Tag: religion

Response to “What’s Wrong with the LDS Church” – Why Those Who Believe(d) Speak Out

In her post “What’s Wrong with the LDS Church” Fat N’ Fitness blogger Kyli Summerhays has some things to say about misconceptions surrounding The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. While I believe the post is well-intentioned and well thought out, it had its own misconceptions about why people leave or speak out against the church. […]

Family vs. the world (How buzzwords can kill thoughtfulness)

Words are incredibly powerful. Even small nuances and phrases can unconsciously influence the way someone acts or thinks. One of the recent refrains heard by religious establishments these days is some form or another of “Families are being threatened by the world.” Us vs. Them Without even realizing it, by using the phrase “the world” one sets themselves […]

Elder Ronald Poelman: LDS Church is a guide to enlightenment, not the end goal

With the LDS Church’s General Conference this weekend, I wanted to take a minute to discuss one of the most illuminating General Conference talks I have ever had the pleasure of hearing. Spoken by Elder Ronald E. Poelman of the First Quorum of the Seventy, it covers the difference between the Gospel and the LDS Church, […]

Live and let live: Religion, atheism, and being caught in-between

Religion has been a part of human life in some form or another for at least 4,000 years. It has provided support for communities, given people a common cause to group around, and been a source of charity and service. Yet, for those who do not belong to a religion or believe in a God, […]

The Religion Test: Homosexuality vs. environmentalism and charity

There is a lot of talk these days about how homosexuality, transsexuality, gender roles, and the like are leading us on a road to ruin. Apocalyptic predictions are full of omens of increasing disasters — earthquakes, hurricanes, floods and famine. And I can absolutely see all of that happening. But not for the reasons you may think. […]

Neil deGrasse Tyson, America’s golden age, and science’s place in religion

I recently got the chance to attend a lecture presented by Neil deGrasse Tyson — a rock star in the science world and well known even among those without an inclination toward science. The lecture dug into some of the most depressing traits of humanity, but also some of the most empowering and uplifting. Humanity’s […]

Why I won’t be picketing Fred Phelps funeral

Fred Phelps, the founder of the Westboro Baptist Church, is dead. Almost the first question out of people’s mouths has been “I wonder if people will picket his funeral.” And understandably so. The Westboro Baptist Church has become infamous for picketing the funerals of soldiers and victims of disasters, among others. Adding fuel to an already […]

Why You Should Never “Doubt Your Doubts”

“Doubt your doubts” has become a popular refrain – but the statement and its underlying message are dangerously problematic. To put it simply: Doubts are natural, and even healthy – but if left unaddressed or added to, they can become very unhealthy. While there can be a certain amount of healthiness in letting small doubts […]

What D&C 134 Says About Religion In Government

In Utah, the line between Church and State is blurry at best. But did you know that the Doctrine & Covenants actually advocates for and outlines a secular government? D&C 134 makes the case for freedom of (and freedom from) religion. Let’s look through what it says. Of great importance is the use of “conscience” […]

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