Theology

Are you a sinner?

In a recent meeting with a counselor in the stake presidency, he asked us all to tell him how we run our families so well.  While I appreciate the compliment, I don’t think I’m alone in thinking I do a lot of things wrong, as well as some things right.  I didn’t like the implication […]

No Crying He Makes? Re-examining Perfection

Verse 3 in “Away in a Manger”: The cattle are lowing The poor Baby wakes But little Lord Jesus No crying He makes Does anyone seriously believe that the baby Jesus never cried?  I mean the first thing every new parent wants to hear is a crying baby emerging from the womb.  It indicates health. […]

A Different Take on the Samaritan Story

I want to subtitle this post: Defending the Priest and the Levite. Not long ago, we had a lesson in priesthood on the Good Samaritan.  This is one of my favorite parables, but the lesson quickly devolved into the traditional platitudes.  People began to point fingers at the “hypocritical” priest and the Levite walking past the […]

When “Forever Families” Weren’t

I’ve heard about the Law of Adoption as an LDS theological point of the past, but never really understood it very well.  I enjoyed reading Brian Hales discussion of the concept in his book, Joseph Smith’s Polygamy:  Volume 3.  (This is a follow up post on the book; I previously discussed Hales position that there is no […]

No Spirit Birth

It’s been a while since I read Joseph Smith’s Polygamy:  Volume 3 by Brian Hales.  I read volume 3 first because (1) it was the shortest (a mere 281 pages compared to the other volumes), and (2) Brian Hales recommended we read it first since it was the first time anyone had tried to tackle the […]

Book Review: Joseph’s Seer Stones

I was pleased that Deseret Book sent me a copy of Joseph Smith’s Seer Stones to review.  I know a lot of people have complained church members have complained that we always reference the Urim and Thummim, but not seer stones.  There is also the complaint that the artwork is incorrect concerning Joseph translating the plates. […]

Lectures on Faith: Science of Theology

“Lectures on Faith” is a set of seven lectures on the doctrine and theology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, first published as the doctrine portion of the 1835 edition of the canonical Doctrine and Covenants, but later removed from that work by both major branches of the faith. The lectures […]