Philosopher: LDS Church is true because “it doesn’t matter” if it is

By Rhett Wilkinson In many ways, Randall Paul’s subscription to Mormonism is based in its absence. “The (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) is the only true church because it doesn’t matter if it’s the only true church,” he said in a telephone interview following the ninth annual meeting of The Society for Mormon Philosophy and Theology, held last semester at the University Inn on the Utah State University campus. It marked the second time in the conference’s history at USU, the first coming in 2005. For Paul, the president of the Foundation for Religious Diplomacy, certain of the church’s … Continue reading Philosopher: LDS Church is true because “it doesn’t matter” if it is

I knew it.

By Rhett Wilkinson Aggie BluePrint staff writer There’s been this big hoopla about a woman praying in a General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because it apparently never has happened before. An initiative called “Let Women Pray” involved hundreds of letters sent to the church’s headquarters in Salt Lake City, comparing their plight to one given by women of Israel in the Old Testament to Moses. The Salt Lake Tribune broke the story less than 90 minutes ago that a woman will indeed pray in the church’s semiannual conference in early April. Here’s my frustration (and … Continue reading I knew it.

With professional (WNBA?) opportunities on horizon, soon-to-be bride Christensen struggles to balance basketball, faith

Devyn Christensen might just have it all. She is scheduled to get married in early April to Landon Petersen, a finance major expected to graduate after the summer. She will earn a degree from Utah State University in May. She’s also a major college basketball star—one of the best in the nation. Just weeks ago, she became her school’s all-time leading scorer, helping the Aggies in a march toward a possible NCAA Tournament bid. She’s good, in fact, that she may not just play professionally in Europe, but have a crack at the WNBA. The question, however, is if the … Continue reading With professional (WNBA?) opportunities on horizon, soon-to-be bride Christensen struggles to balance basketball, faith

Liz Emery: the polarizing Statesman columnist discusses her life’s course

Liz Emery and brothers at her brother Sam’s wedding. There was this one time when Liz Emery read the Book of Mormon. Actually, that happened about 15 times before her 18th birthday. Not to mention that, as a teenager, she was the president of her Beehive, Miamaid and Laurel Young Women groups for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. And, as a high school student, within a semester from applying to BYU. Yes, Liz Emery—the same Emery that has polarized Utah Statesman readers with many of her columns and has perhaps set the newspaper’s all-time record as most-commented … Continue reading Liz Emery: the polarizing Statesman columnist discusses her life’s course

USU religious studies professor: media go-to guy for Mormonism

By Rhett Wilkinson Aggie BluePrint The summer beauty of Logan, Utah is not the only thing that many out-of-town students missed last month. Given that an NBC crew stepped foot—and spent a while—in Utah State University’s Old Main building, there … Continue reading USU religious studies professor: media go-to guy for Mormonism