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The meanings of Zion

posted by Dave Banack

This is the third post on Richard L. Bushman’s Mormonism: A Very Short Introduction (OUP, 2008). [See Part 1 and Part 2.] In Chapter Three, Bushman reviews the several meanings of the term “Zion” in LDS doctrine and thinking.

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A statistical portrait of Mormons

posted by Dave Banack

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 […]

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Boy Wizard rattles Christian cages

posted by Dave Banack

Some, not all. Harry Potter is back in theaters this week, to the consternation of some conservative Christians. See the lengthy Wikipedia discussion under “Religious debates over the Harry Potter series” for a gentle summary. The Catholic position has changed […]

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About Mormon missions

posted by Dave Banack

At Mormon Matters, a post reflecting on the positive and negative aspects of serving a two-year LDS proselyting mission. Young men who follow the standards of the LDS Church are very strongly encouraged to serve. Young women are, at present, […]

Is Mormonism a world religion?

posted by Dave Banack

That question has been getting more consideration recently, with the general consensus being, “No, at least not yet.” By Common Consent is posting an academic piece by scholar Walter E. A. van Beek that helps understand the question. He uses […]

The puzzling Mormon gender gap

posted by Dave Banack

From a Washington Times article “Marriage as a Mormon value” According to [the] Pew [Forum], Mormons have one of the most lopsided gender ratios of any religion: 44 percent men and 56 percent women. You can’t argue with the gender […]

Affirmation, fellowship, and transcendence

posted by Dave Banack

Last week I posted on the latest Pew Forum survey, arguing that the prevalent media summary of the survey — that many people are drifting from faith to unbelief — was misreading the data. Today there’s an op-ed piece in […]

What’s wrong with Deseret Book

posted by Dave Banack

At the Salt Lake Tribune: “Deseret Book demotes Twilight.” “Demote” means that neither Twilight nor the other volumes in the megaselling series by LDS author Stephanie Meyer are now available at Deseret Book stores or even at their online site. […]

Tough choices for Mormon athletes

posted by Dave Banack

At SI.com, “When choosing where to play, Mormon recruits face unique issues,” discussing the challenges faced by a couple of high-profile LDS athletes as they consider which four-year sports program to enroll in. [Yes, I realize there is a four-year […]

Religion as a learning community

posted by Dave Banack

From David Ford’s Theology: A Very Short Introduction: Religions are learning communities which benefit from interactions with other learning communities, and they also need to cultivate their own educational institutions. There have been devastating consequences when religious communities have had […]

Romney wins something

posted by Dave Banack

He didn’t get the GOP nomination and he didn’t get the VP slot, but Mitt Romney was named Mormon of the Year over at Times & Seasons. The Salt Lake Tribune ran a story on it, too. An argument could […]

Doctrine and politics

posted by Dave Banack

Here’s a short quote from Richard Rorty’s essay “Truth without Correspondence to Reality” for those who feel there is a tight link between politics and doctrine. Rorty uses the term “philosophy,” but I think the same argument holds true for […]

Mormon community

posted by Dave Banack

I’m off visiting family for a few days, which brings with it the pleasure of browsing someone else’s bookshelf. I came across Reflections on Mormonism: Judaeo-Christian Parallels (1978), one of the early volumes in the excellent monograph series from BYU’s […]

What kind of Mormon are you?

posted by Dave Banack

At The Lamanite, “Internet Mormons, Chapel Mormons, and Unity Amongst the Saints.” If you’re not familiar with the labels, the post is worth a read. You might also be interested in the classic 1967 essay by Richard D. Poll “What […]

Managing by the numbers

posted by Dave Banack

A post at Mormanity raises the question of the role of statistics in managing the LDS Church. Statistics are ubiquitous in congregations, stakes, and the Church as a whole. I understand why local and senior LDS leaders rely on statistics, […]

LDS-based high school?

posted by Dave Banack

At the Daily Herald: “Business booming at Utah’s only LDS-based private high school.” I’m not familiar with this school so I won’t add much commentary. The LDS Church pretty much stays out of the school debate. It uses its financial […]

Is there a Mormon image problem?

posted by Dave Banack

Gary Lawrence thinks so, as related in an SL Trib piece. He’s the author of a new book, How Americans View Mormonism: Seven Steps to Improve Our Image. Lawrence, a pollster, sampled a thousand people. Here’s the bad news: Forty-three percent […]

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The meanings of Zion
This is the third post on Richard L. Bushman's Mormonism: A Very Short Introduction (OUP, 2008). [See Part 1 and Part 2.] In Chapter Three, Bushman reviews the several meanings of the term "Zion" in LDS doctrine and thinking. The Mormon ...

posted 11:00:37pm Jul. 29, 2009 | read full post »

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 ...

posted 12:33:08pm Jul. 29, 2009 | read full post »

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 ...

posted 5:38:50pm Jul. 23, 2009 | read full post »

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 ...

posted 6:27:09pm Jul. 22, 2009 | read full post »

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