Today’s official statement from the First Presidency and the Twelve

The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

    Among all the voices expressing opinions about questioning, apostasy, excommunication, and the Church, believing Latter-day Saints and others will find something jointly said by these particular voices of unique significance: https://www.lds.org/prophets-and-apostles/june-first-presidency-statement?lang=eng  Posted from Orlando, Florida    … [Read more...]

Progressivism: “The Idea that is Rotting Our Brains”

Der Zeitgeist: "The Spirit of the Age": Infallible, all-knowing, morally authoritative?

   My friend and colleague Ralph Hancock takes aim at a dominant contemporary myth, not only in politics but in religion: http://ldsmag.com/article/1/14527 I can't count the number of times, recently, that I've been confidently informed that I'm on "the wrong side of history" regarding same-sex "marriage" and/or the ordination of women or some such thing -- as if history actually has a right side and a wrong side, as if history is some … [Read more...]

“Ramadan connects Muslims worldwide with God and each other”

Buffet food set out for a Ramadan iftar

  Today's biweekly Hamblin/Peterson column in the Deseret News -- another specimen of their usual hate-filled and vindictive ranting: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865605946/Ramadan-connects-Muslims-worldwide-with-God-and-each-other.html?pg=1   Posted from Orlando, Florida    … [Read more...]

“Exclusion or God’s Plan”

Andover Hall, at Harvard Divinity School

  David F. Holland is a professor at Harvard Divinity School.  He is also one of the sons of a prominent LDS leader who bears a similar name. Here is a measured and very insightful interview that he recently gave to a publication of Harvard Divinity School relating to the issue of gender roles and women's ordination within Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day … [Read more...]

Marking “Interpreter’s” 100th consecutive week of publication

The tiny Colonia Juárez Chihuahua Mexico Temple stands in the middle of the tiny nineteenth-century Mormon settlement by that name. (Click to enlarge.)

  The Interpreter Foundation is approximately 101.5 weeks old. And, earlier today, Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture published an article for the hundredth (100th) consecutive Friday. That the article in question happened to be my own introduction to Interpreter's tenth volume, entitled "Some Notes on Faith and Reason," is merely an unfortunate coincidence.  It certainly wasn't deliberate.  So far as I'm aware, nobody else besides me has b … [Read more...]

“Faith, Community, Excommunication, and Kate Kelly”

Not quite a typical LDS chapel -- in Siracusa, Italy.  (The architect is a local Italian member of the Church.)

  A good piece by the always-worth-reading Cassandra Hedelius: http://blog.fairmormon.org/2014/06/26/faith-community-excommunication-kelly/  Posted from Orlando, Florida    … [Read more...]

Three glimpses of a better world

The first

 It's time to take a break from silly and peripheral issues and focus on the really important stuff:    And I'm not joking. Posted from Orlando, Florida    … [Read more...]

“Here’s why Kate Kelly was not excommunicated for asking questions”

A rendering of the First Vision by Minerva Teichert

   I like this comment from Katie Harris [?]: http://dallinkatieandco.blogspot.com/2014/06/heres-why-kate-kelly-was-not.html Thanks to Joseba Rodríguez for bringing it to my attention. The fact is that the Restoration was precipitated by a question.  That's what took Joseph Smith into the Sacred Grove.  And Moroni's visit came in response to questions from Joseph.  The restoration of the priesthood came as an answer to questions.  S … [Read more...]


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