Q&A on Mormon Priesthood (Part 1)

As a follow-up to Michael Haycock's clarification of what it means to be a Mormon priest or bishop, I did a two-part Q&A about Mormon theology, hierarchy, and culture. My questions are in bold, his answers follow, and he has no culpability for my choice of pictures. Q: Why is the Melchizedek Priesthood reserved to men? Are there any roles reserved to women? Hoo boy. The first question is a loaded one, because it cuts to the quick of the issue of Mormonism and gender, on which you might … [Read more...]

Romney’s a Priest? What does that mean?

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Via the Daily Dish, I found an article by Howard P. Kainz, that argues that the media's relative comfort with Romney's religion is proof that most Americans don't consider Mormons to be real Christians.  Here's a pull quote: [T]he fact that Mitt Romney, the first Mormon candidate for the presidency in our nation’s history, is not only a bishop in the LDS church but a High Priest of the highest echelon (the "order of Melchizedek") within that religion, and is not being opposed because of the … [Read more...]

Reading a Book I’d Never Write

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I've just finished Sara Miles's memoir Take this Bread: A Radical Conversion, but I don't think I can write my usual style of review.  Miles was raised by atheists (although she had missionaries a couple generations back), is a liberal lesbian, and converted to Episcopalianism in midlife.  I'm always interested in the logic of converts, especially when they're a good match for me demographically, but Miles and I are way too far apart conceptually for me to have anything substantive to say … [Read more...]