Iron Sharpens Iron Broadcast

Last week I was interviewed on WNYG in New York on the “Iron Sharpens Iron” broadcast. One of the most significant elements of my upcoming book, The Mormon Mirage 3rd Edition:  A Former Member Looks at the Mormon Church (Zondervan 2009) is a section entitled, “Issues and Challenges Facing Mormonism in the Twenty-First Century.”  In it, I examine 9 pressing issues and how the LDS Church is responding to them.  They include:  Race, gender, the Internet, and the growing and increasingly-vocal number of ex-Mormons.  Here is a link to that broadcast: Iron Sharpens Iron — Latayne C Scott   For more information, see The Mormon Mirage 3rd Edition:  A Former Member Looks at the Mormon Church Today (Zondervan, 2009). Also...

Writing Acronyms

Writers have their own set of abbreviations (especially in this age of Twitter — find me there under “Latayne.”) The power of language!  Ever since I first heard “BIC” (Butt In Chair), it has reminded me that manuscripts don’t get written without BIC.  (Well, Hemingway apparently did write without BIC, to rest an, um, condition in his bottom; and Green Berets author Robin Moore emulated his hero Hemingway by standing up too.  But I also once heard Moore did it naked, and with a roll of paper in his typewriter so he never had to stop and insert a new sheet.  Maybe it was the cold, I don’t know.) At any rate, another acronym used by writers is WIP –Work in Progress.   What’s my WIP?  I call it my 1st, 1st,...

Reason #30 — Questionable Biblical Interpretation

Why must uniquely- LDS Biblical interpretation be rejected? Because a supposedly Biblical doctrine that is based on possibly-plausible possible exceptions to other historical doctrines is not a firm enough foundation on which  believers in the rest of the Bible should abandon Christianity. For more information, see The Mormon Mirage 3rd Edition:  A Former Member Looks at the Mormon Church Today (Zondervan, 2009). Also available as an audiobook and as an expanded-text E-book for Nook, Kindle and other reading...

Should a Christian Novelist Engage Postmodernism’s Ideas and Techniques?

In our NovelMatters discussion, we seven novelists — and several guests — sparred about whether or how to engage postmodernism in our novels.  Do we use some of the outward characteristics such as the elimination of quotation marks in dialogue?  Do we engage their ideas?  One person made a comment saying that addressing non-Biblical ideas got the children of Israel into trouble. I invite you to see the whole discussion at the site, but here’s one of my responses: Part of the delight I’m feeling in reading everyone’s comments is the stimulation of ideas.  I’ve spent years writing Bible studies (published by Zondervan, 21st Century Christian, and Covenant) in which I was very strict with myself, not using any outside...

Reason #29– The Mormon Gossip Circuit

Reason #29 is from guest blogger Michelle Scott (no relation) Privacy, to me, is very important. In Mormonism, there is virtually no privacy whatsoever. Hypothetically, if a Mormon member was to enter a Starbucks (strongly opposed because of their particularly “strong” caffeinated beverages), whether they ordered a coffee or not, there would be a slight chance that another member has seen them from a distance, shocked and dismayed that another member would enter such a “sinful” establishment. Of course, in the Mormon universe,  word travels fast;  almost the equivalent of a paparazzo capturing an image of a celebrity supposedly off of drugs making a drug transaction, therefore entering the gossip circuit that very minute. Unfortunately,...