Folks, sorry to be a day late on this! I have had an insanely stressful week which kind of bled over into the weekend, and I was barely able to get the Skeptical Parent Crossing carnival done on time. But there have been some interesting items in Outer Blogness this past week, and I don’t want to neglect them!
First of all, Runtu has written a fascinating article about conversion narratives, deconversion narratives, and the role they play in shaping the teller’s experiences. Andrew S. wrote a related article discussing the conclusions in Seth Payne’s study on ex-Mormon narratives. And if you’d like a real-life example to go with all of this theory, Sabayon posted her deconversion story of epiphany through heartbreak. And in the post-deconversion department, Galendara is deciding what to do about church attendance now that she’s in a mixed-belief marriage.
Now, a bit of a grab bag of interesting topics: Mind on Fire talks about how the size of Texas as a textbook market influences what gets published. (I remember learning about this problem back when I was in high school, and we’re hoping to hear more from Sabayon about her experiences actually having survived the Texas educational system.) King Aardvark tells the tale of when he finally got to speak to the really wise elder from Alpha Course, and assesses how that guy’s Christian apologetics compared to the other Alpha Course instructors. Aerin talks about how our modern opportunities compare to those of our great grandparents. Chino Blanco presents more research on the LDS institutional political involvement in the gay marriage question. And finally, in the department of things that make you suspect that Mormons may actually be from another planet, Good Reason discovers an LDS ad with the following text:
What’s the Point of Having a Family If It All Ends at Death?
I wanted to have a family but wondered what would be the point of having one, if it all ended at death.
Anyway, sorry again for the late and sloppy job on this one. I hope that by next time my real-life responsibilities will stop interfering with my Internet fun! 😀