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A Mormon Washington Post?

December 30, 2004 | 12 comments
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Among other reasons that I like living in Washington DC is the Washington Post. It is on occasion of course a partisan rag, but, hey, it is my partisan rag. It is certainly much better than the trash that they read in some city farther up the coast. The world might have been different, however, had the Post gone Mormon. Apparently it almost did. Read more »

Why Aren’t There Economists in Mormon Studies?

December 29, 2004 | 22 comments
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The patron saint of the New Mormon History – Leonard Arrington – started his academic life as an economist, but interestingly economists have been on the whole absent from Mormon studies. Given the presence of philosophers, sociologists, and – of course – gobs of historians, the lack of followers of the dismal science is striking. Read more »

How Corporations Saved the United Order (kind of)

December 23, 2004 | 9 comments
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One of the great advantages of blogging is that you can ramble on regardless of whether or not what you are saying is of any interest to anyone else. Hence this post. I feel it is time that we had the discussion that you have all be waiting for: The one on real estate leases, corporate law, and the United Order. Read more »

Called to Criticism

December 22, 2004 | 38 comments
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A couple of weeks ago, the mail man braught me my long awaited copy of the first volume of B.H. Roberts’s Seventies’ Course in Theology. As you can imagine, it has been a heady time around the Oman household. In reading it, I came across what I am sure would be Aaron Brown’s dream calling: Read more »

And You Think The High Priests’ Group Gets Into Arguments…

December 21, 2004 | 8 comments
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Occasionally, the contented boredom of Sunday School classes is broken up by disagreements and strained but mild-mannered arguments over the fate of the sons of perdition, spirit fluid, and the like. It used to get a bit more heated. Read more »

The Thrift Ethic Gone Bad (and a Happy Ending)

December 15, 2004 | 22 comments
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Over at some other blog there is an interesting thread on thrift that got me thinking of my own family’s tortured relationship to the Mormon thrift ethic. Read more »

So What Shape is God’s Social Welfare Function?

December 14, 2004 | 34 comments
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It’s time for the post that I am sure you have all been waiting for on that perrenial hot-button issue of the Mormon intelligensia: the relationship of the Gospel to welfare economics. Read more »

Oh How the Mighty are Fallen! (Sort of)

December 10, 2004 | 36 comments
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I witnessed a very powerful illustration of the vanity of the pride of the world the other day, or at least I witnessed it until I realized that I was probably wrong. Read more »

The Spiritual Benefits of Cluelessness

December 8, 2004 | 51 comments
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So I often hear from my “intellectual” Mormon friends how they feel this crushing weight of isolation and judgemental pressure from their fellow Saints. I don’t really get it. Read more »

My Only Real Regret

December 6, 2004 | 269 comments
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I really only have one real complaint about the Church, and it has to do, of course, with women’s fashion. Read more »

One of the Dumber Theories of Mormon Temple Building (and Silly Mormon Movies)

December 3, 2004 | 17 comments
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The not-surprising Evangelical backlash against Rev. Muow’s we-have-sinned-against-the-Mormons comments in the tabranacle has produced one of the least plausible interpretations of Mormon action that I have read in some time. Read more »

The End of English

December 2, 2004 | 54 comments
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The demographics of Church growth suggest that our days as a lilly-white, Moutain-West denomination are limited, if they are not in fact already finished. Read more »

In Defense of Suing Before the Ungodly

November 30, 2004 | 38 comments
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I recently had dinner with a good friend, who, according to his former doctor, is going to hell. Read more »

Chess, Computers, and Spiritual Knowledge

November 29, 2004 | 28 comments
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As part of my on-going attempt to convince myself that my chess reading is not a complete waste of time (even for my chess-playing ability!), I offer the following thoughts on the important relationship between chess strategy, computers, and spiritual knowledge. Read more »

LDS Perspectives on the Law: Part II

November 24, 2004 | 10 comments
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I think that there are basically three ways in which law and Mormonism can shed light on one another. Read more »

LDS Perspectives on the Law: Part I

November 23, 2004 | 17 comments
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In response to Gordon’s post below, I am going to sketch out some of my thoughts on how one might bring Mormonism and legal thought together. The first step, I think, is to become aware of the attempts that have already been made to do so. Read more »

And You Thought Good Mormons Could be Good Democrats…

November 17, 2004 | 23 comments
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I am all sure that you have been waiting in hideous agonies of suspense about the fate of the “National Day of the Horse” resolution that I refered to yesterday. Read more »

Some Prophets Seem to be More Equal than Others

November 17, 2004 | 49 comments
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We believe in prophets and have them in great abundance, but do we take all of them equally seriously? Read more »

The Senate Sits in Solemn Session and Considers the Questions Facing the Nation

November 16, 2004 | 17 comments
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This afternoon, one of my secret contacts on Capitol Hill (secret because he likes his current job and doesn’t want to lose it and return to K street) sent me the following message. I think it speaks for itself: Read more »

On Our Ambiguous Origins

November 15, 2004 | 220 comments
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One of the more interesting aspects of Mormon theology is the basic ambiguity that it sets up about our ultimate origins. Read more »

Mormonism and the Commercial Virtues

November 11, 2004 | 16 comments
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I have to admit that I have a soft spot for what I think of as the virtues of commercialism. Read more »

Where are the Mormon Pre-Schools?

November 9, 2004 | 24 comments
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Although he goes to nursery in the Wakefield Ward each Sunday, my son attends pre-school twice a week at the Braddock Baptist Church in Annandale, Virginia. Read more »

Morphy, Steinitz & Mormonism

November 5, 2004 | 30 comments
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Paul Morphy was a New Orleans born chess genius who wowed the world (or at least that small and geeky portion of it that cares about chess) with his aggressive and imaginative play in the decade before the Civil War. Read more »

Chess Anyone?

November 4, 2004 | 19 comments
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Times and Seasons is my main way of wasting time these days, but I do have other vices, one of them being chess. Read more »

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