If you have been too busy with real life to do more than your required online reading here at T&S, here are a few posts you might have missed.
A Brief, Incomplete View of Mormon Studies in the 20th Century is a nice, if rather conservative, summary of authors and events. It is framed as a response to a parent whose daughter sampled some of the “New Mormon History” and got lost. It concludes with a paragraph or two on “inoculation,” suitably endorsed by Richard L. Bushman. Interesting that this always seems to be the framework used for discussing the merits of scholarly versus faith-promoting history, as if one needs to justify or apologize for doing scholarly history. Another recent post that covers the same turf with a bit more sympathy is The New Mormon History.
Intelligent Design: Context Matters defends methdological naturalism as used in science and tries to help LDS readers see that Intelligent Design is a dead end. I see it as just another bad idea foisted on the world by Evangelicals — and haven’t we picked up enough bad ideas from them already? That’s really not where we want to be taking our cues for how to look at life and the Universe. For more enlightening discussion on ID, see Intelligent Design: Bad For Science and Faith at a newish blog run by a BYU biology prof.
Quick links: Understanding Ezekiel’s Remarkable Merkabah Vision at a new blog run by a theology grad student. Benefits of LDS Blogging, suggesting we’re not just wasting large amounts of time at the keyboard and also revealing there are people out there actually studying LDS blogging. And don’t miss Part One and Part Two on the textual history of the King Follett Discourse.