53: Priming: You Are Influenced By More Than You Know

Going along with Brian Dillman’s previous announcement, this is the first episode from our new series “The Human Mormon Mind.” This is a series where we discuss topics related to psychology and self-deception science in general. Many of our topics will be inspired from the book “You Are Not So Smart”...

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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, History, 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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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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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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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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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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Why Columbus Isn’t Who Mormons Want Him to Be

Russell W. Stevenson is the author of For the Cause of Righteousness: A Global History of Blacks and Mormonism, 1830-2013. In October of last year, Deseret Book published Christopher Columbus: A Man Among the Gentiles by Clark B. Hinckley. In the Mormon tradition, Columbus enjoys nothing short of a singular divine mandate as the...

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