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Persecution and the Art of Mormon Writing

July 24, 2006 | 16 comments

This is a post about Mormonism and Leo Strauss. Read more »

The Language of Scripture Alone

July 23, 2006 | 11 comments

I can think of at least three different ways in which one can read the scriptures. Read more »

The Smell of Tobacco in Church

July 19, 2006 | 89 comments

On the whole, I am in favor of the smell of tobacco in church, but it is a tricky question. Read more »

Taking the Book of Mormon Seriously

July 14, 2006 | 59 comments

Over at BCC Taryn has an interesting post on the Book of Mormon and socialism. Her basic claim is that the Book of Mormon endorses socialism. At one level, I think that she is absolutely correct, on another level I think that the claim is vacuous. Read more »

“But for that, Walt. But for that…”

July 13, 2006 | 27 comments
“But for that, Walt.  But for that…”

I always find it interesting to hear what people think of as being central and peripheral to Mormon experience. Take sex for example. Read more »

Domesticating Peepstones

July 12, 2006 | 34 comments
Domesticating Peepstones

I like Michael’s post about seer stones. Read more »


July 4, 2006 | 14 comments

It was a long, hot day filled with furniture assembly and nagging ideological frustrations. Read more »

Priesthood and the Socialization of Males

June 29, 2006 | 104 comments

Statistically speaking, males seem to be responsible for the great majority of human-made suffering. Read more »

How Seriously Should We Take Satan?

June 28, 2006 | 34 comments

How seriously ought we to take Satan? Read more »

Mormon Familial Amoralism?

June 26, 2006 | 34 comments

In 1958 a political scientist published a book on the culture of Southern Italy that may have something to say about one of the potential pit falls of Mormonism. Read more »

The Apparent Inevitability of Literary Criticism

June 24, 2006 | 54 comments

As readers of this blog may know, I have my problems with narrative. Read more »

Nibley and the Scriptorians

June 23, 2006 | 56 comments

Perhaps it is just me, but “scriptorian” seems to be an honorific that has fallen out of favor. Read more »

A Letter to a Friend Going to the Temple for the First Time

June 22, 2006 | 142 comments

By and large, I don’t think that we do a particularlly good job preparing members to go to the temple for the first time. As a result, I think that many members — especially converts without close family members who have been to the temple — get worried about what is going to happen, especially if they have heard any of the discussion in the bloggernacle or elsewhere about “issues” with the temple. Here is what I would write to such a person: Read more »

Why I Read History

June 11, 2006 | 48 comments

I mainly read history because it is fun. I do, however, occasionally have other reasons. Read more »

You are the exception…

June 10, 2006 | 98 comments

I love Elder Oaks’ talks. Read more »

A Legal Analysis of the “Marriage Protection Amendment”

June 4, 2006 | 116 comments

Here is my personal legal analysis of the “Marriage Protection Amendment” that is pending before the U.S. Senate. Read more »

I am no longer an attorney…

June 2, 2006 | 41 comments

I am not longer an attorney. Read more »

Oman on Rees on Oman

May 31, 2006 | 105 comments

Eons ago in blog time, I did a post called “An Open Letter to the Dialogue Editorial Board.” Read more »

Expecting Kangaroo Fur

May 26, 2006 | 38 comments

The feel and smell of kangaroo fur is a central part of my understanding of Mormonism. Read more »

Living in the Weimar Republic

May 25, 2006 | 56 comments

Weimar Germany was a tremendously sophisticated and creative place. Read more »

From the Archives: Jello and the Saga of the Restoration

May 24, 2006 | 10 comments
From the Archives: Jello and the Saga of the Restoration

I don’t really believe in coincidences since my last visit to Palmyra, New York, where I learned of the deep relationship between jello and Mormonism Read more »

Mormon History Goes to Court

May 19, 2006 | 40 comments

Earlier this week the Utah Supreme Court issued its opinion in State v. Holm. If you are interested in Mormonism, law, history, or (best of all!) Mormon legal history, you ought to read it. Read more »

For a Revival of Mormon Private Law

May 17, 2006 | 3 comments

Yesterday saw an interesting thread at BCC on the question of what sorts of procedures could we imagine for creating better feedback from members to leaders within the Church. Read more »

The Opportunity and Tragedy of Immaturity

May 16, 2006 | 66 comments

To a large degree Mormonism is about the recapitulation of the past. Read more »


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