Some Mormons Search the Web and Find Doubt
"The church is grappling with a wave of disillusionment among members who encountered information that sabotages what they were taught about their faith."
The Case of the Mormon Historian
: What happened when Michael Quinn challenged the history of the church he loved.
The most recent issue of Businessweek contains an article about How The Mormon Church Makes Its Billions
. There has been a backlash
, mostly over the cover
"Confessions of an Ex-Mormon:
A personal history of America’s most misunderstood religion." by Walter Kirn
, author of Up in the Air
and Lost in the Meritocracy
Religion and Presidential Elections:
(video from the C-SPAN Video Library) On March 13, 2012, panelists at Boston College discussed Mormonism and the role of religion in the context of the 2012 Republican primaries and American politics generally. The video is about an hour long.
Kristine Haglund comments
about the discussion on By Common Consent.
Baptizing Dead Quakers.
One woman's perspective on a family struggle over genealogy, proxy baptism
, and discerning the best interests of those long gone.
The Truth About Race, Religion, And The Honor Code At BYU.
Deadspin has released an exposé on Brigham Young University's Honor Code
, which prohibits students from having sex or drinking alcohol. The article accuses the University of selectively punishing minority (and especially African American) athletes who violate the Code. Co-authored by Darron Smith,
a former BYU instructor. Responses from former BYU students at Religion Dispatches
, the Deseret News
and the Provo Daily Herald
. (Previously) [more inside]
"This may truly be the most important new painting of the twenty first century."
The McNaughton Fine Art Company
presents "One Nation Under God" [cache]
, an... interesting
take on American history in a nifty zoom interface. Artist John McNaughton
, who calls himself "the only living artist in the world today"
to practice the Barbizon School
of French Impressionism, has an extensive body of less opinionated work
for you to admire. Interview
. Character list
Marine Refuses to Use Guns ...
Marine Cpl. Joel D. Klimkewicz converted to the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter Day saints while in the Marines, and now believes that killing is against Jesus' teachings. As such, he refused to train with a gun though he says he would be willing to clear mines and work the front lines. The result is that the military has jailed him for his religious beliefs, convicting him of disobeying a direct order. Anyone think that Bill O'Reilly is going to say the military is trying to destroy Christianity?
Interactive Church Music Player
The LDS Church has created a cool new tool for exploring its hymnbooks: a Flash application that not only shows the sheet music, but allows transposition, tempo changes, part selection, and all kinds of other nifty things.
What is old is new again, unfortunately. Wholesome Wear
(boy that name just makes you cringe eh?) makes modern, and even less revealing, duplicates of what your Grandma
or Great Grandma
used to swim in - for the thoroughly modern Mormon (or other religious zealot wackos who cant accept girls have knees).
God hates females in swimsuits
, I guess.
Another unified theory!
And this time it's not just about physics, but the eternity domain, diallel lines, sunspots, egg resonance, planetary alignment, plant dehydration and the Book of Mormon too.