I recently finished reading Banishing the Cross: The Emergence of a Mormon Taboo, written by Michael G. Reed. The book traces the use of the cross as a symbol of Mormon Christian tradition from the time of the founding of the church (1830’s) to the late 20th century. Continue reading “The Mormon Cross”
To the Critic
One fallacy common to those studying Mormonism (including Mormons themselves) is that of quote mining; digging around through publications and writings of leaders and pulling out some obscure phrase and calling it “doctrine.” Continue reading “Mining Doctrine – Advice to Critics and Mormons”
Occasionally, I learn something that is like opening a window to greater understanding. Where a vague notion may have existed before, the drawing aside of the curtains reveals a new world. Such an event occurred a couple of days ago.
Over the last decade or so, I have been going through a faith change which I did not understand. The journey has left me unsettled, with a different perspective on my faith than most of my fellow church members.
October 2010, LDS General Conference, Sunday afternoon session.
I’m usually sound asleep by this session of conference. There is nothing else in the world that puts me to sleep like General Conference. Nevertheless, I remember a particular talk by Elder David Bednar that I reflect on frequently.
Does God want us to learn about him and his ways?
Is creation off limits? Is God hiding his means and methods from us? Or, are his ways open for us to discover (to the limits of our abilities)?
Name one musical play, popular artist, or singing group in which the male lead sings bass.
Come on. I’m waiting.
I have a quiet place, my own little wilderness. Well, its not mine, its publicly accessible land, but nobody goes there. If I want to hike for a few moments of therapy, meditation, and pray, I know that I can enjoy some solitude and experience intriguing landscape not far from home.
The problem with my little wilderness is that it has power lines running through it.
Reading historical documents without understanding the culture and circumstances in which the actors lived, will often lead us to wrong conclusions. This applies to Old Testament, New Testament, and anything written further back than about … two weeks. (Presentism and literalism will be address in another post.) Continue reading “Presentism Now”
“Toxic” is thrown around a lot lately. Bloggers and podcasters on the fringes of Mormon culture often try to demonstrate the superiority of their approach by calling the church’s current or past position “TOXIC.” Continue reading “Helpful Toxicity”