Faith and Nibley

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I am doing a few guest posts over at Times and Seasons. My first post looks a bit at the idea of defending the faith. Oh, and I talk a little about Hugh Nibley. Here is a glimpse: The thing that most impressed me from that conversation, now over a decade ago, was how much I liked the sound of being a defender of the faith. Today, while I am not an apologist is the sense of FAIR or The Interpreter, I find myself regularly, both with myself and in my writings, arguing for the value … [Read more...]

Will You be Watching Mitt?

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The Documentary Mitt opens online tomorrow on Netflix. I am planning on watching it. I did not vote for Mitt Romney in 2012 or in any prior caucus or primary. While I am not a Romney supporter or fan, I also have nothing against the guy personally. I disagree with him politically. However,  I see no reason or justification for having any negative feelings towards him. I especially feel this way since he lost. Anything he said or did during the campaign didn't work when it came to his goal … [Read more...]

Are the Sister Wives Mormon?

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Absolutely. While they are not "mainstream" Mormons, as the Brown family refers to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Christ of Latter-day Saints based in Salt Lake City, they are very much Mormon. The thing that has intrigued me about the Brown family as I have observed them over the years is how mainstream Mormons react to them. The Browns, and other polygamists, make mainstream Mormons uncomfortable. This is partially because most Mormons want to get away from polygamy. They … [Read more...]

A Letter to My Young Mormon

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Todd, I just finished reading a book by Adam Miller. It is called Letters to a Young Mormon. Others have written books in this format, but this one struck me and I wanted to tell you about it...in a letter. Adam talks about two stories. The story that we want our lives to tell and the story of God's work in your life. The more we try to tell our own story, the more we resist Him. When we do this we are sinning. Todd, I admit...I sometimes try to influence the story of your life. I … [Read more...]

Dieter F. Uchtdorf: 2013 Mormon of the Year

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Approaching Justice is pleased to announce President Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as the 2013 Approaching Justice Mormon of the Year. President Uchtdorf, a native of Germany, stands as a symbol of many of the developments within Mormon culture during 2013. Following grand discussions about the "Mormon Moment" surrounding the 2012 presidential campaign of Mitt Romney, the question became "What is next for Mormonism?" As … [Read more...]

Believing in Santa Claus: Faith and Social Justice

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I believe in Santa Claus. He is not real, but he has spiritual significance for me. In this way, Santa is like Job. I do not think that Job was a real person, but I do think that Job is one of of the most powerful books of the Bible. Symbolism is very powerful. Watching A Christmas Carol (the George C. Scott version...of course), I realized that, for me, Santa Clause is the Ghost of Christmas Present. Now, I am not an expert on Dickens, but I have always loved this story and I have … [Read more...]

Progressive Polygamist: Polygamists Need to Change Their Ways

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Brady Williams, a progressive philosophy student and practicing polygamist whose family was featured on TLC's My Five Wives, views the recent ruling in the case of Brown v. Buhman, also known as the Sister Wives case, as opportunity for the polygamist community to change their ways. "We are no longer considered criminals by the courts," wrote Williams in a statement he made on Facebook and shared with Approaching Justice. "Let’s prove that we are deserving of that assessment … [Read more...]


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