Mormon Missionary Service Age Change — One Year Later

A year ago, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints changed the minimum age for missionary serve from 19 to 18 for young men and from 21 to 19 for young women.Today, the LDS Church released the following video which looks at the impact of that change. The video is primarily an interview with Elder David F. Evans, executive director of the Church’s Missionary Department.Take a look:Here is a full transcript:Q: What has the response been to the announcement lowering … [Read more...]

The Father, The Son, and The Holy Ghost Writer

Last night, Stephen Colbert took a crack at Bill O'Reilly's 60 Minutes interview about the book Killing Jesus. Take a look:I really appreciate Rule #1 of Christianity.Colbert's postmodern performance criticism continues to make me smile.What did you think? … [Read more...]

Atheist or Agnostic?

Today, I am writing on Atheism, Jean Bodin, and John Rawls. I bet you are pumped about that post!Anyways, it made me think of this video from the folks at Big Think.Neil deGrasse Tyson is the director of the Hayden Planetarium.My favorite quote from the following clip is this: And some will say, well, that's -- "You're not being fair to the fact that they're actually the same thing." No, they're not the same thing, and I'll tell you why. Atheists I know who proudly wear the badge … [Read more...]

Jesuits and Metallica

I was wondering how I could justify sharing a Metallica appearance on the Colbert Report on a blog that deals with religion, politics, a social justice.Then my favorite Catholic Priest, Father James Martin, SJ popped in at 4:13.Well, it was a spiritual experience for me.For whom does the bell toll?Fr. Martin had been on earlier in the show to discuss Pope Francis.Check it out:Love is more important than the rules. … [Read more...]

LDS Church to Broadcast Priesthood Session: Some Brief Thoughts

Buried deep in the news release from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announcing the upcoming October General Conference of the Church is the following:As part of a continued effort to make general conference proceedings more accessible to members around the globe, the priesthood session will be shown live for the first time through expanded channels, including, the Mormon Channel and BYUtv.Of course, this is the only news in the news release.Is this a response … [Read more...]

Are Mormons Christians? Yes and No.

Author's Note: This is my contribution to the Patheos Blog round table on the question "Are Mormons Christian?"Are Mormons Christians?What makes one a Christian?Is it believing in Jesus Christ?If so, then what must one believe about who Christ is in order to be a Christian?Mormons, as a group, do not believe in the tradition Trinity. Instead, we believe in a Godhead of three separate beings of one unified purpose. For many, this is a drastic difference. I am not sure if it … [Read more...]

“Are Mormons Christians?”: A Blog Round Table

Author's Note: This post is cross-posted at Faith-Promoting Rumor.Are Mormons Christians?For most Mormons, the answer to this question is obvious. Yes, yes they are. They believe in Jesus Christ. This settles it for themFor people from other religious perspectives, the answer is obvious but in the negative. Mormons are not Christians. The reasons for this response is varied.For some, few answers are obvious. Instead, this question is more one of inquiry. For me, the question … [Read more...]