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...]


As Mormons can we talk about "salvation" in the plural?It seems that part of the restored gospel is the pluralization of "salvation". We teach multiple "kingdoms" after death--where people receive different kinds of salvation. Granted we teach that these "salvations" are gradated, with the Celestial Kingdom being the highest (and even gradated within itself); but it does seem proper to talk about different "ends", beyond the paradigm of simply Heaven or Hell. … [Read more...]

The Study of Mormonism: A Growing Interest in Academia

In light of the recent FARMS post, I wanted to briefly discuss an article I came across by M. Gerald Bradford, published in a recent FARMS Review. I should first state how impressed I was to see an LDS scholar trained in a Religious Studies program, addressing the role of Mormon Studies within the context of Religious Studies. Bradford even lays out a brief outline of "Religious Studies", influenced by Ninian Smart (former Professor at UCSB, and leading figure in the development of the field of … [Read more...]

The Responsibility of the Scholar

What is the responsibility of the academically trained scholar in Mormonism? As more LDSs go to graduate schools (or even various undergraduate institutions) and study religion, this becomes an interesting question. I'm defining "scholar" here as someone who has graduated from a institution of higher education focusing specifically on religion (broadly conceived). This isn't meant to position one type of scholar above another, but to ask a specific question about what our expectations are from … [Read more...]