New Polygamy Essays

October 22, 2014 | 93 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 instead look at a tangential issue: how they depict the way that prophets receive revelation. 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 | 9 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. Inside were perhaps 30 or 40 small, dark seeds. “Um. Cool,” I said, mystified. 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 | 37 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 | 42 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 | 40 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 »

Visitor at a missionary reunion

September 30, 2014 | 10 comments
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This week is missionary reunion week in the Salt Lake area and elsewhere. I thought of sharing the following in a mild poetic form. Read more »

Magic and Mechanisms

September 29, 2014 | 81 comments
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2014-09-29 Magic and Mechanisms

In her talk “The Evolutionary Roots of Religious Adaptation” for the Mormon Transhumanist Association, Chelsea Strayer hit on one of the fundamental sources of tension between devout and academic... Read more »

General Women’s Meeting

September 27, 2014 | 49 comments
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It is my nature to be cynical and critical and to focus on flaws, so when I tell you that the General Women’s Meeting was nearly perfect, that’s really... Read more »

Temple and Observatory Group Event in Minnesota

September 23, 2014 | 7 comments
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The Temple and Observatory Group, which has sponsored other events in Utah, Virginia and New York, is offering a seminar for those in the midst of a faith transition... Read more »