Author Archives: Ryan Bell

No, Jesus Was Not An American

Yes, the title of this post is a little bizarre.  When you take up the bizarre task of responding to Bill Maher (half comedian, half political commentator, all theophobe), you often end up in this wacky territory.  You see, Bill Maher is not someone to take seriously, and taking him seriously often brings with it […]

Dogma and Daily Life

The Washington Post’s Jason Horowitz has an interesting piece discussing the difficulty of covering Mitt Romney’s religion in the presidential campaign.  The question in the headline: “Is Mitt Romney’s Mormonism Fair Game?”  Horowitz appears to make some good faith attempts at tracking down a fair answer, but is ultimately too caught up in perceived dilemmas […]

How to Talk About Unfamiliar Religions in a Secular Society

Taylor Petrey, a professor of Religion at Kalamazoo College in Michigan, has a very well-argued piece at Patheos about how we ought to be discussing religion these days, and how we’re not.  Petrey summarizes the great bulk of discussion of Mormon beliefs over the last few years (including in the Book of Mormon Musical, pictured […]

Andrew Sullivan: Conservative Mormons Will Be Crazy Politicians; Moderate Ones Won’t

  Andrew Sullivan has launched an inquisition into the foreign policy of a President Romney through an interesting frame– Mormon teachings about the constitution.  Sullivan’s piece, “Did Jesus Foresee the U.S. Constitution,” is a classic bit of muckraking, leveraging (rather than exploring) LDS teachings to lead him to a foregone conclusion.  The chain of logic […]