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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 »

I Want to Go to Film School

August 2, 2005 | 35 comments

My wonderful wife, She Who Must Be Obeyed, as left me. Read more »

Persecuted Mormons and Market Definitions

August 2, 2005 | 13 comments

OK, lets talk about antitrust law and the plight of persecuted Mormons. Read more »

Boris and Brigham

August 1, 2005 | 9 comments

I don’t often read novels, but after making it through the most recent Harry Potter, I thought I would try slumming it in fiction for awhile. Read more »

Who Reads This Thing?

August 1, 2005 | 25 comments

Among my other glories, I am an assistant ward clerk. Read more »

Living in the Opinions of Others

July 27, 2005 | 29 comments

I have a confession: I don’t much care about what the people in my ward think about me. I feel guilty about this. Read more »

History, Objectivity, and Stalin’s Toes

July 26, 2005 | 10 comments

In times past, Mormon intellectualdom has been much exercised over the issue of objectivity and the writing of history. By and large, I think that these debates have focused on the wrong issues. Stalin’s toes help to illustrate one of the reasons why. Read more »

My School

July 25, 2005 | 98 comments

I did not want to go to BYU. Read more »

John Roberts and Mormon Theology

July 22, 2005 | 19 comments

For those who haven’t noticed, John Roberts has been nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court. The next obvious question is what does his jurisprudence tell us about Mormon theology. Read more »

Three Generations of Mormon Legal History

July 19, 2005 | 7 comments

Okay, it is time for another post on Mormon legal history. This one is on the state of the field and where we go from here. Read more »

How Reed Smoot Restored what Winston Churchill had Preserved

July 15, 2005 | 12 comments

It is hard not to admire Winston Churchill. Read more »

Endocannibalism in Sacrament Meeting

July 14, 2005 | 163 comments

Cannibalism, it seems to me, is one of the unspoken issues that lurks beneath all Mormon sacrament meetings. Read more »

Temple Worship and the Retreat of Esoteric Space

July 13, 2005 | 44 comments

In a comment on Gordon’s recent post, Jed Woodworth raises an interesting point. He, entirely accurately, points out that the notion that the temple is a place that most members should regularly attend is a late 20th century phenomena in Mormonism. Prior to that time, the temple, for most members, was generally a place visited once or twice in a life time, and work for the dead was largely delegated to specially called temple workers. Indeed, during the 1930s, Heber J. Grant actually hired people to do temple work on behalf of his ancestors as a kind of make-work... Read more »

The First Mormon Justice

July 11, 2005 | 47 comments

It occurs to me that there is a politically well-connected Mormon who is eminently qualified to take Justice O’Connor’s slot on the Supreme Court. (And no, I don’t mean Orrin Hatch.) Read more »

The Great Liberal Death Wish?

July 8, 2005 | 105 comments

Here is an empirical question that I don’t really know the answer to: Read more »

Ed Firmage’s Apostasy and the Age of Mormonism

July 7, 2005 | 61 comments

Ed Firmage, for many years the token Mormon at the U of U law school, is an interesting apostate. Read more »

The Theology of Jeffersonian Hypocrisy

July 1, 2005 | 32 comments

I recently spent a week or so immersed in constitutional law, looking at — among other things — the place of the Declaration of Independence in constitutional interpretation. It has gotten me thinking about the virtues of hypocrisy. Read more »

Very Important News

June 23, 2005 | 14 comments

A frequent morning ritual for me involves taking a bag of compost to our garden, which is several blocks from our house, on my drive to work. I enjoy this little task. Read more »


June 21, 2005 | 34 comments

In the common law world, judges are required to write opinions that justify their decisions. The holdings and reasoning in these opinions then become the law. Generally speaking, there are two sorts of opinions. First, there are opinions offered by the court that state its decision and the reasons for it. Second, there are dissents, which explain why the dissenting judge cannot join the majority’s opinion. There is also, however, an almost completely forgotten, third kind of opinion that is worth thinking about: a dubitante or dubitans. Read more »

Game Theory and Mormon History

June 14, 2005 | 17 comments

So let’s think about Zion as a prisoner’s dilemma (PD). Read more »

The Seduction of Heather Oman

June 13, 2005 | 26 comments

At first she was basically opposed to the idea. Read more »

Book Review: Being Bugged by Armstrong

June 10, 2005 | 71 comments

I just finished Karen Armstrong’s Islam: A Short History and I was bugged. Read more »