Welcome to Thinking in a Marrow Bone (TMB), dedicated to Latter-day Saint (Mormon) perspectives of faith, scripture, politics, culture, the arts, philosophy, and science.
This blog is intended to serve a useful niche in the LDS blog scene, and we hope that it is read by people among all faiths and backgrounds. The primary audience, however, is Latter-day Saints. We encourage thoughtful dialogue about LDS teachings and practices, but we are not interested in questioning core beliefs or criticizing Church leaders (there are many Internet forums that are, if this is what interests you).
Here are a few goals of TMB:
1. To serve as a thoughtful interface among a variety of Latter-day Saints. From our experience, many LDS blogs (unintentionally?) alienate “average” Mormons — whether it is through obscure language, in-group references, or highly intellectualized conversation. Other LDS blogs (unintentionally?) alienate certain church members by unknowingly making problematic assumptions about what it means to be a faithful Latter-day Saint. This blog aims to avoid the problems of both camps, and in so doing raise the level of sophistication, fellowship, and productive dialogue among Latter-day Saints of many stripes.
2. To highlight the unique contribution of LDS perspectives on faith, scripture, politics, culture, the arts, philosophy, and science. One aspect of this goal is to highlight how there is not one LDS perspective, but a myriad of perspectives that are nonetheless consistent with core teachings and practices. Another aspect is to highlight to friends of other faiths and backgrounds how Latter-day Saint thinkers can provide unique interpretations about the world that can help us in tackling the world’s problems together.
3. To reveal common assumptions about the world that are often taken for granted among Latter-day Saints. These assumptions concern problematic understandings of LDS doctrines and practices, Western culture, science, and politics, to name a few. Connected with this goal is the need to articulate possible viable alternatives, all in a way that takes seriously the doctrines, practices, and values of the Latter-day Saint people.
4. To encourage political and civic activism, intellectual exploration, and artistic expression among Latter-day Saints.
5. To showcase QUALITY blog posts. Much that is written on the blogosphere is of very poor quality. While there is a place for the stream-of-consciousness- this-is-what-I-did-today-travelogue posts, that place is not here.
We need more contributors, especially women. If you are interested in writing for TMB (whether regularly or simply submitting a post), please contact us at thinkinginamarrowbone AT gmail DOT com.
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