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A Book Suggestion from George Q. Cannon

September 20, 2005 | 25 comments

I am currently reading a book suggested to me by President George Q. Cannon. Read more »

The Whitest Law School

September 16, 2005 | 46 comments

Despite what you might think, BYU is not the whitest law school in the country — it is not even in the list of ten whitest schools. Read more »

The Promethean Comedy

September 15, 2005 | 22 comments

Prometheus would have loved Joseph Smith. Read more »

Implications of Not Answering the Big Question?

September 14, 2005 | 31 comments

Mormonism rather spectacularly refuses to answer one of the big questions that has kept philosophers and theologians busy for the last couple of millennia. Read more »

The Very Model of a Mormon Intellectual (with apologies to Gilbert and Sullivan)

September 8, 2005 | 90 comments

As some readers of this blog may have guessed, comic operetta is a staple in the Oman home, Read more »

A Response to Kaimi

September 6, 2005 | 26 comments

I like Kaimi, but I am afraid that he is just wrong. Read more »

The Taste of Salvation

September 2, 2005 | 47 comments

I wish that we didn’t use white bread for the sacrament. Read more »

Against Theodicy on the Road to Jericho

September 1, 2005 | 41 comments

Natural disasters often lead people to think about the problem of evil and theodicy. This is, I think, probably a bad idea. Read more »

The Metaphysics of Mormon Art

August 30, 2005 | 35 comments

Grant me a simple premise: How one thinks about the nature of reality has an impact on how one thinks about art. Read more »

The Poetry of Sex, Metaphysics, and Appropriation

August 25, 2005 | 18 comments

Some poets are available for Mormon appropriation and some are only to be envied and enjoyed. John Donne is only to be envied and enjoyed. Read more »

The Problems of Mormon-American Toryism

August 23, 2005 | 33 comments

Being an American Mormon makes it difficult, perhaps impossible, for me to be a tory. Read more »

From the Archives: A Mormon Studies Family

August 19, 2005 | one comment

Both of my parents (now divorced) have been deeply involved in Mormon studies for my entire life. (more…) Read more »

Dallin, Sandra and the Supreme Court

August 18, 2005 | 16 comments

Sandra Day O’Connor has retired from the Supreme Court and John Roberts will almost certainly replace her. History might have been different. Read more »

“Why Universal Love is Creepy,” or “Thoughts on Disliking my Investigators”

August 18, 2005 | 34 comments

I find the universal love of mankind a little creepy. Read more »

Complicity and Consequences

August 15, 2005 | 52 comments

I know some people who assiduously avoid buying Nike shoes. The moral logic of this position, however, is tricky. Read more »

DC Get Together Tomorrow

August 12, 2005 | 2 comments

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An Open Letter to the Dialogue Board

August 11, 2005 | 178 comments

August 11, 2005 To Whom It May Concern: I hope that you will not find an unsolicited letter presumptuous, but I wanted to give you my thoughts on what I see as Dialogue’s problems and some things it could do to improve. Read more »

DC Get Together Reminder

August 10, 2005 | 4 comments

This Saturday at 5pm in Springfield, Virginia. If you are interested in coming, please email me at I will send details and directions via email. Read more »

Dating, Jane Austen, and the Virtues of Chastity

August 10, 2005 | 78 comments

Like most rugged and red-blooded American men I have long enjoyed the work of Jane Austen. Read more »

Manners, Race, and Respect

August 6, 2005 | 34 comments

I have always thought that one of the most telling and subtlety vicious aspect of segregation was the fact that a white person regardless of age or economic status could always call a black person, regardless of age or economic status, “boy” or “girl.” Read more »

From the Archives: Mormon Lawyers

August 5, 2005 | no comments

Despite Brigham’s frequent attacks on the profession, there are a lot of Mormon lawyers. Some LDS thinkers have posited all sorts of troubling reasons why this is so. Nibley sees it as a symptom of moral decline, and I have repeatedly seen it used as evidence of excessive Mormon materialism or anti-intellectualism. However, today I realized that it might be about something else entirely: book binding. (more…) Read more »

Lincoln on Blood Atonement

August 4, 2005 | 8 comments

Today on my way to work, I passed by the Lincoln Memorial where the great man’s sermon on blood atonement is inscribed in marble. Read more »

DC Get Together

August 3, 2005 | 16 comments

Bloggernaclites! For those in the Washington, D.C. area there is going to be a get together at Casa Oman (sans, alas, Heather and Jacob, the more interesting Omans) on Saturday, August 13th beginning at about 5pm-ish. It will be a bring your own food kind of BBQ. I will provide watermelon, drinks, and fresh salsa from the Oman garden. If you are interested in attending, please email me at I will send out an email with directions. UPDATE: I have changed the email address to a functional account. Sorry to anyone who tried to send an email to... Read more »

On the Possibilities of Kitsch

August 3, 2005 | 19 comments

OK. I don’t want to go to film school any more. Read more »