Category Archives: Books

Arrington: Four Practices I Would Like to See the LDS Church Cease

By Peggy Fletcher Stack [1] The late Mormon historian Leonard Arrington not only documented the faith’s past, he also yearned to shape its future. Gregory A. Prince’s new biography, Leonard Arrington and the Writing of Mormon History, reveals a 1990s … Continue reading

Posted in Books, mormonism, Organizational Dynamics, Personalities | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Mormons and Scripture Literalism

By Farside [1] [Many Mormons are] reading the scriptures as if they were written by 21st Century Americans who were schooled in historiography and who placed a premium on getting their facts straight.  They were not and they did not. … Continue reading

Posted in bible, mormonism, Religion, transhumanism | Tagged , | Leave a comment

LDS Church Needs a “Liberation Theology”

In 2009, the LDS Church added a fourth emphasis to its mission statement.  It added “to care for the poor and needy” to its threefold mission which was previously only to: teach the gospel to the world, strengthen the membership … Continue reading

Posted in Books, existentialism, mormonism, Religion, Social Justice | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

Mormons Teaching Literacy in Sub-Saharan Africa

by President Norman C. Hill, Ghana Accra West Mission (Ensign, Oct 2015) In sub-Saharan Africa, many people do not know how to read and write.  Illiteracy is so widespread that an old African proverb says, “If you want to hide something, … Continue reading

Posted in Africa, Books, feminism, mormonism, Social Justice | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Lessons from the Book of Job

By Michael Austin (from his book Re-reading Job:  Understanding the Ancient World’s Greatest Poem) At its core, the OT Book of Job teaches us how to live.  As we peel back its layers, we find solid advice about things that matter in … Continue reading

Posted in bible, Books, Religion, Social Justice | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Suggested Actions for Members Struggling with the Recent LDS Letter on Same-sex Marriage

LDS Church leaders recently had an official letter read to the teen and adult membership reiterating the Church’s stand that marriage is an institution for one man and one woman (against Mormon gay marriages).  For those struggling with the Church’s … Continue reading

Posted in bible, catholicism, mormonism, Religion, Science, Social Justice | Tagged , , | 28 Comments

The Strange Life of Neurophysiologist (and Dolphin Researcher) John Lilly

By Joshua Foer (NG, May 2015) There are people who go on spiritual retreats to commune with dolphins, women who choose to give birth in the presence of dolphins, and centers that claim to use the powers of dolphin energy … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Environment, other animals, Personalities, Science | Tagged | Leave a comment