This is for my Latter-day Saint friends. I don’t really expect those unfamiliar with my church to understand the context, but of course all are welcome to read this. Anyone else feel like [Elder Dieter F.] Uchtdorf’s talk was … Continue reading Thoughts on that talk at General Conference
When Qoheleth famously wrote more than 2,000 years ago that “there is nothing new under the sun,” he couldn’t have known how prophetic those words would be. For around the time, give or take a century or two, that Qoheleth … Continue reading What Brett Kavanaugh’s Bible has to say about #MeToo
No Facebook for seven days? I’ll take the challenge! Details later this week about why. Sunday (Day 0) evening: I’ll admit it, even though I never expected this to happen: I’m a Facebook addict. No, I don’t have it as … Continue reading No Facebook for a week? Let’s go for it!
Adam S. Miller’s Letters to a Young Mormon might have been better titled How To Be a Mormon Without Thinking or Talking Like One. A very brief book (about the length of a long article in The Atlantic), Letters takes … Continue reading Mormonism meets Buddhism in Miller’s ‘Letters’
Sometimes we can learn from the mistakes of others. That’s why I’m hoping that those in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with authority far more than my own can take to heart advice of the sort offered … Continue reading Catholic offers advice for Mormons facing sex-abuse scandal
Netflix’s newest documentary, Wild Wild Country, about the 1980s Rajneeshee sect that dominated the headlines in Oregon during the early-to-mid-1980s, is fascinating, informative and insightful. I found it also to be unsatisfying. I’ve long been familiar with the story of … Continue reading New Netflix docu treads gingerly on guru’s top follower
The newest book by Fiona and Terryl Givens may be the most radical work ever published by LDS-owned Deseret Book. I’m not using hyperbole. The book, The Christ Who Heals: How God Restored the Truth That Saves Us, persuasively presents … Continue reading Givenses’ newest book challenges prevailing LDS paradigm of Atonement
Did the late Mormon apostle L. Tom Perry really endorse an alt-right agenda that is little more than nicely packaged racism? That’s certainly the impression you’d get from following social-media feeds of the mononymous Ayla, the most outspoken member of … Continue reading Fact check: Do LDS teachings support the alt-right?
It would be difficult to write about the story of Jim Jones and the 1978 mass murder-suicide (more than 900 dead) without sensationalizing the story. But Jeff Guinn succeeds admirably in the authoritative The Road to Jonestown: Jim Jones and … Continue reading Guinn’s authoritative book on Jim Jones lets reader decide