Mormonism: A Very Short Introduction

In March Mormonism: A Very Short Introduction will be published as a part of Oxford's A Very Short Introduction series. For those unfamiliar with the series, Oxford has put out over 300 titles written by "experts" in particular fields (the volume on Kant by Roger Scruton from the University of London, for instance is a fantastically accessible introduction). They are brief (around 100 pages 4x6 inches), and meant for the non-specialist. Richard Bushman is the author of the volume on Mormonism. … [Read more...]

A Course on Mormonism at Harvard

For the first time in the history of the Harvard Divinity School (as far as I can tell), a course on Mormonism ("Mormonism and the American Experience" taught by Melissa Proctor) will be offered. … [Read more...]

The Immaculate Reception… BYU Style

Leave it to a BYU student to invoke the name of the Lord in BYU's win last weekend over the U.Austin Collie, who caught a 49-yard pass on 4th and 18 to keep the drive alive (which eventually put BYU ahead for good), had this to say in a post-game interview: "Obviously, when you're doing what's right on and off the field, I think the Lord steps in a plays a part."His comment, of course, has generated quite bit of controversy.My gut reaction is to dismiss the statement as youthful frivolity; … [Read more...]

Which Rule is More Golden?

1) Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.2) Do not do to others what you do not want them to do to you.Or are they both more or less the same? … [Read more...]

BYU Hiring Ancient Scrip Prof

BYU is looking to hire a professor of ancient scripture in their department of Religious Education. For the entire posting go here.Here is an excerpt from the listing. Below it are some thoughts. … [Read more...]

If All is Sacred

If all is sacred, is nothing sacred?This is related to a previous discussion here at FPR.The categories of "sacred" and "profane" have a long history in the study of religion. And attempts to collapse the sacred and profane can be understood many different ways. I actually find it valuable to consider "All as Sacred"; but not in the sense that "the sacred" is simply a spatial category. IMO, the sacred is a relational category contingent on how we perform within a given space. In other words … [Read more...]

Have We Been Praying to Her All Along?

Submitted from an anonymous reader: If "the song of the righteous is a prayer" (D&C 25:12), does singing "O My Father" constitute praying to Heavenly Mother? It does, after all, contain the line "Father, Mother, may I meet you / In your royal courts on high? / Then, at length, when I've completed / All you sent me forth to do /  With your mutual approbation / Let me come and dwell with you."  … [Read more...]

Jesus Christ: Inspiration and/or Aspiration

Are we morally creative agents?A distinction that I've given some thought to lately is that between "Inspiration" and "Aspiration". This isn't to say that there necessarily has to be some deep divide between these two concepts, but it can be useful to think of them separately. I believe that most LDSs see Jesus Christ as more of an "aspiration" rather than an "inspiration". This means that he is our model or our ambition (in the sense that we try to do as he has done), before he is … [Read more...]