Here’s the first WordPress Best of the Box selections, drawn from the list of posts at Mormon Archipelago. For variety, I’ll start with the lower boxes and work up to the top this time.
Even More Islands – Go view Why People Leave the LDS Church at Mormon Stories, and learn a new word: “screencast.” A screencast is basically a podcast with pictures and a soundtrack, I’m told. It might be the Next Big Thing.
More Islands – You Know They’re Just Trying to Convert You, Right? An in-your-face post by D-Train takes on the problem of Mormons who find any official contact with other Christian denominations threatening as just a sneaky campaign to convert Mormons. But these same people think it’s just great to invite Christians over for FHE, or to the ward house for a potluck, or to send the missionaries to visit them in their own home. Maybe we need to open up a little. PS: What do you think of the inverted color scheme at Unofficial Manifesto? I hate it.
Isles of the Sea – Go read The Idiot’s Guide to Orthodox Christianity, Part 1, a post designed to teach Mormons some simple differences between LDS vocabulary and standard Christian terms. Sometimes the same word means something much different. The poster is a Protestant blogging on an LDS blog, so he’s had some hands-on experience communicating with Mormons.
The Mainland – Always a challenge with so many interesting posts. I’ll go with Nate’s post on relationship-maintaining norms versus end-game norms, which he applies to explain the distaste most people feel when a Mormon somehow ends up suing the Church. Sounds like repeated games versus one-shot games from game theory to me, with repeated interactions giving more incentive for cooperative outcomes. It’s a thought-provoking post: What do we expect from the Church? How do our expectations change if pleasantness is displaced by conflict? It strikes me that our values shouldn’t change just because we face a challenge or a conflict, but plainly we often do change our values or norms when the context or time horizon of our interactions changes. Honorable mention for The Burden of Leadership.
Founders – Try Plight of the Smart LDS Woman at that DMI blog. This post had some of the best comment participation I’ve ever seen; comments reflect experience from all across the spectrum on this touchy and sometimes personal topic.