Pray for the Cougars

December 19, 2014 | 11 comments
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Pray for the Cougars

Pray for the Cougars. Or the Tigers. Take your pick. Either one is fine as far as I’m concerned. Or if you’re not into college football, pray for something else. Read more »

Book Review: The Council of Fifty: A Documentary History

December 15, 2014 | 11 comments
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Book Review: The Council of Fifty: A Documentary History

I don’t have time to do a proper review of the 490 pages of The Council of Fifty: A Documentary History (Signature Books, 2014), edited by Jedediah S. Rogers, so I am just going to start writing and see what happens. The book hits the bookshelves today, so it’s... Read more »

From Benjamin Park: A Statement Regarding a Recent Review Essay

December 15, 2014 | one comment
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Today we’re pleased to share a guest post from Benjamin Park. The post refers to his review essay “The Book of Mormon and Early America’s Political and  Intellectual Traditions,” which is available to read at the Maxwell Institute site here, or as a Google document here. We have also published a follow-up... Read more »

Taking Control of Your Gospel Doctrine Class… Because You’re the Teacher

December 13, 2014 | 64 comments
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Taking Control of Your Gospel Doctrine Class… Because You’re the Teacher

I’ve wondered how much blame for  “uninformative” (Pres. Kimball’s description) or “uninspiring” (Elder Holland’s paraphrase) teaching in Gospel Doctrine comes from collective failure. Yes, a good teacher can do wonders,... Read more »

For I am not ashamed…

December 12, 2014 | 41 comments
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Draw the Line

This past Monday one of the radio talk shows I listen to asked about what happened in Church during the weekend. In the wake of the grand jury decisions... Read more »

What the Smith Boys Said This Year

December 11, 2014 | 17 comments
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Guest Book Review: The Early Prophets by Everett Fox

December 10, 2014 | 5 comments
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Guest Book Review: The Early Prophets by Everett Fox

This guest book review was written by frequent commenter Terry H.     Read more »

Nominate the 2014 Mormon of the Year

December 8, 2014 | 106 comments
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It is time, once again, to select the Mormon of the Year! Read more »

Hypersensitivity and Trolls: A Codependent Dysfunction

December 8, 2014 | 23 comments
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2014-12-08 Troll-No-Powers

Introduction My first posts at Times and Seasons were about epistemic humility, which is the awareness of the limits of knowledge. One of the common responses I got at... Read more »

The Mormon Challenge, Part 1: Creation

December 4, 2014 | 21 comments
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The Mormon Challenge, Part 1: Creation

Continuing with my project to actually read the LDS books I buy, I’m now reading The New Mormon Challenge (Zondervan, 2002), a serious book about Mormonism by a bunch... Read more »

My Testimony of the Prophet Joseph Smith

December 4, 2014 | 42 comments
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My Testimony of the Prophet Joseph Smith

I was asked to share a brief testimony of the Prophet Joseph Smith in sacrament meeting last week. To the best of my recollection, this is what I said: Read more »

Book Review: Jesus the Christ Study Guide

December 2, 2014 | 33 comments
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Book Review: Jesus the Christ Study Guide

 Richard Neitzel Holzapfel and Thomas A. Wayment, Jesus the Christ Study Guide   Read more »

All things testify of Joseph Smith: on the ethics and theology of faith-promoting legends

December 1, 2014 | 7 comments
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All things testify of Joseph Smith: on the ethics and theology of faith-promoting legends

While faith should be founded on truth rather than fiction, we shouldn’t overlook how devotional legends reflect creative and democratic processes of theology-formation. Here, for example, is a faith-promoting... Read more »

Teaching Like The Prophets

November 28, 2014 | 8 comments
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I think the recently announced changes to the CES and BYU Religious Education requirements could be really great. Far from paying less attention to the scriptures, as some have... Read more »

Recommended NT Resources, part 3: History and Commentary

November 27, 2014 | 14 comments
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(Cross-posted at Benjamin the Scribe.) First, Amazon is offering 30% off any physical book you buy for the next two days, by entering HOLIDAY30 at the checkout. Great time... Read more »

Day 2 of Gratitude

November 26, 2014 | 2 comments
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Day 2 of Gratitude

Prayers of Gratitude—Sunday, November 9 . . . was the annual Primary Program, one of my favorite Sundays of the year. Though many find this day difficult, I simply... Read more »

When to Disobey

November 24, 2014 | 110 comments
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2014-11-24 Naughty Dog

I’ve been having some interesting conversations about the high cost of membership in the Church. We believe, in general, that the cost of being a Mormon is high and... Read more »

Short Musings on the Wu-Tang Clan, Ezekiel, and Church Curriculum

November 23, 2014 | 7 comments
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Short Musings on the Wu-Tang Clan, Ezekiel, and Church Curriculum

Yesterday at a restaurant with my parents, I heard a nice bluesy instrumental over the audio system. I’m a blues fan, and liked it so much I flagged down the... Read more »

Announcing the BYU & Maxwell Institute 2015 Summer Seminar

November 20, 2014 | no comments
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UPDATED: The original version of this post didn’t include the link to the application form. That link was added on Dec 10, 2014. In the summer of 2015, the... Read more »

“A New Affirmation on Marriage”: A sneer at the Mormon Church?

November 20, 2014 | 70 comments
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“A New Affirmation on Marriage”:  A sneer at the Mormon Church?

Intended or unintended, the document “A New Affirmation on Marriage” of the interreligious conference at the Vatican can be read as a sneer at the Mormon Church (or as... Read more »

My morning with McBaine and Wiman

November 20, 2014 | 3 comments
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As happens every now and then, I had a furious, fortuitous conjoining that so filled the boughs with fruit that they now creak and threaten to break. And language—especially... Read more »

The Teachings and Doctrine of the Book of Mormon, Take Five

November 19, 2014 | 3 comments
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And now we hear from Joe Spencer: Read more »

The Teachings and Doctrine of the Book of Mormon, Take Four

November 19, 2014 | 15 comments
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Today’s entry was written by Grant Hardy: Read more »

Two Thoughts on President Eyring’s Talk at the Vatican Colloquium

November 18, 2014 | 16 comments
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Two Thoughts on President Eyring’s Talk at the Vatican Colloquium

You can read the transcript here; two quick thoughts: Read more »

Family Home Evening: Repentance

November 18, 2014 | 5 comments
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Family Home Evening: Repentance

I think I’ve kvetched before about how hard it is to plan meaningful FHEs with older kids.  Read more »

The Teachings and Doctrine of the Book of Mormon, Take Three

November 18, 2014 | 3 comments
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This entry is a bit different because it is a sample assignment for one day, not a complete syllabus. Read more »

The Teachings and Doctrine of the Book of Mormon, Take Two

November 17, 2014 | 10 comments
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Our next entry comes from Matt W. (see the first post and explanation here). Read more »

Learning to Yell

November 16, 2014 | 8 comments
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Learning to Yell

You probably think the title is a joke or some nice irony or a typo. It is not. It is not even a feminist manifesto about reclaiming my “voice.”... Read more »

The Teachings and Doctrine of the Book of Mormon, Take One

November 13, 2014 | 20 comments
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One big change resulting from the new CES and BYU Religious Ed curriculum will be that, instead of two classes on the Book of Mormon, now only one will be... Read more »

Mormons and Politics

November 12, 2014 | 3 comments
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Readers may be interested in a recent episode of the “Research on Religion Podcast,” featuring Quin Monson (BYU) and Dave Campbell (Notre Dame) discussing their new book Seeking the... Read more »