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August 25, 2016
Slavery in the Eschatological Kingdom
I am following a discussion on David Bokovoy’s wall with some interest. Here he makes...
January 26, 2016
To the Editors of the Deseret News
Dear Sir / Ma'am: I was interested to read in your edition of Thursday, January...
December 09, 2015
Authority is Our Sacred Cow, and It Must be Domesticated
I believe that there are members of our faith that would engage in acts of...
November 07, 2015
Polygamy and Same-Sex Marriage: The Contagion Theory
The recent policy changes in the LDS church treat polygamy and same-sex marriage as analogous...
December 11, 2014
Our Dirty Hands
In 1973 Michael Walzer wrote an article entitled “Political Action: The Problem of Dirty Hands.”...
May 30, 2014
Women, Blacks, and the Priesthood in Recent LDS Church Rhetoric
The open letter recently delivered by LDS church spokesman Michael Otterson to a variety of...
April 04, 2014
Some non-arguments against ordaining women to the LDS priesthood
I’m sure all these things have been said before and better, but in order to...
March 19, 2014
The Problem of Gendered Voice in the Church Memo to leaders of Ordain Women
The non-accidental choice of the Church to issue the recent press release through a female...
October 15, 2013
A Mormon’s Serenity Prayer
God, grant me the courage to question my leaders; the humility to accept their answers; and the prudence...
July 31, 2013
Hans Mattsson and Joseph Smith’s polygamy
The online LDS response to the NYT article describing Hans Mattsson’s struggle with doubt about...
February 25, 2013
Israel’s Past Without the Bible
It may come as a surprise to some that there are texts from ancient Israel,...
February 13, 2013
The Evolution of Faith: or is God Creating a Better Mormonism?
Not long after the Evolution of Faith: How God is Creating a Better Christianity was published,...
January 13, 2013
Faith as a Relationship
I recently heard somebody refer to faith as a verb. While many verbs are involved...
November 24, 2012
Mormons and Palestinians: Justice and only Justice
With the tragic recent escalation of conflict in Israel-Palestine, my thoughts have turned to experiences...
October 16, 2012
Faith, Scholarship, and Teaching at BYU Series
For the series announcement and the question to which I am replying, see here. I...
July 26, 2012
Faith-Promoting [Not] History
Several weeks ago we had a sacrament meeting talk that remains on my mind. The...
July 23, 2012
Ten Tidbits About the Ten Commandments
1. Although commonly referred to as the "Ten Commandments," in the Hebrew Bible itself they are...
July 11, 2012
The Gender of “Church” in the BoM
I still have a “church” itch as the idea is found in the BoM. So...
July 05, 2012
Evil Eschatological Mothers
Heh. Back to work, are you? And not really in the mood, perhaps? Yeah. It...
June 29, 2012
Fundanibleists and Fauxpologetics
This comment by tom (#23) at Dave Banack’s challenging post over at T&S sums up...
May 30, 2012
Seminary Series: What Is Seminary For?
(update:) Author's note: This is the second post in a series dealing with my experiences...
May 02, 2012
Turning Wine into Water
In a rather strange opening miracle, the author of the Gospel of John depicts Jesus...
April 17, 2012
Baptizing Vicariously and the Problems of Universalism
I haven't posted for a while, so I was checking through some of my drafts...
April 17, 2012
Now Reading… Bad Religion
Published this AM, by Ross Douthout. Amazing what Kindle can do, no? So the "problem,"...
March 01, 2012
Knowing: Why Care?
Why do we care if we know rather than merely believe? Both in religion and...
February 29, 2012
Mormon Ways of Knowing
Years ago I got a call from someone from one of the major LDS book...
February 17, 2012
“Have You Been Saved?”
To oversimplify things a bit, Mormon notions of salvation are more consistent with Paul, while...
February 15, 2012
Knowledge For the Strong and the Weak
In 1 Cor 8, Paul give some advice to the "strong" who know something that...
February 02, 2012
Apologetics Into Doctrine: Romney’s Impact
It appears that Andrew Sullivan published something on Mormons yesterday. How do I know this...
January 22, 2012
100 Years of Seminary. And BTW Gay Marriage
In 1971, Elder Boyd K. Packer gave a talk in which he stated: The gospel...
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