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March 29, 2018
"Mary A. young admited into the hiest orderer Preasthood," Brigham Young wrote in his diary...
July 18, 2017
What Makes Protestants “Protestant”?
What makes Protestants "Protestant"? A new history suggests that it's not about Reformation doctrines or...
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...
December 17, 2015
The King of Beaver Island
Most people with only a passing acquaintance with the history of Mormonism presume that there...
September 14, 2015
The Popes and America
Editors' Note: This article is part of the Patheos Public Square on the Pope in...
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...
January 08, 2015
Why Mormons Love Margaret Barker
Several years ago, a Latter-day Saint friend encouraged me to read British Methodist theologian Margaret...
September 18, 2014
Brigham Young’s Favorite Hymn
On April 8, 1877, Brigham Young delivered a sermon on the occasion of his imminent...
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...
March 02, 2014
WELSH AMERICA, AMERICAN WALES
I recently posted about the sizable and often under-appreciated presence of Welsh people in America....
January 25, 2014
Stephen Webb’s Mormon Christianity
I recently had the pleasure of reading Stephen Webb's Mormon Christianity: What Other Christians Can...
October 10, 2013
Elizabeth Smart’s Story
Most visitors to the internet this week have probably noticed that Elizabeth Smart has just...
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 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...
August 22, 2012
Stephen Covey: Mormon Theologian?
Matthew Bowman, writing at the Religion in American History Blog, has a fascinating piece on...
August 18, 2012
The Latter-Day Saints and Race
The Anxious Bench's John Turner has a New York Times editorial this weekend titled "Why...
August 16, 2012
Brigham Young and Mitt Romney, Beer and History
How could a Washington Post article discussing President Obama’s campaign beer-drinking not mention the LDS...
July 02, 2012
New York Times on Mormon History
The New York Times has an excellent piece on the "growing cadre of young scholars of...
June 19, 2012
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