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October 02, 2014
Zachary Hutchins's Inventing Eden is a remarkable book. As its subtitle explains, Hutchins examines "primitivism,...
September 18, 2014
Brigham Young’s Favorite Hymn
On April 8, 1877, Brigham Young delivered a sermon on the occasion of his imminent...
July 23, 2014
Joseph Smith and the Book of Abraham
Outsiders to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints familiar with Mormonism typically have...
June 19, 2014
Have Visions Ceased?
In his published account of his first visionary experience, Joseph Smith reported that a Methodist...
June 05, 2014
The Papers of a Prophet
The Joseph Smith Papers Project website (josephsmithpapers.org) is one of the very best electronic resources...
May 12, 2014
Nihilism and “The Book of Mormon”
I refer to the blockbuster musical, not the sacred book of Mormons. Recently, I took...
March 27, 2014
The Brightness of the Sun
Sometime around the year 1820, the young Joseph Smith was troubled. According to the earliest...
March 06, 2014
American Pseudobibles (and the Book of Mormon)
Americans during the Revolutionary era and the Early Republic lived in a world suffused with...
January 25, 2014
Stephen Webb’s Mormon Christianity
I recently had the pleasure of reading Stephen Webb's Mormon Christianity: What Other Christians Can...
December 19, 2013
The Latter-day Saints and Anti-Polygamy Laws
One would think that with the half-decade "Mormon moment" now well past, Mormonism would now...
December 12, 2013
Mormons and Race
Last week, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a new, detailed statement...
November 21, 2013
Mormon Handcart Pioneers
One of the most poignant times in the history of the Church of Jesus Christ...
November 07, 2013
The Book of Mormon in 15 (or so) Days
I'm re-posting the below, which originally appeared in two separate segments at Religion in American...
October 31, 2013
Adelle Banks of Religion News Service has a fascinating piece on signs of a possible...
October 10, 2013
Elizabeth Smart’s Story
Most visitors to the internet this week have probably noticed that Elizabeth Smart has just...
September 26, 2013
Das Buch Mormon
About a year ago, I asked for advice about how to structure a course on...
September 19, 2013
It's so easy to make fun of Mormons that The Book of Mormon: The Musical...
July 25, 2013
Cold, Tired, and Single in Zion
One of my favorite things about spending several summers in Utah was enjoying an extra...
May 30, 2013
The Mormon Image in the New York Times
The New York Times was not especially kind to either Mitt Romney or his faith...
April 11, 2013
Religion and the Victory of Same-Sex Marriage
About a decade ago, the historian David Chappell wrote a thoughtful book about religion and...
February 28, 2013
The Mormon Jesus and the Garden of Eden
As a corollary to my current interest in the Latter-day Saint understanding of Jesus, I've...
January 05, 2013
What Mormons Believe
At first glance, Mormonism is not an especially creedal religion. Brigham Young, the second president...
November 09, 2012
ALWAYS AND EVERYWHERE?
Not long ago, John Turner ignited controversy when he challenged the idea that Mormonism was...
November 07, 2012
Why I am Glad the Election is Over
"As an American historian, what do you think about the 2012 presidential election?" I am...
November 01, 2012
Religion and the Success of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney
Guest post by Miles S. Mullin II, of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary’s J. Dalton Havard School for...
October 25, 2012
Mormons Are (Different) Christians, Not Cultists
The idea that Mormonism is a cult is beyond absurd, unless by cult one simply...
October 23, 2012
Should a Candidate’s Faith Matter to Paleo Evangelicals?
In last week's column, "Paleo Evangelicals as Reluctant Republicans," I argued that there are many...
October 14, 2012
Albert Mohler Interview with John Turner on Brigham Young
Fascinating podcast interview here by Southern Baptist Theological Seminary president Albert Mohler, with the Anxious Bench's...
September 07, 2012
You can learn a lot about a society by what it remembers, but even more...
August 22, 2012
Stephen Covey: Mormon Theologian?
Matthew Bowman, writing at the Religion in American History Blog, has a fascinating piece on...
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