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February 22, 2016
Some of Us Should Stay
Not too long ago, I wrote in the Salt Lake Tribune that I feel an...
February 12, 2016
Notes on Vaginas
Here at the college at which I am still, remarkably, employed, students are performing a...
February 10, 2016
Peter Brook and Coldplay’s Orientalist Weekend
First, let me say that even while I concede that I know next to...
February 01, 2016
Not the ‘Why’ but the ‘What’ of the Western Wall
"Eff the ineffable", wrote Terry Eagleton in an attempt to figure out Samuel Beckett's work....
January 22, 2016
How Did Ruth Get Past the Guards?
By all that is holy, Ruth should never have left Moab. I know, I know:...
January 11, 2016
Guest Post: The Tyranny of Rule(s)
Blog Editor's Note: Dear readers, all seven of you—On account of a confrontation this past...
January 01, 2016
The Most Religious Song in the Songbook
Name the most genuinely religious song in the songbook that the LDS church has approved...
December 19, 2015
A Dis-Christian Nativity
Taxation, some say, started it all. Or a census. Augustus, some say, decreed an accounting....
November 30, 2015
If God Does Not Die
Nietzsche, famously or infamously towards the end of the nineteenth century, declared the death of...
November 06, 2015
Do Not Suffer the Children
As of yesterday, assuming the news stories are right, if you’re three days old, innocent,...
November 04, 2015
I Love Sects!
Fellow LDS-Mormon Patheos blogger James Faulconer has argued that people in the LDS-Mormon community should...
October 19, 2015
Don’t Let Go and Let God
One way to dismiss the story and all that it says about how to get...
October 06, 2015
Who’s at the Center? Who’s in Crisis?
O, Faithful of the Great Pushback, take note of Pope Francis before Congress. Selecting four...
October 02, 2015
Eve and Adam and Reason in the Mormon Temple
The fundamental myth of the Judeo-Christian tradition has a distinctly patriarchal tone to it, justifying...
September 20, 2015
The Tao of Hula
What we really need to do, as a modern, scientifically-enlightened, empirically-minded, rational society is ban...
September 15, 2015
Lose Your Religion, And Follow Me
At one of the several crucial moments of the narrative, Jesus tells his followers that...
September 03, 2015
God’s Law Does Change
I've been hearing a lot about "God's Law" in my local congregation, recently. Particularly the...
August 17, 2015
I don't know anything about “Fair Mormon”, apart from the fact that whoever came up...
August 05, 2015
Mormonism’s Future: Surprising Plurality
(Editor's Note: This article is part of the Patheos Public Square on the Future of...
August 03, 2015
BSA, LDS, and the Jesus-y Margin
My first inclination upon hearing that the LDS church plans to reexamine its relationship with...
July 09, 2015
Please Don’t Tolerate Me
I'm traveling in India these days, which means that I'm enjoying a lovely respite from...
June 25, 2015
Sweep Out the Confederate Flag
We bought our first home, here in Memphis, more than a decade ago, and we celebrated...
June 17, 2015
God’s Body Just Isn’t What It Used to Be
One of the things that keeps Mormonism from being Christian is its dogmatic attachment to...
June 05, 2015
Archimedes’ Divine Lever
Archimedes is reported to have said, lo, these more-than-two-millennia ago, that if he were given...
May 22, 2015
The Boy Scouts of a Better America
Word has come from none other than Robert Gates that the Boy Scouts of America...
May 08, 2015
Self-less Giving and the Corporate Self
We finally have empirical evidence that Jesus knew everything. The son of god, of course,...
April 24, 2015
Mike Pence Wears Pink Panties
The Religious Freedom Restoration Acts, or RFRA's, that the states are adopting, pell-mell, have the...
April 17, 2015
Thee and Thou and Little Lambs Eat Ivy
Anyone—Mormon or otherwise—who has sat through any LDS Mormon church services conducted in English has...
April 04, 2015
Outsourcing My Easter
I do my exercises faithfully. Not only because I had back surgery fifteen years...
March 23, 2015
What the Heck is a Platypus?
In the mid-eighteenth century, Carl Linnaeus, the Swedish naturalist, figured out what mammals are: hairy,...
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