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Celebrating Five Years of Patheos!

To celebrate Patheos turning five, we’re featuring a small selection of articles from the archives. Listed below are some of the notable pieces published on this channel since 2009.

Benjamin the Scribe

Gospel Doctrine Lesson 33- Jonah and Micah

Jonah Jonah is four short chapters. I’ve done a lot with Jonah in the past. I’m not convinced that what I’ve written is the end-all-be-all (heck, I’m starting to be convinced one point is wrong), but I also don’t have anything new to add at the moment. What I have done is address the short book several [Read More...]

Home Waters

The Theology of Climate Change Denial

Let me say outright that I am not interested in this post in trying to prove climate change to anyone. I frankly find such debates exhausting. If you want to know what I think of climate change, you can find some of my posts here and here. And if you want to read a more [Read More...]

The Welcome Table


Please come with me to Africa. We will visit Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo; Johannesburg, South Africa; Accra and Elmina, Ghana. Day one: Suitcases. Guess which one I chose to hold clothes for children in a poor school, a bridal gown, my own clothes, and a few gifts. Which would you have chosen? Danor Gerald [Read More...]

Peculiar People

What do we mean by “Another Testament”?

Before 1981, the Book of Mormon was simply the Book of Mormon; since then, however, it has borne the subtitle “Another Testament of Jesus Christ.” I suspect that this addition had several purposes. First almost certainly was to draw attention to Christ in a church that many consider non-Christian.[1]  Second would be to clarify the [Read More...]


Church Leadership and the Dilemma of Dementia

Towards the end of Ezra Taft Benson’s life I recall him being very unwell.   I have a lasting image of his being seated in General Conference wide-eyed, bewildered and confused. I thought at the time, ‘He has dementia.’   But there were no announcements to confirm this. It was no secret that he was sick, [Read More...]

Faith-Promoting Rumor

The Aspirational Language of Mormonism

This post is a guest submission from Isaac Black. Recent events in Mormondom, including the excommunication of Kate Kelly and the Church’s blog posts on controversial topics like the priesthood ban and polygamy, have prompted a higher scrutiny of seemingly basic terms of the religion. What defines apostasy? What precisely is priesthood? Even, what is [Read More...]

Mormon Therapist

How do I teach my kids about pornography?

How do you teach your kids about the bad that pornography can do but not teach them they will spiritually die if they look at it?  In other words, teach the dangers without over exaggerating them?   This is a great question.  Especially since the trend I have seen within our culture is that the [Read More...]

I Believe Podcast

8 Points to Consider: The Authenticity of the Bible {Undesigned Coincidences} 8 of 9

“When someone places faith in the Bible, they place it in the direction of evidence, not against the evidence.” D.M. Johnson and I are back in this second-to-last podcast on the authenticity of the Bible. Today, we discuss undesigned coincidences. Undesigned coincidences are events or things in the Bible that could be coincidental, but there [Read More...]

Speaking Silence

Being a Body, Owing Grace

We must think about the body in terms of grace: to be embodied is unavoidably to receive grace, both the grace of God and the grace of others.

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Sacred Bodies of Water