Ordain Women is Succeeding

No, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is not even close to ordaining women to the priesthood.However, Ordain Women has succeeded in putting the issue of female ordination at the center of public dialogue. In this sense, the Church publicly rejecting Ordain Women's request for tickets to attend tomorrow night's Priesthood session of General Conference was far more valuable to the cause than anything that will actually happen in Salt Lake City this upcoming weekend.Heck, … [Read more...]

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...]

“Do you think God likes Baseball?”

I really liked the movie 42. I particularly liked the religious social justice themes advances by Brooklyn Dodgers GM Branch Rickey as portrayed by Harrison Ford.This clip was one of my favorite moments:  … [Read more...]

Don’t Occupy Mormonism…Occupy the Streets and the World.

One of my frustrations with Mormon liberalism is that it is primarily concerned with Mormonism.In my experience, unorthodox Mormons are just as likely to be right-wing Social Darwinists as more traditional Mormons. Now, do they think of themselves as Social Darwinists? No, nobody has since the 1880s. It is a term used to describe those feel a certain comfort and commitment to social inequality. Those who have, deserve it. Those who have not, brought it upon themselves. We tend to use the … [Read more...]

Queering our Reading of the Bible

Editor's Note: This post is part of Queer Theology Syncroblog at the site Queer Theology.I was asked by Chris Henrichsen to post a presentation I recently gave on relating queer thought to how we read the Bible. Our campus ministry has a discussion group which has tackled this topic for this coming semester.The follows is a rough outline of that effort “Nearly all the wisdom which we possess, that is to say, true and sound wisdom, consists of two parts: the knowledge of God and of o … [Read more...]