Jon Huntsman, Sr: Tithing Isn’t a Charitable Donation

Posted by in Religion on 11. Dec, 2014 | No Comments Yet

After reading some recent debates in online Mormon forums about whether paying tithing should count as giving to charity and/or count in surveys about charitable giving, I encountered an interesting statement from Utah billionaire Jon Hunstman, Sr (he’s the father of the Jon Huntsman who ran for president in 2008). He weighed in: They require […]

Discussing Your Religion: Baptisms for the Dead

Posted by in Religion on 09. Oct, 2014 | No Comments Yet

What Mormons think when you say “baptism for the dead” versus what non-Mormons think.

The Proverbial Elephant, Non-overlapping Magisteria, and Gifts of the Spirit

Posted by in Religion on 08. Oct, 2014 | 1 Comment

I can’t help but laugh at the ridiculous title of this post, but I swear to you that I tie all the ideas together.

Assessing the Bounds of Infallibility

Posted by in Religion on 30. Sep, 2014 | No Comments Yet

Apostle Dallin Oaks tweeted the following recently:

We only say what the Spirit directs us to say at conference.

“The spirit of the law is superior…”

Posted by in Religion on 23. Sep, 2014 | No Comments Yet

The spirit of the law is superior because it demands more of us that the letter of the law.

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

Posted by in Religion on 10. Jul, 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?”

Finding Solace in Poetry

Posted by in Religion on 23. Jun, 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.

Each Life That Touches Ours for Good

Posted by in Religion on 22. Jun, 2014 | No Comments Yet

So goes the familiar Mormon hymn:

Each life that touches ours for good
Reflects thine own great mercy, Lord.

Advice from Mormon Intellectuals to Mormon Intellectuals

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

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

Playing the “Sacred” Card

Playing the “Sacred” Card

Posted by in Religion on 07. Apr, 2014 | No Comments Yet

The LDS Church PR department has played the “sacred” card in response to Ordain Women. Does this move unintentionally reveal their hand?