Category: Word of Wisdom

Pharisaical Observation

I wrote a post some time ago on whether they Pharisees were given a bad rap in the New Testament. It can be found here. One of the other bad raps against the Pharisees is that they were more concerned…

Mormon Vegetarianism

Brett Wilcox lives in Sitka, Alaska, with his wife and their four children.  As a Licensed Professional Counselor, Brett works with Alaskan adolescents in an experiential based wilderness program. Brett suffers from the delusion that his forthcoming fantasy novel will…

The Word of Wisdom and animal cruelty

I had one of those “oh, great” moments today as I was searching the news online.  I have “oh, great” moments now and then.  For instance, about a week after the semester started here at the University of Kentucky, as…

How do we earn our morals?

A while back on my blog, Seth R (usually of 9 Moons fame) posted a lengthy and detailed comment about the deficiencies of liberal religion (particularly of a hypothetical liberal Mormon denomination) and also the deficiencies of our current orthodoxy.…

Why do we act?

So, the church has a lot of commandments, pieces of advice, laws, words of wisdom (both the specific one and ones more generic). You might say that the church is…I dunno…demanding? So why do we keep up with it? Why…

Go to Church or Die!

A recent article in Time discusses several studies about the correlation between faith and health.  Does church attendance contribute to a healthier, longer life?  Is Mormon culture more or less health-promoting than other faiths?

Chakras and the Word of Wisdom

D&C 89:1 refers to the WoW as:  A Word OF Wisdom, for the benefit of the council of high priests, assembled in Kirtland, and the church, and also the saints in Zion—To be sent greeting; not by commandment or constraint,…

Confessions of a Coffee Heathen

In the past, I consumed large amounts of Mountain Dew and “energy drinks.” I’m getting older now (almost 40). My insides just can’t tolerate the sugar and chemicals. I won’t consume aspartame. It’s an awful substance. So “diet” is not…

The Genetics of Sin

There is a lot being done in the medical field to help patients understand their genetic predisposition toward certain ailments.  Isn’t the same true for spiritual ailments?  Don’t we inherit some of these same tendencies from our parents and their…