Times article is strong enough that it would be a contender for that title, even in December. I already described the piece as “remarkable” in my sidebar link. I was surprised, though, to note the negative reaction the article has garnered in some Mormon circles. Read more »

An unfortunate typo

January 2, 2008 | 16 comments
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All of this to-do about Jesus and Satan being brothers is unfortunate, really. As far as I can tell, it’s all a misunderstanding based on a simple typo. Mormons don’t really think that Jesus and Satan are brothers. We think that Jesus and Santa are brothers! And what could make more sense than that, really? Look at all of the similarities: Read more »

José Smith

December 27, 2007 | 55 comments
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The Spanish-language scriptures use the name José Smith. This raises interesting questions: Which names do we choose to translate and which do we choose not to translate, and why? Read more »

Unsung II

December 25, 2007 | 10 comments
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The poem Stille Nacht has six verses, though we typically only sing three of them. Read more »

Silent Night

December 24, 2007 | 9 comments
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Son: Was the night when Jesus was born really silent? Me: No, not really. Read more »

Unsung

December 21, 2007 | 9 comments
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Christmas Bells, by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. I heard the bells on Christmas Day Their old, familiar carols play, Read more »

Mormonism Q&A I: Race issues; Jesus/Satan issues; some sources

December 18, 2007 | 105 comments
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There have been some interesting discussions of Mormonism in the media lately. Commenters like Lawrence O’Donnell, Maureen Dowd, Frank Rich, and others have made statements about the church in highly public places. What are we (or others) to make of these? In this post, I’ll try to address some of the questions that I’ve seen in various media contexts lately. Read more »

Turkey: The Poll

November 21, 2007 | 37 comments
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What’s going to be on your plate tomorrow? Read more »

Three Statements

November 18, 2007 | 111 comments
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In 2004, the church issued True to the Faith, a First Presidency-approved booklet discussing many points of church doctrine. The booklet includes a discussion of birth control. How does that official, First Presidency-approved discussion compare to both President Beck’s recent talk on Mothers Who Know, and to the anti-Beck statement at the What Women Know website? Read more »

Replenish the earth

November 17, 2007 | 37 comments
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Is “multiply and replenish the earth” one commandment, or two? Read more »

Wackiest attempted priestcraft, Google version

November 15, 2007 | 12 comments
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Wackiest attempted priestcraft, Google version

Check out these wacky ads, straight off of today’s Gmail sidebar. Read more »

After this manner

November 13, 2007 | 33 comments
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After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Read more »

Book of Mormon stories

November 8, 2007 | 117 comments
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A recent change in the wording of the Book of Mormon may suggests a shift in the church’s view of the relationship between Lamanites and American Indian tribes. The prior introduction, written just 26 years ago by Elder McConkie, stated that the Lamanites were “the principal ancestors of the American Indians.” Read more »

Minding our P’s and Q’s

November 5, 2007 | 77 comments
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A Evangelical classmate of mine discovered an easy tactic for bothering his Mormon classmates, that often required him only to occasionally omit the letter B or W from a sentence. In discussion about the church, he would conspicuously mention the name “Spencer Kimball,” or “Gordon Hinckley,” or “Ezra Benson.” This drove many of my Mormon classmates batty. It seemed to be a great moral wrong to refer to “Gordon Hinckley” without the intervening B. Read more »

Mormonism and American Politics conference, November 9-10

November 5, 2007 | 5 comments
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This weekend, Princeton will host an interdisciplinary conference to discuss the contested intersection between religion and American politics. Speakers include Richard Bushman, Richard Land, Kathleen Flake, Philip Barlow, Marci Hamilton, Alan Wolfe, Helen Whitney, Mark Silk, Noah Feldman, Sarah Barringer Gordon, Stephen Macedo, Thomas Griffith, Melissa Proctor, Robert George, Russell Arben Fox, Chris Karpowitz, David Campbell, John Green, and Francis Beckwith. Read more »

Painted Skies

November 3, 2007 | 20 comments
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Painted Skies

My God paints the skies for me. Read more »

Tea Party

November 2, 2007 | no comments
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Don’t forget, this weekend is Sunstone East, organized by blogoddess Kristine Haglund. Read more »

Two-Question Poll

October 30, 2007 | 98 comments
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Which of the following statements would you agree with? 1. A school voucher system should be put into place, to more easily allow parents to remove their children from sometimes-deficient public schools and place them in more appropriate, parent-selected educational environments. Read more »

Of Heavenly Dads and Heavenly Dyads

October 30, 2007 | 33 comments
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Are all of us praying to Mother in Heaven, unawares? Read more »

Red

October 26, 2007 | 12 comments
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Red

And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the Lord come. Joel 2:30-31 (Photo: San Diego Fire Moon, originally uploaded by Tamara Hart, link via Exponent II) Read more »

Ten miles

October 22, 2007 | 49 comments
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We’re about ten miles from the danger zone, living in the shadow of the fire. Read more »

The multitudinous family of Smith

October 21, 2007 | 29 comments
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Josiah Quincy famously wrote that, “Of the multitudinous family of Smith, from Adam down (Adam of the “Wealth of Nations,” I mean), none had so won human hearts and shaped human lives as this Joseph. His influence, whether for good or for evil, is potent today, and the end is not yet.” Was he right? And does this still hold true today? Where does Joseph rank, within the multitudinous family of Smith, in present-day influence? Read more »

In case you’re here for that other Times and Seasons . . .

October 18, 2007 | 6 comments
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We get a fair number of visitors from the search string, “Times and Seasons.” I’m sure a portion of these are actually looking for the blog; and others may be after discussion of the general concept (which isn’t solely a Mormon idea). But I’m sure some of them are actually looking for an online version of the old Mormon periodical. Where do you go if you want to read the original Times and Seasons? Here (scanned-in pages; scroll down); here (description and search link); here (transcriptions). (All links via the amazing Ardis Parshall.) Any other questions? Read more »

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