What does Sister Cost hear in her journey? Slower conversion rates leads to decreased investments outside the U.S. Donations continue to fall. Chapels fall into disrepair. Temples suffer “dated” interiors. Political entities muscle the upper-middle class for more money to fund a global empire. Payment of “tithes” soon opposes payment of taxes. Church revenue steams […]
1847 Mormon pioneers flee the United States for Mexican Territory, and yet, only a year later, again find their flag of the Kingdom of Deseret planted somehow in the dirt of the U.S. Conflict follows for fifty years. 1947 Mormons from what one might now call the “Utah-branch” have rejected plural marriage (while others embraced […]
Part Two: Economy of Words An obsession over ritual precision in sacred spaces like temples and chapels has long characterized Mormons. Yet in the early 1960s apostle Harold B. Lee, with the insights of other churchmen recently returned from educational service among Native Americans, converted the ritual concerns into administrative obsession. With large charts and […]
August 9, 2010
Here’s the First Part in a Nine Part Series on Correlation written for Patheos.com. There were four different versions, and a synthesis of that work appears here. Enjoy. Though under its sign Mormonism was dramatically reshaped, Correlation remains an altogether mysterious thing to most Latter-day Saints. Like religion, it is a term whose referent is constantly shifting. […]
Wikipedia is a god-send to Correlation, and Correlated Versions of Correlation’s History And one can read this entry to see why…
August 3, 2010
Here’s the most explicit study of Correlation, written for non-academics.