Risky Rescue

I don’t read The Ensign, but I do read Zelophehad’s Daughters.  It was “To the Rescue,” an entry on ZD from last week, that clued me in to an essay by Thomas Monson from the October Ensign called “Our Responsibility to Rescue.” You can pretty much figure out the whole essay from the first paragraph: […]

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LDS Doubt in the NY Times

Well, this should be interesting.  The NY TImes has a story published on the web yesterday discussing the ongoing brouhaha in Sweden involving members who have had a crisis of faith. There is a bullet-pointed list of major concerns: â–  Why does the church always portray Joseph Smith translating the Book of Mormon from golden […]

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He Puts Us in a Shark Suit

My last post asserted that God is a jerk.  I think the evidence supports that assertions pretty well.  But maybe he’s a jerk with a really great sense of humor?  Maybe everything seems so ridiculous to us because it amuses him to watch us run around and be scared and look utterly goofy?  Maybe we […]

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Once You Figure Out God Is a Jerk

So, I heard some years ago that religious people tend to be happier and healthier.  It didn’t especially jive with my experience, but hey, it’s what the scientific data say, right? Here’s an interesting piece from the NY Times, corroborating and explaining some of the benefits of “religious attendance — [or] at least, religiosity” the […]

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Maybe Conservativism Is Hurting Religion After All….

Given that the “liberal churches are losing members because they’re liberal; conservative churches are growing because they’re conservative” argument is invoked every so often here at MSP, I thought people would be interested in this article from Religion Dispatches analyzing some of the problems with that claim.  An excerpt: Hout and Fischer released a study […]

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