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by David Mason

Forgiveness Is Not Nice

For outsiders, the nineteenth-century roots of Mormonism were a happy exploitation of the still-young ideals of a still-new nation that still presumed that some folks are created equal. Nathan O. Hatch has written at length about Mormonism in the 1830’s as an example of the ‘democratization of Christianity’ in the young USA. One of the democratic [Read More...]

Benjamin the Scribe
by Ben Spackman

A Bit of News

I’ve got some public speaking coming up, and I’m excited. First, I’ll be in Utah over the summer as an enthusiastic participant in the Maxwell Institute’s Summer Seminar on Culture, working with Terryl Givens and Philip Barlow. The topic is right up my alley, “Mormonism Confronts the World”– How the LDS Church Has Responded to Developments in Science, Culture, [Read More...]

Civil Nations
by Blair Van Dyke

A Prayer for My Gay Marriage: My Brief Response

I found this to be a very helpful essay. It is well known that gay couples are very much closeted in Mormonism. This blog post illustrates this couple’s joy and warmth as well as a sense of the magic of their love. Further, I appreciate Laura Root’s insights and expressions of faith. I envy her [Read More...]

Faith-Promoting Rumor
by Exploring Mormon Thought, Culture, and Texts

From the BYU New Testament Commentary to Denver Snuffer’s revelation

As you may know, the BYU New Testament Commentary project started in the early 2000s and has published volumes on the book of Revelation, Gospel of Luke, and 1 Corinthians. Another bit of translation originally done for the project was just published, though not by the BYUNTC; it was announced and published as part of [Read More...]

Home Waters
by George B. Handley

Obedience as Gratitude

(This is a talk I gave at this year’s Women’s Conference at Brigham Young University.) For Thanksgiving each of us in the family has to make a pie—because you can never have too many pies—and this year I tried for the second year in a row to make a banana cream pie. My pie the [Read More...]

by Gina Colvin

The Ugly Cost of Making Temples Pretty

Over the years the LDS Church has used the labour and money of poor, brown folk to build temples and schools around the world.  A couple of generations later it is shutting these same people out from the communities they created to make the Church property environs look beautiful. Here’s a case in point: Temple [Read More...]

Mormon Fundamentals
by Lindsay Hansen Park

Polygamy is in my DNA

Guest post by Lizza Jacobs Nelson A few weeks ago after a long day of freeway and hours of listening to the Year of Polygamy podcast, the Boise temple unexpectedly appeared in my windshield, a literal beacon of light in the starless night as it was so often metaphorically explained. Except this time I didn’t feel [Read More...]

The Mormon Therapist
by Natasha Helfer Parker

We are not the authorities on “counterfeit marriage”….

I wrote a post at the beginning of the week celebrating a video the church released showing a family being affirmative of their gay son and owning the many ways their ignorance and bias had harmed him and their family system. I was so moved and genuinely celebrated this step in the right direction that [Read More...]

Peculiar People
by Multiple authors

The Casual Sexism in Trump’s Condolences to Theresa May

To hear Trump tell it, you’d think that Theresa May fainted after the Westminster attack.    Theresa May is a strong woman. The first female British prime minister since Margaret Thatcher, and the second in history, has had to weather the turbulent storms of Westminster’s raucous political culture, constantly fending off the schoolboy-like taunts of [Read More...]

Sic et Non
by Daniel Peterson

A prayer from Reinhold Niebuhr

    God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time; Enjoying one moment at a time; Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; Taking, as He did, this sinful world as it [Read More...]

The Soul and the City
by Ralph C. Hancock

What is Love?

“This counterfeiting of the central ideal of Christianity for purposes directly contrary to basic Christian morality is a beguiling argument because it seems to allow an individual to avoid the hard choice between the Church and the world, the Tree of Life and the Great and Spacious Building. If “love” can be reduced to “non-discrimination,” [Read More...]

The Welcome Table
by Margaret Young

An Old Woman Remembers The Heavenly Mother

Oh little one—here you are. You are ready to learn anything and everything, though your first and most important learning will be your connection with your mother. You rely on the milk from her breasts, and the softness of her flesh tells you that you are safe and you are loved. This is her first [Read More...]