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

February 25, 2005 | no comments

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

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

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

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

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

For those interested, here is the final schedule for the LDS Law Students’ Conference Read more »

Contention and Argument

February 16, 2005 | 51 comments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 »

The English Nature of the Mormon Constitution

January 24, 2005 | 96 comments

The Church has a certain amount of constitutional law, by which I mean norms and rules that govern and control its institutional structure. What is the nature of this constitutional law? I would submit that the Church ends up being more English than American. Priesthood quorums illustrate why this is so. Read more »

Against the Teachings of the Prophets

January 11, 2005 | 25 comments

I strongly, strongly disapprove of the teachings of the prophets and it is all John A. Widstoe’s fault. Now just for the record, I think that John A. Widstoe is a very cool guy. Indeed, when people ask me about my goatee, I always respond that I am simply trying to look like Widstoe. (Which as it happens, is true.) But he really set a bad precedent, in my opinion, for how we present the words of the prophets. Read more »

The Bankruptcy Code on the Nature of Tithing

January 11, 2005 | 47 comments

The bankruptcy code has some deep things to say about the nature of tithing. In order to understand why, we have to take a little detour through the nature of bankruptcy law and couple of technicalities in the code. Bear with me on this, and I promise that there are some fun questions at the end. Read more »

Dilettantism and Salvation

January 7, 2005 | 27 comments

When I was in college, I bought into the liberal arts position, hook line and sinker. It has left me tortured by regret. Fortunately, Mormonism alleviates much of my anxiety that my education has basically been a train wreck. Read more »

“Wise Men” and Originalism

January 6, 2005 | 93 comments

Many a conservative Mormon lawyer that I know is fond of those scriptures in the Doctrine & Covenants the exalt the place of the U.S. Constitution. Let me suggest, however, that this is less important for constitutional law than many of them assume. Read more »

Jesus the Christ and the Question of Methodology

January 6, 2005 | 25 comments

Jesus the Christ is, in my opinion, a pretty cool book. My question, however, is if it has anything to teach us about biblical scholarship. Read more »

A Lyric on Document Review or Why We Blog

January 3, 2005 | 15 comments

Why do we blog? What is it that makes us spend so much time informing an innocent unsuspecting public of our views on a myriad of random issues? Read more »


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