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“We are not a cult!”

“We are not a cult!”

Internet discussion about religion frequently descend into the gutter level of tossing the derogatory term “Cult” around. I have previously discussed why I consider this term unhelpful as a label for an entire religion and prefer to identify specific...
The Legrand Richards Interview

The Legrand Richards Interview

In the June 9, 1978 issue of the Deseret News, the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints published a letter declaring that a revelation had been received by Prophet Spencer W Kimball lifting the ban on black men receiving the Priesthood....
Plato’s Cave

Plato’s Cave

Envision human figures living in an underground cave with a long entrance across the whole width of the cave. Here they’ve been from their childhood, and had their legs and necks chained so that they cannot move and can only see before them, being prevented by...
Silence in Heaven

Silence in Heaven

As I walked the streets of Edinburgh at twilight with my 13 year old daughter, I stopped her in front of St. Giles Cathedral.  On the streets of cobblestone, we heard the haunting sounds of a young man’s voice rising with the beautiful words of a song that held a...
What Mormon Women Get.

What Mormon Women Get.

In the October 2015 General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Gary E. Stevenson described his experience as he was called to be one of the newest Apostles of Jesus Christ. In this video, one Mormon woman relates an inspirational message...
Glossary of Undue Influence

Glossary of Undue Influence

Glossary of Undue Influence Groups that exert undue influence over their members use a number of manipulative techniques to keep their members bound to the organization. The following techniques and concepts are some of the most frequently encountered means of...

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