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A Letter to a Righteous Gentile

March 10, 2005 | 29 comments
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The following is the (modified) text of a letter that I recently sent to a friend. I have no intention of revealing who he or she is or of posting his or her reply, but in the letter I ask some questions that might be of interest to the readers of this blog. I am certainly interested in your reactions. Read more »

Mormon Doctrine and the Path of the Law

March 8, 2005 | 209 comments
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Margaret Toscano’s recent remarks at UVSC have garnered a few bloggernacle links and generated an interesting discussion at DMI. I missed her remarks, but I did read her paper from a couple of issues ago in Sunstone, and was invited to respond to it here in a long ago comment. My response — not surprisingly — is disciplinary snobbery. I think that Toscano should go to law school. Read more »

A Powerful New Blog

March 7, 2005 | one comment
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She-who-must-be-obeyed (and some co-conspirators) have started a new blog (http://mommywars.blogspot.com) entitled The Mormon Mommy Wars. Here is the mission statement, from She-who-must-be-obeyed: Read more »

The Church Has Already Written a Modern English Version of the Book of Mormon

March 7, 2005 | 50 comments
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The first installment of Phillip Barlow’s excellent 12 Questions raises the interesting question of whether the Church will ever produce a modern language edition of the Book of Mormon in English. The answer is that it already has. Read more »

Mormons and the Law, an Email

March 4, 2005 | 21 comments
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Yesterday, my father, who is a currator at the Church Museum in Salt Lake City, asked me to respond to an email that he had recieved from a young man that he had met through his work who was investigating the Church. The young man had heard his LDS girl friend declare that Mormons believe that one should always obey the law, but the young man had heard something about Mormon resistence to polygamy in the 19th century and thought that Mormons had taught that Mormon law always trumped Gentile law. What follows is the email that I wrote... Read more »

The Problems of the Great Apostasy

March 2, 2005 | 57 comments
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One the bed-rock doctrines of Mormonism (to the extent that we have any bed-rock doctrines) is that the church set up by Christ fell away from the true gospel, lost its priesthood authority, and slipped into apostasy. It seems to me that we have two fundamental problems with the doctrine of the Great Apostasy. Read more »

More Nibley Memorials: Online Articles

February 28, 2005 | 3 comments
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As a Nibley memorial, BYU Studies has created a page with links to free down loads of Nibley’s BYU Studies articles. Sunstone has a similar page set up. Also, BYU has set up a kind of electronic guestbook for Nibley. They are inviting people to send in their messages of appreciation to hughnibley-at-byu.edu. My understanding is that the messages sent to this address will be compiled and sent to the family.* Read more »

From the Archives: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Elder McConkie

February 25, 2005 | no comments
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I don’t think that I am alone among Mormons in having had very strong reactions to Elder Bruce R. McConkie. My sense is that his theological influence is on the wane, although I understand he continues to be very popular amongst some CES types. A while back, I blogged on my own process of making peace with Elder McConkie. (continue to original post…) Read more »

Simony and Kidneys

February 23, 2005 | 74 comments
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I think that people ought to be able to sell their kidneys. Especially poor people. Read more »

In Memory of the Metaphysical Elders

February 22, 2005 | 29 comments
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Lost in all of the buzz about the Bloggernacle Awards (I was tempted to make a big acceptance speech until I realized that I got only 21 of the votes cast for the category I won, meaning that the vast majority of the voting public was against me) was an interesting set of comments asking about which blog could claim the honor of first Mormon blog. Read more »

A Snap Shot in Numbers

February 21, 2005 | 31 comments
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OK. I know that this will mark me as a total geek, but I recently came across a copy of Census of 1850, which is the first census with information on Utah. The numbers provide a fun snap shot of the Mormon commonwealth three years after its founding. Read more »

12 Questions with Senator Robert F. Bennett

February 20, 2005 | 25 comments
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Our next installment of the 12 Questions series will be with Robert F. Bennett, the junior Senator from Utah. Senator Bennett, a Republican, was elected to the Senate in 1992. As Assitant Majority Whip, he is a member of the Republican leadership. Prior to his election, he was a business man, PR executive, lobbyist, and Congressional staffer. His own father, Wallace F. Bennett, served as Senator from Utah in the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s. He served his mission in Scotland, is a former bishop, and currently attends the Arlington Ward of the McLean, Virginia Stake. Senator Bennett has agreed... Read more »

LDS Law Students’ Conference: Updated Schedule

February 16, 2005 | 7 comments
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For those interested, here is the final schedule for the LDS Law Students’ Conference Read more »

Contention and Argument

February 16, 2005 | 51 comments
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The Book of Mormon has a number of not so complimentary things to say about contention. Generally speaking, I have heard this interpreted as an admonition to be nice and change the subject if anything controversial comes up. My problem with this, of course, is that I am not especially nice, and I like controversy. Read more »

The Evening When Mormons Could Once More Become Americans

February 15, 2005 | 29 comments
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I have been reading Kathleen Flake’s excellent book on the Reed Smoot hearings, and it has me thinking Smootish thoughts. Read more »

LDS Law Students’ Conference This Week in NYC

February 14, 2005 | 24 comments
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For those in the New York City area this weekend, you have a chance to come and heckle Kaimi and I in person. Read more »

Superheros and the Sacrament

February 13, 2005 | 48 comments
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This evening, my wife (aka She Who Must Be Obeyed) and I were having an interesting discussion about the topic of her forthcoming Relief Society lesson. I thought that I would improve the average quality of the posts here by passing on her thoughts and questions. She writes: Read more »

Toward a Theology of Supermarkets

February 13, 2005 | 24 comments
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If you are looking for a morally, philosophically, and theologically fascinating place, I can think of few locations in contemporary life that can compare to the supermarket. Read more »

Mormon Resistance to the Government

February 9, 2005 | 8 comments
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Consider two different Mormon reactions to state-sponsored repression: the anti-polygamy crusade and Mormons in East Germany. Read more »

Finding God in Chess and the Appellate Brief

February 7, 2005 | 37 comments
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When my professional life is going well it consists of reading and writing appellate briefs. Fortunately, this is not nearly as pathetic as it sounds. Read more »

From the Archives: Has Mormon History Taught Us Anything?

February 4, 2005 | no comments
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Times & Seasons has now been around for more than a year and in that time our readership has gone from a dozen or two visitors a day to somewhere between 1500 and 2000 visitors a day. Hence, there are some early posts that I suspect many readers never saw. Here is one post from those early days, that I think some of our new readers might be interested in. (continue to original post…) Read more »

The Failure of Times & Seasons or the Danger of the Daily Me

February 1, 2005 | 142 comments
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With the launching of Millennial Star, it now looks as though there are two group blogs that have more or less spun off from Times and Seasons, one of which tries to position itself to the “left” of T&S and one of which tries to position itself to the “right” of T&S. Or so it seems to me. Both blogs include bloggers who also blog at T&S (traitors!). Does any of this mean anything? Read more »

Seaweed, Fermented Cabbage & the Spirit of God

January 31, 2005 | 47 comments
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I find that in those dark times of the soul when I need peace and a nearness to God, I turn to seaweed and fermented cabbage. Read more »

Joseph Smith, Justice Frankfurter and the Great Writ

January 28, 2005 | 31 comments
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It is time for the post that you have all been waiting for, the one of the place of Mormonism in habeas corpus jurisprudence. Read more »