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April 21, 2018
New Mormon Leadership: Initial Thoughts
On April 1, 2018, the usually stolid hierarchy of the Church of Jesus Christ of...
March 29, 2018
"Mary A. young admited into the hiest orderer Preasthood," Brigham Young wrote in his diary...
January 04, 2018
The First LDS Succession
With the death of the LDS president, it's good to know how transitions of power...
February 02, 2017
Biographies Full of Females
Who's significant? As Chris Gehrz discussed in a recent post, his students -- and most...
January 19, 2017
The Desecration of Indian Corpses
In February 1850, Mormon settlers began a brief but bloody campaign against several bands of...
October 20, 2016
Latter-day Saints and the Anointing of Jesus
My co-blogger Philip Jenkins is in the midst of a fascinating series of posts (most...
October 10, 2016
The Problem with Protecting our Wives and Daughters
Don’t get me wrong. I’m glad many evangelicals are lining up to condemn Trump’s vulgar...
September 01, 2016
Mormons Will Vote Trump
The 2016 will go down in the annals of American political history as highly unusual....
July 07, 2016
Forgeries and Schadenfreude
Nearly four years ago, Karen King publicized a Coptic manuscript she had dated to the...
April 14, 2016
When the Mormon Jesus Was Married
It is a staple of anti-Mormon literature (and evangelical countercult literature more generally) that the...
March 29, 2016
Who Is the Mormon Jesus?
In today's post I am talking with Anxious Bench blogger and George Mason professor John...
March 24, 2016
Stephen H. Webb
Two weeks ago, prolific American theologian Stephen H. Webb died. For a beautiful tribute, see...
January 14, 2016
How to Market a Book
The title of this post is as much of a question as a statement. This...
December 24, 2015
Joseph Smith’s Last Christmas
2 o[clo]ck about 50 couple sat down at my table to dine. while I was...
December 17, 2015
The King of Beaver Island
Most people with only a passing acquaintance with the history of Mormonism presume that there...
December 10, 2015
Muslims, the New Mormons
In 1890, the U.S. Supreme Court -- in upheld laws intended to disenfranchise Mormon polygamists....
October 08, 2015
Playing Mormon, Playing Indian
In 1869, Lucy Stanton Bassett traveled from New York to Utah, possibly riding on the...
August 12, 2015
Seer Stones and Prophetic Authority
Last week, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints made national and international news...
May 17, 2015
Mormons and New World History
Recently, I have been posting on fringe and mainstream ideas in scholarship, and have identified...
May 13, 2015
Tom Brady and Joseph Smith, Lies and Liars
"And yet Joseph Smith was plainly a liar," informs Lawrence Wright in his best-selling Going...
April 16, 2015
The Mormon Bonhoeffer
In the 1970s, Latter-day Saint leaders began to quote C.S. Lewis in the semi-annual General...
April 02, 2015
Mormons, Race, and Slavery
In the middle of 1870, Scipio Africanus Kenner feared losing the girl he loved. For...
February 05, 2015
Christians have no good reason to believe Jesus is coming soon. Okay, in the final...
January 29, 2015
Be Nice to Missionaries
There are many good reasons to read Craig Harline's Way Below the Angels: the pretty...
January 22, 2015
The Kirtland Temple
Every year tens of thousands of people visit the Kirtland Temple, dedicated in 1836 by...
January 08, 2015
Why Mormons Love Margaret Barker
Several years ago, a Latter-day Saint friend encouraged me to read British Methodist theologian Margaret...
December 11, 2014
Grace and Apostasy
As a historian, I am grateful for anti-Mormon exposés. Admittedly, the genre poses obvious problems....
October 30, 2014
The Beginning and End of Mormon Polygamy
Many observers of Mormonism have offered their thoughts on the recent statements on plural marriage...
October 16, 2014
The Lost Book of Mormon
There are not very many contemporary accounts of Mormonism in which the author is expelled...
October 09, 2014
The Elders of Israel
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints holds semiannual general conferences, with twenty thousand...
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