Yearly Archives: 2011

Rise (and fall) of rational Theology


When I mentioned King James Bible in an earlier post, I deliberately left out the turmoil of Continental Europe. The 17th century brought on wars that have somewhat falsely been called religious wars, but are generally the 30 years war.

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Celebrating King James Bible


Some others may have read the August Ensign, and noted the pages dedicated to celebrating 400 years of King James Bible. I was sort of inspired to put my 2 cents about the Bible in ordered bits as if someone

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Finding the historical “Truth”


It’s interesting to notice how easy it is to misunderstand/misinterpret history. Historical “facts” arise from different sources, and it is the historian’s job to sift the documentary evidence and see what kind of balance comes out in the end. And

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Crisis, Choice and Commitment


So a theme I’ve been reading about lately is the crisis of faith phenomena in Mormon circles. It seems that there are endless numbers of people who 1) have been brought up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day

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Oh, Mother!


So, I am being “inspired” to write this partially (a big part, I must confess) by an article/podcast discussion about the issue at MormonMatters.org. Not plagiarizing, but just tossing out some thoughts to consider. I encourage you to get familiar

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The Other Major Spiritual Tradition from Middle East


I am going to discuss different spiritual traditions. First of all, it is good to get the idea across, that for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints it’s an article of faith that: “…we believe that He will

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Rachel vs. Leah


I’ve been reading the Old Testament, and one of the things that have caught my eye is the rivalry between Rachel and Leah. The basic setting is, that Jacob is more fond of Rachel, but Leah is the one who

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Women in The Priesthood


Now and again I hear someone ask when women will receive the Priesthood, which I spell with a capital P to denote that I mean the Priesthood expounded in the D&C as a whole package, including all the covenants. The

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Hierarchy


What is “hierarchy”? Let me answer in the words of etymology dictionary: c.1343, from O.Fr. ierarchie,  from M.L. hierarchia  “ranked division of angels” (in the system of Dionysius the Areopagite), from Gk. hierarchia  “rule of a high priest,” from hierarches

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What Is Spiritual in Everyday Life?


Have you ever run into this question before? Perhaps not as directly put, but I’m pretty sure you have your own ideas of what is and isn’t spiritual. What actually started me off on this train of thought was that

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