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Speaking Silence

My Responsibility for Pain: The Bully Within

Every being is inexorably part of the lace of life and creation. Every other person is my grandchild. I am every grandchild's potential bully.

Benjamin the Scribe

Gospel Doctrine Lesson 47: Ezra 1–8; Nehemiah 1–2; 4; 6; 8

Ezra and Nehemiah originally constituted one book, so it works to treat them together. Let’s review the timeframe and story here. 586- Babylonian destruction of Temple, the walls of Jerusalem, and beginning of the Exile to Babylon. Although it is probably a more complex issue, this event, in my mind at least, constitutes the historical [Read More...]

Home Waters

If Truth Were A Child

We live in the age of polemics. Choices are presented to us as mutually exclusive, and you are not given the time to listen, to be reflective and careful in your judgment, or to acknowledge nuance and the validity of different points of view. You are supposed to pick your enemies, not consult with them. [Read More...]

The Soul and the City

Joseph Spencer on The Responsibility of Reason

Here is editor John Welch’s able summary of Joe Spencer’s serious and thoughtful review essay on my The Responsibility of Reason (Rowman & Littlefield 2011).  Joe’s review just appeared in  BYU Studies. Joseph Spencer’s essay about Professor Ralph Hancock’s important book, The Responsibility of Reason, also opens up further possibilities. As Spencer summarizes, Hancock argues that it is [Read More...]

Peculiar People

On Doctrinal Authority

This essay represents a very short, and provisional set of ideas about the topic as I am just beginning to think about it more seriously. So much of the so-called “faith crisis” in contemporary Mormonism hinges on these issues, but very little theoretical work has been done on it. For a while now, Mormons have [Read More...]


Fishing, Physics, and Devotion

  “You’re not a religious man?”It’s a question of mild incredulity followed by a statement of the fact that makes the man’s claim to strict secularism so dubious.“But you’re a fisherman.”A bit from the film Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, which turns out to be a tract, wrapped in a Harlequin romance, wrapped in a [Read More...]


Why Leaving the Church Often Means Leaving God

This guest post is by New Zealander Mike Cammock who is originally from Christchurch.  Mike has served a mission in Taiwan, and currently resides in Windsor, Vermont.  He and his wife Chris are the parents of two children.   My name is Mike Cammock. I am a Kiwi. I am also Mormon. I grew up on the [Read More...]

Faith-Promoting Rumor

Hamblin’s Misreading

I should begin by noting that if anyone wants to intelligently comment on the latest issue of the Journal of Book of Mormon Studies, please read it first. It’s available here (I hope the MI will make the article under discussion available free some time soon). Bill Hamblin has posted a critique of an article [Read More...]

The Welcome Table

By Popular Request–Me in Multiple Personalities

I shared this only with those who requested it for a few days, but am now letting everyone in. Click here if your Christmas isn’t quite creepy enough.

Mormon Therapist

Mixed-Faith Workshop

I am looking into the possibility of hosting a full-day workshop (9am to 5 or 6 pm) for Mormon mixed-faith couples in the Salt Lake City/Park City, Utah area on December 27, 2014. I will be in town visiting family and I thought others might also be in Utah for the holidays who normally are [Read More...]