Roth's Blog (6)

The Mormon Double Bind

Of all the communications, internal honesty seems to be extremely difficult, yet we blithely go on believing that we are true to ourselves and true about ourselves. Self-deception in the realm of working out a relationship with a divine being seems particularly fraught with potential pitfalls. This site has a ton of information on self-deception and is a decent starting point on avoiding self-deception.



Now, I,… Continue

Added by Roth on November 9, 2009 at 9:05pm — No Comments

Heavenly Sex -- A Response

A Salt Lake Tribune Article quoted a Washington Times religion writer in a little blog post today on the Mormon's highly sexed version of the afterlife and how that might have played into their rabid opposition to Proposition 8.



I don't have a lot of time this morning, but the religion's clearly anthropomorphic… Continue

Added by Roth on January 8, 2009 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Culture and the Ex-Mormon

I just got through reading Malcom Gladwell’s new book, Outliers: The Story of Success. Briefly, the book is about the story of success and an attempt to debunk the myth of the solitary genius and the self-made man/woman/person. Gladwell’s premise is that circumstance, societal support, hard work and culture account for success as much as any Seven Habits.



Now Gladwell has made a fortune writing books that are provocative and challenge conventional wisdom: The Tipping Point and Blink… Continue

Added by Roth on December 28, 2008 at 11:21am — No Comments

THE PROSPERITY MYTH AND MORAL THOUGHT

One of the consistent and predominant themes in the post-mormon culture are quips and quibbles about tithing. The temporal economic strength of the Mormon Church is disconcerting to the non-believer. The unease comes in part from the knowledge that in many circles money is power and an institution that has power economically as well as socially and spiritually (intended to include the ability to influence thought and action in its believers) is a formidable and daunting foe. Proposition 8 is… Continue

Added by Roth on December 21, 2008 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

The Subversive Manifesto

The Preface:



I want to be subversive. I want to undermine. I want to transform. I want to lead.



Maybe it was all the stories of my youth about the prophets that were to rise up in the last days and bring about the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Maybe it was the prospect of becoming one of the missionaries that brought religion to the God-less Commies. Maybe it was the belief that there would be “one, mighty and strong” in the last days, besides Joseph Smith… Continue

Added by Roth on November 2, 2008 at 9:47am — 12 Comments

X the "Ex" Prefix -- From a Grouch

I'm here, but I'm here under protest. I'm here because I think I have an audience here, more so than within the confines of the religion of my youth.



Most of what I see discussed on Exmormon sites, blogs, conferences, forums and discussions, I find boring, counterproductive and a waste of time. I don't see much point in say, dissecting point by point Conference talks, discussing whether or not polygamy is a good thing, discussing Adam/God theory, Book of Mormon historicity, and you… Continue

Added by Roth on October 31, 2008 at 6:00pm — 10 Comments

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