Author: Jeff Needle

Historicity Redux

Here’s an article from a recent Mormon Times: http://mormontimes.com/studies_doctrine/research_discoveries/?id=11607 I was intrigued by this story. John L. Sorenson has lots of books in print. He’s never had a problem finding a publisher before. If the book is all he says…

Is the Gospel really good news?

I receive a daily mailing from a fundie Protestant pastor that details every story that day that he feels is important for Christians to know about.  Today’s mailing included such items as: Earthquake Shakes Chile’s Capital, Dengue outbreak in Argentina…

How much truth is too much?

It may be that some of you caught the excellent article in Monday’s USA Today titled “How Much Truth Is Too Much?”  It can be found at: http://blogs.usatoday.com/oped/forum_commentary/index.html Here is a fellow who struggled with his Roman Catholic church’s treatment…

The Lord’s University Strikes Again

Once again, the Lord’s University, BYU, is embroiled in a controversy regarding censorship and the essential values being taught there. A student entered into a photographic exhibition head shots of gay and straight students at BYU. They were paired —…

The Future of Mormon History

This past Thursday, Claremont College hosted a very good panel discussion with Richard and Claudia Bushman and Richard Turley on the future of Mormon history.  I asked Claudia if she would e-mail me a copy of her talk, and whether…

The Deconstruction of Mormonism

I am trying to keep to a once-a-week blog post, generally on Sunday evening. The passing of President Hinckley is surely sad news for all Latter-day Saints, and for many of us outside the Church who have followed his career.…

JS and MLK — Blood Brothers?

This is the first in my posts with the title “The Continuing Crisis.” Each will discuss issues that either are, or should be, front and center in Mormonism today (at least in my opinion…) Imagine my surprise when I learned…

The Continuing Crisis

Well folks, this is my first post in this community.  I’m glad to be here.  Those who know me will recognize the title of this entry — it’s an ongoing series of posts I’ve sent over the years, documenting the…