March Mormon Doctrine Madness: We need your votes

The Joseph Smith/Gordon B. Hinckley race is a tie. Do not let it be so! The race is extended until tomorrow. … [Read more...]

March Mormon Doctrine Madness: Elite Eight

1 - Joseph Smith vs. 9 - Gordon B. Hinckley Which is the more influential force in Mormonism todayJoseph SmithGordon B. Hinckley  Free polls from Pollhost.com 11 - Restoration of Priesthood Authority vs. 12 - Saving Ordinances Which is the more influential force in Mormonism todayRestoration of Priesthood AuthoritySaving Ordinances  Free polls from Pollhost.com 1 - The Book of Mormon vs. 8 - The 2nd Official Declaration Which is the more influential force in … [Read more...]

Free will, rocks, and Camus

Since we are all in an uproar regarding free will (see here, here, and here), I'll toss my idea into the mix. Hypothetically, I am a compatibilist. In this I mean that, hypothetically, I could see the material aspects of our selves and the world in which we find ourselves as sufficiently influential as to determine some or all of our actions. I am willing to see this as being the way that the God has established the world (or that this is the way it is always set up). In this, I am … [Read more...]

March Mormon Doctrine Madness: Sweet Sixteen wrap-up

I am writing up proposals and applications at the moment, so things have been too hectic of late to keep every thing straight at MMDM headquarters. As a result, I forgot to close the polls yesterday. So, today is the break between the Sweet Sixteen and the Elite Eight. Friday will be the Elite Eight games. Monday will be the Final Four. Wednesday will still be the championship game. Are you all with me? Yesterday's results: 9 - Gordon B. Hinckley 25 11 - Hugh W. Nibley 2 11 - … [Read more...]

Attention All Coptologists!

OK folks, here's what you've been waiting for: publication of the long-lost Gospel of Judas. After being a source of irritation to early church leaders, it went missing about 1,500 years ago. Now due to be published the end of next month, so as to again become a source of irritation to church leaders... Skullduggery, lies, theft...all the good stuff, and just in time for "Da Vinci Code," too. Original title: "Long-lost Gospel of Judas to Be Published," originally dated 19 Dec 05 and … [Read more...]

March Mormon Doctrine Madness: Sweet Sixteen, Day Two

The results from yesterday are: 1 - Joseph Smith 29 3 - Bruce R. McConkie 5 12 - Saving Ordinances 24 10 - Tithing and Consecration 7 1 - Book of Mormon 27 3 - Doctrine and Covenants 3 10 - The Relief Society 19 12 - The Young Men's Program 11 I am satisfied with those answers. On to today's polls: … [Read more...]

Who Was Translated?

As near as I can tell, Joseph Smith seems to have identified all the men named John in the NT as John the son of Zebedee. And he seems to have also identified those works traditionally associated with someone named John as written by this same John the son of Zebedee. … [Read more...]

March Mormon Doctrine Madness: Sweet Sixteen, Day One

Here we go: 1 - Joseph Smith vs. 3 - Bruce R. McConkie Which is the more influential force in Mormonism today?Joseph SmithBruce R. McConkie  Free polls from Pollhost.com 10 - Tithing and Consecration vs. 12 - Saving Ordinances Which is the more influential force in Mormonism today?Tithing and ConsecrationSaving Ordinances  Free polls from Pollhost.com 1 - The Book of Mormon vs. 3 - The Doctrine and Covenants Which is the more influential force in Mormonism today?The … [Read more...]


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