Robert at Scriptural Mormonism does a good job discussing the place of grace in “old fashion Mormonism” (More or less Mormonism from early 20th century up through the 90’s) I’d add that grace in a lot of ways is misrepresented when that era’s thought is discussed. Often the difference is simply word choice to discuss the theology.
Terryl Givens has up an essay at First Things called “Mormons at the Forefront.” I’ll probably comment on it later this week at T&S.
Evolutionary psychology suggests God makes more sense than not. I’m not sure he sees the tension between EP giving “just so” stories and claims it proves something. Still it is interesting that EP tends to note that at least aspects of religion are genetic. The debate is over how much of that is false positives from basic agency senses versus noticing something in the world. (The ways eyes help us deal with real objects in the world)
Trump has a Mormon problem but it’s about more than Mormonism. Looks like, as expected, Trump lost Utah. Although it’s still pretty early and there are delays due to unprecedented turnout.
McKay Coppins: Top 3 states with highest proportion of Mormons: 1. Utah (Trump polling in 3rd) 2. Idaho (Trump lost by 18 points) 3. Wyoming (losing by 53).
At the Atlantic, how church lets black men flourish.
Nice review of Joe’s book on Book of Mormon typology. Now that we’re reading the Book of Mormon again and given how significant typology is especially in the early books this is a must read.
Rorty, Trump and Sanders at NR. Argues Richard Rorty predicted current state of affairs – especially Trump.