LDS Doctrines: What Stays, What Goes?

Continued from LDS Boundaries: Who’s In, Who’s Out? PATRICK Q. MASON, Chair of Mormon Studies at Claremont Graduate University: John, this clearly hits pretty close to home, given your experiences over the past few years. I haven’t been in your position — not just in terms of the excommunication, but also the serious doubts about core LDS doctrines — so it’s hard for me to walk in your shoes. But I certainly sympathize with the confusion, pain, and loss you’ve felt, and appreciate... Read more

LDS Boundaries: Who’s In, Who’s Out?

PATRICK Q. MASON, Chair of Mormon Studies at Claremont Graduate University: Thanks for your patience, dear readers. John and I have both received so much positive feedback from our earlier posts, which has been quite gratifying. I have to apologize for our long hiatus. Late in the fall I took on new responsibilities as Dean of the School of Arts & Humanities at Claremont Graduate University, in addition to maintaining my position as chair of Mormon Studies there, and I simply didn’t have... Read more

Why This is So Hard, and Still Worth Doing

PATRICK Q. MASON, Chair of Mormon Studies at Claremont Graduate University: John, this week I thought we might take a step back from the specifics of Mormonism as we’ve been discussing, and talk a little bit about what it is we’re actually doing here (or at least trying to). In a society where we’ve grown accustomed to competing monologues, the art of dialogue has become somewhat out of fashion, and may even be held in suspicion in some corners.  How does that sound?... Read more

A Painful Analogy

JOHN DEHLIN, psychologist, post-Mormon, founder of Mormon Stories Podcast: Patrick, I thought we might begin today by thanking all of the readers who have either shared our blog with others (please continue!), or who have participated in the comments section. Personally, I am thrilled with the positive response so far! PATRICK Q. MASON, Chair of Mormon Studies at Claremont Graduate University: Me too.  I hope that the comments can continue to engage in the respectful dialogue that we’re trying to model here (see the Comments Policy).... Read more

Why are Ex-Mormons “So Angry”?

PATRICK Q. MASON, Chair of Mormon Studies at Claremont Graduate University: John, this week I thought we would move from the lofty heights of epistemology to the realm of people’s emotions and experiences. One of the things that I’ve been confronted with, as I’m sure you have, is how strongly people feel about issues of faith and doubt in Mormonism. The emotions often run high, and we see those strong feelings expressed both on the internet (especially by anonymous commenters) and in interpersonal... Read more

Is Religious Feeling Manufactured?

    PATRICK Q. MASON, Chair of Mormon Studies at Claremont Graduate University: For this week’s post, John and I wanted to follow up on some of the issues we weren’t able to fully address last time.  Then we’ll move on to other issues in future posts. First, both of us were saddened to hear about the untimely passing of Melissa Proctor, whom many of our readers and friends know. Our hearts go out to all her friends and loved ones,... Read more

How We Know What We Know

JOHN DEHLIN, psychologist and social activist, post-Mormon, founder of Mormon Stories Podcast: Patrick – As we begin this series, to me it seems fitting to begin with a discussion about epistemology.  Since you are the religion scholar, do you mind sharing your understanding of what that word means?  Then I’d like to ask you a few questions about it. PATRICK Q. MASON, Chair of Mormon Studies and Associate Professor of Religion at Claremont Graduate University: That’s a great place to... Read more

Toward a “Better, Richer Understanding” — Introducing Mormonism Inside and Out

PATRICK Q. MASON, Chair of Mormon Studies and Associate Professor of Religion at Claremont Graduate University: Hi John!  I’m excited about this new blog.  Let’s start off with some introductions.  Tell me a little bit about yourself, for those who don’t know who John Dehlin is! JOHN DEHLIN, psychologist and social activist, post-Mormon, founder of Mormon Stories Podcast: Thanks Patrick!  It’s an honor to be invited to this conversation. I come from pioneer ancestry through the Benson and Parkinson lines.... Read more
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