Injustice in a Just World

I have always clung to the idea that the vast majority of people are basically good. At the same time, a look at history or the news makes quite clear that even good people are capable of doing some pretty horrible things.  Why is this? Back in the 1960s a psychologist, Dr. Marvin Lerner, became disturbed by the tendency for the...

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The Old Testament Does Not Prohibit Homosexuality

By Sheldon Greaves, Ph.D. The section in Genesis for this week’s lesson is Genesis 13-14; 18-19, a crucial set of passages where the Bible paints a defining picture of Abraham, Lot, their families, and the world they lived in. There isn’t time to do proper justice to these sections, because understanding some of them demand a...

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When it comes to equality, which side of history are you on?

Feb 21, 14 When it comes to equality, which side of history are you on?

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When I look back through history, I’ve always thought that I would be the person speaking out for change if I were born into eras of oppression. I look through old pictures and choose which person I would be. I hope that I’d be able to see through the fog of society and see people for who they really are, then be part of...

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What is Love?: Lessons the Mansfields Taught Me

Jan 30, 14 What is Love?: Lessons the Mansfields Taught Me

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As a single almost 31 year old member of the LDS faith, it is safe to say that my opinion of “true love” has become a bit…shall we say….cynical over the years.  I use to totally buy into the whole Saturdays Warriors concept of love and I fully believed that when the time was right, the man who I was meant to marry would...

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The Debate: Gay Marriage and the Law

Dec 23, 13 The Debate:   Gay Marriage and the Law

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THE DEBATE:  GAY MARRIAGE AND THE LAW Note: The following is a unique post.  It contains two different essays.  The first essay is written by the husband (John Marsh) of one of Rational Faiths’ permabloggers and  is in support of the recent court ruling in Utah allowing gay marriage.  The second is an essay written by...

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Gay Marriage and Mormonism

Dec 22, 13 Gay Marriage and Mormonism

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My good friend and author Devery Anderson posted a note on his Facebook status about gay marriage. I thought what he wrote was insightful and needed to be published on our blog. I have edited it for formatting and anything marked with a * are my additions. Here is a short bio of Devery: Devery Anderson is the editor of The...

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Common Ground-Different Opinions: Latter-day Saints and Contemporary Issues

Common Ground, Different Opinions As the LDS Church grows and continues to spread across the world our “common ground” grows in some measure, but we simultaneously encounter a growing body of “different opinions”.  The book “Common Ground, Different Opinions” (CGDO) is an attempt to take our shared doctrinal foundation...

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Addressing The Black Elephant In The Room

Note: This essay first appeared on Janan’s blog, A Life Diasporatic.  Please click on THIS LINK to visit her blog and read her other wonderful essays. Addressing The Black Elephant In The Room In the time since my baptism, there has always been a black elephant in the room, that is, the topic of the effect of the...

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The Family and Children–A Proclamation to the World

The Proclamation on the Family starts to address the church’s valid concern about the critical need for strong, intact families in order to provide the love, security and protection that every child deserves and requires in order to survive and thrive. There are many who criticize the Proclamation. However it is actually a...

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In Defense of Russell Stevenson

IN DEFENSE OF RUSSELL STEVENSON by Michael Barker This past Wednesday the radio program Radio West invited Margaret Blair Young (writer and co-producer/director of the documentary, “Nobody Knows: The Untold Story of Black Mormons and co-author of the black Mormon pioneer trilogy, “Standing on the Promises”),...

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