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August 25, 2015
2 Girls For Every Boy: The Unpleasant Reality for Utah Mormon Singles
The Beach Boys sang about it, and now it’s coming true here in the...
August 24, 2015
Jon McNaughton, the Obama Era’s Most Significant Artist
Gaze upon the works of Jon McNaughton, the most important painter of our time.* Undoubtedly,...
July 17, 2015
Religious and Gay: A Catholic-Mormon Dialogue (Part 3 of 3)
This is part 3 of a 3-part discussion with Alex Griffin and Eve Tushnet. In...
July 16, 2015
Religious and Gay: A Catholic-Mormon Dialogue (Part 2 of 3)
This is part 2 of a 3-part discussion with Alex Griffin and Eve Tushnet. In...
July 13, 2015
Religious and Gay: A Catholic-Mormon Dialogue (Part 1 of 3)
Sometime at church in the past two weeks, local Mormons leaders across the country read...
January 12, 2015
Doubting at Zion’s Gate
Through happenstance, two of my recent reads synergistically centered on doubt and the thresholds of...
December 08, 2014
I Even Remain Alone?: Reflections on Eve Tushnet’s “Gay and Catholic”
About two years ago Ralph Hancock, a BYU professor of political philosophy, met with the...
September 29, 2014
INTERNATIONAL MORMON STUDIES: MORE HELP WANTED!
This is a report AND a call for input going forward from the directors...
June 12, 2014
Second Life and the Second Estate
From a hillside in Missouri, one can look out upon a relatively nondescript valley verdant...
February 24, 2014
Mormons and Basketball in the Philippines
“There are good Mormons, rogue Mormons, drunk Mormons, polygamy Mormons. But one thing they all...
January 22, 2014
The “Value” of the Book of Mormon
As part of a project I’m currently at work on, I’ve been reading as systematically...
November 13, 2013
Apologetics Again—But This Time with Feeling
Violent, sudden, and calamitous revolutions are the ones that accomplish the least. While they may...
November 04, 2013
In Praise of Cafeteria Mormonism
It was both troubling and fascinating (something like watching a car wreck) to witness the...
October 07, 2013
A New Accent on Religious Freedom
Last month the LDS Church reinforced its advocacy of religious freedom by further expanding the...
September 23, 2013
Why LDS Women Will Not Be Ordained to the Priesthood
Over the last year, a small but growing movement within the LDS church has emerged...
September 18, 2013
We Are Special!: Religion, Historical Memory, and Regional Identity
Over the last week I’ve been re-reading Carol F. Karlsen’s book on witchcraft in Puritan...
September 05, 2013
Why Mormon Feminism Should Be About Men Too
Anyone who has spent time in a feminist Mormon housewives discussion forum knows how frequently...
August 12, 2013
LL Cool J, Accidental Mormon?
Last week, I logged onto facebook to see my newsfeed crowded with excited links from...
July 23, 2013
Be a Man
Every summer, our family spends some time at a cabin in rural Utah and attend...
July 10, 2013
The Humanist’s Book of Mormon
The past decade has witnessed a remarkable surge of interest in the Book of Mormon---or...
May 20, 2013
Joseph Smith the Seeker and Same-sex Marriage: The Community of Christ Negotiating Change
The Community of Christ’s April 2013 USA National Conference in Independence, Missouri resoundingly approved...
May 06, 2013
Put Your Mormon Where Your Mouth Is: Gender, Sexuality, and The Second Great Commandment
During Conference in October 2007, at the end of General Relief Society President Julie Beck’s...
April 24, 2013
“Matt and Me (But Mostly Me)”*: A Conversation about _The Book of Mormon_ on Broadway
The Book of Mormon, the musical comedy co-written by South Park creators Trey Parker and...
April 08, 2013
On Historical Sources, Mormonism, and the Pinterests of the new General Young Women’s President
I've spent the last three weeks carefully handling 18th century manuscripts housed in some of...
March 18, 2013
Conferences at the Crossroads of Mormonism
When April comes to Independence, Missouri, Latter Day Saints will go to conference. Community of...
March 11, 2013
How Mormons Read the Bible
A little more than a week ago, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints...
March 04, 2013
How Conference Comes to Hong Kong
In one month, General Conference will come again to the red brick building with the...
February 20, 2013
*Angels in America* at 20: Revisiting Tony Kushner’s Millennium — and His Mormons — in the 21st Century
2013 is the 20th anniversary of Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize for his groundbreaking play Angels...
February 04, 2013
“It’s like Methodism, only more”: Mormon Conversion and Narratives of the Great Apostasy
A couple of weeks ago in Sunday School, a middle-aged woman shared her conversion story...
January 30, 2013
Mending a Fractured World
In his Bancroft Prize-winning book, Age of Fracture, Daniel Rodgers tells the story of how, following...
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