These episodes don’t happen very often anymore, more than a year and a half after losing Mom. But the grief is always there, gently submerged, biding its time.
While I’m always glad to see Mormons cooperating with other denominations, the unlikely alliance of Mormons, Catholics, and evangelicals against gay marriage is a sad example of the old adage, “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.”
I feel uncomfortable when Mormon teachers and leaders suggest that greater health and happiness will follow when we pay tithing. But a new sociological study says it’s at least partly true.
25 years, man! Pass the doughnuts. Then settle in for these 5 “greatest hits” Simpsons episodes that feature religion in all its hilarious diversity.
“She cries herself to sleep at night, tears soaking on her pillow.” Is this a quote from Taylor Swift, or the biblical Book of Lamentations?
Why are there contradictions in the Bible? Why does the God of the Old Testament seem so different than the God of the New? “In science, better theories with more explanatory power eventually triumph over less effective theories,” says Emergent theologian Brian McLaren. “I think we have something very similar in the Bible.”
What will it take for Americans in general (and perhaps Mormons in particular) to stop the insanity and admit that there need to be reasonable limits on the availability of guns? How many children have to die?
It’s all too easy for a religious majority to overlook the presence or needs of religious minorities. But in Mormon history, we have enough examples of being religiously oppressed that we ought to remember a bit more clearly what it feels like.
Glen Stassen (1936-2014) didn’t just teach me about the importance of Christian ethics, but about being gracious in the face of change and hard work. He will be missed.