In 1967, Dialogue published Richard Poll’s “What the Church Means to People Like Me,” a talk Poll gave in his Palo Alto ward earlier that year. Using imagery from the Book of Mormon, Poll described two “ideal types” of active, believing Mormons: Iron Rods and Liahonas. Iron Rod Mormons, Poll argued, are obedience-minded, loyal, and … More What Dialogue Means to People Like Me
I’m guest blogging at Rational Faiths today with the presentation I delivered at Miller-Eccles and Sunstone. Landing Instructions: How to Navigate (or Help Someone Navigating) a Faith Crisis
Here’s a treat from the pages of Dialogue:A Journal of Mormon Thought that might be something you can use in a lesson on “likening the scriptures unto us.” What’s a Rameumpton, Daddy? (With Apologies to Gregory Bateson) “What’s a Rameumpton, Daddy?” “Well, the Book of Mormon says it was a place where the Zoramites stood … More What’s a Rameumptom, Daddy?
“Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice. Moderation in pursuit of justice is no virtue.” —Barry Goldwater “When a broad table is to be made, and the edges of planks do not fit, the artist takes a little from both, and makes a good joint. In like manner here both sides must part with … More Eschewing Extremism and the Virtue of Compromise
I gave this presentation at the Miller-Eccles study group in California this spring: Dialogue Podcast #29 w/Editor Boyd Petersen
This is going to be a shocking admission, but I’m a Democrat. While I disagree with my party and my party’s candidates quite frequently, I still identify with and support Democrats. Back when I worked for Congress, I started collecting campaign buttons from Democratic races. I’ve got all the presidential campaigns from Grover Cleveland (1884) … More Rainbows at Church
William A. Wilson, former BYU English Professor and folklorist extraordinaire, passed away this past week. In his honor, I am posting a review I wrote in 2008 for the Journal of Mormon History of Wilson’s book The Marrow of Human Experience: Essays on Folklore. I returned from my mission to France in 1982 filled with … More In Praise of William A. “Bert” Wilson