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Manners Should Be Elementary, My Dear Sherlock Holmes

The new BBC series Sherlock is terrific fun, but its acedically bored main character is so ill-mannered that he bears little resemblance to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous detective. This devolution reveals more about our own era than it does about Sherlock Holmes.
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When Does Choice Become Too Much?

How do we live in a culture where we have seemingly unlimited consumer options and the menu at the Cheesecake Factory is as long as a book?
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Mormons and Evangelicals

Evangelical Christian conservatives are trying to reconcile the fears they have traditionally had about Mormonism with the greater fear that President Obama will be elected for another four years. A new book by Fuller Seminary president Richard Mouw can help ease their cognitive dissonance.
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The Mother’s Day Message I Wish I Could Hear in the Mormon Church

I’m skipping sacrament meeting on Sunday because I have learned from sad experience that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. But here is what I wish would happen.
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All the BIble’s Prophets in Seven Words or Less

Now that I've almost finished tweeting the Old Testament (now with 68% more humor!), it's time to share some of the shortcuts I've learned. So here is every prophetic book in seven words or less. I'm just sure that this will revolutionize theological education.
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Answers to Our Presidential Trivia Contest

Thanks to all who participated in yesterday's quiz on religion and the American presidency. The winner has received his Amazon gift card, and the rest of us have received priceless knowledge. (RIGHT?) Here are explanations of all the answers. So we can all get, like, smarter and stuff.
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Win an Amazon Gift Card with a Presidential Trivia Contest

Which American president grew up a Jehovah’s Witness? Who was America’s first Quaker president? Win an Amazon gift card if you know.
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Jon Stewart, Mormonism, and the Latter-daily Show

As I've been watching election coverage of Mormonism over the last few months, one news show consistently rises above the competition to provide coverage of my religion that is fair, balanced, and insightful. And no, it's not CNN.
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A Thin Toy Is a Happy Toy!

Over at the Eat with Joy! blog, Rachel Stone has been doing a fascinating series of posts about what it means that our girls' toys are thinner and sexier than they were when we were kids. The slimming down of toys like Strawberry Shortcake and My Little Pony (and the beefing up of GI Joe) speak volumes about shifting body standards.
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“Religion & Politics”: Fit for Polite Company

The new online journal Religion & Politics went live yesterday, boldly declaring those two topics, once off limits, fit for polite company. But in a year when discussion of religion may dominate a presidential election, what does "polite" discussion look like? I talked to two R&P editors to find out.
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