Polygamy and the Modern Mormon

Apr 07, 15 Polygamy and the Modern Mormon

Posted by in Featured, Polygamy

It should come as no great surprise that many Mormons are troubled by polygamy. HBO’s Big Love, Warren Jeffs, and Mitt Romney’s presidential run have kept the practice on the cultural radar. More recently, the Church released a series of Gospel Topics essays on the subject (here, here, here, and here). and one member is facing...

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My First Name is Not “Apologist”

Currently the issue of Joseph Smith and plural marriage is receiving a great deal of attention both in the media and on the blogosphere. As the author of a relevant trilogy, Joseph Smith’s Polygamy: History and Theology, coauthor of the newly released Joseph Smith’s Polygamy: Toward a Better Understanding, co-webmaster of...

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Reductio ad Absurdum: Joseph Smith and His Critics

Mar 09, 15 Reductio ad Absurdum: Joseph Smith and His Critics

Posted by in Featured, LDS Church History

“Liar,” “Fraud,” “Adulterer,” “Charlatan,” “Pedophile,” “Con-man,” “Blasphemer,” “Anti-Christian.” These are just some of the negative epithets that Joseph Smith’s critics use in describing him. The Latin phrase reductio ad absurdum means literally “reduction to the absurd.” But it also means “disproof of a proposition by showing...

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Goodness is Rarer Than Greatness.

What makes someone ‘great’? Most of the figures to whom we gift the epithet ‘great’ have earned their distinction primarily by being masters of the art of butchery. The vast majority of people known as ‘the great’ are rulers, founders and expanders of empire: Alexander the Great conquered the known world, expanding upon the empire...

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“Even Fifty Six Years, Should Wind Up the Scene”

In 1876, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints published a revised edition of the Doctrine and Covenants which included, for the first time, section 130. This section includes the founding leader Joseph Smith’s prophecy that if Smith lived “until thou art eighty-five years old, thou shalt see the face of the Son of Man.”...

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Disgracing God to Save a Prophet

Dec 19, 14 Disgracing God to Save a Prophet

Posted by in Featured, Lying, Polygamy, Sexual Abuse, Truth

After the explosion of polygamy news and dialogue that followed the most recent essays put out by the church, the most common thing I have seen said by members of the church defending the practice is 1: they have known this since they were very young (which usually is said to dismiss the need for a conversation about it) and 2: God...

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The Man in the Mask

Nov 13, 14 The Man in the Mask

Posted by in Featured, Mental Health

CONTENT WARNING: SUICIDE I sauntered toward the office, in my typical dopey high school way—entirely unconcerned with anything other than the play auditions and scoring a date with Katherine. Then Diane rounded the corner, her face blushing with feeling. I was not a boy then blessed with emotional sensitivity, except perhaps with...

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Garments, Lies and Videotape

Nov 11, 14 Garments, Lies and Videotape

Posted by in Featured, Honesty, Lying, Truth

If deception is an art form, the LDS Church is fast becoming Botticelli. The people who brought you the Mormons-don’t-believe-they-get-their-own-planet canard are at it again. And this time, it’s about the temple. In a recently released video (and accompanying essay) on its official website, the LDS Church discusses both temple...

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LDS.ORG Essay on Nauvoo Polygamy: The Pain Remains

  On October 22, 2014, LDS.ORG posted three essays dealing with the practice of plural marriage by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints between the 1830s and 1904. Perhaps the most controversial essay is the one dealing with the earliest period, which discusses Joseph Smith’s practices and teachings as he...

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Polygamy, Really?

Oct 24, 14 Polygamy, Really?

Posted by in Featured, Polygamy

Really? God sent an angel with a sword to Joseph Smith to tell him about polygamy(1)? Is that what we are going with? Are we all ok with that? If God is in the business of sending angels down, wouldn’t it be nice if he sent Joseph a message that was more useful than say the terrible practice of polygamy? I know, I know,...

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