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Slavery in the Eschatological Kingdom
I am following a discussion on David Bokovoy’s wall with some interest....
Israel's Past Without the Bible
It may come as a surprise to some that there are texts...
Mormons and Palestinians: Justice and only Justice
With the tragic recent escalation of conflict in Israel-Palestine, my thoughts have...
Faith, Scholarship, and Teaching at BYU Series
For the series announcement and the question to which I am replying,...
Faith-Promoting [Not] History
Several weeks ago we had a sacrament meeting talk that remains on...
The Gender of "Church" in the BoM
I still have a “church” itch as the idea is found in...
Evil Eschatological Mothers
Heh. Back to work, are you? And not really in the mood,...
Baptizing Vicariously and the Problems of Universalism
I haven't posted for a while, so I was checking through some...
Mormons and Wild Geese
The first line of Mary Oliver's poem "Wild Geese" seems as at...
On Biblical Scripture
The Problem What makes Biblical Scripture, Scripture for LDS Christians?* Historically one...
The Flood: Global or Localized?
I would argue neither. With the rising tide of modern science, historical...
Pharisees, Scribes, and Modern Disciples
In TYD’s post below, “A Prophet is Only a Prophet When…,” one...
"Sounds like Satan's plan!"
From the recent Newsweek coverage of us Mormons: Congressman Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.)...
Guarding the Temple: Our Procession to a Better...
David L., who recently joined M*, and I have been having a...
The Dumbing Down of Mormon Books, Made Easy!
A recent book review of Eric Shuster and Charles Sale's The Biblical Roots...
Scriptural Authority, Normativity, and Hermeneutics: Women and the...
Introduction  The Bible often privileges men as normative for what it...
Isaiah 7:14 and Scriptural Hermeneutics
Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin...
1 Enoch in Jude's "Bible": Issues of Canonicity...
Jude 1:5-7 (NRSV): Now I desire to remind you, though you are...
Discussion and Implications of the New Perspective(s) on...
For I am not ashamed of the gospel: for it is God's...
My God Is Bigger Than Your God--Literally. Part...
Although YHWH clearly was perceived by biblical authors in anthropomorphic terms, YHWH’s...
Polytheism and Ancient Israel's Canaanite Heritage. Part V
Of course, much of this [i.e., that Israel worshiped El and Asherah...
The Mormon Rawls Project: The Original Position and...
Authors note: The following is the second in my Mormon Rawls Project...
The Good Samaritan as The Other
The parable of the Good Samaritan is well known and much beloved....
Is Greed Good?
This is the topic for the newest Public Square discussion over at...
Brand Spanking New
Like many Christians I like to read and re-read Romans 5-8. Paul...
Wait, that's in the Bible?! Celestial Sex
Background/The Divine Council This post (yes, I know the title is rather...
Myth, Modernity, and Mormonism
The category of "myth" is arguably the most important for evaluating the...
The Always Placid Mormons
...is how we are described by the Catholic blogger who writes as...
The 20th comment on David Clark's "Mormon Anxieties" post comments that the...
Chris H. is moving to....
...his own blog. I have enjoyed my almost three years here at...
Been Sittin' On My Butt...
The first words of his testimony today were "Been sittin' on my...
Get Thee to a Grad School
In recent weeks both TT and Chris have each made controversial posts....
Is Mormonism Euhemerism?
The ancient Greek thinker Euhemerus was a mythographer whose reputation has lived...
With the Olympics started it looks like all of the VP...
Process-ease and other Linguistic Pet Peeves
I'm not a prescriptivist when it comes to language. That is, when...
A Religious Studies Major at BYU Pt. II
In Pt I we looked at developing a curriculum and focused on "core classes"....
A Religious Studies Major at BYU Pt. I
Okay, I know it will probably never happen, but...why can't we blog...
Provo-based Media and the Priesthood Ban
SCANDAL! Read on for details... Given the many posts in the 'nacle...
A Special Day at FPR (Updated)
Today we mark two important milestones at FPR. First, May 9th, 2008...
The Record of John
Doctrine and Covenants 93:6-18 promises that if we are faithful, we shall...
The Holy Person in Mormonism?
Eve's recent post at ZD on the magical GA got me thinking...
Feral Children and Divinity
I recently reintroduced myself to the study of feral children, children who...
What if someone ordained their wife to the priesthood? Let's say that...
Mormon Literalism and the Body
Recently, Terryl Givens has celebrated one of the Mormon "heresies" (his term)...
BYU Religion Dean on Premortal Life, Part I:...
Last week Terry Ball, Dean of the College of Religious Education, gave...
The Problem with Laughter
Last night I attended a baptism that was accompanied by much laughter...
The Future of Heavenly Mother
Heavenly Mother (HM) has proven to be a very potent and productive...
