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.

Choosing to Believe: Thoughts from the Givenses

Choosing to Believe: Thoughts from the Givenses

Posted by in Religion on 17. Oct, 2012 | No Comments Yet

The following is taken verbatim from the introduction of an important new book from Terryl and Fiona Givens called The God Who Weeps: How Mormonism Makes Sense of Life. Whether and/or when belief is a legitimate choice is a fascinating topic to me.

Terryl Givens on Choosing to Believe

Terryl Givens on Choosing to Believe

Posted by in Religion on 03. Mar, 2012 | 3 Comments

The following is a partial transcript I made of an excellent Mormon Stories podcast interview with Terryl Givens, one of the most intellectually interesting and thoughtful Mormons I know of. Here he discusses his view on how and why religious belief must be a choice and not simply something that’s obviously false or obviously true.

Dismantling the Rose

Dismantling the Rose

Posted by in Religion on 21. Nov, 2011 | 1 Comment

I’ve heard an analogy that compares people’s personal religious beliefs to a beautiful rose. Some people’s intellectual curiosity drives them to dismantle the rose in order to see how it’s put together. Petal by petal they gently pull it apart to learn how the individual parts work or to examine its raw biology under a microscope.