“Ancient Affinities within the LDS Book of Enoch,” Part Two

Perhaps an actual photograph -- though perhaps not -- of Enoch being translated into heaven

  I'm pleased to announce that the second part of Jeffrey M. Bradshaw and David J. Larsen's "Ancient Affinities within the LDS Book of Enoch" has now appeared.  It's online and available to be read: http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/ancient-affinities-within-the-lds-book-of-enoch-part-two/   … [Read more...]

Same-Sex Marriage and Military Chaplains

But then, on second thought, who cares?

  Relatively few people think about this, I'm guessing, but serious issues could arise for the military chaplain corps if, as the Obama administration plainly desires, the federal government endorses same-sex marriage and the Defense of Marriage Act is overturned or neutralized: https://marriageada.org/donationland/?REF=ES130308EANT For example, will Evangelical, Catholic, and Latter-day Saint chaplains be required, in contravention of their faith, … [Read more...]

“Shaken Faith Syndrome: Strengthening One’s Testimony in the Face of Criticism and Doubt”

Cover of the book

   Great news! A revised and expanded edition of Mike Ash's very helpful book Shaken Faith Syndrome: Strengthening One's Testimony in the Face of Criticism and Doubt is now available. Among other places, it can be purchased through the FAIR Bookstore.   … [Read more...]

What if al-Qa‘ida recruited the way the MORMONS do?

Unbelievably stupid, if serious.

   It suddenly occurred to me that some people, incredibly enough, might not have seen this YouTube video. If you haven't, you really must.   … [Read more...]

A cartoon that catches the attitude of some of my most vocal critics

Don't look for self-awareness or any recognition of irony among such folks.

  A colleague and friend in my academic department has the following New Yorker cartoon, by Matthew Diffee, posted outside his offiee door.  It captures certain of my most virulently hostile critics in a way that I can only term "uncanny":     … [Read more...]

“Echoes of Aaronic Priesthood offices continue still today in the most ancient churches of Christendom”

Joseph Smith (with Oliver Cowdery) receiving the Aaronic priesthood under the hands of the resurrected John the Baptist

  Today's column for the Deseret News was written with the imminent papal conclave in mind: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865575062/Echoes-of-Aaronic-Priesthood-offices-continue-still-today-in-the-most-ancient-churches-of.html And, if things go according to plan, the Saturday Hamblin/Peterson column will deal directly with the history and nature of papal conclaves.   … [Read more...]

The Mormon Music of Mark Abernathy and The Sabre Rattlers

Mark Abernathy

  I wish that I had enough money to be a patron of the arts, a Maecenus.  (Classically educated types will get the reference, I think.)  But I don't. Still, I'm really serious about trying to support -- if only by constituting myself as a cheering section -- fresh artistic expressions, especially of the Restored Gospel. With that explanation, I want to call your attention to Mark Abernathy and "The Sabre Rattlers," about whom a very nice article - … [Read more...]

“This generation shall have my word through you.”

The fourteen-year-old Joseph Smith, in a grove of trees in upstate New York during the spring of 1820

  I'm very pleased to announce that The Interpreter Foundation has just posted its seventeenth "scripture roundtable."  This one features Bryce Haymond, Ben McGuire, Mike Parker, and Dan Peterson, and it focuses on Doctrine and Covenants Gospel Doctrine lesson thirteen: http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/scripture-roundtable-17-dc-gospel-doctrine-lesson-13/   … [Read more...]