I Don’t Want to Be On your Team

I wrote a post not that long ago titled Why I Left. You can read it if you want but essentially I put the Church on blast for pretty much everything I think is wrong with it. I meant every word of it. Right away I received more than a few supportive messages which gave me both strength comfort. Then there were a few messages that...

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Mormonism May Be Made Up…But It’s Still True

Do you know how embarrassing it is to be caught crying during a kids movie? Let me tell you about it. Besides being one of the top movies of 2014, the LEGO Movie is—if you’re paying attention—kind of a deep philosophical examination of truth. (Warning: Spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen the movie) Emmet is our unwitting hero – a...

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By Goddess, I Will Not Be Left Behind!

by Michelle Wiener Recently I found out that Nicholas Cage will be starring in the remake of Left Behind to be released in theatres this October. This came as a total shock to me, considering what a great actor he is. I was equally appalled that he would even consider taking part in a B-grade evangelical film about – of all things,...

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Radical Compassion: I Am All In

In May of this year, Oregon became one of the avalanche of states to open up marriage to all couples. I had signed up for text alerts from a news service so I’d know right away and the message came at noon—gay couples who wanted to be married could go to the courthouse and get a wedding license that very day. Shortly...

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Humor: The Balm of Gilead, or the Bomb of Kill-ead?

I realized that I have been blogging for the good people at Rational Faiths for over a year now. It has been a wonderful exercise for me. I have been really grateful to the Barker brothers and other bloggers for their continual support of my writing, and for the platform to share humor with others.  I have wanted, for a while, to...

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Affirmation and the Gay Mormon Revival

There was a time when I utterly rejected the notion that it was possible to be gay and Mormon. I defined being Mormon as being a baptized member of the Church in good standing, and during the years I was coming of age, it was not uncommon for individuals to be excommunicated from the Church for the simple fact of acknowledging...

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Biblical Inerrancy and the Book of Mormon

Biblical Inerrancy and the Book of Mormon: Creating a Platform for LDS/Evangelical Dialogue by Michelle G. Wiener Question: Is there room for the Book of Mormon within the theological framework of “biblical inerrancy”? Recently the following paragraph from my essay “Two Lampstands: Two Branches” featured in Rational Faiths made its...

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Yes, We Have No Bananas!

And like that whimsical song of yesteryear, I not only have no bananas, I also have no blog article for this month.  I feel, however, that I owe an explanation to my faithful readers, so sit right back and you’ll hear a tale of my wrestle with the Lord. It is not like I didn’t try to have a blog ready this month.  In fact, I had...

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Three Mormonisms

Introduction: Tensions in Utah It was early 2012, and Alain de Botton had just published Religion for Atheists, a book which asserts that everyone — even non-believers — should embrace the good features of religion, like community and service. When Religion for Atheists was published, de Botton assumed it wouldn’t have a sizeable...

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Narratives

NARRATIVES By Seth Payne My interest in ex-Mormonism began in 2006 while I was a graduate student of Religious Studies at Yale Divinity School focusing on theological and political ethics.  At the time, I was going through my own faith struggle as I decided to face, head on, the many issues that call LDS Church claims into...

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