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A Mormon Reinterpretation of a Christmas Carol

December 15, 2004 | 9 comments
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Today I heard a well-known Christmas carol, and it occurred to me that the carol’s underlying story was incredibly ahistorical. In fact, it is roughly the opposite of what we know happened. Or rather, it is roughly the opposite of what most Christians know happened. Read more »

My Mormon Hanukkah Celebration

December 10, 2004 | 20 comments
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This year, on an impulse, I picked up a menorah and candles, and we’re trying out a new (at least, for my family) tradition — Hanukkah. Read more »

The cheeses of Times and Seasons

December 10, 2004 | 75 comments
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And now for a very serious topic. Which T & S bloggers are like which types of cheese? Read more »

More Bloggernacle Watching: Mormon Wasp Discusses the Strengthening Church Members Committee

December 8, 2004 | 4 comments
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Recent news reports indicate that former CES instructor Grant Palmer will be facing church discipline. Any time that church discipline comes into the news, the conversation inevitably turns to the secretive Strengthening Church Members Committee which is said to maintain files on church members suspected of intellectual improprities. In a recent and lengthy blog post, the Mormon Wasp collects and discusses information and statements about the Committee (including official church statements). Mormon Wasp’s post is very informative for anyone interested in reading on this topic. Read more »

Hatch-ing a New Plan

December 8, 2004 | 4 comments
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John Hatch is leaving Sunstone to go to school. Over at BCC, he has a lengthy and interesting further discussion of his own life and faith. It’s a powerful, personal statement that makes fascinating reading (and if you want controversy, well, it has parts that may be likely to offend almost everyone in one way or another). To borrow a line, go read the whole thing. Read more »

Swords and Clubs

December 8, 2004 | 32 comments
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Drawing on some existing discussion, Jeff Lindsay suggests that the “swords” of the Book of Mormon may have actually been spiked wooden war clubs. This idea seems problematic for several reasons: Read more »

Faith, Doubt, Tennyson

December 2, 2004 | 9 comments
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I was just reading over Logan’s (re)post at BCC, and I recalled a familiar line about faith and doubt, from Tennyson’s In Memoriam. Read more »

Blogwatch

December 1, 2004 | 4 comments
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What’s going on in some other blogs: Lisa at Feminist Mormon Housewives wants to know how we can reconcile the Plan of Salvation with a world that allows thousands of children to be sold into sex slavery. Read more »

A Scripture for Thanksgiving

November 29, 2004 | 2 comments
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It’s one of my favorites, and particularly applicable during the Thanksgiving season (so of course I didn’t think to post it until now): Read more »

The Unreality of Life

November 29, 2004 | 3 comments
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As I sit another day in my office, feeling strangely detached from the world — a feeling that I seem to have more often these days — a verse from the book of Jacob comes to mind. Read more »

Post-Thanksgiving Recipes

November 26, 2004 | 6 comments
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Post-Thanksgiving Recipes

Yes, it’s that time of year again: Time to figure out what to do with half a turkey, a big pan of stuffing, and a lot of surplus pumpkin pie. Read more »

How Darth Vader was Slain (as told by the children of the Wenger household)

November 24, 2004 | 3 comments
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First, Luke Skywalker chopped off Darth Vader’s hand. Read more »

A Mormon-Evangelical Rapprochement?

November 24, 2004 | 193 comments
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I’m a little behind — I just saw this fascinating article (via Speak Up For Truth). The title of the story alone (on BeliefNet) speaks volumes: “‘We Have Sinned Against You': A leading evangelical speaks at the Mormon Tabernacle and says evangelicals have spread lies about LDS beliefs.” Read more »

A Great Medium-Sized Disturbance in the Force

November 24, 2004 | 18 comments
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It’s “as though millions dozens of voices cried out in terror, and were suddenly silenced.” Yes, I’m talking about the radical changes at everyone’s favorite blog-child, By Common Consent. The changes are said to be “massive.” They are: (more…) Read more »

Spiritual Consequences of Flouted Copyrights for P0rn

November 23, 2004 | 14 comments
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A recent story (yes, it’s safe for work, home, etc) highlights what is apparently a problem for online p0rn* retailers: Their “product” is a bundle of ones and zeroes, and other parties (such as search engines) often make the same “product” available for free. Read more »

Table test

November 23, 2004 | no comments
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Is Signature Books an Anti-Mormon Press?

November 16, 2004 | 140 comments
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Louis Midgley seems to think it is. My own feeling is that it probably depends on one’s reading of the phrase “anti-Mormon.” Read more »

Thanks, Danithew

November 10, 2004 | 10 comments
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Because I’m hopelessly behind in everything I do, I hadn’t realized that I neglected to post a thank-you for our guest blogger Daniel Bartholomew. Yes, the Westchester invasion is officially over (whew!). But seriously, it was great having him on board for two weeks. Read more »

Rosalynde Welch, a new Guest Blogger

November 8, 2004 | 24 comments
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(Now updated!) We’re very happy to announce our newest guest blogger: Rosalynde Welch. Read more »

Are We Really a Peculiar People, or are we Just a Bunch of Odd Ducks?

November 8, 2004 | 35 comments
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We LDS like to refer to ourselves as a peculiar people. Read more »

Bloggernacle, The Movie: A Casting Game

October 31, 2004 | 27 comments
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Is there anything more fun than a casting game? You know, “who would be the perfect actor to play Joseph Smith?” or “who would be some good actors for a Book of Mormon movie“? And now, ladies and gents, we have new fuel for the fire. You’ve all seen the pictures of the blog party (in its various nicknames three). And you now know what most of us look like. That brings us to the fun part: In Bloggernacle, The Movie, who will be the actors and actresses playing whom? Read more »

Conversations with a seven-year-old, continued

October 30, 2004 | 4 comments
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7YO: What if Korihor was a talking bat? Me: (Trying not to laugh) Umm, what? 7YO: He would die! Me: Oh? 7YO: Yep — because bats see with their ears, and they have to use sonar. And so Korihor couldn’t use any more sonar after he got cursed. Can’t argue with that, can I? Read more »

Putting Faces to Names

October 30, 2004 | 34 comments
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Putting Faces to Names

The blog party at D’s was a great success. It was quite interesting to put faces to names. (Kristine’s reaction when Steve Evans introduced himself: “No you’re not!”). We had a lot of people there: D, Kristine, Steve and Sumer, Mat and Gigi Parke, Logan and Amy Bobo, Bob Caswell, Christina Taber-Kewene & Manahi, Chris Williams and wife (I didn’t get her name) and daughter, JL (Celibate in the city) and her sister, Rusty Clifton and Sara, Davis Bell, Jim Lucas, Mark Butler & his wife. I was also there, along with Mardell and the kids. There was good... Read more »

Bushman in New York

October 29, 2004 | 8 comments
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This afternoon, renowned historian (and former T & S guest-blogger) Richard Bushman was the speaker at a meeting of the J Reuben Clark society in New York. The event was held at a reputable law firm in midtown. Brother Bushman discussed Joseph Smith and how politics was viewed in the early church. He suggested that the divide between politics and religion — and the related tension between republican values and prophetic values — has played an important role throughout the church’s history. Read more »