Lying for the Lord?

  The LDS Church is currently engaged in a systematic and officially endorsed effort to misrepresent some of its teachings to the outside world. This is not a new phenomenon.  As far back as the Nauvoo period, “Joseph [Smith] publicly and repeatedly denied he was advocating polygamy” while simultaneously marrying upwards...

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What are the doctrines of the Priesthood?

If you are looking at the length of this post and thinking tl;dr then please just click here to jump to the heart of the post. Mormon gender roles and the Ordain Women movement have been in the news recently. Most arguments I’ve seen used to denounce the movement is that their goal is contrary to the doctrine of the...

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What’s All This Hullabalooky With The Womenz?

OK, so I had a different post planned today.  It was super-duper smart and stuff.  But I’ve been struggling with a chronic illness all week that makes my brain fuzzy, my thoughts loopy, and I can’t think much very well clearly.  But then a great thing happened-the Church’s PR department released a statement on...

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Doctrinal Drift on Book of Mormon Genetics

Feb 01, 14 Doctrinal Drift on Book of Mormon Genetics

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The church is quietly releasing articles on difficult subjects via their LDS.org website under the Gospel Topics section. The latest is titled, “Book of Mormon and DNA studies.” Similar to other subject specific articles, it acknowledges some modern viewpoints of LDS beliefs that go against various older, but very entrenched...

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Reflections on Martin Luther King Jr. and Mormonism

There is a stark contrast between Dr. King’s “Dream” speech and his letter from Birmingham. In the former he spoke of unification; in the latter he spoke of shattered dreams. From Birmingham he wrote, “In spite of my shattered dreams of the past, I came to Birmingham with the hope that the white religious...

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God in the machine

When God and Science collide, what is the collateral damage?  In the bold new field of neurotheology they are colliding on a regular basis.  The studies and debates of the field regularly find themselves picked up in the news due to the polarization and high emotions of the materialist/mystical rift in today’s...

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Requiem for an Apostate

Requiem for an Apostate A Review of “Passing the Heavenly Gift,” by Denver C. Snuffer, Jr. Denver Snuffer, Jr. was excommunicated in September of 2013 for “apostasy.”  The reason for his excommunication was his publication of a book titled, “Passing the Heavenly Gift,” his popular lectures on the subject of the book,...

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Why No Apology for the Priesthood Ban?

Observant Mormons are urged to speak no ill of the Lord’s anointed, which is generally understood to be the leadership of the Church.  Elder Dallin H. Oaks expanded on this in the February 1987 Ensign where he taught that Latter-day Saints should not criticize Church leaders, adding, “It does not matter that the criticism...

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Pulling the Race Band-Aid Off

Dec 14, 13 Pulling the Race Band-Aid Off

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The LDS Church recently added a new page titled Race and the Priesthood to their website under the Gospel Topics section. It is by far the most informative piece the Church has released on the subject. And even though it is tucked away neatly on LDS.org, it has set the Internet on fire. Now, if you didn’t already know, this...

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Herrings

My cousin posted this article on his Facebook wall this week. It’s a pretty typical post for the demographic subgroup that is “members of Jared’s immediate and extended family”, and it’s pretty innocuous in its own right. Most of my family, friends, and acquaintances are, after all, Mormons. Ergo...

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