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A Letter to a Friend Going to the Temple for the First Time

June 22, 2006 | 142 comments
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By and large, I don’t think that we do a particularlly good job preparing members to go to the temple for the first time. As a result, I think that many members — especially converts without close family members who have been to the temple — get worried about what is going to happen, especially if they have heard any of the discussion in the bloggernacle or elsewhere about “issues” with the temple. Here is what I would write to such a person: Read more »

Why I Read History

June 11, 2006 | 48 comments
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I mainly read history because it is fun. I do, however, occasionally have other reasons. Read more »

You are the exception…

June 10, 2006 | 98 comments
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I love Elder Oaks’ talks. Read more »

A Legal Analysis of the “Marriage Protection Amendment”

June 4, 2006 | 116 comments
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Here is my personal legal analysis of the “Marriage Protection Amendment” that is pending before the U.S. Senate. Read more »

I am no longer an attorney…

June 2, 2006 | 41 comments
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I am not longer an attorney. Read more »

Oman on Rees on Oman

May 31, 2006 | 105 comments
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Eons ago in blog time, I did a post called “An Open Letter to the Dialogue Editorial Board.” Read more »

Expecting Kangaroo Fur

May 26, 2006 | 38 comments
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The feel and smell of kangaroo fur is a central part of my understanding of Mormonism. Read more »

Living in the Weimar Republic

May 25, 2006 | 56 comments
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Weimar Germany was a tremendously sophisticated and creative place. Read more »

From the Archives: Jello and the Saga of the Restoration

May 24, 2006 | 10 comments
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From the Archives: Jello and the Saga of the Restoration

I don’t really believe in coincidences since my last visit to Palmyra, New York, where I learned of the deep relationship between jello and Mormonism Read more »

Mormon History Goes to Court

May 19, 2006 | 40 comments
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Earlier this week the Utah Supreme Court issued its opinion in State v. Holm. If you are interested in Mormonism, law, history, or (best of all!) Mormon legal history, you ought to read it. Read more »

For a Revival of Mormon Private Law

May 17, 2006 | 3 comments
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Yesterday saw an interesting thread at BCC on the question of what sorts of procedures could we imagine for creating better feedback from members to leaders within the Church. Read more »

The Opportunity and Tragedy of Immaturity

May 16, 2006 | 66 comments
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To a large degree Mormonism is about the recapitulation of the past. Read more »

Creating a Market in Correlation

May 12, 2006 | 118 comments
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Maybe it is time to turn correlation over to the market. Read more »

Globalization and Ritual

May 11, 2006 | 24 comments
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Maybe we should spend more time thinking about how the ancient Romans dealt with the problem of globalization. Read more »

What Kind of Liberals are Mormons?

May 9, 2006 | 40 comments
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What is the precise nature of Mormon liberalism? Read more »

Apocrypha, Bible, and the Status of Scipture

May 8, 2006 | 38 comments
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Consider the following two scriptures about the scriptures: Read more »

Alternate Voices

May 5, 2006 | 45 comments
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One of the more interesting pieces that I have read on Mormon intellectual life is Armand Mauss’s essay “Alternate Voices,”Sunstone April 1990. The article was written in response to a General Conference sermon by Elder Oaks of the same name. (Also worth reading here.) Brother Mauss’s article in its entirety is reproduced here with the kind permission of Sustone and Brother Mauss. Read more »

“One afternoon in Amarillo”

May 3, 2006 | 13 comments
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If I ever to write a country-western song about religious epistemology, I will call it “One afternoon in Amarillo.” Read more »

“God being with thee when we know not”

May 2, 2006 | 26 comments
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Sunday afternoon I found myself reading the Oxford Book of English Verse (the Quiller-Couch edition in honor of a great advocate of the Inner Temple), and I read the following: Read more »

The Puzzle of Blasphemy

April 25, 2006 | 37 comments
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In one of its fitful bursts of faux-oracular prose, the Supreme Court once declared that the U.S. Constitution knows no blasphemy. Read more »

The Rhetorical Burden of Authority

April 23, 2006 | 76 comments
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Authority is a key concept in Mormonism. Read more »

Puritanism without Calvinism

April 21, 2006 | 59 comments
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Three of the best books that I have ever read on Mormonism are not about Mormonism at all: Read more »

A Mother in Heaven Sighting

April 17, 2006 | 58 comments
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Mother in Heaven recently made a cameo appearance in correlated materials. Read more »

Mormon Studies at Claremont

April 14, 2006 | 185 comments
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The LDS Council for Mormon Studies, which has been involved with the creation of a chair in Mormon Studies at Claremont Graduate University, has issued the following press release: Read more »