Gina Colvin opines on the latest LDS excommunication. (Dave) ... See MoreSee Less
Philip Jenkins on the Book of Mormon. He rejects historicity (no surprise) but applauds Mormon faith. And he rather naively (myopically? hypocritically?) thinks his Christianity avoids the historical challenges that he thinks bedevil Mormonism. (Dave) ... See MoreSee Less
From Laura Compton: The Hawaiian roots of the Family Proclamation. (Dave) ... See MoreSee Less
At Keepa: The wicked witches of Mormon history. (Dave) ... See MoreSee Less
Mike Ash of FAIR tackles the Zelph story. (Dave) ... See MoreSee Less
A man laying down his life for his friends. (Julie) ... See MoreSee Less
Projected equality date: 2189 (Julie) ... See MoreSee Less
A father's lament about Activity Days. ... See MoreSee Less
At JI, a Q&A with Russell Stevenson on For the Cause of Righteousness. (Dave) ... See MoreSee Less
BYU-Hawaii gets a new president. (Dave) ... See MoreSee Less
Mormons still have about one more child than the rest of everybody. And fertility-wise we're totally crushing the agnostics. Link is to the WP but go to Pew to do your own digging. (Frank) ... See MoreSee Less
Russell's SL Trib op-ed on LDS race history and a standard narrative "manufactured primarily for Saints who have enjoyed the luxury of never being told that they were less valiant in premortality or that they are 'cursed.'" (Dave) ... See MoreSee Less
A new song for Mothers' Day (Julie)http://janariess.religionnews.com/2015/05/08/a-new-mothers-day-song-for-mormons/ ... See MoreSee Less
The four primary accounts of the First Vision, now available at LDS.org in ten languages: Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. And English. (Dave) ... See MoreSee Less
A special fast in the Baltimore Stake. ... See MoreSee Less
I have a line in my book about Joseph Smith being the Copernican theologian par excellence. Does that stimulate any thought?
Does Joseph Smith’s theology exploit the possibilities opened up by an infinitely expanding universe?
The heavens change! Spots come and go on the Sun, and God was once a man! Oops, it was Galileo who discovered sunspots, wasn’t it? : )
Why Copernicus instead of Galileo? Because Galileo has been used so much as an occasion to ridicule religion as being full of superstition? Copernicus is tricky because yes, he turned the heavens nearly inside-out, but some people might think a geocentric model (pre-Copernican) of the cosmos is more analogous to the highly anthropomorphic LDS view of God. (Randy Paul of course would say actually it’s a highly *theo*morphic view of *humans*)
What about Albert Einstein? : )
I think that Smith fits better into the Caperinican model than you might allow. After all, the solar centric model was really favored by most of the religious/magical/cosmological mystics in the late western tradition. I think Francis Yates has a good discussion of this in her biography of Giordano Bruno. This school of thought tended to give more weight (both literal and figurative) to the sun, which was often associated with the divine. So it wasn’t really all tht difficult to make everyting else revolve around it. Also, one reading of the Book of Abraham might indicate that while the text has a geo/human centric model of the cosmos, Fac. 2 does not. It puts the divine right in the mysical middle of the text, rather than placing it in a far off sphere.
I think Joseph Smith could fit into BOTH groupings. He saw God and man as the center of the Universe, but that was only part of the story. At other times Joseph Smith didn’t even put God at the center, as much as God as a continuation of an eternal reality. I think that Joseph Smith was much more of an Einstienian Relativist; the center of things depended on what view you were describing in relation to others.