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Book Review: “Moth and Rust Mormon Encounters with Death”

Title:  Moth and Rust: Mormon Encounters with Death,  Edited by: Stephen Carter, Published: Signature books, 2017, Pages: 257 Genre: Narrative Non (mostly!) Fiction ISBN: 978-1-56085-265-0 Price: 23.95 Reviewed By Andrew Hamilton at the Association for Mormon Letters and Approaching Justice, shared here by permission. When Devery Anderson at Signature Books contacted me and asked me if …

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This Is Your Brain On Polygamy

My husband and I didn’t just wake up one sunny morning and say, “Let’s join a polygamist cult.” Over time, a convergence of psychological and social factors ripened us for the picking. Insecurities played a part. So did classic, cultish appeals. So did mainstream Mormonism, not just by laying a doctrinal foundation, but by training …

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Why I Don T Need Heavenly Mother

The Mormon theology of a Heavenly Mother has been widely discussed as a transcendent and empowering doctrine, especially among Mormon feminists. While we recognize this can be a valuable paradigm for many, this panel will discuss some of its implications. For example, what does a heterosexual god-couple imply for same-gender couples? Would feminizing some attributes …

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This Is Your Brain On Polygamy

My husband and I didn’t just wake up one sunny morning and say, “Let’s join a polygamist cult.” Over time, a convergence of psychological and social factors ripened us for the picking. Insecurities played a part. So did classic, cultish appeals. So did mainstream Mormonism, not just by laying a doctrinal foundation, but by training …

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SW10014: Book Preview/Panel: Persistence of Polygamy: A Mormon Anthology

Co-editor Newell G. Bringhurst presents an overview of this forthcoming anthology of 20 never-before-published articles about polygamy. Essays cover Joseph Smith and the beginnings of polygamy, polygamy in Utah after Joseph Smith and reactions to the practice from other restoration groups, and the perpetuation of polygamy among Mormon fundamentalists that emerged in the late nineteenth …

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SL09274 Panel: A Murder of Editors

Playwright and film director David Mamet writes that “art flourishes in times of struggle.” A panel of editors from various Mormon magazines and journals will discuss the role struggle has played in the writings they have recently published. They will also discuss the struggle of their publications to meet and prosper from the challenges of …

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SAINTS AND GENTILES: REFLECTIONS ON MORMONISM AND RELIGIOUS DIVERSITY

SAINTS AND GENTILES: REFLECTIONS ON MORMONISM AND RELIGIOUS DIVERSITY Mormonism has always possessed a theologically progressive outlook on the fate of the “unevangelized.” The doctrine that every person will have the opportunity to accept the LDS gospel is a key feature that distinguishes Mormonism from many mainstream Christian traditions. However, important questions remain unexplored in …

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THE FERRYMAN’S DAUGHTER, PART 1: THE INSISTENT CALL OF MY MITOCHONDRIAL DNA

THE FERRYMAN’S DAUGHTER, PART 1: THE INSISTENT CALL OF MY MITOCHONDRIAL DNA While DNA science challenges such Mormon beliefs as Israelite ancestry for Native Americans, it promises fresh pursuits for genealogists. Particularly suggestive is our ability, publicized by Oxford geneticist Bryan Sykes’s Seven Daughters of Eve, to track mitochondrial DNA mutations to European “clan mothers”, …

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