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Deer are Evil

September 30, 2005 | 91 comments

Deer, as far as I am concerned, are the spawn of Satan. Read more »

The Jurisprudence of Seer Stones

September 28, 2005 | 23 comments

It is time for the long-anticipated post on the law, Mormonism, and seer stones. Read more »

From the Archives: Chastity and Terrorism

September 20, 2005 | one comment

What are the root causes of terrorism? Poverty (problem: most terrorists seem to come from middle class or upper middle class Middle Eastern families). U.S. hegemony (at least in part). Embarrassment and rage at the decline of Islamic civilization (almost certainly). Another recent candidate has emerged: Chastity. (more…) Read more »

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 »