“Science and the Book of Genesis,” Part Three

The Creation Room in the Nauvoo Illinois Temple (Click to enlarge.)

  A bit more from/about one of the presentations at The Interpreter Foundation's recent conference on science and Mormonism: http://ldsmag.com/article/1/13596  Posted from Arlington, Virginia    … [Read more...]

The new “Mormon Studies Review”

The multi voice choir of religious studies

  Two years after the demise of its predecessor, the FARMS Review, the new Mormon Studies Review (which, from now on, will appear once annually rather than twice a year) is off the press.  Here is the table of contents:Friendship: An Editor’s Introduction 1Spencer FluhmanEssaysMormon Studies in the Academy: A Conversation between Ann Taves and Spencer Fluhman 9Beyond “Surreptitious Staring”: Migration, Missions, and the Generativity of Mormonism for the … [Read more...]

“Science and the Book of Genesis,” Part Two

In the Creation Room of the Los Angeles California Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  Another piece of a presentation from the recent Interpreter Foundation conference on science and Mormonism: http://ldsmag.com/article/1/13590 I provide a link to the first installment here.  Posted from Arlington, Virginia    … [Read more...]

“A Closer Look at Mormon Studies”

Come on.  Don't make an oppressive fetish of "normalcy." (Click to enlarge.) (Click again to enlarge still further.)

  John Gee has uncovered some fascinating specimens.  Read, ponder, and be inspired: http://fornspollfira.blogspot.com/2013/11/a-closer-look-at-mormon-studies.html http://fornspollfira.blogspot.com/2013/11/what-is-mormon-studies-i.html http://fornspollfira.blogspot.com/2013/11/what-is-mormon-studies-ii.html http://fornspollfira.blogspot.com/2013/11/what-is-mormon-studies-iii.html  Posted from Arlington, … [Read more...]

“We owe a debt to God and our predecessors”

This isn't only true in science.

  My column for the Deseret News on Thanksgiving Day, 2012: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/765616138/We-owe-a-debt-to-God-our-predecessors.html?pg=all  Posted from Arlington, Virginia    … [Read more...]

“Gratitude to our God is paramount”

Rich blessings that have come to us beyond what we ourselves have built and made

  This was my Deseret News column for Thanksgiving 2011: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700200662/Gratitude-to-our-God-is-paramount.html?pg=all I've just re-read it, and I not only stand by it but regard its point as pretty important.  Posted from Arlington, Virginia    … [Read more...]

The good news that there is no God

Your destiny -- and that of your parents, your siblings, your children, your work, your planet, your galaxy, and your universe.  And there won't even be anybody to notice the flat line, which will, in any event, have long since disappeared.

  I confess that I've never understood the exultation and evangelical zeal that some claim to feel as atheists. Let me be clear:  I can easily understand coming to the conclusion that there is no God.  The world is full of seemingly pointless suffering, painfully unanswered questions, dubious religious claims, historically shaky scriptural stories, theologically-motivated wars and oppression, and the like.  Moreover, naturalistic theories such as evolution seem … [Read more...]

“The world is turning more religious; atheism declining”

Being a Christian theist does, I think, add an extra layer of meaning to the Christmas season. Am I being unfair?

  I wonder whether this claim is accurate. http://www.christianpost.com/news/study-world-is-turning-more-religious-atheism-declining-100518/ It would be a pity if the triumphalism of certain secularists were to be marred by something like this.  Posted from Arlington, Virginia    … [Read more...]