Understanding Mormonism

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Understanding Mormonism

So far this book only rates two stars. When comparing Mormon ideas with mainstream Christian ideas the Author is is greatly oversimplifying the Christian ideas. I don’t know a lot about Mormonism but I suspect he is over simplifying their ideas as well. I also found a factual error where he referred to Constantine as the “Holy Roman Empire” ! In actual fact the Holy Roman Empire did not exist at the time of Constantine, it came much later and was located mostly in modern day Germany. Criticism aside, the book is interesting, very readable and I do intend to finish it.

Religion: Understanding Islam | TED Studies | Read | TED.com

Series of talks and essays about religion on TED….

TED Studies are curated video collections for students, educators and self-guided learners. In Understanding Islam, TED speakers talk about the faith practiced by more than 1.5 billion people worldwide and often misunderstood.

Source: Religion: Understanding Islam | TED Studies | Read | TED.com

First Impressions #72: Seth Dowland on Family Values and the Rise of the Christian Right

“Family values” is more than a political slogan. It’s a core feature in the identity of conservative evangelicals born from a response to the 1960s counterculture. Art Remillard talks with Seth Dowland about his new book, Family Values and the Rise of the Christian Right. Dowland is assistant professor of religion at Pacific Lutheran University

Source: First Impressions #72: Seth Dowland on Family Values and the Rise of the Christian Right

God’s power revisited…..

Interesting book that I want to read…..http://goo.gl/tKqgpN

A recent book by Thomas Jay Oord that presents God’s love as non-controlling has me thinking about how we might imagine this idea at its fullest extension. Tom’s rigorous way of following this line of thinking to a surprising conclusion left me wondering if we need to exercise our imaginations considerably more than usual to consider how much divine love can actually accomplish.