Religion is a social technology -- the most powerful social technology. Like all powerful technologies, it can be used for good and evil, and it clearly has been used for both historically.
An article at Atlanta Blackstar presents "11 Neil DeGrasse Tyson Quotes That Debunk 'Religious Science'", or at least purports to do so. Here are my thoughts on the quotes, including the bonus quote thrown in at the beginning of the article.
A friend, who considers me a progressive Mormon, shared with me an article by BYU political science professor Ralph Hancock on "Progressivism Among the Mormons". In the article, Ralph observes that progressive Mormons appear to interpret the doctrine of continuing revelation as a politically progressive mandate, and he expresses his disagreement with that interpretation. As someone who appears to qualify as a progressive Mormon, at least according to my friend and probably according to Ralph, I disagree with his characterization of my interpretation of doctrine.
Humanity is engaged in epochal change, an accelerating technological and cultural evolution with unprecedented risks and opportunities. Among the possibilities is that of creating new tools, processes, and organizations that together serve as infrastructure for helping everyone restore the vitality of their bodies and minds, and improve their capacity to learn, love and create indefinitely.
The Mormon doctrine of theosis (or deification) is, so far as this Mormon is concerned, the most profound and beautiful idea in the religion. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, by far the largest Mormon denomination and the one of which I'm a member, recently published to its website an article entitled "Becoming Like God", reaffirming its embrace of the idea and explaining some of the history behind it.