“Rethinking Mormons and Porn”

  For years now, critics of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have chortled with rapturous joy over a report indicating that Utah ranks first in the nation for the consumption of online pornography. This, they've suggested, proves that Mormons are sexually repressed and psychologically warped hypocrites, and that Mormonism is therefore . . . well, somehow bad.  Or (and these claims don't have to make sense or be fully compatible) it shows that Mo … [Read More...]

Have we now received a signal from an extraterrestrial civilization?

  Interesting: http://www.centauri-dreams.org/?p=36248   … [Read More...]

“Has the 2016 election produced a political ‘Mormon Moment’?”

  We're certainly receiving more attention nationally (and internationally) in connection with this election than our numbers (or Utah's size) would ordinarily warrant: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865660975/Has-the-2016-election-produced-a-political-Mormon-Moment.html   … [Read More...]

“That Big List of Challenges in Anti-Mormon Literature”

  A nice essay from Mike Ash: http://lds.net/blog/faith/big-list-anti-mormon-literature/ In this context, of course, nice means that, among other things, I completely agree with it. In fact, I myself briefly addressed the "big list" phenomenon at the 2014 FairMormon conference: http://www.fairmormon.org/perspectives/fair-conferences/2014-fairmormon-conference/reflections-letter-ces-director   … [Read More...]

God’s love

  "God loves each of us as if there were only one of us." (St. Augustine, AD 354-430) … [Read More...]

“Why America’s ‘Nones’ Left Religion Behind”

   Interesting data.  Those of us who are believers, and who believe in encouraging faith in others, need to understand the data.  Only then can we respond intelligently and effectively to today's environment, which is substantially different (though not necessarily better or worse) than it was a generation or two ago.   … [Read More...]

Useful data on the scope of LDS humanitarian efforts

  This article should be gratifying to Church members. http://ldsmissionaries.com/lds-church-spent-1-2-billion-on-welfare-and-humanitarian-efforts/ A word, though, about the inevitable criticisms: The recently most fashionable response of Church critics to such numbers is that the Church isn't doing enough.  After all, the Church gives only x percent of its total budget to charity, whereas companies A, B, and C give something on the … [Read More...]

“Christianity Belongs in the Middle East”

  This is an important statement.  It was co-written by Prince Hassan of Jordan, whose track record on religious tolerance and inter-religious understanding has been both distinguished and consistent: http://gulfnews.com/opinion/thinkers/christianity-belongs-in-the-middle-east-1.1884539 Thanks to Mary Thompson Vogwell for calling this article to my attention.   … [Read More...]

“Divorce rates double when people start watching porn”

  I can't say, if this is true, that I'm altogether surprised: http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/08/divorce-rates-double-when-people-start-watching-porn   … [Read More...]

NBC News: “The Future of the Mormon Church? It’s Latino.”

  An interesting perspective from NBC News: http://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/future-mormon-church-it-s-latino-n570621   … [Read More...]