15 Most Recent Blog Posts

Why I Support Traditional Marriage

Posted on June 26, 2013 by Jeffrey Thayne

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This blog post has led me to create a new website — www.discussingmarriage.org — that discusses these arguments (and many more) in depth. Please visit the website. Many thanks! The ongoing conversation about same-sex marriage has largely adopted the rhetoric… [click to read more]

Example of Rogerianism in the News

Posted on March 4, 2013 by Jeffrey Thayne

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Here’s an article from KSL this morning that illustrates Rogerianism in action: http://www.ksl.com/?sid=24264159&nid=1010&title=when-your-child-rejects-your-religion-dos-and-donts&fm=home_page&s_cid=queue-4 Basically, the impression I get from this is that mothers shouldn’t even cry when their children depart the faith, because that’s not unconditional love. Borrowing from the verbiage… [click to read more]

Ideals and Family

Posted on February 25, 2013 by Jeffrey Thayne

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Many people complain about our focus on the nuclear family and different gender roles, because so many Latter-day Saints find themselves in situations where that ideal seems unreachable. Single parents, death of loved ones, same-sex attraction, divorce, never finding someone… [click to read more]

The 2 Sigma Problem

Posted on February 6, 2013 by Jeffrey Thayne

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Today, I would like to share my notes from an article I just read by the educator Benjamin Bloom. All quotations are from his 1984 article titled “The 2 sigma problem.” In the article, he describes a series of experiments,… [click to read more]

Critiquing Gospel Teaching

Posted on January 20, 2013 by Jeffrey Thayne

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I have a curse. I’ve been doing graphic design on the side for a number of years now. I’ve studied principles of composition, and so I know better than I used to how to make things look good. For example,… [click to read more]

Multi-age classrooms

Posted on January 17, 2013 by Jeffrey Thayne

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Salman Khan makes some fascinating remarks in his book The One World Schoolhouse: Arguable, this separation by age is the most powerful division of all, because it has allowed for the development of set curricula and ultimately arbitrary but consensual… [click to read more]

On “Trait” Personality Theories

Posted on January 14, 2013 by Jeffrey Thayne

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A friend of mine recently asked me, “How do you feel about Personality Type theories? What role do you think personality types play in disagreements/conflicts? How do you think they intersect with the Gospel?” I spent a lot of time on my… [click to read more]

Templates for Responding to Tyranny

Posted on December 28, 2012 by Jeffrey Thayne

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A friend of mine, fed up with the constant, gradual abandonment of freedom by American society and the encroachment of the Federal government on basic human rights, asked, “At what point is violent resistance to government overreach justified?” Many people… [click to read more]

Calendar curriculum: ick!

Posted on December 28, 2012 by Jeffrey Thayne

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I’m currently reading The One World Schoolhouse by Salmon Khan, the founder of the Khan Academy. The Khan Academy started when Sal was tutoring his cousin Nadia. She was intuitive and brilliant, but had failed a crucial math test because… [click to read more]

Our Labor to Perform

Posted on December 20, 2012 by Jeffrey Thayne

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I was reading in Moroni 9, and came upon this interesting passage: “we have a labor to perform whilst in this tabernacle of clay, that we may conquer the enemy of all righteousness, and rest our souls in the kingdom… [click to read more]

Why I Support Traditional Marriage

Posted on June 26, 2013 by Jeffrey Thayne

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This blog post has led me to create a new website — www.discussingmarriage.org — that discusses these arguments (and many more) in depth. Please visit the website. Many thanks! The ongoing conversation about same-sex marriage has largely adopted the rhetoric… [click to read more]

Example of Rogerianism in the News

Posted on March 4, 2013 by Jeffrey Thayne

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Here’s an article from KSL this morning that illustrates Rogerianism in action: http://www.ksl.com/?sid=24264159&nid=1010&title=when-your-child-rejects-your-religion-dos-and-donts&fm=home_page&s_cid=queue-4 Basically, the impression I get from this is that mothers shouldn’t even cry when their children depart the faith, because that’s not unconditional love. Borrowing from the verbiage… [click to read more]

Ideals and Family

Posted on February 25, 2013 by Jeffrey Thayne

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Many people complain about our focus on the nuclear family and different gender roles, because so many Latter-day Saints find themselves in situations where that ideal seems unreachable. Single parents, death of loved ones, same-sex attraction, divorce, never finding someone… [click to read more]

The 2 Sigma Problem

Posted on February 6, 2013 by Jeffrey Thayne

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Today, I would like to share my notes from an article I just read by the educator Benjamin Bloom. All quotations are from his 1984 article titled “The 2 sigma problem.” In the article, he describes a series of experiments,… [click to read more]

Critiquing Gospel Teaching

Posted on January 20, 2013 by Jeffrey Thayne

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I have a curse. I’ve been doing graphic design on the side for a number of years now. I’ve studied principles of composition, and so I know better than I used to how to make things look good. For example,… [click to read more]

