POST: True Doctrine & Homosexuality

In Mormonism the word Doctrine is important, even crucial.  It is so important that members are counseled when teaching to stick to the Doctrine.  We reinforce this with scriptures like D&C 88:77 “teach one another the doctrine of the kingdom” And entire lessons structured and centered around “Teaching the Doctrine” Doctrinal boundaries are so important […]

226: Nuanced Approach to Doctrine

To the Orthodox Believer who still holds belief that Doctrine in our faith equals Truth.  Or the idea that when the prophet speaks or when all 15 top leaders are unified that we have certainty that God has spoken.   It may not be that simple.  Lets explore. I validate that Doctrine in the Church as a […]

POST: Mormonism is a Cafeteria Mormon

Often Progressive Mormons are accused of being a cafeteria Mormon.  But once you realize just how much Mormonism contradicts Mormonism you realize that not only is every member a cafeteria Mormon, but Mormonism itself is a cafeteria Mormon.  Once one sees this, one may realize that there is much more room and space for oneself […]

190: Further Light And Knowledge

Many see no hope.  Many feel we have theologically painted ourselves into a corner.  Many see no way to press on.  Today I show we are not that lost to the hope of redemption.  We are not beyond the reach of the reach of the Grace of God.  Today I show how it can still […]

089: Charlie Harrell: This is my Doctrine

Today I sit down with Prof. Charles Harrell, author of “This is My Doctrine”.  His book takes a historical look at the development of Mormon Doctrines within LDS theology.  His books helps us first learn and then cope with the complex ways in which LDS Theology and Doctrine developed.  We discuss how to define the […]

067: Repercussions of the LDS.org’s Race article

Today we talk about the far reaching repercussions beyond the sole issue of the priesthood ban.  I attempt to show our Church is growing up and while this announcement provides problematic issues to work on such as defining Doctrine and how we as members dissent it also shows great maturation of the Church and may […]

065: Race, Priesthood, and Doctrine

Today we spend time discussing the narrative and timeline of the Priesthood ban, it subsequent rescinding. We also talk about the wider breadth of its impact on Doctrine http://www.lds.org/topics/race-and-the-priesthood?lang=eng http://www.pbs.org/mormons/interviews/holland.html http://mormonstories.org/other/Lowry_Nelson_1st_Presidency_Exchange.pdf http://www.lds.org/general-conference/2012/10/trial-of-your-faith?lang=eng Speeches

050: Jon Westover and Bill Reel: Doctrine

I sit down and have a discussion with Jon Westover over What is Doctrine and What isn’t.  We attempt to try and excavate doctrine amidst the culture.  Using statements from leaders and our own unauthoritative insights, we try to establish ways the average member can navigate “What is Doctrine”. – How big is the “Box” […]

008: Defining Doctrine

Have you ever been taught in the church that – the Earth was 6,000 years old? – All native Americans are Lamanites? – Evolution is absolutely false Have you discovered some comments by leaders that are racist and offensive? Have you ever heard a crazy opinion from a leader that you disagreed with? Many of […]