For Zion – Part 6

March 3, 2015 | no 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 be that, for all its talk about Zion, For Zion does nothing to suggest actionable proposals or bullet points for how to build Zion. 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 | 41 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, to the source, to what the Greeks called the arche. But how? Where is the origin? Read more »

Questions and Doubts

February 27, 2015 | 94 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 »

On Not Giving a Fig for Historicity Debates

February 21, 2015 | 139 comments
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On Not Giving a Fig for Historicity Debates

There’s a lot of discussion lately about the relationship between scripture and history. In this post, I suggest, by way of a case study, that the trees are obscuring... Read more »

Urkirche, Urtext

February 18, 2015 | 32 comments
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Urkirche, Urtext

I don’t believe in the historical Jesus Read more »

For Zion – Part 3

February 17, 2015 | 5 comments
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For Zion  – Part 3

I’m honored to participate in this roundtable on Joe Spencer’s book For Zion: A Mormon Theology of Hope.  I’ll be tackling chapters 2 and 3 today; Adam treated chapter 1... Read more »

New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #8

February 17, 2015 | 14 comments
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New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #8

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When Symbolism isn’t Symbolic

February 16, 2015 | 11 comments
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A few weeks ago I listened to an episode of This American Life with an unfortunate title: Batman. The title, which really doesn’t set the right tone for the episode to follow,... Read more »

Religion of a Different Color

February 16, 2015 | one comment
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Religion of a Different Color

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The Branch of Love: A Black History Month Tribute to Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2015 | 7 comments
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The Branch of Love: A Black History Month Tribute to Valentine’s Day

To purchase For the Cause of Righteousness: A Global History of Blacks and Mormonism, 1830-2013, click here. This piece tells the story of a long-forgotten black Latter-day Saint, William P.... Read more »

Is excommunication a medieval solution to a modern problem?

February 13, 2015 | 53 comments
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Is excommunication a medieval solution to a modern problem?

I believe it was Joanna Brooks who first formulated the idea that “excommunication is a 19th-century solution to a 21st-century problem.” It bears the marks of her elegant, intelligent... Read more »

For Zion – Part 2

February 13, 2015 | 12 comments
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For Zion – Part 2

The first chapter of For Zion lays the groundwork for Spencer’s reading of Paul’s theology of hope. It focuses especially on Paul’s letter to the Romans. Understanding the details... Read more »

For Zion – Part 1

February 12, 2015 | 15 comments
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For Zion – Part 1

Whatever happened to Zion?  Whatever happened to the law of consecration? Aren’t these things from a long time ago? Or for some time way in the future? No. They... Read more »

Who gets to be a Mormon?

February 11, 2015 | 103 comments
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I have a few questions about boundaries and numbers that I would like to put before the group for your collective insight. While the questions are related, they are... Read more »

Congo! Heart of . . .

February 11, 2015 | 11 comments
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Congo! Heart of . . .

Note: this post was written by Margaret Blair Young. Read more »

A Sad Day

February 10, 2015 | 59 comments
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Thoughts today are with John and his family. Read more »

New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #7

February 10, 2015 | 3 comments
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New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #7

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No Apology

February 4, 2015 | 70 comments
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No Apology

"I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early." Hosea 5:15 Read more »

New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #6

February 3, 2015 | 14 comments
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New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #6

So here’s the plan: each week that the gospels are covered in Sunday School, I will post one question from my book along with a brief discussion of the issues... Read more »

On Reading Scripture and Being Human

February 2, 2015 | 39 comments
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About three weeks ago, David Bokovoy wrote an interesting blog post on historicity in the scripture in which he argued that questions of historicity are unhelpful anachronisms that tend... Read more »

T&S Welcomes Guest Blogger Russell Stevenson

February 2, 2015 | 10 comments
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T&S Welcomes Guest Blogger Russell Stevenson

We are pleased to welcome Russell Stevenson as a guest blogger. Russell has a master’s degree in history from the University of Kentucky, and after a stint teaching at... Read more »

Guest Post: The World Is Improving

January 31, 2015 | 45 comments
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Guest Post: The World Is Improving

 Today we feature a guest post from Brandon Russell. Read more »

New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #5

January 27, 2015 | 16 comments
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New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson #5

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Messianicity & Historicity

January 26, 2015 | 101 comments
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The Book of Mormon is a messianic text. As messianic, it means to interrupt and overwrite our normal experience of time. When this overwriting occurs at the level of the... Read more »