Saints: My Review

Posted by in Religion on 31. May, 2019 | No Comments Yet

My review of Saints: The Standard of Truth, the LDS Church’s recent publication on its early history.

How Pashtuns Treat Refugees

Posted by in Religion on 06. Mar, 2019 | No Comments Yet

Learning about the astonishing generosity of Pashtun people towards refugees puts the United States to shame.

Leveling Up – A Priesthood Analogy for Deacons

Posted by in Religion on 30. Dec, 2018 | No Comments Yet

Comparing priesthood ordination with “leveling up” a character in a video game is a fun little way to frame priesthood ordination for incoming deacons.

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.