Posts Tagged ‘ Mormon ’

The Secular as Sacred

March 18, 2008 | 8 comments
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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the seemingly secular things that I’ve come to hold sacred, whether they be songs, books, films, works of art, or even places. My spiritual regard for these things is often rooted in my own experience, yet, I also believe that I’ve come to appreciate many of them in a spiritual sense because they broach truth in their own right. Brigham Young once said “The truth and sound doctrine possessed by the sectarian world, and they have a great deal, all belong to this church” (JD 11:375). Read more »

Substituting One Speculation for Another

March 16, 2008 | 55 comments
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Our Sunday School class opened this morning with a discussion of the “generals in the war in heaven” nonsense that the Church is trying so hard to quash. Read more »

Sunstone West

March 14, 2008 | 13 comments
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If you’re in the Los Angeles area, don’t forget to check out Sunstone West this weekend. Tonight’s program includes a showing of Nobody Knows: The Untold Story of Black Mormons, and tomorrow’s program includes a list of speakers and presentations on some interesting-sounding topics. I hope to see some of you there. Read more »

The Missionary at Mass

March 12, 2008 | 49 comments
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My father used to point to the ceiling in our living room and claim he could still see a dent made by my head as I jumped up in excitement over discovering that my call was to the Switzerland Geneva Mission. Read more »

Forging a Life

March 11, 2008 | 20 comments
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Although she had immigrated to Boston, the story of Misha Defonseca didn’t get nearly as much press last week in the U.S. as it did in Europe, when she joined a long line of self-confessed fakes Read more »

Literacy, Literalism, and the Isaiah Chapters of the Book of Mormon

March 11, 2008 | 19 comments
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One of the distinctive features of the Book of Mormon is its pervasive anxiety about literacy Read more »

Discovering Nuance

March 10, 2008 | 165 comments
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A few recent comments over at BCC have elaborated on a theme that one hears from time to time on the internet: “I didn’t get the whole scoop on LDS history while I was in Primary.” Read more »

Mormons and Evolution

March 10, 2008 | 55 comments
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Elder Packer’s article in this month’s Ensign closes with some thoughts on Evolution that have the potential to stir up a debate on the issue within the Church after several relatively quiet years. Read more »

More Mormon Urban Legends?

March 9, 2008 | 32 comments
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How about the one about the frog in boiling water? Read more »

Joy and Anguish

March 7, 2008 | 20 comments
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Should a psychologically healthy person be happy, cheerful, carefree? If you are not cheerful is there something wrong with you? Let’s see what Mormon scripture has to say. Read more »

More depressing news

March 7, 2008 | 117 comments
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Today’s news carries a deja vu article: Surveys show high rates of depression in Utah, and some psychiatrists wonder if Mormon culture is part of the cause. (The story runs under a pretty direct illustration that shows an apparently depressed woman and a photo of the temple in the background.) Read more »

Theology and the Public Square in Utah

March 5, 2008 | 35 comments
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The Salt Lake Tribune recently ran a column written by Grant Palmer arguing that Christian salvation turns not on the performance of ordinances but rather on an ethical life. Theologically speaking, the article (as Dave has pointed out nicely) is a pretty pedestrian, anti-sacramental, and essentially Protestant reading of the New Testament. The really interesting question raised by the article is not its theology, but rather what it is doing on the editorial page of an mainstream, secular newspaper. I think that we can safely dismiss the notion that the column was published because the Trib has taken it... Read more »

A Sample Of Mormon Donors

March 4, 2008 | 39 comments
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Mormons contributed to Mitt Romney’s campaign over the past year and half in some pretty eye-popping numbers (see, e.g., here and here). As such, I decided to comb through the campaign finance contribution records to see who exactly some prominent Mormons were donating to this past election cycle. Read more »

Apostasy is Back on the Bookshelf

March 4, 2008 | 68 comments
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Once upon a time, The Great Apostasy by Elder James E. Talmage was on every Mormon’s reading list. But somehow that topic went out of fashion for a couple of decades — no LDS books treated the subject and it received considerably less attention in General Conference talks. Suddenly, the Great Apostasy seems to be back. Read more »

Society for Mormon Philosophy and Theology 2008 Program

March 1, 2008 | 14 comments
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SMPT is meeting at the University of Utah on March 27-29, and the conference program is now posted on the web. Featured speakers include Stephen T. Davis of Claremont McKenna College and Jad Hatem of Saint Joseph University, Beirut. The conference is free and open to the public. Davis will also deliver a Tanner-McMurrin Lecture at Westminster College that weekend. Read more »

Rock-Bottom Loser

March 1, 2008 | 44 comments
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An Onion article out today, like most good Onion articles, works off a premise that’s largely true. The headline reads “Rock-Bottom Loser Entertaining Offers From Several Religions” and the money quotes are: Read more »

The Church Historian’s Press and the Argument in Favor of Mordred

February 25, 2008 | 21 comments
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The Church issued a press release today annoucing the creation of a “Church Historian’s Press” to handle the publication of the Joseph Smith Papers. (The press release also mentioned “works related to the church’s history and growth.”) I am not quite sure what the rationale for this is. Previous volume of the papers were published by Deseret Book, which did a nice enough job, although of late the physical publication standards at Deseret Book have been falling. Perhaps the new imprint is to insure library quality production values. Maybe it just reduces administrative hassle to have the production done... Read more »

Thomases

February 25, 2008 | 10 comments
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The name Thomas has a tortured history in Mormonism. Read more »

Bloggernacle in the News

February 25, 2008 | 14 comments
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In the online Deseret News: “Today in the Bloggernacle,” with links to posts at BCC, Nine Moons, and Millennial Star. I’ve seen similar posts in recent weeks (such as here and here) under different titles but with the same format, so this appears to be a new regular feature. Just one more reason to check spelling and grammar before you hit the “post” button. Read more »

From Theophany to Ritual

February 24, 2008 | 11 comments
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I thought that one of Richard Bushman’s most provocative arguments in Rough Stone Rolling was his interpretation of the temple endowment, and I’ve been surprised that it hasn’t generated more interest. Read more »

Book Review: Bound on Earth

February 22, 2008 | 10 comments
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Angela Hallstrom’s debut novel, Bound on Earth, is worth reading. Read more »

Mormon scholars dominate the Globe

February 19, 2008 | 48 comments
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At least, Melissa Proctor does. Today’s Boston Globe has a very nice article about her new Mormonism class at Harvard Divinity School, along with some good discussion about the trends in Mormon studies generally. Congratulations, Melissa! Read more »

Mormon Law and Islamic Law

February 19, 2008 | 9 comments
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Mormonism, so goes a well-worn trope, is more into orthopraxis than orthodoxy. That is, we tend to care more about right conduct — e.g. loyalty to the kingdom, keeping covenants, following commandments, etc. — than right belief — e.g. the precise nature of divine progression or the correct location of Kolob. This raises the question, however, of why Mormonism hasn’t really developed any sort of a formal jurisprudence. Looking at church courts in the nineteenth century and comparing Mormon “law” to Islamic law sharpens the issues Read more »

Interpretation: Latter-day Saint Perspectives

February 19, 2008 | 2 comments
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