Moderation, the Higher Law, and the WoW
I have often wondered how the order of heaven will differ from...
Priesthood, Temple, and Semantics
Most people know that in our current arrangement, young men tend to...
Why No Social Gospel?
Much of 20th century Christianity has emerged out of the Social Gospel...
Announcement: All-Blog Symposium on "Mormonism and Modernity"
As you may know, I am an advanced student at a local...
A discussion I had recently with a friend of mine reminded me...
Have We Been Praying to Her All Along?
Submitted from an anonymous reader: If "the song of the righteous is...
If All is Sacred
If all is sacred, is nothing sacred? This is related to a...
The myth of applying all scripture
An argument that I occasionally see floated in blogs is the argument...
Is the "Family" the problem?
It is evident that the LDS church has made the institution of...
The Mark of the Bar Code
A recent comment prompted a post for discussion and speculation on the...
In my understanding of the GHI, there is no answer to the...
The Joy of Suffering
The Gospel is a strange thing sometimes. Often, it challenges our most...
Ancient Justification for Modern Practice
Kevin Barney's post over at BCC has me thinking about the ramifications...
I know that Mitt is true.
In testimony meeting this month, a good sister bore testimony of Mitt...
The "Vote of Thanks"
I've been a Mormon all my life. Sadly, I mostly tune out...
Race and Why Christopher Hitchens is an Embarrassment...
I don't know if many of you have been following the Romney-Sharpton...
Scholars and Prophets
I presented a paper at the Yale conference in February in which...
He is Risen?
Many LDS scholars are more or less willing to give up on...
A Note on a Footnote in Mt 28:20
Last Sunday as I was preparing to teach GD I noticed an...
Pharisees and Anti-Judaism
Modern Mormons often claim to be philo-Judaic through kinship claims and belief...
Polygamy in the Book of Mormon
It struck me the other day that the one place in the...
A tentative list of general LDS biases in...
Scholars have a tendency to operate on shorthand and stereotype whenever they...
What is an Author?
As Mormons I think that we are deeply invested in authorial intent...
Mosaic Musings Part Deux: Did Jesus Baptize Adam?
Now for the second half of this simultaneous duet and some light...
Mosaic Musings, Part One: The Spirit of God
The other day I had a friend reveal an insight she had...
How Much Money is Sufficient For Your Needs?
I am interested in the various ways that money gets moralized in...
The Mormon Tour Industry
While looking on www.deseretbook.com this morning for something, I noticed a link...
If you haven't noticed yet, we're not big on modernist notions of...
The Loneliness of the Post-Feminist
JohnR has an excellent and touching entry at FMH on the lack...
Pilgrimage Sites: Palmyra, NY
By now, pretty much everyone recognizes that church has begun to build...
Believing Blood: Mormonism as a New Race
Mormons adopted the language of race and ethnicity to describe themselves from...
Last month I posted on symbols here. Since then there have been...
The Historical Jesus (Sources)
Since the Enlightenment, folks have been asking hard historical and theological questions...
Good and Evil
Today I had a thought about the problem of evil that I...
It is a common introductory problem in theology to think about the...
Mormonism is a Humanism
Readers may recognize that this title riffs off of Jean-Paul Sartre's influential...
The Power of Symbols
A few recent posts in various blogs has got my thinking about...
The Demonic Holy Ghost
When did the Holy Ghost become a demon (aka, daimon, daemon)? By...
A Resurrection of Flesh and Bone?
In 1 Cor 15, Paul declares that "flesh and blood cannot inherit...
How to Understand the Temple
The vast majority of LDS historical and theological thinking about the temple...
Since I've started taking New Testament Greek classes I've started paying more...
A Bigger House
In case you’ve just stopped by, I’ve been blogging on an article...
Inside the House
Professor Kent P. Jackson’s 6 Jan 07 Church News article, “Sacred Study”...
A House Divided
The January 6, 2007 edition of the Church News contained an article...
“My Husband is a Socialist”
Here is another post that does not fit in with the normal...
A Note on Priestly Status for MLK Day
One of the most powerful scenes in Revelation is the moment when...
The Sin Against the Spirit in Mark 3
This bit of light writing was composed in response to an email...
The Adulterous Woman, Part 3: Textual Criticism and...
For those who are joining our programming in medias res, this series...
The Adulterous Woman, Part 2: Suspense, Surprise, Primacy...
About a year ago I was teaching Genesis 4 in a GD...
Middle Ground or No-man’s Land?
I know that I've promised to do a post on predestination and...
The Adulterous Woman, Part 1: The Narrator
A couple of weeks ago there was a partial reading of the...
The Waters of Judah
Last evening HP called my attention to a recent post on M*....
The Wisdom of Hannah
So... I wrote this for a ward RS board meeting, just after...
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