Posts Tagged ‘ Mormon ’

How Sacred is Conscience?

July 14, 2008 | 40 comments

Any guest or new blogger obviously runs the risk of repeating topics that have been worn into the ground. Apologies in advance if that is the case here, but it seemed to me that possibly missing in the current debate, er, discussion, over a certain issue in California and how church members ought to respond to it, is more explicit treatment of the question of conscience. Read more »

Foundation and Apostasy

July 12, 2008 | 31 comments

What if the historical evidence for the foundation of the early Christian church is indistinguishable from evidence for its apostasy? What if the early church and its scriptures only arose through processes of decay? Read more »

When The Prophet Speaks

July 11, 2008 | 108 comments

Dave’s Mormon Inquiry has a post up about a new article in Meridian Magazine today that likens the brewing battle over gay marriage in California to the War in Heaven. The comments of the post link to an editorial from the Daily Universe editorial board this week that I found pretty shocking. The money quote: Consequently, “active Mormons” know that when the prophet speaks, the debate is over. No matter how diligently someone reads their scriptures, attends church or pays a full tithe, unless they sustain President Monson, his counselors and the other 12 apostles, [by supporting the proposed... Read more »

Going for Gold | Olympic Moments

July 10, 2008 | 13 comments

Mormon Times posted a list of LDS athletes who are headed to the Summer Olympics. An impressive group — I hope they all make their respective teams and countries proud in coming weeks. Read more »

FTA: Dating, Jane Austen, and the Virtues of Chastity

July 8, 2008 | 49 comments

Like most rugged and red-blooded American men I have long enjoyed the work of Jane Austen. Read more »

Posts You Might Have Missed 3

July 7, 2008 | 14 comments

While the Bloggernacle was ablaze with commentary on the June 29 First Presidency letter to California Mormons (see interesting updates here and here) plenty of posts on other timely topics were zipping through cyberspace. Read more »

Korihor and the United States Reports

July 1, 2008 | 40 comments

Let’s read the Book of Mormon as a commentary on American constitutional law and vice versa. Alma 30:7-10 reads: Read more »

The Temple in European Mormon Sociality

July 1, 2008 | 30 comments

The temple plays a role in the social life of European Mormons that is significantly different in a couple of ways from the usual American experience. Read more »

Send in the Casseroles

June 30, 2008 | no comments

On the sweetness of Mormon life, with apologies to Adam: Read more »

From my Missionary Journals

June 27, 2008 | 14 comments

I was recently rereading my missionary journals. Read more »

3:10 to Salt Lake City

June 26, 2008 | 23 comments

They still make Westerns because the harsh, unforgiving West of the 19th century was a land of stark moral choices. 3:10 to Yuma is just the latest example. Read more »

Posts You Might Have Missed 2

June 21, 2008 | 12 comments

From the hundreds of posts that flow through the Bloggernacle each week, here are a couple of recent gems you ought to read. Read more »

Alyssa Peterson

June 20, 2008 | 28 comments

I kinda vaguely remember hearing about that LDS woman who was killed in Iraq awhile back. Read more »

Mormonism for me, but not for thee

June 18, 2008 | 46 comments

Comments are now open Is a Mormon universalism possible? Or in other words, is it possible for Mormons to envision their faith as one of many efficacious paths to God? I have my doubts, but maybe there is an argument to be made Read more »

Searching for a Sense of Place in Viriginia (a bleg)

June 17, 2008 | 39 comments

I am at a stage in life when I think a lot about place. After a decade or so of moving every 1 to 3 years, our family has arrived on the banks of the James and there is a very good chance that this is where my children will grow up. My interest in place is heightened of course that I live a mile from the site of Jamestown — first English settlement in America — and work in Williamsburg — colonial capital of Virginia and, as one acquaintance put it to me “Disney Land for history major.”... Read more »

Making Peace with Missionary Work

June 15, 2008 | 83 comments

Tweny years ago today, June 15, 1988, I entered the Missionary Training Center and began my 24 months as a missionary assigned to the Korea Seoul West Mission of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I’d like to take this moment to offer all my mission companions, every missionary I knew, both my mission presidents, all the people I ever taught, all the members I ever interacted with, the Korean people as a whole, and the church my deepest apologies, and ask for their forgiveness…because, as a missionary, I really sucked. Read more »

You can’t leave home again

June 14, 2008 | 10 comments

At the end of my junior year of high school, I caught a glimpse of my graduating student body president one last time Read more »

The Oddity of God’s Promises

June 12, 2008 | 29 comments

I basically pay my mortgage by thinking about contracts and promises. It is a tough job, but someone has to do. Of late, I’ve gotten to thinking about God’s promising. Consider these two quotes: Read more »

Posts You Might Have Missed

June 8, 2008 | 9 comments

If you have been too busy with real life to do more than your required online reading here at T&S, here are a few posts you might have missed. Read more »

Growing Up in Utah

June 7, 2008 | 6 comments

I didn’t. But if you read “The Skeleton in Grandpa’s Barn” and Other Stories of Growing Up in Utah (Signature, 2008) you’ll get an informative glimpse of what it was like. Read more »

FAIR One Ups The Tanners

June 5, 2008 | 129 comments

Score one for FAIR. Last week, in Utah Lighthouse Ministry v. Foundation for Apologetic Information and Research, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit rejected an appeal by Sandra and Gerald Tanner’s anti-Mormon ministry over its claims of trademark infringement, cyber-squatting, and unfair competition that arose out of a parody website created by the Foundation for Apologetic Information and Research (FAIR). Read more »

The Mormons: Director’s Cut

June 3, 2008 | 6 comments

Heads up for those in the D.C. area. Greg Prince, co-author of David O. McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism, hosts a great series of events at his house in Potomac, Maryland, the next of which is coming up on Sunday, June 8th. Read more »

Walking by Faith with Popper and Quine

June 3, 2008 | 56 comments

A while ago I was having one of those oft repeated conversations about faith, doubt, and intellectual reconciliation. My thoughtful interlocutor asked, “Is there anything that you could learn that would cause you to abandon your beliefs?” The clear assumption of his question was that there was something distinctly fishy about a set of beliefs that cannot be falsified. It is an assumption worth thinking about. Read more »

A Thomas Jefferson Education?

May 31, 2008 | 246 comments

UPDATE (8/12/13):  When I wrote this post, I had no idea what was going on “behind the scenes.”  Please be sure to read this–it concerns accusations of fraud against DeMille and his ouster from GWC.   For the uninitiated, Thomas Jefferson Education (hereafter TJE) is a method of homeschooling–a method very popular among Mormons. Read more »