Constructive Thoughts on the Curriculum Shift

October 29, 2014 | 15 comments
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As I’ve stopped hyperventilating over the leak of this forthcoming change, I’ve had some thoughts. I have a general rule when I’m in Gospel Doctrine that I try not to say anything unless it’s constructive (or the teacher says something really flagrantly crazy/wrong, which is rare in my experience.) Let me open with this positiveness, then. BYU’s RelEd has some fantastic people, some new hires, and good things happening. I’ll single out the Advanced Book of Mormon class. The two Fall 2014 sections are not the first time this class has been taught. The two “regular” Book of Mormon classes are prerequisites, the syllabi... Read more »

Letter to a CES Student

October 28, 2014 | 59 comments
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It’s important to keep our tough questions about Mormonism in perspective. And, especially, we need to keep the genuinely urgent questions front and center. The big problems are straightforward. We’re dying here. You and I. We’re getting sick, we’re getting old, and we’re dying. Our lives are small and... Read more »

New BYU Religious Ed and CES Curriculum

October 27, 2014 | 60 comments
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According to this letter posted on William Hamblin’s blog, big changes are afoot.   Read more »

Alma and Apocalypse

October 27, 2014 | 9 comments
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Alma and Apocalypse

In Understanding the Book of Mormon, Grant Hardy argues that an important part of the Book of Mormon’s meaning emerges from how it alludes to, comments on, or patterns... Read more »

New Polygamy Essays

October 22, 2014 | 125 comments
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Read them here, here, and here. I’ll leave the squabbling over whether they fairly represented the historical situation to those who get paid the big bucks to consider those questions and... Read more »

Mormonism Isn’t About Mormonism

October 22, 2014 | 6 comments
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It’s a mistake to think that Mormonism is about Mormonism. Read more »

4 o’clock

October 20, 2014 | 10 comments
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4 o’clock

A few years ago, my sister handed me a lumpy white envelope for Christmas. I opened it carefully, able to feel the jumble of small parts beneath my fingertips.... Read more »

Announcement: Faith & Knowledge Conference at UVa

October 20, 2014 | no comments
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THE FIFTH BIENNIAL FAITH AND KNOWLEDGE CONFERENCE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA FEBRUARY 27-28, 2015 The Faith and Knowledge Conference was established in 2006 to bring together LDS graduate... Read more »

The Body of Christ

October 16, 2014 | 39 comments
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“Is the church true?” This question is, I think, poorly posed. It seems ill-suited to the kind of existential burn that might compel me to ask it. It seems... Read more »

Recommended NT Resources part 2: General and Reference (updated)

October 15, 2014 | 22 comments
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Recommended NT Resources part 2: General and Reference (updated)

Many of these can be purchased in paper, kindle, or from Logos or Accordance. (I’m a big Logos user.) As with all my recommendations, take them with a grain... Read more »

Two Approaches to Isaiah

October 15, 2014 | 10 comments
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This is going to be a post about Isaiah that does *not* talk about Second Isaiah. After addressing the transmission of the text of Isaiah, I will contrast two... Read more »

A Hypothesis for Columbus Day

October 13, 2014 | 18 comments
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1 Nephi 13:12 refers to Bartolome de las Casas. Discuss. Read more »

Our Prayers and God’s Messy Plans

October 13, 2014 | 9 comments
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The Council of Gods, Giovanni Lanfranco (From Wikimedia Commons)

I taught lesson 35 today, which covers Amos and Joel. As usual, I benefitted a great deal from Ben Spackman’s Patheos posts, and in particular his discussion of Amos... Read more »

Meeting the Mormons

October 12, 2014 | 26 comments
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Meeting the Mormons

Imagine that the Meet the Mormons movie was made any time between, say, 1940 and 1990. I think we know almost exactly what it would have looked like: Read more »

Recommended NT Resources, Part 1: Translations, Text, and the Bible in General

October 10, 2014 | 20 comments
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Recommended NT Resources, Part 1: Translations, Text, and the Bible in General

(Cross-posted at Benjamin the Scribe) We’re 80% of the way through our Old Testament, and the time has come to start looking forward. As I did for the Old,... Read more »

Do Women Count?

October 9, 2014 | 130 comments
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Do Women Count?

Here are the words that President Uchtdorf used in his talk at the General Women’s Meeting:   I am honored to have this opportunity to be with you as... Read more »

Expectations and Meet the Mormons

October 9, 2014 | 15 comments
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Expectations and Meet the Mormons

Early in my book publishing career, I worked for an innovative publisher of high-quality childrens picture books. One day, in conversation with my boss, the publisher, I criticized the... Read more »

A supplementary lesson plan for October 2014 Sharing Time, week 2

October 9, 2014 | 48 comments
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I love Primary. It’s my favorite place to serve in the Church, and if I had my way I’d serve there for the rest of my life. This month’s... Read more »

Losing Our Youth?

October 8, 2014 | 43 comments
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So I stumbled upon a Rod Dreher article at Beliefnet, “The Church’s Lost Generation” (and by “Church” he means generic Christians). It is clear from General Conference themes that... Read more »

Forgetting Kolob

October 8, 2014 | 46 comments
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Forgetting Kolob

General Conference is the central forum for official instruction in Mormon doctrine. Conference has very wide viewership among church members, and its influence is magnified by the widespread reach... Read more »

The Crucible of Doubt – A Review

October 7, 2014 | 6 comments
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Fiona and Terryl Givens’ The Crucible of Doubt is a nearly perfect book. I hope that a million Mormons read it. Crucible manages to do what all great religious... Read more »

Five Things I Liked from General Conference

October 6, 2014 | 20 comments
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Note that I did a separate post on the General Women’s Meeting here and posted notes from the Saturday afternoon session here. Some things I liked from conference: Read more »

Sunday Afternoon Session of General Conference

October 5, 2014 | 3 comments
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Sunday Afternoon Session of General Conference

Welcome to the fourth or fifth or sixth session of General Conference, depending on how you count. Text in quotation marks are verbatim quotes but not 100% guaranteed; other... Read more »

Sunday Morning Session of General Conference

October 5, 2014 | 5 comments
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We spent yesterday listening to General Conference while assembling IKEA furniture in the hopes that the spirit of the meeting would help reduce the desire to curse associated with... Read more »

GenCon: Priesthood Session

October 4, 2014 | one comment
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GenCon: Priesthood Session

Welcome to T&S’ coverage of the Priesthood Session of General Conference. We welcome your comments. . Chorus: Rise Up O Men of God President Henry B Eyring is conducting... Read more »

Saturday Afternoon Session of General Conference

October 4, 2014 | 13 comments
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My conference notes. (Snark in parentheses.) Read more »

GenConf–Saturday Morning

October 4, 2014 | 10 comments
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President Eyring conducted the Saturday morning session. Direct quotations are in quotation marks (from my notes). Other text is my summary of what was said. Read more »

Isaiah 29:21

October 2, 2014 | 16 comments
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Isaiah 29:21

A friend recently said she needs a “new approach” to studying the Book of Mormon. I’m not sure what her old approach was, Read more »

Progress and Perfection Reconciled

October 1, 2014 | no comments
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Progress and Perfection Reconciled

  Peace like a river. Read more »

Who Likes Deseret Book?

September 30, 2014 | 24 comments
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Who Likes Deseret Book?

If you are a Bloggernacle regular, probably not you. You most likely have little sympathy for their fluffy books and a whole heap of disdain for their other kitschy... Read more »