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Flunking Sainthood

Will the LDS Church condemn the right wing’s Capitol violence?

By Jana Riess — January 15, 2021

The problem is that if/when the Church issues a statement condemning the violence and reminding members of President Oaks’s wise counsel about accepting the results of elections, it will do little than reinforce people’s existing ideas.

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Hollywood loves the Mormon afterlife

By Jana Riess — December 31, 2020

Stories like ‘Soul,’ ‘Coco’ and ‘The Good Place’ depict core Mormon ideas that are alive in the popular imagination about the afterlife—and the “before life.”

Why I stopped tithing to the LDS Church

By Jana Riess — December 23, 2020

At tithing settlement this year, I declared myself a full tithe-payer and explained why none of that money has gone to the LDS Church.

Gen Z is lukewarm about religion, but open to relationships, study shows

By Jana Riess — December 21, 2020

(RNS) — Religious affiliation among Gen Z Americans continues its steady decline, but affiliation isn’t everything.

‘Lo, a virgin shall conceive’ … or not, depending on the translation

By Jana Riess — December 17, 2020

(RNS) — Had Isaiah wanted to say ‘virgin’ or predict a miraculous birth, he would have used different Hebrew words, say biblical scholars Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Zvi Brettler.

Doomscrolling much? It’s probably bad for your soul

By Jana Riess — December 16, 2020

(RNS) — Pushing back the screen to create tangible things in the real world is more important now than ever.

The weary world rejoices

By Jana Riess — December 14, 2020

(RNS) — As we wait for Christmas and for a vaccine, I’m reminded that the most beautiful birth in history happened in a place literally mired in crap.

Mormon apostle calls masks “a sign of Christlike love.” Some church members are pushing back

By Jana Riess — December 8, 2020

(RNS) — “Covid-19 is serious,” said a Mormon apostle. The backlash from anti-maskers isn’t pretty.

I am appalled by America

By Jana Riess — December 4, 2020

(RNS) — Our Covid death toll is like having 9/11 repeated on a loop every single day, except this time we don’t need foreign terrorists to murder Americans. We’re doing a damned efficient job at that ourselves. What has happened to our country?

How do Mormons deal with conflict and faith crises? Avoidance doesn’t work, expert says

By Jana Riess — November 25, 2020

Step One, says Chad Ford, is to let go of the fear of conflict, and recognize that conflict itself is not sinful. But for Mormons steeped in both niceness and hierarchical leadership structures, that may be hard to achieve.

Thanksgiving has always been about grief. Pass the mashed potatoes.

By Jana Riess — November 24, 2020

(RNS) — Marking both grief and gratitude isn’t antithetical to the Thanksgiving holiday; in fact, it’s baked into its very history.  

Mormon prophet says to ‘flood social media’ with gratitude this Thanksgiving week

By Jana Riess — November 20, 2020

(RNS) — “Counting our blessings is far better than recounting our problems,” LDS President Nelson said.

Mormon apostle’s comments on racism fall short

By Jana Riess — November 19, 2020

Dallin Oaks recently said that “of course” Black Lives Matter. But Adam Harris and Carlene Fraser-Harris take issue with his underlying message.

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