I confess that, under the pressure of last summer’s events, a great deal of travel, other pressing demands, and my regular professional obligations, I’ve rather let Mormon Scholars Testify slide a bit over the past few months.
After all, with close to 350 entries, it’s already a pretty substantial site. Some of the entries are quite short, but a few are rather long and most are multi-page — which means (although I haven’t actually done the math) that, if it it were ever to be published in printed form, it would presumably come out to multiple volumes.
However, I’m determined to get it back on track.
I don’t expect it to ever go back to posting a new entry every other day, as it did for quite a long time, nor even to every third day (the pace that it kept up for nearly two years). I don’t even want it to: There is no Mormon Scholars Testify staff but me to solicit, accept, and edit submissions, and the burden was quite demanding. A few others have provided translations, but I’ve even done some of those. (Fortunately, Tanya Spackman has served as my volunteer, and breathtakingly able, web master and technical guru since the project began.) No, I’ll be delighted if I can get the pace back up to something like a steady new-entry-every-week kind of thing.
So, those of you who meet the criteria, please consider this an invitation to write up an entry and submit it. (And, please, those of you who aren’t “scholars,” don’t consider my rather restrictive invitation some sort of elitist put-down. I grew up in an extended family of welders, construction workers, truck drivers, and farmers, and I certainly have no illusions that scholars or academics are worth more than my well-loved aunts, uncles, and cousins. Academia just happens to be my professional niche, the place where I have the most professional contacts, and it’s more than enough to keep me busy. I would be absolutely delighted if somebody were to set up analogous websites for Mormon dentists, mechanics, housewives, coaches, lawyers, or whatever. The point is to comply with Elder M. Russell Ballard’s call for us to share our testimonies on the internet. There are literally thousands of different ways this can be done.)
Anyhow, the most recent entry on Mormon Scholars Testify is from Darin Ragozzine, a Harvard- and Caltech-trained astrophysicist. The site is moving forward again.