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Should My Wife Control My Hair?

July 31, 2006 | 149 comments

My wife hates my hair. There’s no better way to put it. Read more »

Natural Succession or the Prophetic Death Card?

July 27, 2006 | 63 comments

Does God control who is Church President by ending life (using the “death card”)? Or does he control who is President by controlling the order in which Apostles are called? Of course, both can be true (or neither depending on your theological persuasion), but let’s examine these questions systematically. Read more »

How Wrong is it to Compare Yourself with Others?

July 21, 2006 | 38 comments

A growing body of research (mine own included) in various social sciences finds that people report higher happiness levels when they do better than the people around them. Read more »

Could the Restoration have Happened Elsewhere and Elsewhen?

July 20, 2006 | 81 comments

The common answer heard today in the Church is no. A variety of reasons are usually given: Read more »

O’Dea’s The Mormons Part II: The Edited Volume Retrospective

July 17, 2006 | 3 comments

The Mormon Social Science Association, under the direction of editors John Hoffman, Cardell Jacobsen, and Tim Heaton of BYU’s Department of Sociology, is currently putting together a volume of essays that retrospectively assess O’Dea’s 1957 classic The Mormons. Read more »

O’Dea’s The Mormons Part I: Strain and Conflict in the Church

July 14, 2006 | 32 comments

Thomas F. O’Dea’s The Mormons (1957) is a classic text in Mormon studies. So much that the Mormon Social Science Association is currently putting together an edited volume Read more »

Making Money off the Mormons: Sacrament Butt-pads

July 12, 2006 | 121 comments

When I was a senior in college, I worked at Seagull Book and Tape, an LDS book and trinket store across the street from the LA Temple. (The pay was lousy, but working with books was fun. So it turned out to be a decent job.) I was amazed by all the stuff that Mormons buy just because it has some sort of Mormon reference or connection. Read more »

Scriptures as Seer Stones

July 10, 2006 | 32 comments

To me, the most interesting thing about the seer stone that Joseph used when translating the BoM is not that he used it but that it is really just a rock. From what I understand, if you or I were to pick it up, we couldn’t tell it apart from any other smooth rock of similar color. Read more »