Patheos: The Future of Mormonism

By August 6, 2010

We must be in the “dog days of summer,” as the blog has been rather slow of late. But I thought I’d point our readers to a great series that I just became aware of, called “The Future of Mormonism,” over at Patheos. It has several posts discussing different aspects of Mormonism, written by prominent scholars and bloggers. They’re all worth checking out:

Margaret Young and Darius Gray: The Colorful LDS Future

Brian Hales: The Future of “Mormon Fundamentalism”

Boyd Peterson: Mormon Democrats at a Crossroads

Aaron Reeves: Europe and Mormon Growth

Neylan McBaine: The Future of Mormon Motherhood

Armand L. Mauss: Mormonism in the New Century

Tresa Edmunds: The Next Generation of Mormon Feminists

Kristine Haglund: Mormon Publishing, the Internet, and the Democratization of Information

Philip Barlow: Mormons and the Bible in the 21st Century

Blake Ostler: The Challenges of (Non-Existent?) Mormon Theology

Richard T. Livingston: Mormon Studies: Catching the New Wave

Seth Perry: A World Religion (Eventually)

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  1. In addition to the excellent selection listed above, a bunch more articles will be added to the lineup early next week (incl. Jan Shipps, Michael Otterson, David Stewart, etc…..)

    Comment by Patheos Fan — August 6, 2010 @ 3:02 pm

  2. I’m still waiting for Heinlein’s LDS temples to show up on the moon. Baptisms for the dead in 1/6 gravity!

    Comment by Mark N. — August 6, 2010 @ 5:12 pm

  3. Thanks for the heads up on these links, David. I’ve felt the articles over at Patheos have been uneven at best, but several of these look great and now I’m wondering if I’m simply allowing a few articles I found less than stellar to overshadow a much larger sampling of better articles.

    Comment by Christopher — August 6, 2010 @ 10:24 pm

  4. Here’s the links to Elder Cook’s and Michael Otterson’s articles in case anyone missed them:

    Partnering with Our Friends from Other Faiths – Elder Quentin L. Cook

    The Church’s Reputation: Progress, Challenges, and Opportunity
    – Michael Otterson

    Comment by Tod Robbins — August 14, 2010 @ 8:20 pm

  5. I remember hearing a quote attributed to Parley P. Pratt: “When you approach another religion, take of your shoes, for the ground whereon you stand may be holy.”

    Can anyone verify whether this is accurate? I don’t want to use it if it is just a Mormon myth.



    Comment by Bryce Contor — September 12, 2010 @ 10:22 pm

  6. Bryce, thanks for stopping by the JI. I am not familiar with that quote (hopefully some of my fellows who know PPP better than I can help here), but from the little I do know about PPP and his writings, and his sometimes scathing approach to others’ faiths, I rather doubt this to be an authentic PPP statement. However, I would be happily proven wrong.

    Comment by Jared T — September 13, 2010 @ 12:13 am

  7. Thanks. I’m glad I’ve been cautious about promulgating it.


    Comment by Bryce Contor — September 15, 2010 @ 10:49 am


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