Multi-age classrooms

Posted on January 17, 2013 by Jeffrey Thayne

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Salman Khan makes some fascinating remarks in his book The One World Schoolhouse: Arguable, this separation by age is the most powerful division of all, because it has allowed for the development of set curricula and ultimately arbitrary but consensual… [click to read more]

On “Trait” Personality Theories

Posted on January 14, 2013 by Jeffrey Thayne

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A friend of mine recently asked me, “How do you feel about Personality Type theories? What role do you think personality types play in disagreements/conflicts? How do you think they intersect with the Gospel?” I spent a lot of time on my… [click to read more]

Templates for Responding to Tyranny

Posted on December 28, 2012 by Jeffrey Thayne

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A friend of mine, fed up with the constant, gradual abandonment of freedom by American society and the encroachment of the Federal government on basic human rights, asked, “At what point is violent resistance to government overreach justified?” Many people… [click to read more]

Calendar curriculum: ick!

Posted on December 28, 2012 by Jeffrey Thayne

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I’m currently reading The One World Schoolhouse by Salmon Khan, the founder of the Khan Academy. The Khan Academy started when Sal was tutoring his cousin Nadia. She was intuitive and brilliant, but had failed a crucial math test because… [click to read more]

Our Labor to Perform

Posted on December 20, 2012 by Jeffrey Thayne

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I was reading in Moroni 9, and came upon this interesting passage: “we have a labor to perform whilst in this tabernacle of clay, that we may conquer the enemy of all righteousness, and rest our souls in the kingdom… [click to read more]

How Stunt Kites Do Cool Tricks

Posted on September 18, 2011 by Nathan Richardson

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Implications 5: Freedom Nathan Richardson In a previous post, “Astronauts without Planets,” I described two competing paradigms about the nature of self and autonomy or agency. The first paradigm, Self-interest, assumes that selves are inherently separate, and thus free will… [click to read more]

Go Away … I Mean, Come Here

Posted on May 18, 2011 by Nathan Richardson

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Nathan Richardson This will be a brief post. I just want to make one point about how we use words. This matters because sometimes when discussing the gospel, people will use one passage of scripture or quote from a prophet,… [click to read more]

Six Doctrinal Errors Related to Spiritual Death

Posted on May 1, 2011 by Nathan Richardson

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Nathan Richardson What kinds of unintended errors can arise when we conflate the two types of spiritual death? Recap: Many explanations of spiritual death ignore the distinction between the two kinds of separation, mixing elements of one kind (e.g., cause)… [click to read more]

Our Easter Gift to You: A New Song about the Savior

Posted on April 22, 2011 by Nathan Richardson

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Nathan Richardson Listen to a song my wife wrote about the Atonement My wife, Jelaire, wrote a song a few years ago about the Atonement. She was able to get it professionally recorded with vocals by her friend, Nicole Sheahan,… [click to read more]

The Fall of Adam and the Fall of Me

Posted on April 3, 2011 by Nathan Richardson

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Nathan Richardson Recap: There are two types of spiritual death. Temporal separation is caused by the Fall of Adam and Eve, and it is overcome unconditionally for everyone at the Judgment. Spiritual separation is caused by individuals’ sins, and it… [click to read more]

Spiritual Death Quiz: My Answers

Posted on March 20, 2011 by Nathan Richardson

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Nathan Richardson See how I answered the quiz about spiritual death. In a previous post (“Temporal Separation versus Spiritual Separation“), I gave three examples of various authors or speakers describing spiritual death. For each, I gave a quote, my rationale… [click to read more]

Spiritual Death Quiz

Posted on March 13, 2011 by Nathan Richardson

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Nathan Richardson Compare your understanding of spiritual death with other readers. Following is a series of quotes that represent various authors’ attempts to explain or describe the doctrine of spiritual death (I mostly gleaned them from Google searches on the… [click to read more]

Evaluating Common Explanations

Posted on March 6, 2011 by Nathan Richardson

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Nathan Richardson Some explanations of spiritual death are more specific than others. Recap: There are two types of spiritual death. Temporal separation is caused by the Fall of Adam and Eve, and it is overcome unconditionally for everyone at the… [click to read more]

Temporal Separation versus Spiritual Separation

Posted on February 27, 2011 by Nathan Richardson

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Nathan Richardson Adam and Eve were cast out from God’s presence, which is definitely a type of spiritual death. But it’s not the only type the scriptures refer to. Recap: There are two types of spiritual death: being cut off… [click to read more]

Two Kinds of Spiritual Death

Posted on February 21, 2011 by Nathan Richardson

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Nathan Richardson Spiritual death is separation from God—but what does that mean? Recap: Spiritual death is often incorrectly (or incompletely) understood by Latter-day Saints. Several additional misunderstandings can arise as a result. In my previous post, I asked you to… [click to read more]