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June 16, 2014
It’s Not About Questions—and it is
In piecing together the sobering events over the last week, one of the most common...
June 15, 2014
On Church Discipline for Dissenting Groups
Editors’ Note: This article is part of the Public Square 2014 Summer Series: Conversations on Religious Trends....
June 13, 2014
Who Calls Apostasy? Picking up the Pieces When Local Leaders Fail
Kate Kelly is not my favorite Mormon feminist, and Ordain Women is a movement I've...
May 26, 2014
Feed My Lambs
[Image courtesy of the Liahona Children's Foundation] “The Church may or may not be...
May 21, 2014
Sneakers and Salvation
Several years ago, I took a trip to Egypt with a group of students at...
April 30, 2014
Mormons and the FBI – A Bleg
The Associated Press reported in the early 1980s that “The CIA does some of its...
March 24, 2014
No More Strangers
One of my most familiar childhood religious memories is waking up at the end of...
March 07, 2014
On religious freedom and discrimination
With the recent proposed amendment to Arizona’s religious freedom law, Facebook has fed me a...
February 26, 2014
The Decline of Something Called “Religion”
Stories of Decline Perry Miller’s exhaustive intellectual histories of Puritan theology were published back...
February 10, 2014
On Mormon Marriage Anxiety
I was 27 when I got married. That was well after most of my friends,...
February 05, 2014
Scrap It: An Historian Contemplates Her Imaginary Photo Albums
People approach personal recording keeping in different ways. Historian Rachel Cope, who clearly chose the...
January 30, 2014
How Old Almanacs Help to Explain the “Nones”
A couple of weeks ago, I was at the Huntington Library looking at almanacs from...
January 20, 2014
March Global Mormon Studies Madness!
Making up for lost time, Spring 2014 will see a flurry of global Mormon...
January 18, 2014
If Your Sexual Thoughts Were Like My Asthma
When my mother was at BYU in the 70's, her bishop came into Relief Society...
December 16, 2013
On the Virtues of Old People
Among Mormons, there is a classic short film produced by the LDS Church many years...
November 29, 2013
A Song for the Body Electric
A Song for the Body Electric When we moved from Boston to Salt Lake City,...
November 07, 2013
Diary of a Single Mormon Female: A Review
Few people are brave enough to publish their diary, and yet that is what Aleesa...
October 16, 2013
Mormons as Christians; Christians as Mormons
In the nineteenth sixties and seventies, an "anti-cult" movement emerged in America, assailing religious movements...
October 14, 2013
Beyond Family: Women’s Leadership in the LDS Church
A recent flurry of debate and discussion over the issue of women’s roles in...
October 11, 2013
Thinking Historically as a Christian (And/Or a Mormon)
This last weekend, during the Saturday morning session of General Conference for the Church of...
September 27, 2013
Mormonism and the Christianity Police
This post is a slightly modified reprint of an earlier post. I am adding it...
September 26, 2013
Martha Hughes Cannon (1857–1932) wrote to her friend Barbara Replogle in 1884, “’Tis not the...
September 16, 2013
Belief and Belonging in Mormonism
Mormonism's founding narrative is of a young man struggling with doubt, and finding sure answers....
September 13, 2013
On Science and Faith, Part II: Of Seekers, Heretics, and Organized Religion
In August, I argued that faith and science have a lot more in common than...
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 22, 2013
On Science, Faith, and Evidence
There is perhaps no idea I hear at church that I find more wrong, or...
August 12, 2013
LL Cool J, Accidental Mormon?
Last week, I logged onto facebook to see my newsfeed crowded with excited links from...
August 05, 2013
The “Turning of Hearts”: On Family, History, and Faith
A few weeks ago, during an unusually long summer excursion away from home, my wife...
July 31, 2013
The past several months, I’ve been trying to cultivate a practice of personal meditation (with...
July 23, 2013
Be a Man
Every summer, our family spends some time at a cabin in rural Utah and attend...
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