Polygamy: Public Practice

March 31, 2015 | 11 comments
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In my prior post, I looked briefly at the origins of polygamy. Again using documents from B. Carmon Hardy’s Doing the Works of Abraham: Mormon Polygamy: Its Origin, Practice, and Demise (Arthur H. Clark, 2007), I will now look at the public practice of polygamy in early Utah. How did the Saints in Utah explain it to the world and what did visitors to Salt Lake City say about what they observed? Read more »

New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #14

March 31, 2015 | one comment
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New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #14

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Privilege and the Family

March 30, 2015 | 40 comments
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In a post at By Common Consent over the weekend (What has two thumbs and doesn’t give a crap about the Family?), Rebecca J writes that “If I’m not currently standing up for the Family, it’s… really just that I don’t care enough about the Family. I don’t think... Read more »

NT Wright on Genre and Reading

March 29, 2015 | 2 comments
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NT Wright on Genre and Reading

  One of the themes I’ve explored repeatedly in talking about Genesis and Bible interpretation in general is that of genre, and the necessity of recognizing the genre of... Read more »

Women in General Conference: It’s Not a “Primary Voice”

March 29, 2015 | 29 comments
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As I watched the first General Women’s Session of conference (at least the first not retroactively declared as such) last night, I was once again taken aback by the... Read more »

Defending the Family

March 29, 2015 | 17 comments
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Those wanting to follow the counsel from the first session of General Conference last night about the importance of defending the family will be very interested in this article (please... Read more »

New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #13

March 24, 2015 | 7 comments
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New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #13

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For Zion – Part 10

March 24, 2015 | 2 comments
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For Zion – Part 10

From the pen of George Handley: There are those who are infected by nostalgia and yearn for a nineteenth-century Mormonism because, I suppose, they imagine that the prophets then... Read more »

Initial Short Speculation on Three Book of Mormon Passages and Ancient Cosmology

March 22, 2015 | 30 comments
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Initial Short Speculation on Three Book of Mormon Passages and Ancient Cosmology

Part of writing a book about ancient cosmology and Genesis 1 is… reading lots about ancient cosmology and Genesis 1. In doing so, I’ve had some thoughts about three Book of Mormon... Read more »

Polygamy: Origins

March 19, 2015 | 48 comments
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Once upon a time, no one except critics wanted to talk about LDS polygamy. But TV shows, court cases, and four Gospel Topics essays on the subject — which... Read more »

The historicity window

March 18, 2015 | 68 comments
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The historicity window

Book of Mormon historicity is not a unitary entity or a binary concept. It has at least three primary components, each of which offers a spectrum of possibilities Read more »

For Zion – Part 9

March 18, 2015 | no comments
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For Zion – Part 9

From the pen of Jim Faulconer: Joseph M. Spencer’s most recent book (unless he has done another in the few weeks since this one was published) is For Zion:... Read more »

New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #12

March 17, 2015 | one comment
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New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #12

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What Was Satan’s Plan?

March 17, 2015 | 68 comments
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There’s an article in this month’s Ensign that makes two interesting moves. (There are also a few really unpleasant aspects of this article, but that’s a topic for a different post.) Read more »

For Zion — Part 8

March 12, 2015 | one comment
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For Zion — Part 8

Chapter 9, “Zion as Project”, gets right down to business. Having previously and rather brilliantly tied up his various scriptural themes and contexts — Old Testament eschatology, early Christian... Read more »

For Zion — Part 7

March 12, 2015 | no comments
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For Zion — Part 7

Chapter 8, “Zion in Prophecy,” marks an important transition in Joseph Spencer’s For Zion. Opening with a tour de force theological dissection of hope in Paul’s Epistle to the... Read more »

New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #11

March 10, 2015 | one comment
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New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #11

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Grace Is Not God’s Backup Plan

March 6, 2015 | 31 comments
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Grace Is Not God’s Backup Plan

I’ve published a new little book, Grace Is Not God’s Backup Plan: An Urgent Paraphrase of Paul’s Letter to the Romans. It’s an experiment both in reading Paul and in self-publishing.... Read more »

A Mormon Maximalism

March 5, 2015 | 14 comments
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A Mormon Maximalism

I’ve been practicing a kind of Mormon maximalism for a long time now. This impulse toward maximalism is itself religious in spirit. More, the impulse is aesthetic. It’s driven... Read more »

The Running Missionary

March 5, 2015 | 42 comments
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The Running Missionary

Deseret News has an article on a sister-missionary video “’My mission in 5 minutes,” in which a well-meaning, returned sister missionary summarizes the highlights of her mission in Berlin,... Read more »

A Mormon Minimalism

March 4, 2015 | 23 comments
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A Mormon Minimalism

I’ve been practicing a kind of theological minimalism for a long time now. This impulse toward minimalism is itself religious. And it’s aesthetic. It doesn’t have to do with whether particular... Read more »

For Zion – Part 6

March 3, 2015 | 10 comments
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For Zion – Part 6

One more time, from the pen of Ben Peters: One of the most tempting yet misplaced complaints lodged against Joseph Spencer’s For Zion: A Mormon Theology of Hope might... Read more »

New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #10

March 3, 2015 | 2 comments
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New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #10

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Seafloor Spreading, or Why I’m Mormon

March 1, 2015 | 45 comments
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Seafloor Spreading, or Why I’m Mormon

Let’s acknowledge that beginnings are important. This is one reason why we care so much about history. So let’s go back to beginning. Let’s go back to the origin,... Read more »

Questions and Doubts

February 27, 2015 | 115 comments
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An article in the March 2015 Ensign is stirring up all kinds of discussion: “When Doubts and Questions Arise.” Read the article and you will see what the fuss... Read more »

For Zion – Part 5

February 27, 2015 | 2 comments
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For Zion – Part 5

From the pen of Ben Peters (see previous post): Chapter five in Joseph Spencer’s For Zion turns to what he calls “the space of hope.” Here his discussion focuses on... Read more »

For Zion – Part 4

February 25, 2015 | 2 comments
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For Zion – Part 4

From the pen of Ben Peters: I’m thrilled and humbled to take part in this roundtable. By way of introduction, I’m Ben Peters, a husband, a father of four,... Read more »

New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #9

February 24, 2015 | one comment
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New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #9

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They Spoke in General Conference as Ones That Had Authority

February 23, 2015 | 9 comments
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They Spoke in General Conference as Ones That Had Authority

“And they were astonished at his doctrine: for he taught them as one that had authority, and not as the scribes.” –Mark 1:22 (see also Matthew 7:29) This scripture... Read more »

Black History Month: Elijah Ables in Cincinnati, 1842-1845

February 22, 2015 | 8 comments
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Black History Month: Elijah Ables in Cincinnati, 1842-1845

  To purchase Black Mormon: The Story of Elijah Ables or For the Cause of Righteousness: A Global History of Blacks and Mormonism, 1830-2013, click here or here. As the first documented priesthood... Read more »