Category: Mormon Thought

Greenwashing In Zion

By Mark Thomas   Mark Thomas earned an MBA from Northwestern University, and works professionally in public finance. He is the author of Digging in Cummorah: Reclaiming Book of Mormon Narratives.       For the first time in history, a conviction has developed among those who can actually think a decade ahead that we …

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Own Your Religion

By Gregory A. Prince   Gregory A. Prince is the author of Leonard Arrington and the Writing of Mormon History (University of Utah, 2016), David O. McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism (University of Utah, 2005), and Power from on High: The Development of the Mormon Priesthood (Signature, 1995).     For two years, …

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Creating in the Borderlands

By Stephen Carter   Eight years ago, while working on my third issue of Sunstone, I edited an article by John-Charles Duffy titled, “Mapping Mormon Historicity Debates—Part II: Perspectives from the Sociology of Knowledge.”1 Not the most exciting of titles, but the article itself upended my worldview and sent me on an eight-year journey that …

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Religion and the Whole Brain

By Russell Osmond It seems you can’t open a magazine or log on to your Facebook account without stumbling across yet another article about the flight from religion—those of the Millennial generation flying the fastest. Many theories have been advanced about why religion seems to be losing its relevance and allure. I have a theory …

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Rachel, Not Comforted

By Dana Haight Cattani “But on the whole his life ran its course as he believed life should do: easily, pleasantly, and decorously.” —The Death of Ivan Ilych, Leo Tolstoy1   From beneath her fashionable blonde wig, Darla introduced herself to my gynecologic cancer support group. A first-timer, she listed a few descriptors—grandmother, business owner, widow …

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Questing and Questioning

By Philip L. Barlow   I have before me a series of letters a private elementary school teacher reportedly assigned her students to address to God. The letters pose questions. They are often “cute”—after the order of Art Linkletter or Bill Cosby interviewing children on an old-fashioned television program. Here is one by a girl …

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Fallen Bodies, Eternal Genders

By Ted Lee   Recently, my elders quorum had a lesson on “The Family: A Proclamation to the World.” Most Mormons are intimately familiar with it: a document released by the First Presidency and the Council of the Twelve Apostles outlining a fairly direct summary of current lds beliefs regarding the nuclear family. First released …

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Productivity and the Mormon Busyness Ethic

By Roger Terry     Or right-click here to download the audio file: Productivity and the Mormon Busyness Ethic     Work is an important aspect of what it means to be Mormon. When we talk about the early Saints, we talk about how they wore out their lives helping to build the Kingdom. For …

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Blood and Horror on this Earth

By Gina Colvin   (An earlier version of this article was posted 9 September 2013 at Patheos.) THOUSANDS UPON THOUSANDS of Mormons all over the world attend temple services on a daily basis, all of them watching a metaphorical reenactment of the creation story. Included in this drama is an exchange between God and Satan. …

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Mormonism and an Aesthetic Sense of Life

By Robert C. Hunsaker   HOW TO LIVE—and live well—is a perennial problem. Our personal style of living—our sense of life—corresponds directly to general life satisfaction, or the lack thereof. As Carlisle Hunsaker puts it:   A sense of life is either one of our most precious possessions, or the source of our private hell. …

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