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The ideal Mormon university

December 10, 2004 | 77 comments
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I want to thank you all for your very generous and interesting comments over the last two weeks during my time in the guest blogger’s chair. Everyone has been most congenial and welcoming. I hope to come back for the guest blogger’s reunion. For my last post, I’d like to Read more »

Are Mormons a “myopic” people?

December 9, 2004 | 21 comments
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Are Mormons a “myopicâ€? people? The historian Richard Poll first suggested the possibility in an article on Mormon personality published many years ago. Read more »

Are we killing the Zion dream softly?

December 8, 2004 | 21 comments
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My post begins with a pointed question: Are higher education and the scriptural ideal of Zion at odds? The question had never occurred to me until a few years ago while living in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Read more »

By Study and Also by Faith

December 7, 2004 | 20 comments
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I want to ask a question within the genre of scriptural exegesis. When our church leaders commend us to seek education, they often quote Read more »

Boundary Maintenance and the “Modest” Mormon

December 6, 2004 | 13 comments
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In her brilliant book Mormonism: The Story of a New Religious Tradition (Uillinois, 1985), Jan Shipps suggests that the Word of Wisdom replaced polygamy as “boundary maintenanceâ€? between the church and the world. Read more »

BYU and “Destructive” Entertainment

December 5, 2004 | 13 comments
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The utterly fascinating comments about rock concerts confirm one of my theories about BYU and Provo. I want to pass it by T&S readers for critique, criticism, comment. My theory is Read more »

Rock Concerts at BYU

December 3, 2004 | 54 comments
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Has anyone ever attended a rock concert at BYU? You may have noticed that they dried up in the mid-1980s, and I am trying to figure out why. In the 1970s artists such as Elton John, America, Read more »

Town and Gown

December 3, 2004 | 24 comments
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I told Gordon that I’ve been doing some writing about the relationship between Provo and BYU, and if you don’t mind I’d like to enlist the assistance of T&S in helping me solve a few riddles. For those who have never lived in Provo, please pardon the indulgence. Read more »

The Protestant Reformers and “Prepared Ground”

December 2, 2004 | 36 comments
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I want to start a discussion using one of Rosalynde’s comments as a launching point. In a comment on my first post, Rosalynde reminded us that we in the church often talk about the Protestant Reformers as though they helped lay the groundwork for the Restoration. Read more »

Skepticism, “Freelancing,” and Organized Religion

December 1, 2004 | 11 comments
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Greetings, Times and Seasons bloggers! I have been enjoying the discussion on T&S for months, reading here and there in between my own coursework, looking on from behind the glass as many of the visitors to T&S inevitably do. When Gordon invited me to guest blog, Read more »

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