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Abdullah’s Bold Move in Faithful Education

October 27, 2007 | 18 comments
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King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia is building a university from the ground up. It is to be much less conservative than other Saudi institutions, but is explicitly based in Muslim values. This opens some very exciting possibilities. Read more »

Miracle Fatigue and the Still, Small Voice

October 10, 2007 | 24 comments
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Elijah had had enough. He left his servant at Beer-sheba, walked a day’s journey into the desert, and sat down to die. What was going through his head? Read more »

Taking On the Big Questions

September 24, 2007 | 48 comments
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Today’s colleges and universities have abandoned their most important task, en masse, says Anthony Kronman in his recent Boston Globe article. What are the prospects for getting back in the saddle? Read more »

Mormonism and Pluralism

June 2, 2007 | 82 comments
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Mormonism and Pluralism In the U.S. today, many people are wary of religion because they feel it often supports a kind of intolerance. Mitt Romney’s presidential candidacy provides an interesting case study on the relationship between faith and pluralism. On the one hand, we see clear examples of religious intolerance from people like Bill Keller. On the other hand, ironically, the Mormon faith to which Romney adheres is committed in its very scripture to a deep and wide pluralism. Read more »

Summer Seminar Deadline March 2nd

February 24, 2007 | 6 comments
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Again this summer, Richard Bushman and Terryl Givens will be leading a summer seminar for graduate students on early Mormon thought. The application deadline has been extended to March 2nd, so there is still time to apply (just!). Read more »

Are Mormons Trinitarian?

October 16, 2006 | 106 comments
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Mormons often make fun of traditional Christians for their struggling efforts to make sense of the Biblical teaching that the Father, Son and Holy Ghost are one God. Yet Mormons are committed to the unity of God at least as much as traditional Christians are, by our scriptures, particularly the Book of Mormon. Read more »

Where is Mormon Theology done?

September 20, 2006 | 63 comments
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UVSC and Utah State have growing Religious Studies programs. The Society for Mormon Philosophy and Theology will hold its fourth annual meeting at BYU in March 2007 (they are still accepting paper submissions). The broad title of BYU’s new Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship could be construed to include theology in its scope Read more »

BYU Grads Get PhDs

August 16, 2006 | 44 comments
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Quite a few of them do, as highlighted in BYU News recently. I am not very impressed with the BYU News article, but the number is still good news to me. Read more »

Enabling Grace

July 28, 2006 | 106 comments
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What is “grace”, really? We know we are saved by grace (Ephesians 2:8; 2 Nephi 25:23). Of course, lots of people (including some Mormons) think Mormons don’t believe in salvation by grace. Read more »

Faith and Irony at Menno-Hof

June 26, 2006 | 39 comments
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A few weeks ago I visited a charming Amish and Mennonite “visitor’s center” in a nearby town. I noticed something I think Mormons can learn from. Read more »

Welcome, Patrick Mason!

June 12, 2006 | 2 comments
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I am happy to introduce Patrick Mason as our next guest blogger. Patrick just finished his PhD in History at Notre Dame and will be working here this year as a program coordinator in Peace Studies Read more »

How perfect a union?

May 29, 2006 | 19 comments
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Are the United States substantially a moral union–a union on moral questions? This question has bearing on what belongs in the Constitution. Read more »

Reading Balaam Optimistically

May 12, 2006 | 23 comments
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Balaam is often mentioned as a fallen prophet, but the main description of him (in Numbers 22-4) doesn’t obviously support this. Read more »

Sitting Down Together

April 13, 2006 | 3 comments
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The night before he was killed, Jesus ate the passover with his disciples. Read more »

Mormon Philosophy & Theology Conference

March 3, 2006 | 2 comments
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The 2006 Annual Meeting of the Society for Mormon Philosopy and Theology will be held March 17-18th at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah. The conference program now appears on the web, with further details on the location, parking, etc. The conference is free and open to the public. Read more »

Faith as Active Hope: Hope, Plus!

February 1, 2006 | 15 comments
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A friend of mine was recently pressing me for a clear account of faith. Here is the gist of what I said, and a bit more. Tell me if you think I’m on the right track! Read more »

Reminder: Summer Seminar on Joseph Smith

January 13, 2006 | no comments
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Richard Bushman and Terryl Givens are leading a seminar this summer on “Mormon Thought, 1850 to 1920: Dealing with the Joseph Smith Legacy,” at BYU. Applications are due February 15th Read more »

Why I Hate Libraries (and Love Them)

December 24, 2005 | 21 comments
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I usually hate libraries (a) because there are too many books. Read more »

Go See “States of Grace”!

November 17, 2005 | 29 comments
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Dutcher captures the wrenching beauty of the struggle to follow Christ. “States of Grace: God’s Army 2″ is really good. Go. Read more »

BYU and the Advancement of Mormon Studies

November 15, 2005 | 49 comments
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Should up-and-coming Mormon scholars go to work at BYU, if they are interested in doing some of their work in Mormon Studies? I can think of a few young and mobile people a lot of us would like to see teaching there. But there are pros and cons. Read more »

Theology and Early Childhood Education

November 7, 2005 | 49 comments
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Based on our theology, Mormons should lead the world in early childhood education. Why? Here’s one basic line of argument. Read more »

To Gladden the Tongue

September 26, 2005 | 40 comments
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To Gladden the Tongue

Blackberries grow all along the edge of the woods outside the South Bend Stake Center. I am disappointed at how few Mormons seem interested in them. “Yea, all things which come of the earth, in the season thereof, are made for the benefit and the use of man, both to please the eye and to gladden the heart” (D&C 59:18) Read more »

God’s Plan of Grace (/of Love/of Happiness/of Salvation)

September 12, 2005 | 130 comments
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Some Mormons seem to think that Mormons don’t understand grace. This is a grave mistake, even if it is an honest mistake. The Book of Mormon is the best discussion of grace in the Christian world. Read more »

Touched With Our Infirmities

September 9, 2005 | 49 comments
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Do we humans in part choose what forms of worship God will require of us? Read more »