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My Eight Expectations for a POTUS

The following created interesting dialogue in the FB platform. I submit it here so that a broader readership may respond. 1) Don’t lie to the American people about anything. 2) Be transparent in your dealings with the American people–i.e. release taxes, liquidate entirely any potential conflict of interest. 3) Institute no religious...

Benjamin the Scribe

My Contribution to the SMPT Conference at Claremont

The Society for Mormon Philosophy and Theology will hold a conference at Claremont, March 2-4. The schedule has been posted and includes several luminaries as well as night lights like me. I will present Saturday morning from 10-11, invoking Enuma Eliš, René Magritte, C.S. Lewis, Joseph Smith, B.H. Roberts, B.B. Warfield, Islamic abrogation, and Emily Dickinson (quoted [Read More...]

Mormon Therapist

Marital Intimacy and the Importance of Framing

Wendy Watson Nelson gave a talk at the January 2017 Worldwide Devotional for Young Adults that focused on marital intimacy. As a fellow Mormon and with my expertise as a certified sex therapist, I saw some very helpful aspects of her talk as well as some vague, incorrect and even harmful assumptions that can set [Read More...]

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Review of Gard Granerød, Dimensions of Yahwism in the Persian Period: Studies in the Religion and Society of the Judaean Community at Elephantine (de Gruyter, 2016)

I posted a review of a valuable new book on Judaean religion at Elephantine on my blog.

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Mormons Adopt Empathetic Tone Towards LGBT Members, But No Doctrinal Shift
Mormons Adopt Empathetic Tone Towards LGBT Members, But No Doctrinal Shift
Mormon leaders told gay and lesbian members that attraction to people of the same sex is not a sin or a measure of their faithfulness, but having sex violates fundamental doctrinal beliefs that aren’t going to change.