Genesis- Various thoughts and notes on a Saturday night.

January 24, 2015 | 13 comments
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Genesis- Various thoughts and notes on a Saturday night.

The new Seminary manual on the Old Testament approaches the authorship of Genesis in a reductive and simplistic way. (HT: David Tayman, who also did the Israelite cosmology art below.) Ask students if they know who wrote the first book in the Bible. After they respond, invite them to turn to Genesis 1 and look in the title to see who wrote the book of Genesis. (You may want to explain that in addition to writing Genesis, Moses wrote Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. The book of Moses in the Pearl of Great Price also contains Moses’s writings.) Now, this... Read more »

Practical Apologetics: Historicity

January 23, 2015 | 36 comments
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Over the holidays I borrowed a copy of Historicity and the Latter-day Saint Scriptures (BYU Religious Studies Center, 2001). Turns out the full book is available online at the RSC site. The book features articles by the usual cast of religion profs and scholarly apologists, plus an apostle and... Read more »

Seminary Woes

January 21, 2015 | 48 comments
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For a people that values educational choices, I find it surprising that we accept very limited options for seminary programs for our teenagers. Read more »

New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #4

January 20, 2015 | 18 comments
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New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #4

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Announcing the 2nd Annual Wheatley “Faith Seeking Understanding” Summer Seminar

January 19, 2015 | no comments
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The 2nd Annual Wheatley “Faith Seeking Understanding” Summer Seminar will be held from June 22 – July 10, 2015 under the direction of Professor Terryl Givens. Here’s the seminar... Read more »

The Influence of Law on Mormon Theology in the 20th Century

January 18, 2015 | 10 comments
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I recently published an article that T&S readers might find interesting. It traces the legal issues faced by the Church as a result of its international expansion after 1945,... Read more »

Most Mormons

January 16, 2015 | 33 comments
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Most Mormons

I distrust Most Mormons. Whenever I see Most Mormons, I’m inclined to disagree with whatever is being said. If it were possible, I’d like to do away with Most... Read more »

Times and Seasons’ 2014 Mormon of the Year: The Authors of the LDS Gospel Topics Essays

January 15, 2015 | 71 comments
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Times & Seasons is proud to announce the 2014 Mormon of the Year:  Authors of the Gospel Topics Essays. The Mormon of the Year is our annual designation of... Read more »

New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #3

January 13, 2015 | 26 comments
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New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #3

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A Brother in Zion: One man’s unlikely journey into Mormonism

January 12, 2015 | 12 comments
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A Brother in Zion: One man’s unlikely journey into Mormonism

It was the jumpsuit that brought it all into focus, a jumpsuit much like one he had worn years before. But this jumpsuit was white. That one had been... Read more »

We are all Charlie

January 9, 2015 | 48 comments
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We are all Charlie

The horrendous attack on Charlie Hebdo last Wednesday has shocked the world. This is beyond humanity, and all reactions, also from the Muslim communities, is one of deep anger... Read more »

Incredulous About Joseph Smith’s Polygamy

January 8, 2015 | 306 comments
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Incredulous About Joseph Smith’s Polygamy

Entrenched in Mormon Culture I am a 7th generation Mormon who grew up in Utah County. I attended church all my life, had regular family scripture study and FHE.... Read more »

Laughing through General Conference

January 8, 2015 | 22 comments
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Laughing through General Conference

No one comes to General Conference for the jokes. And yet, some of the conference moments I remember most clearly involve laughter. In 1997, after Elder Nelson gave a... Read more »

Welcome to Guest Blogger Dave Evans

January 8, 2015 | 2 comments
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Times and Seasons is pleased to welcome David K. Evans as our latest guest blogger. Dave is a Senior Economist in the Chief Economist’s Office for the Africa Region of... Read more »

2014 Mormon Book of the Year

January 7, 2015 | 7 comments
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2014 Mormon Book of the Year

With all the power vested in me (by myself), I hereby declare Joseph Spencer’s book, For Zion: A Mormon Theology of Hope, the 2014 Mormon Book of the Year. Read more »

New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #2

January 6, 2015 | 10 comments
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New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #2

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Reconciling Shame and Guilt

January 5, 2015 | 19 comments
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Last year was my first year teaching the Old Testament in Gospel Doctrine, and I benefited a ton from Ben Spackman’s Patheos blog. So I’m starting off this year... Read more »

What Role Should the JST Play in LDS Biblical Studies?

January 5, 2015 | 38 comments
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What Role Should the JST Play in LDS Biblical Studies?

Two people have asked me this question in the last week; here’s a stab at an answer. Read more »

Vote for Mormon of the Year 2014

January 1, 2015 | 58 comments
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This post opens the voting for Mormon of the Year. Votes will be taken until midnight Eastern Time on Wednesday, January 7th, at which time the voting will close.... Read more »

Did Jesus Cleanse the Temple?

December 31, 2014 | 39 comments
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Did Jesus Cleanse the Temple?

The standard Mormon reading of Mark 11:15-19 goes something like this: the temple was corrupt and so Jesus cleansed it by kicking out the wicked money changers so that... Read more »

New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #1

December 30, 2014 | 21 comments
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New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #1

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Who killed Goliath? CSI in Jerusalem

December 27, 2014 | 19 comments
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Who really killed Goliath? Of course, this is the most stupid question possible. After all, this is one of the most advertised killings in the history of the world,... Read more »

Wickedly Awesome Traditions of My Fathers and Mothers

December 22, 2014 | 6 comments
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Wickedly Awesome Traditions of My Fathers and Mothers

Holidays make me think of traditions, especially the food and family traditions of Thanksgiving and Christmas. But that makes me think about other traditions, such as the scriptural “wicked... Read more »

Pray for the Cougars

December 19, 2014 | 18 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... Read more »

Book Review: The Council of Fifty: A Documentary History

December 15, 2014 | 13 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,... 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,”... Read more »

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

December 13, 2014 | 68 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 | 18 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 »