I am about to be arrogant, condescending, and fuddy-duddy at the same time.
You young whippersnappers need to stop reading blogs and read some books. Seriously. It’s fine to have an opinion, but you should probably keep it to yourself unless it is at least a minimally informed opinion. Here’s your summer reading list–what I consider the absolute minimum preparation for reasonably well-informed discussion of Mormonism. Don’t talk on blogs until you’ve finished it.
All four of the standard works and at least one good commentary on each. At least one Bible commentary you choose must be written by a non-Mormon. It goes without saying that you will have thoroughly read the conference issues of the Ensign for at least the last 5 years.
Richard Bushman, Joseph Smith and the Beginnings of Mormonism (bonus points for reading Rough Stone Rolling instead)
Leonard Arrington, The Mormon Experience
Jan Shipps, Mormonism
Anderson & Beecher, Sisters in Spirit and/or Claudia Bushman et al., Mormon Sisters
Thomas Alexander, Mormonism in Transition and/or Armand Mauss, The Angel and the Beehive
There are lots and lots more you can read for extra credit, but you will be allowed to speak in class after finishing the above.
That is all. You are dismissed to the library.