This week’s theme was people commenting on other people’s beliefs, such as conservative Christians’ views on pagans or Buddhists. Some people find others’ beliefs stupid, ignorant, or hurtful. And how believable are people’s claimed beliefs? Some are analyzing why others claim to be “spiritual but not religious”. It’s easier to express your beliefs when others agree and tricky to learn about unfamiliar beliefs. But the prize in this category goes to Brent’s list of the worst talks ever — check if your “favorite” is on the list!
In the department of LDS church PR and marketing, Joanna Brooks again demonstrates that you can’t say anything about Mormonism without somebody complaining — this time incurring the wrath of the LDS Newsroom Blog for writing about Mitch Mayne — but Atticus F. McConkie has her back. Meanwhile, Deseret Book has merged with Distribution Services, and Starfoxy explains how the new book Daughters in my Kingdom documents the decline of sphere of influence of the Relief Society.
In the department of spiritual (or religious) journeys, check out this tale of a Guatemalan Mormon who grew up in the hood! There’s some confusion as to whether this is an exit story or not. Miguel has spent the Summer church-hopping. Yet, the more we change, the more we stay the same.
Then, a grab bag of interesting topics! In Word of Wisdom news, an invisible beer Nazi has mysteriously expanded the Zion Curtain. Plus some advice from your Stake President. As much as Obama deserves criticism, there’s a wrong way to do it. Fixing what ails public education is difficult, but not impossible if there’s a will to do it. Do you want to live forever? In our usual modesty discussion what about sexualizing babies as a joke? Chris got a short story published! And iBear is writing a book. See also these other hot stories for your reading pleasure, or this amusing anecdote. And if you’re tired of reading, you can peruse Louise’s 30-day photo challenge or listen to the new Cultural Hall Podcast!
One last note: I haven’t really made this explicit before, but I mean for SiOB to be an open thread where people can comment on the links here, or on the sidebar links, or on other Mormon-themed news and links that we’ve missed. It was fun last week, and you’re all invited to participate again!