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71: The Illusion of Asymmetric Insight

71: The Illusion of Asymmetric Insight Posted by on Aug 29, 2015

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What He Wants.

What He Wants. Posted by on Aug 25, 2015

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66: Ask a Mormon Sex Therapist Part 9

66: Ask a Mormon Sex Therapist Part 9 Posted by on Jul 17, 2015

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Curiosity Killed the Cat. (But it Saved ...

Curiosity Killed the Cat. (But it Saved me in Sunday School) Posted by on Aug 31, 2015

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For the Cause of Righteousness: A Global...

For the Cause of Righteousness: A Global History of Blacks and Mormonism 1830-2013 Posted by on Aug 30, 2015

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Tithing Donations Should Be Confidential

Tithing Donations Should Be Confidential Posted by on May 3, 2015

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Living on Flipped Mormon Standard Time

Living on Flipped Mormon Standard Time Posted by on Aug 26, 2015

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For the Cause of Righteousness: A Global...

For the Cause of Righteousness: A Global History of Blacks and Mormonism 1830-2013 Posted by on Aug 30, 2015

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A North and South Heart

A North and South Heart Posted by on Aug 3, 2015

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An Argument for “Mormon Universali...

An Argument for “Mormon Universalism” Posted by on Sep 1, 2015

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#shortcreek4th

#shortcreek4th Posted by on Sep 4, 2015
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Southern Utah is teetering on the brink of a human rights crisis as the towns of Hildale and Colorado City shed hundreds of refugees who have lost their homes and their families. As citizens on the border of our state suffer, the majority of Mormons are silent on this issue. Why? In late winter of 2014, Elizabeth Steed (name...

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Does my church support a hate group?

Sep 02, 15 Does my church support a hate group?

Posted by in Featured, Homosexuality, Politics

Being gay and loving gays is normal. Beating gays and killing gays is a crime! So says the sign held by the man, Dmitry Isakov, in this image. You can’t see it in the picture, but approximately 1,000 miles away there’s a guy who read an article about Dmitry’s sign and called the cops, leading to a conviction and a...

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An Argument for “Mormon Universalism”

The following is an argument for Mormon Universalism. I present this argument not as a personal endorsement in every particular, but rather as a prompt for constructive discussion and critical self-reflection. What is “Mormon Universalism”? It is the belief that every single person who has ever lived will eventually return to and...

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Curiosity Killed the Cat. (But it Saved me in Sunday School)

Aug 31, 15 Curiosity Killed the Cat. (But it Saved me in Sunday School)

Posted by in Education, Featured, Sunday School

These days Sunday school is tough for me; I often get bored and sometimes I even get annoyed or frustrated. Sometimes I don’t like the way the lesson is being taught or comments from other class members. If I’m annoyed and or frustrated enough in class I will shut down, or tune out, or leave… yikes! I always have an e-book handy as...

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71: The Illusion of Asymmetric Insight

http://media.blubrry.com/rationalfaiths/p/rationalfaiths.com/podcast/71HMMAsymmetricInsight.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS In continuing our series “The Human Mormon Mind,” I just talked with Mica McGriggs and Benjamin Knoll about an incredibly important aspect of human psychology and...

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To those in a faith crisis and their loved ones

This month I had planned to write about a Bishopric Training Meeting at which my Stake President invited me and my wife to speak about faith crises and faith transitions. It was a great experience. I was also tempted to post the text of my wife’s sacrament meeting talk about temples from a couple weeks ago. However, as I...

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Living on Flipped Mormon Standard Time

We’ve all heard the old American proverb, “The early bird gets the worm.” Well, if given the choice between being the early bird and the worm, I’d be the worm. And I think scripturally speaking; the worm has the upper edge on spirituality. Let me explain….. It doesn’t matter how hard I try, I can never make it to Sacrament meeting...

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What He Wants.

Central to the worship and devotion of Mormon Church members is the ordinance of the sacrament in which we explicitly renew the covenant implicitly made at baptism. The covenant is implicit, because we do not verbally agree to specifically stated conditions at the time of baptism. The amen that we add to the baptismal prayer should...

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Religion and Politics: 10 questions for 2016

I believe that we all have an obligation to make sure our moral and ethical beliefs inform our politics. The Christian magazine Sojourners says it well: We envision a future in which Christians put their faith into action in the passionate pursuit of social justice, peace, and environmental stewardship, working in partnership with...

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Maybe God IS Racist

Picture this: Another February rolls around and all throughout literary Mormondom I get to read that “this was racist” or “that was racist” or “why doesn’t the church do this” or “blah… blah blah blah… blah blah… blah blah blah blah!” Okay, so I am supposed to...

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70: Spiritual Watering Holes Part 3

Aug 22, 15 70: Spiritual Watering Holes Part 3

Posted by in Featured, Podcast

http://media.blubrry.com/rationalfaiths/p/rationalfaiths.com/podcast/70SpiritViaMeditation.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Hearing the voice of the Holy Ghost and feeling the spirit often present themselves as elusive experiences that we want to have but just can’t seem to grasp. In...

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Introverts in an Extrovert’s World: A Review of “Quiet”

Sometimes I actually read books that are not Mormon History Books believe it or not and the latest one is about introverts. It is a book about people like me! The fact that Susan Cain‘s Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking has become so popular (NYT best seller) is a great thing. It is clear...

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One Believer’s Reactions to the CES Letter

“If the CES Letter has added value to your life, please pay it forward. Your support will allow us to continue to help the honest in heart seekers.” Such loaded language from the CES letter website gets my hackles up, but I’ll suppress them long enough to respond to some friends’ queries of “Have you read the entire CES Letter?”. I...

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We can do better (so it can get better)

Aug 19, 15 We can do better (so it can get better)

Posted by in Featured, Humanity, Racism, Truth

It has been a little over a year since the murder of Michael Brown and one year exactly of the death of Darrien Hunt at the hands of Utah Police and we have seen the #BlackLivesMatter movement rise from the ashes of the gun smoke. I am ready to never see a hashtag followed by a name–a black person’s name at that. And as...

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Playing Defense

Despite warnings from other leaders that emotional sentimentalism “should never be leaned upon as a substitute for spirituality,” 1 Elder Holland used up a good couple of minutes of his April 2014 General Conference address to describe in detail how two sister missionaries had food spit and thrown at them in the routine course of...

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Nephi: Almost a Good Man

And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God. Mark 10:18 Shortly after my mission I was teaching a Sunday School lesson on 1 Ne 17. Our Stake President had asked us all to memorize the Doctrine and Covenants 121:33-46, and being a dedicated return missionary I had done so (and frankly...

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