When the Bible doesn’t make sense
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
(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’
(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
(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
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?
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?
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
(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
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
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
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
(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
(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
(RNS) — Pushing back the screen to create tangible things in the real world is more important now than ever.
The weary world rejoices
(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.