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10 Questions About Spiritual Abuse: Mormon Edition

David Hayward at nakedpastor.com wrote a short blog post a few weeks ago that hit home. I have read several things Hayward has written. He provides a wonderful religious perspective on a host of issues, and I think we could all learn something from him, regardless of our spirituality or religious affiliation. As a member […]

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Some Light-Hearted Philosophical Quandaries for Mormons

I think about a lot of weird things. When I was younger, I actually kept a list, which I kept adding to, of different “theories.” They were not conspiracy theories but simple questions regarding things real and fictional. Sadly, I cannot remember most of them; although, I do remember that at least one of them […]

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NIN on ACL

This Saturday night, Austin City Limits will be broadcasting an encore episode of the Nine Inch Nails performance from last Spring. Nine Inch Nails “Came Back Haunted” from Austin City Limits on Vimeo. From Austin City Limits: “We’ve waited a long time to do anything like this,” says Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor from the […]

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Support for Gay Marriage on the Rise, Even in the Mountain West

The Pew Research Center is reporting that support for gay marriage is steadily climbing, even in regions where it still does not receive majority approval. All regions have seen growing support for same-sex marriage over the past decade. For example, while 44% of people in the South now favor gay marriage, that number was just 25% […]

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Bill Nye on Myths about Global Poverty

Forget the debate about creationism. This: We can change the world. Will we?

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The Call for Courage

I want you to think for a moment about what you would do if you had the power to put an end to a human trafficking ring. The answer seems obvious, right? A few weeks ago, a report was published that detailed a human tracking ring in Rotherham England. The report showed that from 1997 […]

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Yes, There Will Be an Anti-Gay Marriage Talk at General Conference.

There will be a gay marriage talk at this weekends General Conference. Of course, it will be an anti-gay marriage talk. I am not sure by who. I am not sure when said talk will be delivered. But there will be one. Back in February, I wrote about how gay marriage is for Mormons a […]

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For General Conference (#ldsconf), I will be…

…entering grades and trying to get some dissertation writing in while having General Conference in the background. I have decided against doing conference session live-threads this upcoming weekend. However, I am hoping that we will have a number of posts from Approaching Justice contributors about General Conference. Today and tomorrow, we will have a few […]

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The Happiest State Is…

The financial website Wallethub conducted a study to find out which of the 50 states (And The District of Columbia) were the most happy and which were the least happy. I was not surprised when I read that Utah was at the top of the happy list. After all, Utah is always ranked number one […]

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Your God is too Big

When I was in high school I was introduced to John Bertram Phillips’ book Your God is too Small. At the time it blew my mind because of the thesis that many of our concepts of God are limited,  both in their use to us but also in getting a hold of a God. If God is […]

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Weathering Paradigm Shifts: “Where do we begin, the rubble or our sins?”

We have all heard it said, many times, that the one constant in life is change. Despite our cultural heritage, political heritage, religious heritage, some things will change in some way, to some degree, and those changes, even those that clearly promise the most positive outcomes in the short term or long term, always negatively […]

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“If you think this is oppressive, wait until they start making you bake gay cakes.”

If you think this is oppressive, wait until they start making you bake gay cakes. pic.twitter.com/evWDtup5R3 — David Waldman (@KagroX) September 28, 2014 From the Associated Press: HONG KONG (AP) – Hong Kong police used tear gas Sunday and warned of further measures as they tried to clear thousands of pro-democracy protesters gathered at government […]

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Women At Church: A Review

To start off it probably needs to be stated for those who don’t know: I fall squarely in the camp of what is laughably considered a “radical feminist” by Mormon standards. Thus going in to this book there was no small amount of worry that I was dealing with. However, I had thoroughly reconciled myself […]

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Is ISIS Really Islamic?

As a Christian pastor I’ve made it a practice to not weigh in on the disputes that overtake other religions and social movements that I am not a part of. I think there’s a difference when seeing things from the inside versus an outsider’s comments. But I’m going against that course of action because it […]

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If You Watch One Thing on Constitution Day, It Should Be This!

What is Constitution of the United States all about? It is about how to make laws. Really, that is it. It is rules about how laws are made and who has the power to make what laws. Anyone that adds anything to that is selling you something. DO NOT BUY IT. Many of you are […]

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Is Mankind Really All That Bad?

My immediate answer to the question would be that most of us are pretty okay. To suggest that we are only either good or evil implies that the vast majority of the lived human experience is invalid. Not every man or woman who lived did great or terrible things.

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Why, Yes. I am a Liberal Mormon.

Joni Hilton over at Meridian Magazine asked this morning, “Are You a Liberal Mormon?” (NOTE: The original post by Hilton was removed. Here is the text.) Sister Hilton, it is very sweet of you to ask. Yes, I am a liberal Mormon. Some might not like the use of the term “liberal” since it largely has […]

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Is Mankind Inherently Good or Evil?

Authors note: For clarification, the use of the word evil in this post refers to the inclination of mankind to be selfish, greedy, ungreatful and entitled to what others have.  I chose the word evil, because its one of the words used in the BOM to describe our nature.     The question of whether […]

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