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September 2010 Archives

How Much Can We Know About God?: Blog Tour Review of Ken Howard’s New Book “Paradoxy”

posted by Jana Riess

Earlier this week on Flunking Sainthood, a fellow Mormon was offended by an offhand remark I had made about some General Authorities not appearing to read widely. I was not surprised by someone taking offense, which is a regular occurrence […]

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Wiping Out Hunger in Our Generation: A Q&A with Bread for the World’s David Beckmann

posted by Jana Riess

Do you feel as overwhelmed as I do by statistics on world hunger? When I read about more than a billion people in dire poverty, it’s hard to muster any optimism that things will change. Children are starving. People are […]

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How to Get Catholic Teens to Read the Bible, Step One: Make It Worth Reading

posted by Jana Riess

I’ve blogged before on the new sociological research about teen spirituality, the main crux of it being that many Protestant and Catholic teens have very little idea what they believe. According to research by Kenda Creasy Dean and Christian Smith, […]

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On Elder Marlin Jensen, Proposition 8 Apologies, and the Future of Mormonism

posted by Jana Riess

The Bloggernacle has been buzzing for several days with reports of an uplifting and wonderful pre-stake conference church meeting last Sunday, September 19, in the Oakland, California stake. Carol Lynn Pearson has blogged here at Flunking Sainthood before about some […]

The Fly-Over Bible: This Week in the Twible, 1 Chronicles

posted by Jana Riess

OK, I admit it. I’ve never actually read the Books of Chronicles before. I went to divinity school, and I’ve been a Christian since I was 14, but 1 and 2 Chronicles were among the many books of the Bible […]

Before You Attend Jon Stewart’s Rally, Read This from James Calvin Davis

posted by Jana Riess

If you’re like me, you’re cheering about the national rally that Jon Stewart is planning for October 30 in Washington, D.C. With all the fearmongering and hatred being spouted these days, we need Stewart’s “Rally to Restore Sanity” (as well […]

The Best Value Hotels, Rental Cars & Dream Destinations from the Budget Travel Readers’ Choice Awards

posted by Jana Riess

Have you noticed that as the magazine industry heads into freefall, it’s turning more and more to reader-generated content? In 2008, This Old House had an issue filled with reader tips and renovations, and Budget Travel did an issue where […]

Why Mormons Should Embrace Evolution: BYU Biology Professor Steven Peck

posted by Jana Riess

Recently a young mother complained to me that a non-Mormon family member had given her children the They Might Be Giants album Here Comes Science, which contains a song about evolution called “My Brother the Ape” (check out the great […]

Female Prophets in the OT: This Week in the Twible, 2 Kings 19 to 24

posted by Jana Riess

“But there were female prophets in Old Testament times,” I insisted. I was in the middle of an uncomfortable conversation with a fellow Mormon who had just made the claim that all prophets had always been men. “Well, no, not […]

Secrets, Lies, & Porn in the Church: A Q&A with “Permission to Speak Freely” Author Anne Jackson

posted by Jana Riess

Christian women might be addicted to porn? Pastors can be sexual predators? Evangelical teens are cutting themselves? Such are the revelations in Anne Jackson’s newest book, Permission to Speak Freely: Essays and Art on Fear, Confession, and Grace. It’s a […]

The First Church of “Glee”: Why I Am a Convert

posted by Jana Riess

I never intended to become addicted to another television show. For starters, I don’t have the time. But a  compelling secondary reason is that too many of the shows I have allowed myself to fall in love with in recent […]

Guest Blogger Stephen Carter on Writing, Repentance, and Choosing to Stay in the Mormon Church

posted by Jana Riess

Stephen Carter lives in rural Wyoming where he edits Sunstone magazine and acts as primary caretaker for the world’s most beautiful baby girl. This excerpt is taken from Carter’s new book What of the Night?, published here by permission of […]

Why “Jews Have No Dealings with Samaritans”: This Week in the Twible, 2 Kings 12 to 18

posted by Jana Riess

Last week we explored the big picture of the decline and fall of Israel (the northern kingdom) and Judah (the southern kingdom). Remember that the north fell to Assyra first, in 722 B.C., and that the south managed to hold […]

From Self-Publishing to Random House: “Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid” Finds a Following

posted by Jana Riess

Last month, Random House’s Three Rivers imprint released Shut Up about Your Perfect Kid: A Survival Guide for Ordinary Parents of Special Kids by Patricia (Patty) Konjoian, whose daughter has bipolar disorder, and her sister Gina Gallagher, whose daughter has […]

Islamophobia After 9/11: Enough, Already!

posted by Jana Riess

You know how on Facebook, you sometimes overhear other people’s conversations that you wish you hadn’t? Well, this one came up on my Facebook news feed because one of my friends (the last and only sane individual in this conversation) […]

Guest Blogger Matt Bowman on the Metaphysics of Mormon Sacrament Meetings

posted by Jana Riess

The Metaphysics of Mormon Sacrament Meetings, by Matt Bowman The heart of the Great Tait-Riess Worship Smackdown of 2010 seems to me a dispute about how precisely we should understand worship and what worship is supposed to accomplish. Beyond any […]

The “Big Picture” of the Old Testament: This Week in the Twible (2 Kings 5-11)

posted by Jana Riess

Recently at my church, the regular adult Sunday School teacher was on vacation and the assigned substitute was ill. I offered to substitute and was handed a lesson plan just before I walked in to class. Obviously, there wasn’t a […]

Who Was Julian of Norwich? A Q&A with Author Amy Frykholm

posted by Jana Riess

The only thing I knew about Julian of Norwich before reading Amy Frykholm’s excellent new “contemplative biography” of her was that she was the saint who said “All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of […]

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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 in the news every single day and all, Randy Balmer and I

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Writing Retreat
Friends, I will be offline until January 23 for a writing retreat. I'm bringing my computer, but the place where I am going doesn't have email access

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Fun with the Book of Lamentations
Actually, no. That title was just a teaser. There really aren't any fun moments in the Book of

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