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Indomitable Iconoclast: Q&A with Stanley Hauerwas

posted by Jana Riess

A personal memoir from a theologian? Now, that’s not something you see very often. And not just any theologian. This is Stanley Hauerwas, a man that Time magazine lauded as “the best theologian in America.” I’ve got no argument with […]

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July 4 Pop Quiz: How Much Do You Know about America’s Religious Roots?

posted by Jana Riess

Are you a Yankee Doodle Dandy? Take this 10-question quiz to find out! I’ll post the answers and some explanations on Saturday. (And yes, I know you’re just going to look up the answers on Google. Here at Flunking Sainthood […]

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Why the Mormon Church is True

posted by Jana Riess

People in my congregation sometimes make reference to the idea that the LDS Church is the “only true Church” on the face of the earth. Such formulations nearly always make me uncomfortable. As I’ve stated here before, I’m basically a […]

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Were David and Jonathan Gay Lovers? This Week in the Twible (1 Samuel 15-21)

posted by Jana Riess

This week’s Twible readings cover the Bible’s finest bromance: the love between David and Jonathan. The Bible doesn’t spill the exact details of how they met, but it’s clear that they’re kindred spirits from the start. Jonathan’s heart is “knit” […]

Good-Bye, Lisbeth Salander: A Review of The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

posted by Jana Riess

Apparently in Sweden, everyone who works in counter-intelligence drives a neutral-colored Volvo. Even when you’re engaged in international espionage, it’s vital to stay safe. That’s one of a number of important lessons I learned from reading The Girl Who Kicked […]

Donna Freitas Dishes on Sex, Catholic Clergy Scandals, and Her Beautiful New Novel “This Gorgeous Game”

posted by Jana Riess

Donna Freitas (FRAY-tus) has carved out a career as a religion scholar focusing on young adults’ spirituality and sexuality (Sex and the Soul, Oxford). But in her other life, she’s also a YA novelist whose first book, The Possibilities of […]

Harry Potter, Patheos, and the One Book Christians Should Read This Summer

posted by Jana Riess

There’s a thought-provoking blog discussion going on today, where lots of Theobloggers have been asked the question: Apart from the Bible, what book has most deeply affected your faith life in the past ten years?  And, is there any book […]

The Mormon Domestication of Deborah: What the LDS Gospel Doctrine Manual Did to One Kick-Butt Biblical Woman

posted by Jana Riess

Recently my ward’s Gospel Doctrine class tackled the Book of Judges, which the LDS teacher’s manual handles in one tidy lesson, #19. “Who was Deborah?” asked the teacher. “A prophetess,” piped up our bishop’s wife, who is probably the best […]

Mormons to be Exterminated by Federal Government: An Important Religion Update by the Satireday Review

posted by Jana Riess

Millions of American Mormons are about to be uprooted from their homes and families, according to reports by the Yakima Herald and the federal government. Many will be unceremoniously murdered. If all goes as planned, Mormons will soon be blotted […]

But Saul Used to Be Such a Nice Kid: This Week in the Twible (1 Samuel 9-14)

posted by Jana Riess

What the heck has happened to Saul? Remember how just a few chapters ago he was basically a nice guy, and maybe a little star-struck about suddenly becoming king? He was the guy that went out of his way to […]

Kate Gosselin Gets Religion: A New Book from “Kate Plus 8″ Star on Family and Faith

posted by Jana Riess

I blame my mother for introducing me to the Gosselin family. During one of her visits last year, TLC was running a marathon of Jon & Kate Plus 8, and Mom was glued to the screen. I watched several episodes […]

New Monasticism & The Emergent Church: FS Talks with Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

posted by Jana Riess

What would it be like to really know your neighbors, and vow never to leave them? To commit to living in your same house, in your same neighborhood, for the rest of your life? That’s what Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, author of […]

Welcome to Flunking Sainthood

posted by Jana Riess

Welcome! If you’re here, I’m assuming it’s because you enjoy discovering the lighter side in the world of religion, or because you’re interested in reviews of new books and TV shows, or because my mother told you to come and […]

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NYC Conference on Mormonism & American Politics, February 3-4
"First Mitt won Iowa, then he lost Iowa? That's a classic Romney flip-flop." --Stephen Colbert     Working with the theory that there hasn't been nearly enough attention to Mormonism and politics this year, what with it being ...

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Writing Retreat
Friends, I will be offline until January 23 for a writing retreat. I'm bringing my computer, ...

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Fun with the Book of Lamentations
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posted 11:33:13am Jan. 13, 2012 | read full post »

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