Religious economy with its focus on the dynamics of competition gives insight into the larger Latin American trends confirmed by the new Pew survey.
In my personal anecdotal experience, most of my Mormon friends and family members are, at best, only peripherally aware that these historical essays even exist and very few have actually taken the time to read them or reflect on their implications.
It's time to break the cycle of violence, which is often codified in church doctrines, even here, even now. And part of breaking that cycle of violence, particularly this week, is to accept the challenge to eliminate violence against women from our speech.
Suddenly, in the particular case of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), out of a clear (well, "partly cloudy") sky, these Mormons obliged us, with one action of their leaders hitting front page and top on-line status.
Mia Love and others like her are seemingly out of touch with the political realities of African Americans and what remains at stake for them. Viewing herself and others through the prism of individualism, she strays from the political stances that would benefit the black community as a whole.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints held a special service delivering a message of love, inclusiveness, and welcome to any Mormon who has felt harmed by or pushed out of the faith -- especially LGBT Mormons and their families.
I'm no Doogie Howser, but isn't this medically certifiable in the real world? If the guy at the corner bar, or at the table next to you, says such nuttiness, don't you move away? I know I do. Weirdo's bother me. Call me old-fashioned. This is Fox News, 2014, stirring the pot. It's what they do.
Meet the Mormons is an 80-minute infomercial produced by The Church of Jesus Christ of LDS, highlighting a diverse cross-section of church members. It's well-made, but it feels more like a video Pfizer, Goldman Sachs or Exxon would put out about how great their corporation is than an actual documentary.
As someone raised in a Christian country, I learned that there was a historical Jesus. Now historical analysis finds no clear evidence that Jesus existed. If not, Christianity was fabricated, just like Mormonism and other religions. Why do people choose to believe religious fictions?
Mormon missionaries pay their own way (about $400 a month); get up at 6:30 every morning and go to bed at 10:30 every night; are allowed only two telephone calls home a year to family; write letters/emails home only once a week.. and much more!
Whether or not the Mormon Left is a substantial minority or an extreme super-minority may have important ramifications for the viability and success of future efforts by Mormon intellectuals and progressives to shape the future direction of their faith tradition.
The Haywards were conservative Mormons who were not sure how to respond to their child when she came to them, confused that she felt like two people -- the boy she saw in the mirror and the girl she knew herself to be.
While Book of Mormon continues to conquer audiences with its disarming blend of raw heart and blasphemy, another excellent and equally subversive play about the Mormon faith will soon have its East Coast premiere at this year's New York International Fringe Festival.
The last few weeks have been turbulent, with many middle-ground and progressive Mormons expressing dismay that the church would do such a thing in the 21st century, and many traditional Mormons articulating their belief that Kate got what she deserved.
The LDS Church is not a democracy, no matter how much the church depends on the laity, and it will not suffer challenges to its authority silently, particularly from women making claims to their rights.
Like many Mormons, the recent excommunication of Mormon feminist activist Kate Kelly put me at a loss for words. But when all is lost, Mean Girls explains everything.