Mormon Polygamy: When God is a Jerk

I want to offer this link about Mormon Polygamy on the Ask Mormon Girl blog which is written by Joanna Brooks.  Joanna is a hero of mine, ever since I heard her interviewed on NPR by Krista Tippett.  She is a voice for openness in discussions of all things Mormon, while still remaining true to [Read More...]

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Could it be…SATAN?

I went to the LDS Church again this past Sunday with my wife and kids.  I didn’t really want to go this week, but I want to be supportive to my wife and son.  This Sunday, I was struck by the number of references to Satan, or “the Adversary” as Mormons frequently say.  Satan was [Read More...]

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My Son Confronts Existential Despair

Yesterday, I initiated a conversation with my 13 year-old son about what he believes happens after death and why evil exists in the world. Let me preface this by explaining why.this is not an unusual conversation for us.  I haven’t written much here about my kids yet.  Today, I’m going to tell you a little [Read More...]

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Perfection, Regret, and Starting Over

When I was young, I developed an unhealthy perfectionist mentality.  This was a product of a combination of my own obsessive personality, the unreasonable and unpredictable expectations of a bipolar mother, and a religion (Mormonism) which took the ideal of perfection seriously ["Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is [Read More...]

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Religious Identity, Boundaries, and Authority

I was just listening to a lecture which I downloaded from The Teaching Company entitled “The Terror of History: Mystics, Heretics, and Witches in the Western Tradition”.  (By the way, I love these lectures from The Teaching Company.  I’ve purchased over a dozen of them — always when on sale though.) Anyway, the lecturer, Teofilo [Read More...]

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Tradition, Rootedness, and Freedom

Tradition, tradition! Tradition! Tradition, tradition! Tradition! Who, day and night, must scramble for a living, Feed a wife and children, say his daily prayers? And who has the right, as master of the house, To have the final word at home? The Papa, the Papa! Tradition. The Papa, the Papa! Tradition. From Fiddler on the [Read More...]

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