Young Trevor Noah on God’s Will

Posted by in Religion on 05. Aug, 2017 | No Comments Yet

Trevor Noah shares a harrowing experience from his childhood in South Africa and disputes with his mother the role God’s will played in the event.

Moses Never Encountered Another Primate

Posted by in Religion, Science on 19. Feb, 2016 | No Comments Yet

Yet another snippet from primatologist Frans de Waal’s book, in which he offers an interesting hypothesis about why some religious traditions struggle with the theory of evolution.

The Difference Between Science and Religion Isn’t the Individuals

Posted by in Religion, Science on 19. Feb, 2016 | No Comments Yet

Primatologist Frans de Waal considers whether there are any substantive behavioral differences in the way of thinking between religious people and scientists, ultimately rejecting any such claim. He reasons that no individual is exempt from cognitive biases, and that the true significant differences between the theories of religion and science stem from the culture and communities surrounding them.

Casual Ex-Catholics vs. Strict Ex-Protestants

Posted by in Religion on 18. Feb, 2016 | No Comments Yet

A Dutch observer compares ex-Catholics to ex-Protestants and proposes that the type of religious adherent one was deeply affects the type of atheist one becomes after leaving.

Book Review: Patrick Mason’s Planted

Posted by in Religion on 23. Jan, 2016 | 1 Comment

If I were to compile a list of all the things my fringe Mormon friends and I wish our traditional counterparts understood about us, this book addresses them all. If you’re seeking to understand a Mormon family member or friend who doesn’t really fit in the church, or if you are the one who doesn’t fit in but you really want to try to find a safe, healthy place to belong, I think this book will be helpful

Mormonism’s Heaven > Other Heavens

Mormonism’s Heaven > Other Heavens

Posted by in Religion on 10. Aug, 2015 | No Comments Yet

The standard western concept of heaven is boring, and everyone knows it. Why not consider a version that aims higher?

The Legalization of Gay Marriage: An Opportunity to Reinvent Ourselves

Posted by in Religion on 30. Jun, 2015 | 1 Comment

This Supreme Court ruling is a gift. It’s a chance for us to change our strategy and direction.

Do Religious Truths Need to be Boldly Defended?

Posted by in Religion on 29. Mar, 2015 | No Comments Yet

General Young Women’s President Bonnie Oscarson, in her recent conference address, challenged listeners to “boldy defend” the family proclamation. But does spiritual truth really need a bold defense?

Why the Opening Prayer of the General Women’s Session Was Historical

Posted by in Religion on 24. Jan, 2015 | No Comments Yet

In the General Women’s Session this fall, Sister Dorah Mkhabela of Soweto, South Africa gave the opening prayer. Many Mormons have noted the historical importance of watching the first woman of African descent to give a prayer in a conference session.

Quietly Celebrating the Civil Rights Victory of My Generation

Quietly Celebrating the Civil Rights Victory of My Generation

Posted by in Politics, Religion on 20. Dec, 2014 | No Comments Yet

I think we’re missing out on a very important conversation as families and neighbors. Future generations will ask us about the civil rights movement of our day, and what will we tell them? Will we remember it? Will we learn from it?