Man’s way of “redemption” versus God’s

    “If man had his way, the plan of redemption would be an endless and bloody conflict. In reality, salvation was bought not by Jesus’ fist, but by His nail-pierced hands; not by muscle but by love; not by vengeance but by forgiveness; not by force but by sacrifice. Jesus Christ our Lord surrendered [Read More…]

“Mitt Romney to vote for Ted Cruz in Utah”

    Mitt Romney has become perhaps the most vocal and prominent leader of the anti-Trumpist movement.   I heard this CNN story today when I was buying lunch at a McDonald’s in Pocatello, Idaho.  “I’ve lost a lot of respect for him,” the man standing beside me immediately remarked, indicating Romney.  I responded that [Read More…]

“’See That Ye Are Not Lifted Up’: The Name Zoram and Its Paronomastic Pejoration”

  By my count, today marks the 191st consecutive Friday — out of the 192.5 weeks since we decided to launch it — on which Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture has published at least one article.  Today we published two.  This is the second of them:   “See That Ye Are Not Lifted Up”: [Read More…]

“Assessing an ‘argument’ against LDS belief in the pre-existence”   Posted from Idaho Falls, Idaho     [Read more…]

Mr. Trump: “There will be riots”

  He’d better win, right?   ‘There WILL BE RIOTS’ – Trump threatens if he doesn’t get the nomination!   Posted from Idaho Falls, Idaho   [Read more…]

“’My People Are Willing’: The Mention of Aminadab in the Narrative Context of Helaman 5-6″

  It’s Friday.  So, of course, Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture is in publishing mode:   “My People Are Willing”: The Mention of Aminadab in the Narrative Context of Helaman 5-6   We hope that you’ll enjoy this article.   Posted from Idaho Falls, Idaho     [Read more…]

“Mormon Scolded by Christian Group Is At Center of Kansas Law”

    It seems to me that the distinction between a group that funds itself and a group that receives government money is crucial here:   Now, you might say, simply being allowed to meet in a room at a public university constitutes a kind of taxpayer subsidy.  I see the point, but [Read More…]

“What Does It Mean To Be a White and Delightsome People?”

    Interesting reading from Book of Mormon Central on a long-controversial topic:       [Read more…]

“The Excess of Stephen H. Webb”

    An eloquent personal tribute from a friend of Stephen Webb, written for the superb magazine First Things, to which Steve was a frequent contributor:   Many of us also considered Steve a (relatively newfound) friend.   We still mourn his passing, and we missed him deeply at the events connected with [Read More…]


  My friend Scott Gordon, president of FairMormon, shared this article with me about an important milestone in the history of scholarship:   Peer reviewed studies soon to be replaced by CAPS LOCK   Many of my internet and email critics will feel themselves vindicated.  Mostly, beyond their sheer and entirely understandable scorn for Y’r [Read More…]