Christians: All One, Like It or Not

One of my favorite scriptural phrases comes from Philippians 2:12, where Paul counsels the saints to “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” For me, Paul’s counsel provides one of the most fundamental reasons not to judge others: we have our own problems to worry about. In my previous post, I referenced a […]

Science and God: They are the Same (sort of)

A recent post on the NPR subsidiary blog 13.7 Cosmos & Culture asks a complicated question about how or why one chooses religion over science or views the two as not mutually exclusive. Marcelo Gleiser’s “The Need To Believe: Where Does It Come From?” never really provides an answer, though it offers considerations from both […]

LDS News Conference on Religious Freedom and Nondiscrimination

Transcript from the LDS Newsroom: Welcome and introductions by Elder D. Todd Christofferson Good morning and thank you for coming. I am Elder D. Todd Christofferson, and I’m here to introduce this news conference in my capacity as one of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Sister Neill Marriott, […]

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 […]

Where Do the Tyler Glenns Go?

I am an emotional person. In fact, I sometimes allow my emotions to control me, and that often leads me in the wrong direction, leaving me with regrets great and small. One emotion I keep to myself in most company (close family the only exceptions) is sadness. While I cry, and I have cried often, […]

Why Do You Care How Often I Attend Church?

  In a world of increasing religious tension, it appears that most people are not as devout as they claim to be, according to the results of a poll recently published by the Public Religion Research Institute. Essentially, they polled two similar representative samples, one group online and one group over the phone. The results […]

In Defense of Accommodationism

The term accomodationism is usually applied to the view that there is no necessary conflict between evolution and religion. Now the term is usually employed by those who are in opposition to this view, primarily secular authors who believe that evolution undermines religion, theism in particular, and that’s a good thing. Usually accompanying the latter […]