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Is There a Place for Those Who Question Authority in the LDS Church?

On the evening of October 5th, 2013, approximately 150 Mormon women belonging to the Latter-day Saint (LDS) feminist organization, Ordain Women, gathered at City Creek Park in downtown Salt Lake City and walked across the street to the LDS Tabernacle on Temple Square, where the men’s Priesthood Session of the semiannual LDS General Conference was about to begin. 1,019 more words

My Post on Exceptionalism in Christian History Curricula at Religion in American History

Paul Putz graciously invited me to contribute to the Religion in American History blog a few weeks ago, and my post just went live. I wrote on religious exceptionalism in various Christian history curricula used by many Christian school and Christian homeschoolers. 116 more words


Enhancing human behavior 2014

The following is a very rough excerpt of my thoughts during a recent business trip.

Yesterday as I caught the tram through the busy streets of Melbourne, I was intrigued by the many churches on street corners. 389 more words


John 8:32 on campus

I was in my office on campus today (yes, on a Saturday), grading papers. At one point I looked out my window at an arch that cuts through my building. 409 more words

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A Little Political Theology Courtesy of Benjamin Franklin

From his “Petition of the Pennsylvania Society for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery,” presented in the House of Representatives on February 12, 1790:

The memorial respectfully showeth, 179 more words


Power and Religion

‘…no one has ever succeeded in understanding whether he was bound to obey the ruler or the priest.’ Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The Social Contract.

The role played by religion in society has been absolutely crucial in world history. 722 more words