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Religion, Race And Double Standards

October 29, 2012

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The arguments against the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with respect to its 1849-1978 policy of restricting priesthood ordinations from its black members are not new.  We’ve discussed them before.  Thus, the arguments that Andrew Sullivan makes in his October 23rd article in The Daily Beast are nothing extraordinary.  However, Mr. Sullivan’s biggest […]

Teach Them Correct Principles

October 11, 2012

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There is a well-known quote from Joseph Smith who was asked about his leadership style of the Latter-day Saints.  He responded, “I teach them correct principles and they govern themselves.”  This culture of self-governance is quite strong among Latter-day Saints.  That culture goes hand-in-hand with scripture, too, as it states: “It is not meet that […]

When Bill Clinton would be a Mormon

October 9, 2012

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Across the pond an article written by “Daily Mail Reporter” on Daily Mail Online reveals that Bill Clinton once seriously considered joining the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints many years ago. The article explains Mr. Clinton’s decision for not joining… He explained how he learnt about the different degrees of heaven as was […]

Again, Mormons are Christian

September 20, 2012

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We’ve discussed this before, and no doubt we’ll need to discuss it again, but last month on “The Bible and Culture” Ben Witherington writes on “Why Mormonism is not Christianity– the Issue of Christology“.  Mr. Witherington’s points are that: Mormons are not Christian because they believe that God the Father, God the Son, and the […]

“I Believe”

September 1, 2012

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You may have heard about a popular Broadway musical currently showing called “The Book of Mormon”.  In this musical there is a catchy tune called “I Believe” sung in which “Elder Price” expresses his crisis of faith and finds reaffirmation of it.  The song contains many statements of belief which claim to be true expressions […]

Famous posthoumous Mormon baptisms

August 22, 2012

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In The Detroit News Libby Spencer expresses some concern over LDS baptisms for the dead. “I find it very odd that the Mormon Church baptizes people without their permission, after they’re dead.” We can recognize why others may find baptisms for the dead to be odd.  However, a brief review of the doctrines behind the […]

Use of Fast Offerings

July 18, 2012

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David Mason writes in the Washington Post… “Everyone in the United States has some sense of the mythic collectivism embedded in Mormon culture. Mormons, go the legends, can travel, willy-nilly, throughout the country and find their needs met everywhere. Mormons need only ask their local bishops to get money to pay mortgages and car loans, […]