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Flunking Sainthood

When the Bible doesn’t make sense

By Jana Riess — February 12, 2021

Kristin Swenson wants to give readers space to understand that the Bible is weird, and a box full of tools to deal with that weirdness.

Mormons, submit your COVID-19 stories

By Jana Riess — February 9, 2021

(RNS) — Members of various Mormon traditions are being asked to upload their stories, photos and social media posts about what life was like during COVID-19.

Mormonism and the ‘one true church’

By Jana Riess — February 4, 2021

(RNS) — Author Patrick Mason says Latter-day Saints’ focus on being the ‘one true church’ may be missing the larger purpose of the restoration.

Mormon leaders and the erosion of traditional power

By Jana Riess — January 29, 2021

(RNS) — What’s at stake when conservative Latter-day Saints begin to see following the prophet as a matter of individual conscience on an issue-by-issue basis?

A real Mormon’s guide to the temple

By Jana Riess — January 27, 2021

Card takes a sensible and open approach to those elements of the temple experience Latter-day Saints are permitted to discuss—which, as she points out, is actually most of it.

Top Mormon leaders get Covid vaccine and urge church members to do the same. Will they?

By Jana Riess — January 20, 2021

Some members are not happy that the LDS Church is taking a very public stand in favor of Covid-19 vaccinations.

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.

At the Capitol, we saw the best and the worst of US Mormonism

By Jana Riess — January 8, 2021

(RNS) — The domestic terrorist who dangled from the Senate balcony and occupied Mike Pence’s seat is a returned missionary of the LDS Church, to our shame. But Mitt Romney, also a Mormon, showed some of the best qualities our religion is capable of.

Brian McLaren says there’s a good reason your beliefs stopped working

By Jana Riess — January 5, 2021

People who doubt their faith often get the “you are not wanted here” message from their religion, says author Brian McLaren. After the anger and loss, is there room for them to build a different kind of faith?

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.

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