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Posts You Might Have Missed 5

August 6, 2008 | one comment
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If you’ve been on a cross-country trek visiting in-laws or golf courses (or both) instead of reading new blogs posts, here are a few good posts you might have missed. Read more »

Christianity by Continent

August 3, 2008 | 8 comments
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I recently read Martin Marty’s The Christian World: A Global History (2007). The subtitle is slightly misleading, as Marty recounts Christian history on a continent-by-continent basis. The last two chapters, covering the modern return of Christianity to Africa and Asia, raise issues of particular interest to the LDS experience: correlation and assimilation. Read more »

Meet Your Inner Fish

July 31, 2008 | 9 comments
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I recently read Your Inner Fish: A Journey Into the 3.5-Billion Year History of the Human Body (Pantheon Books, 2008) by Neil Shubin, a paleotologist and professor of anatomy at the University of Chicago. By coincidence, Jared at LDS Science Review had posted the same book in his “Currently Reading” list. Here is our conversation about this interesting book. Read more »

Welcome to Guest Blogger Kylie Turley

July 29, 2008 | 13 comments
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Let’s have a big round of applause for Craig Harline’s busy two weeks as a guest blogger, then roll out the red carpet for our next guest, Kylie Turley. Kylie teaches honors writing at BYU (so watch those errant commas and inscrutable relative pronouns in your comments!) and is also on the staff of the LDS literary journal Segullah. According to a short bio posted at the Segullah site, Kylie is a native of the great state of Wyoming and researches Mormon women’s history. Thank you, Craig, and welcome Kylie! Read more »

Massacre is Just Around the Corner

July 22, 2008 | 51 comments
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The Deseret News just ran a lengthy article giving some details on the long-awaited but soon-to-be-released book Massacre at Mountain Meadows, by three LDS historians. Read more »

Book Review: The Host

July 20, 2008 | 8 comments
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by Stephenie Meyers (Little, Brown, 2008). 617 pp. WARNING: major spoilers Stephenie Meyer’s foray into science fiction is a well-deserved best seller, and a great piece of Mormon literature. The romantic interaction between Bella and Edward and Jacob—wait, I mean between Jared and Melanie/Wanderer and Ian—uh, hold on a second… Read more »

Modern Responses to the Problem of Evil

July 19, 2008 | 25 comments
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In a previous post I summarized biblical explanations for the problem of evil or the existence of suffering in the world as presented in Bart Ehrman’s latest book, God’s Problem. In this post I’ll continue with additional explanations from modern and LDS sources. Read more »

Cycling Through Mormon History

July 18, 2008 | 3 comments
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For you, summer might be a succession of beaches, barbeques, and baseball games, but for one young man this summer is an extended bicycle tour of American religious sites. He has posted excellent photos of his visits to the Smith family farm and the Hill Cumorah Pageant that I’m sure you’ll enjoy. If he makes it to SLC, someone should throw him a party or something. Read more »

Posts You Might Have Missed 4

July 15, 2008 | 3 comments
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In case you were too busy celebrating Bastille Day to keep up with your required blog reading, here are a few posts to notice. Read more »

Going for Gold | Olympic Moments

July 10, 2008 | 13 comments
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Mormon Times posted a list of LDS athletes who are headed to the Summer Olympics. An impressive group — I hope they all make their respective teams and countries proud in coming weeks. Read more »

Posts You Might Have Missed 3

July 7, 2008 | 14 comments
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While the Bloggernacle was ablaze with commentary on the June 29 First Presidency letter to California Mormons (see interesting updates here and here) plenty of posts on other timely topics were zipping through cyberspace. Read more »

Why We Suffer

July 6, 2008 | 53 comments
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I recently finished Bart D. Ehrman’s latest book, God’s Problem: How the Bible Fails to Answer Our Most Important Question–Why We Suffer (HarperCollins, 2008). Like all Ehrman’s books, it is both informative and troubling. Read more »

3:10 to Salt Lake City

June 26, 2008 | 23 comments
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They still make Westerns because the harsh, unforgiving West of the 19th century was a land of stark moral choices. 3:10 to Yuma is just the latest example. Read more »

Posts You Might Have Missed 2

June 21, 2008 | 12 comments
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From the hundreds of posts that flow through the Bloggernacle each week, here are a couple of recent gems you ought to read. Read more »

Mississippi Rising

June 19, 2008 | 4 comments
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CNN reported yesterday that 83 out of 99 counties in Iowa have been declared disaster areas — the scale of the flooding is tough to grasp. Those flood waters are now spilling into the Mississippi and moving south. Another service opportunity for the MIY (missionaries in yellow), who are out filling sandbags in Quincy, Illinois. Our sympathy and support to all of those struggling against the waters. Read more »

Posts You Might Have Missed

June 8, 2008 | 9 comments
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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. Read more »

Growing Up in Utah

June 7, 2008 | 6 comments
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I didn’t. But if you read “The Skeleton in Grandpa’s Barn” and Other Stories of Growing Up in Utah (Signature, 2008) you’ll get an informative glimpse of what it was like. Read more »

A Bastion of Mormonism

May 25, 2008 | 20 comments
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Being mildly depressed about blogging at the moment, I decided to go trolling for a “good news” story to post. Here it is, a story about SVU from the SL Trib: “A bastion of Mormonism in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains.” Read more »

You Should Write More Letters

May 18, 2008 | 8 comments
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You never know what they’ll be worth someday: “Einstein Letter on God Sells for $404,000.” Read more »

Faith and Fame

May 16, 2008 | 29 comments
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Faith and fame aren’t always an easy mix, but Mormons who hit the big time seem to be able to hold it together most of the time. At least that’s the thrust of “How Mormons Deal With Fame” at the LDS Newsroom, discussing, among other names we all recognize, the 17-year-old phenom David Archuleta. Read more »

Love Thy Neighbor … or Not

May 14, 2008 | 3 comments
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I don’t read to the end of many online essays anymore — either most writing is dull and pointless or I have developed blog-induced attention deficit disorder, you decide which. But I read “Love Thy Neighbor: The religion beat in an age of intolerance” at the Columbia Journalism Review start to finish (hat tip: Get Religion). Read more »

Apostasy and the Dark Ages

May 12, 2008 | 69 comments
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Do these concepts have anything to do with each other? Apparently some Mormons think they do, hence Davis Bitton’s corrective essay “How Dark Were the Dark Ages?” (conveniently reposted at Meridian Magazine). Read more »

Mother’s Day is Looming

May 10, 2008 | 18 comments
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And for thousands of Latter-day Saints who will be delivering a Mother’s Day talk tomorrow, it is looming large. Expectations are high and scriptural sources are limited. Read more »

An Ethics of Teaching

April 3, 2008 | 26 comments
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I’m reading a short book that reviews what one might call the virtues of teaching: learning, authority, ethics, order, imagination, compassion, patience, character, and pleasure. Each virtue (which might be though of as an aspect of the character of an ideal teacher) is reviewed in its own chapter. The ethics chapter suggested an interesting question to me: Is there an LDS ethics of teaching that differs in any particulars from a Christian or secular ethics of teaching? Read more »