When Having the Answers is the Wrong Answer

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

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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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Did Joseph Smith, Jr. Ordain Elijah Able[s]?: A Note on W. Paul Reeve’s Essay

Mar 25, 15 Did Joseph Smith, Jr. Ordain Elijah Able[s]?: A Note on W. Paul Reeve’s Essay

Posted by in Featured, Racism, Uncategorized

This essay was originally posted at www.mormonhistoryguy.com. Russell Stevenson is the author of Black Mormon: The Story of Elijah Ables and For the Cause of Righteousness: A Global History of Blacks and Mormonsim, 1830-2013.  Yesterday, W. Paul Reeve, author of Religion of a Different Color: Race and the Mormon Struggle for...

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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

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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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