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John Turner Explains Why He Thinks Brigham Young Had Followers Despite His Flaws

Posted in Religion on Jul 10, 2014 | No Comments Yet

Historian John Turner, author of a recent biography on Brigham Young, answers the question, “With all his flaws, why was this Brigham Young revered and/or looked up to as a prophet?”

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Finding Solace in Poetry

Posted in Religion on Jun 23, 2014 | No Comments Yet

Could it be that I, of all people, have acquired an appreciation for poetry? Maybe. Maybe a little. Not for impenetrable poetry perhaps, but for poetry that’s nothing but words artfully arranged and meaningful. Lately, I’ve encountered two poems that really help me feel better about life.

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Virginia Woolf: Had Shakespeare Had a Sister…

Posted in Misc on Jun 4, 2014 | No Comments Yet

An excerpt from Virginia Woolf’s feminist classic “A Room of One’s Own”, in which she imagines what it would have been like if William Shakespeare had an equally gifted sister.

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Advice from Mormon Intellectuals to Mormon Intellectuals

Posted in Religion on May 31, 2014 | No Comments Yet

Religion historian Kathleen Flake imagines what advice some of Mormonism’s departed intellectuals might give to us today.

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Little-known History Related to Female Ordination

Posted in Religion on Apr 3, 2014 | 1 Comment

The Salt Lake Tribute hosted an online discussion between a few noble, capable Mormon women to discuss female ordination. There were two historical anecdotes that were referenced in the discussion, and because these two incidents are so unknown among Mormons, I wanted to highlight them here.

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Sheri Dew Doesn’t Think Priesthood and Motherhood Are Parallels

Posted in Religion on Jan 16, 2014 | No Comments Yet

In an interview, Sheri Dew discusses her book on women and the priesthood and clarifies her views on the oft-made Priesthood/motherhood comparison.

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Richard Bushman on the First Vision Accounts

Posted in Religion on Jan 2, 2014 | 1 Comment

Richard Bushman, eminent LDS historian recently made an interesting comment comparing some of the accounts about Joseph Smith’s First Vision.

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Lessons from Elder Lurch, Robert Kirby’s Missionary Dog

Posted in Religion on Dec 27, 2013 | No Comments Yet

Humor columnist Robert Kirby relates a hilarious anecdote about the big pet dog he kept as a missionary.

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“We do not believe it just to mingle religious influence with civil government…”

Posted in Politics, Religion on Dec 26, 2013 | 1 Comment

I have an interesting thought exercise for those complaining that U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby’s decision constitutes an act of judicial tyranny because he overruled the will of the majority.

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The Finite Cannot Comprehend the Infinite

Posted in Religion on Jul 28, 2013 | 1 Comment

A short account of Mormon painter Arnold Friberg’s dialogue with President McKay over his commission to paint illustrations for a number of Book of Mormon scenes.

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