Romney’s a Priest? What does that mean?

michael

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 "s … [Read more...]

You Call That Religion?

One (possibly last) guest post at Daylight Atheism.  This one is also inspired by The Book of Mormon and is focused on how the diffuse, unrooted idea of religion that emerges in Mormon and is praised by reviewers ought to be opposed by atheists as well as fundamentalists.My last day for guestblogging is tomorrow, so please comment if there's a topic you think I should be sure to cover for Daylight Atheism's large (but mostly pissed off with me) audience. You Call That Religion? The … [Read more...]

The Mormon Test

Another day, another post at Daylight Atheism (and jeez oh man have I been catching flack in the comments sections).  Today's post tries to give an example of the kind of challenging but not condescending conversations with Christians I've been trying to sell the commentariat on.  This one's inspired by seeing The Book of Mormon, but is focused on talking to non-Mormon Christians.  If you want something more focused on talking to Mormons, click back to my dialogue with Mormon e-missionaries.  S … [Read more...]

Talking to a Mormon Missionary

The Mormon Church runs a 24-hour live chat with missionaries at Mormon.org.  I found out about this service since screenshots of their chats frequently appear on The Art of Trolling, a blog that curates internet based pranks, some of which are not safe for work.I figured that the Mormon Church, which puts a heavy emphasis on conversions and is fairly successful in its efforts was worth talking to, so I logged on to ask my most basic question for theists: Do you think the evidence for your … [Read more...]

The Mormans Try for a Mitzvah

Thanks to everyone who weighed in on last week's Santa Claus debate.  I was very amused by how many other people had also tried to test Santa's existence as children.  As always, if you'd like to respond to a Monday Call to Arms in longer form as a guest blogger, please email me at leah (dot) libresco (at) yale (dot) edu.The debate over whether Christians should pray for Christopher Hitchens in his fight against cancer has been raging across the blogosphere. Prayers seem to fall into two c … [Read more...]


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