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51: Ask a Mormon Sex Therapist Part 6

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Is Revelation Just Divine Dictation? – The LDS.org Book of Mormon Translation Essay Posted by on Feb 11, 2015

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Mormonism and the Regeneration of All Things

Mar 27, 15 Mormonism and the Regeneration of All Things

Posted by in Featured, Theology

I’m a big fan of Dr. Who. Yes, big surprise. The nerdy guy likes Dr. Who. I have considered writing out my thoughts of the similarities between Dr. Who and the so-called limited God of Mormonism. However, that will need to wait until another day. Right now I’d like to solicit your help in doing some Dr. Who/Mormonism...

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When Having the Answers is the Wrong Answer

Mar 26, 15 When Having the Answers is the Wrong Answer

Posted by in Featured, Mormonism

Celebrating my son’s ninth birthday this year was extra fun. He decided to have a Star Wars birthday and I was beyond thrilled. While my wife spent the requisite hours searching Pinterest for Star Wars party ideas to entertain a crew of rowdy boys, my contribution to the party was a group of life-size Star Wars cardboard cutouts....

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The Hitchhikers Guide to Eternity (for and in behalf of Douglas Adams, who is dead)

Adams was an atheist. I don’t know if he still is. In the book “The Salmon of Doubt”, published after his death, he advises: “If you imagine a puddle waking up one morning and thinking, ‘this is an interesting world I find myself in- an interesting hole I find myself in- fits me rather neatly...

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A March Madness Metaphor

A certain woman was a big fan of her Alma Mater’s basketball team. The team had many winning seasons and were regularly invited to participate in the post season. The woman loved the coach. She trusted him completely and supported him, even through the lost games and the occasional rough season. She never blamed him for the...

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Teach Evolution and They Will Accept

Mar 22, 15 Teach Evolution and They Will Accept

Posted by in Featured, science

A recent article (here) concluded that “Mormonism is one of the least ‘evolution-friendly’ faith traditions in the United States. ” The conclusion is based off of data from a Pew Forum study from 2009 (here) depicting that only 22% of Mormons agree that evolution is the best explanation for the origin of man, 26% below the national...

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52: Approaching History Part 2

Mar 21, 15 52: Approaching History Part 2

Posted by in Education, Featured, History, Podcast

If it is in a history book you can trust it. Right? No. I’m afraid not friends, we can’t trust anything without qualification. Historians have been tasked to accomplish an impossible task of reconstructing the past. Once we shed the myth of actually making the map equal the territory and we reset our expectations,...

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52: Approaching History Part 1

Mar 21, 15 52: Approaching History Part 1

Posted by in Education, Featured, History, Podcast

If it is in a history book you can trust it. Right? No. I’m afraid not friends, we can’t trust anything without qualification. Historians have been tasked to accomplish an impossible task of reconstructing the past. Once we shed the myth of actually making the map equal the territory and we reset our expectations,...

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Social Psychology and Religious Behavior

Mar 20, 15 Social Psychology and Religious Behavior

Posted by in Featured, Mental Health, Mormonism

In chapter 2 of The Origins of Political Order, Francis Fukuyama gives a compelling overview of how human biological and social evolution has provided the basis for modern political organization. In brief, he argues: As humans, we have always existed in groups. Our early primate ancestors developed a strong tendency to affiliate...

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Even in Brokenness There is Beauty

I work up close and personal with disability every day. When people found I was going into child neurology their first question was often, “why?” I often hear about how it’s too sad or too depressing. Fellow physicians struggle with the fact that there often isn’t anything we can do to fix many disorders of the brain such as severe...

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Knowing Better from the Margins, Doing better from the Center

There’s a beautiful thing that happens when 9 verses are removed from a chapter and given a chance to expand into healing scripture.  This is one of the things that has troubled me about the correlation of LDS curricula – all of the answers are there. There’s little room to explore much more than what’s already been said and...

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Faith, Doubt, AND CONTEXT

Mar 17, 15 Faith, Doubt, AND CONTEXT

Posted by in Faith, Featured, Truth

Members of the LDS church will frequently use different definitions, or versions, of the words faith and doubt. The two most common versions are what I call “truth-oriented” and “objective”. It’s important to realize that many, if not most, of the debates we have on the topics of faith and doubt are due to conflating the two...

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Defending the Family

Mar 16, 15 Defending the Family

Posted by in Family, Featured, Homosexuality, News

Meridian Magazine (ldsmag.com) recently started a column inviting scholarly discussion of significant cultural and moral topics. More explicitly: Meridian EXPAND will be anxiously engaged in the good cause of defending core teachings of the Church concerning morality and the family, even though, indeed precisely because, these...

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The End of Apologetics: Christian Witness in a Postmodern Context

In The End of Apologetics: Christian Witness in a Postmodern Context, author Myron Bradley Penner presents a vivid anecdote pertaining to the kind of Christian witness he would like to see ended. He recounts the story of John, a “self-described atheist-Roman Catholic” and philosophy professor who regarded his loss of faith as a...

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51: Ask a Mormon Sex Therapist Part 6

In this episode of “Ask a Mormon Sex Therapist”, Laurel and Brian talk with  Dr. Jennifer Finlayson-Fife on the topics of re-framing masturbation and sexuality in general for children/youth and staying sexy while accepting the effects of age. During the discussion on masturbation the books Protecting the Gift: Keeping Children and...

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Lest They Be Converted: Mark’s Messianic Secret

While we are studying the New Testament in Gospel Doctrines; get ready! This is not your typical Gospel Doctrines lesson… While teaching a New Testament class last year at the community college where I work, I stumbled upon the following verse in Mark: “That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear,...

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Six Reasons Why Middle-Way Mormonism Sucks

I was going to write about why Middle-Way Mormonism is awesome, but complaining is a lot easier. I was also going to write a sizable introduction with all of the nuance and balance that you would expect from someone trying to make a middle-way work. I took the easy route and wrote about the parts that suck instead. Say goodbye to...

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