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
Few of us are lucky enough to see an unobstructed total solar eclipse once in a lifetime. I had that privilege on Feb. 26, 1979, as I parked along a highway south of Goldendale, Wash. If my travel happens as … Continue reading Is the solar eclipse God’s way of winking at us?
Rob Bell doesn’t have much new to say in his 2017 book, What is the Bible: How an Ancient Library of Poems, Letters, and Stories Can Transform the Way You Think and Feel About Everything, but he says it in … Continue reading Bell’s lastest book has little new to offer
Francses FitzGerald’s newest history book chronicles the U.S. religious right beginning with the First Great Awakening. Continue reading FitzGerald book thoroughly chronicles rise of religious right