Korihors, Secular Humanism, and the Book of Mormon

The topic of Korihor, noted Book of Mormon anti-Christ, has come up in Mormon discussions recently. The identification of Korihor with various contemporary groups or individuals marks such as illegitimate and dangerous. Boundaries, separation, and vigilance against such ideas is warranted. One of the most popular interpretations is that Korihor teaches secular humanism, situating secular humanists (and often religious humanists) as not only heretical, but also demonic. It is worth m … [Read more...]

On Pseudonyms and Insults

Reflecting on the behavior of certain other co-bloggers at Patheos and their commenters on the question of pseudonyms, I was inspired to repost some ideas on this from last year. Let me share my observations about being a pseudonymous Mormon blogger for over a decade.  There is a common belief that bloggers who “hide” behind a pseudonym will abuse that position to do bad things.  My experience, however, has not born this out.  Instead, the pseudonymous blogger is often the target of rude treatme … [Read more...]

John Gee, Biblical Studies, and Credentials

John Gee has alleged that Biblical Studies degrees at elite universities do not require history or archeology. As evidence, he looks at the minimum course requirements, and in a few cases at general exam areas. The immediate implication of this claim is targeted at David Bokovoy, whose PhD is from Brandeis in Hebrew Bible--the first target of Gee's "analysis." The broader implication is that people with Biblical Studies degrees are less qualified to speak about the ancient world relevant to the … [Read more...]

Notes on John Gee’s Biblical Training

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Does the word “apology” appear in the scriptures?

Recently it has been suggested that the word apology does not appear in the scriptures as a reason for why Church leaders do not apologize. Of course, there are lots of things that church leaders do that are not in the scriptures, but is it really the case that the idea of offering an apology is a non-scriptural principle?If one searches the King James Version, the English word "apology" does not appear. The English word apology derives from the Greek word apologia, which does not mean to be … [Read more...]

Mormon Theology Seminar Announcement

We are very excited to assist in getting the word out about the second annual Summer Seminar on Mormon Theology, with the topic of "Christ and Anti-Christ: Reading Jacob 7."  See the link below for more details, but here is a short description of the project: … [Read more...]

LDS Curriculum and the Priestly Hermeneutical Tradition

A guest post from from friend-of-the-blog Silence Dogood.The recently announced changes in CES curriculum represent something much more than what is taught at BYU campuses, institutes, and seminaries. Rather, it is an embodiment of a particular strain of scriptural interpretation that plays a central role in the modern Church.One could argue that Mormonism was founded upon the question of scriptural interpretation. Joseph Smith, upset that the many religions of his day “understood the s … [Read more...]

Reminder: Faith and Knowledge Conference Deadline!

Nearly 10 years ago, this conference came together as the first dedicated space for LDS graduate students in religion and related fields.  If that applies to you, don't miss out on being a part of something really special!  THE FIFTH BIENNIAL FAITH AND KNOWLEDGE CONFERENCEUniversity of VirginiaCharlottesville, VAFebruary 27-28, 2015The Faith and Knowledge Conference was established in 2007 to bring together LDS graduate students in religious studies and related … [Read more...]


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