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The One Sure Outcome of Tonight’s VP Debate

Many questions are swirling about tonight's veep debate. Who will come away the victor? How much will Paul Ryan be made to suffer for his past anti-Medicare comments? But one question is already decided: the religion of the next vice-president of the United States. He will be Catholic, end of story. Which raises another question: Why does nobody care that the next VP will be Catholic?
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Update on LDS Sister Missionary Announcement

Here's a quick update to Saturday's post on the lowering of the age for LDS missionaries (and ongoing conversations about gender inequality on the mission field), with links to several of the best things I've read in the ensuing days.
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Stephen Prothero’s American Bible: All the Rest Is Commentary

At RNA last weekend I attended a great session on Steve Prothero's new book The American Bible, and since then I've had fun poking around in the volume. For one thing, it has an absolutely gorgeous interior design, and with the contraction of publishing's bells and whistles these days, l...
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Mormon Sister Missionaries: Progress with an Asterisk

This afternoon at the General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, it was announced that in an effort to expand the Mormon missionary force, the age limits have been lowered for service to 18 for men and 19 for women. This is good news for women, but it's still not equality.
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Is Mormonism as Mature as the Wall Street Journal Thinks It Is?

Last week I heard former Senator Bob Bennett speak about Mormonism in the 21st century, in a very interesting presentation. At one point he commented approvingly about a recent editorial in the Wall Street Journal which lauded Mormons for not fighting back when our religion is attacked, unlike Muslims. Is this fair?
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Uncomfortable with Evangelism

I've always felt uncomfortable with evangelism, maybe because I've been on the receiving end far too often of people trying to "share" (read: download) their faith. When do Christians cross a line, employing friendship only for the sake of conversion -- or coercion?
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Feminist Mormon Housewives Look at Women of the Bible

What roles did women play in the Bible? In the early Christian church? How do LDS lesson manuals and talks address women's scriptural importance? This week's FMH podcast raises these questions and more.
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“Sister Wives” and the Mormon Next Door

I've been asked a great deal lately about the so-called "Mormon Moment" -- which is admittedly more like the "Mormon Decade," though I keep hoping it will end soon. One thing that has become clear is that members of the general public seem surprised when they learn that Mormonism exists...
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Redefining “Retirement”: A Conversation with Walter Brueggemann

Old Testament scholar Walter Brueggemann dishes on what he's reading and watching, what he sees as new trends in biblical studies, and why he moved to Cincinnati. (Also, some prophetic thoughts on "the collapse of our society and the disintegration of the moral fabric of our economic system." Which is cheery.)
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Mormon Throwdown: Harry Reid Goes Mano-a-Mano with Mitt Romney

Now that Mitt Romney has finally released his tax returns, Harry Reid has turned to a new criticism of the Republican candidate: He's "not the face of Mormonism." But why is Reid using the definite article? There's never been a single face of Mormonism.
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