On the issues I care about (and therefore not including the topic addressed from various perspectives so eloquently by my esteemed colleagues), I prefer the positions of the Democratic Party platform and candidate. I directly benefited from Barack Obamaâ€™s work…
Most online discussions of gay marriage are not worth the effort, because no actual discussion takes place
Iâ€™m very happy to see this yearâ€™s Nobel Prize in economics going to Paul Krugman, whose columns in the New York Times helped me see the importance of the discipline of economics as nothing else ever had. I think Mormon…
Every medium has an inherent vice. While any form of media can be misused, there is a flaw lurking in the fundamental nature of each medium. Television exaggerates fear, as it transmits the worst events or most scandalous entertainment from…
One unique aspect of the missionary experience, quite distinct from life before and after, is the feeling that someone is always watching you. Itâ€™s probably the one aspect of my mission that I could have done without, although I wouldnâ€™t…
From Steven Vanden Broecke, The Limits of Influence
What if the historical evidence for the foundation of the early Christian church is indistinguishable from evidence for its apostasy? What if the early church and its scriptures only arose through processes of decay?
According to an article in the New York Times today, evidence of Jewish belief in a resurrected Messiah decades before Christâ€™s birth may have been discovered.
The temple plays a role in the social life of European Mormons that is significantly different in a couple of ways from the usual American experience.
Unless Iâ€™m carrying boxes, Iâ€™m probably not actually helping anybody.
Comments are now open Is a Mormon universalism possible? Or in other words, is it possible for Mormons to envision their faith as one of many efficacious paths to God? I have my doubts, but maybe there is an argument…
At the end of my junior year of high school, I caught a glimpse of my graduating student body president one last time
There are advantages to attending a ward too small for fixed wooden benches in the chapel
From the international annals of overachieving singing and dancing Mormons The Mormon moment for the Eurovision Song Contest came in 1984
There’s a reasonable chance that all efforts to situate the Book of Mormon over the last 180 years, geographically, culturally, and chronologically, are based on the Nephite version of the Donation of Constantine. But first, let’s talk about Odin.
Gertrud Specht had been a searcher her whole life before she found what she was looking for
The Book of Mormon poses a thorny problem for assumptions about the history of scriptural texts, especially if it isn’t true
Mormon Studies has become a relic area for outdated ideas about texts and their transmission. That becomes clear in reading a number of contributions to Early Christians in Disarray: Contemporary LDS Perspectives on the Christian Apostasy (FARMS, 2005)
Mormon belief in an early Christian apostasy suggests a couple of historiographic projects that are, I think, doomed to failure, but there might be an alternative
Actually, it’s more like the Intermountain Cornhuskers, or the Mormon Maccabees