Civil NationsMy Eight Expectations for a POTUS
The following created interesting dialogue in the FB platform. I submit it here so that a broader readership may respond. 1) Don’t lie to the American people about anything. 2) Be transparent in your dealings with the American people–i.e. release taxes, liquidate entirely any potential conflict of interest. 3) Institute no religious...
Benjamin the ScribeMy Contribution to the SMPT Conference at Claremont
The Society for Mormon Philosophy and Theology will hold a conference at Claremont, March 2-4. The schedule has been posted and includes several luminaries as well as night lights like me. I will present Saturday morning from 10-11, invoking Enuma Eliš, René Magritte, C.S. Lewis, Joseph Smith, B.H. Roberts, B.B. Warfield, Islamic abrogation, and Emily Dickinson (quoted [Read More...]
Mormon TherapistMarital Intimacy and the Importance of Framing
Wendy Watson Nelson gave a talk at the January 2017 Worldwide Devotional for Young Adults that focused on marital intimacy. As a fellow Mormon and with my expertise as a certified sex therapist, I saw some very helpful aspects of her talk as well as some vague, incorrect and even harmful assumptions that can set [Read More...]
Faith-Promoting RumorReview of Gard Granerød, Dimensions of Yahwism in the Persian Period: Studies in the Religion and Society of the Judaean Community at Elephantine (de Gruyter, 2016)
I posted a review of a valuable new book on Judaean religion at Elephantine on my blog.
Sic et NonA Sabbath eve warning with regard to comments about Harry Reid
The Washington DC Temple, in which Latter-day Saints of all political persuasions are regularly to be found (LDS Media Library) Wherefore, I say unto you, that ye ought to... [Read More]
Benjamin the ScribeTransitional Mormonism and Tradition: Part 1
George Cattermole, “The Scribe.” Public domain. I wrote the last post while traveling and have just started a new and busy semester, and so didn’t respond at all to the... [Read More]
Peculiar PeopleYour Optimism Isn't a Virtue
Image obtained through creative commons and used with permission, courtesy of Moyen Brenn Growing up in an abusive home taught me a harsh lesson about optimism: too often, optimism... [Read More]
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