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Finding heretics in strange places

posted by Dave Banack

A very interesting post at Mormon Matters, reviewing a 1989 book titled “Will the Real Heretics Please Stand Up?” The book was written by an attorney who grew up a Jehovah’s Witness, then became an Evangelical Christian. That lasted until […]

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Tribalism and religions

posted by Dave Banack

Between being out of town and the Fourth, it’s been a slow couple of weeks here. Let’s get July started with an Orson Scott Card column at the Mormon Times, “Mormon ‘Tribe’ Feels Like Home.” OSC reflects on the fact […]

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A prof without honour in his own country

posted by Dave Banack

And that prof is … Bart Ehrman, professor of religious studes at UNC-Chapel Hill. He’s in the news in connection with the publication of his most recent book, Jesus, Interrupted. As reported at CNN, Prof. Ehrman’s family won’t talk to […]

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This just in: God has returned.

posted by Dave Banack

To public life. Don’t let American headlines fool you — the global tide of faith is still coming in, according to the recently published God is Back: How the Global Revival of Faith is Changing the World. The Religious Studies […]

Memories and visions of the departed

posted by Dave Banack

This seems like a good post to highlight on Memorial Day: “I See Dead People,” at Faithful Dissident. It is a straight-up piece by an author who holds some doubts about the LDS religion but no doubts about the afterlife, […]

Losing your religion

posted by Dave Banack

Lots of stories on the latest Pew Forum survey, “Faith in Flux: Changes in Religious Affiliation in the U.S.” Here is the first paragraph from the summary prepared by Pew: Americans change religious affiliation early and often. In total, about […]

Evangelicals in retreat

posted by Dave Banack

That’s a softer title than the author used in a Christian Science Monitor opinion piece: “The Coming Evangelical Collapse.” I’m not sure how seriously to take the argument: the author is a popular blogger but not a scholar. There’s no […]

Slowly becoming less Christian

posted by Dave Banack

But “Mormons have increased in numbers enough to hold their own proportionally, at 1.4 percent of the population.” That’s the verdict of the latest American Religious Identification Survey, which found that “86% of American adults identified as Christians in 1990 […]

Radical Evangelicals?

posted by Dave Banack

While cleaning out the highlighted posts in my overstuffed Google Reader, I came across “Two Streams of Evangelicalism in the 21st Century” at The Scriptorium. It reviews the emergence of a post-conservative brand of Evangelicalism that tries to find a […]

Anti-Mormon sentiment?

posted by Dave Banack

At the Lynn v. Sekulow blog, “Anti-Mormon Sentiment At Focus on the Family?” The Rev. Barry Lynn takes the Focus on the Family site to task for marginalizing a posted interview with Glenn Beck once its readers realized that Beck […]

Give a little bit

posted by Dave Banack

From Mild-Mannered Musings, “Mormons Give More,” summarizing a Christianity Today article that reports on the findings of three sociologists regarding charitable giving by denomination. The top three groups were Mormons, Pentecostals, and “other Protestants,” a category which appears to include […]

Does not play well with others

posted by Dave Banack

At the Salt Lake Tribune, “Focus pulls interview over Beck’s Mormon faith.” What a fine exhibition of the Christmas spirit of togetherness, tolerance, and good will. What was pulled was an interview with Beck about his recent book, The Christmas […]

Christianity and equality

posted by Dave Banack

I recently ran across this transcript of remarks by Dinesh D’Souza, author of a variety of books, most recently What’s So Great About Christianity. While the New Atheists have become the darlings of the media, you have to dig around […]

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A statistical portrait of Mormons
The Pew Forum recently issued a detailed summary of survey information about Mormons gathered as part of a much larger survey of religious life in the United States. It is a very readable summary, noting that Mormons comprise 1.7% of adults in ...

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July 24th: Pioneer Day in Utah
July 24th is a state holiday in Utah, designated Pioneer Day. It commemorates the entry of the first wagon train of Mormons into the Salt Lake Valley in the summer of 1847. They came down Emigration Canyon, somewhat north of the present I-80 ...

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Finding heretics in strange places
A very interesting post at Mormon Matters, reviewing a 1989 book titled "Will the Real Heretics Please Stand Up?" The book was written by an attorney who grew up a Jehovah's Witness, then became an Evangelical Christian. That lasted until he ...

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