Emanuel Swedenborg and Life After Death

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Emanuel Swedenborg is an 18th century scientist, thinker, and theologian. His name is one that I have heard of, but I have only recently read from his works.In Our Life After Death: A Firsthand Account from an 18th-Century and Seer, we find Swedenborg's story and argument about the afterlife. Swedenborg grounds his case in both his own near-death experiences and those of others.Swedenborg (1688-1772) takes very seriously the dichotomy of the body and the spirit. It is our spiritual … [Read more...]

“All people should be treated with kindness and understanding”

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I had a recent interesting experience while attending priesthood in my local Mormon congregation.  The lesson was from “The Teachings of The Prophets: Lorenzo Snow”, the lesson was titled “The Kingdom of God Moves Forward.”  At one point the Instructor asked the class what were some of the things happening in the world that were causing opposition that had the potential to keep the Church from moving forward.  One individual raised his hand and then said that "homosexuals" and "gay rights" were d … [Read more...]

Harry Reid is Right about Mormons and Gay Rights and “That’s Good.”

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid speaks during a press conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Nov. 7, 2013. (Saul Loeb / AFP )

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid addressed Mormonism and gay rights recently in an interview with the Washington Blade, a prominent gay newspaper in Washington, DC. (UPDATE: In the original posting, I inadvertently left out this link.)The comments appear at the end of a rather lengthy discussion with Reid about the legislative obstacles and hurdles that have been cleared by the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) and those that lay ahead, particularly in the Republican controlled House … [Read more...]

Passing the Sacrament: The Radical Nature of Mormon Priesthood

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In light of recent discussions here at Approaching Justice and other places about female ordination, I wanted to take a step back and look at how the Mormon practice of priesthood is unique and interesting, apart from recent debates.In many ways, the LDS priesthood can be viewed as a symbol of hierarchy. However, I think this is a mistaken view. While the church organization is hierarchical, the priesthood itself is inherently egalitarian and universal.On a recent Sunday, during our … [Read more...]

Sheri Dew Responds to Ordain Women With a New Book

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Sheri Dew, the CEO of Deseret Book, the book company owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has published a book about women and the priesthood. The book is titled Women and the Priesthood: What One Mormon Woman Believes.Here is the official description: The fact that women are not ordained to the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is for some a sticking point, a hot topic, even a potential media controversy. Others aren't troubled by the issue at … [Read more...]

Ummm, I Was Not Offended.

Meridian has never been a beacon of nuanced Mormon thought.

There was a swift backlash against yesterday's Meridian Magazine blog post which attacked liberal Mormons. By mid-day, Meridian had removed it from their website.A number of my friends and associates have mentioned that they were glad that it was taken down. I think it was unfortunate. I thought that the post was an opportunity to respond and discuss what being a liberal Mormon means to me. Hence, I posted a response.The post by Joni Hilton was not offensive to me. I disagreed with nearly … [Read more...]

Why, Yes. I am a Liberal Mormon.

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Joni Hilton over at Meridian Magazine asked this morning, "Are You a Liberal Mormon?" (UPDATE: The original post by Hilton was removed. Here is the text.)Sister Hilton, it is very sweet of you to ask.Yes, I am a liberal Mormon.Some might not like the use of the term "liberal" since it largely has a political connotation. I am indeed a liberal in the political sense. However, "liberal" is also a term with significant theological meaning. That said, it is not a term that is often used … [Read more...]


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