Apocalypticism in the Book of Mormon and the Striking Lack Thereof

Lehi and Nephi have apocalypses? Why doesn't anyone else? (Brother of Jared doesn't count, he's not a Lehite) … [Read more...]

Oxford Press Puts It All Out There

Oxford Press, like some other publishers, have been cooperating to make their books available in various electronic forms. I've mentioned Logos before, as one example. Google books is another, as J. Stapley points out.I'm also aware of two subscription services, which most University students can access for free through a University connection. The first is something called Ebrary.com I stumbled over this at BYU when I was looking for Marc Brettler's Creation of History in Ancient Israel and … [Read more...]

God-like Nature: Discovered or Recovered

As Mormons we believe that all human beings have the capability to become like God. Part of this is based in the notion that we are the spirituatl offspring of God (in other words we were "born" and "begotten" in a pre-existence and "reared" accordingly). In this life we are gods in embryo learning what it means to become like him (and her). Indeed this is part (if not all) of our human nature.One of the questions I've been thinking about lately is whether this God-like nature is something … [Read more...]

The Book of Mormon’s Contextual Vacuum

An interesting point made at school the other day has inspired me to rise, if only temporarily, from my end-of-school paper writing hell. The point of discussion was the alarming number of LDS people who do not read the Bible, especially the NT, with any regularity. We are a very Book of Mormon centered Church, in practice anyway, right now. At first blush this may not seem like a bad thing but upon closer inspection it can easily be seen that this approach is flawed. … [Read more...]

Mormon Support for War Waning

I always figured that the last sign of the apocalypse would be that the Boston Red Sox would win the World Series. And then they did. Then I shifted to the White Sox, and they did too. Then I tried to imagine something that would prolong the apocalypse (in my mind, anyway) until far, far beyond my own lifetime: Mormons giving up on all things conservative.Well, the majority of Mormons may not be heaving out conservatism entirely (one can only dream in my case...), but they are beginning to not … [Read more...]

Of Course Mormonism has Theology

Dave's post over at DMI reminded me of first time I heard that Mormonism didn't have "theology". Back then I thought, "You've got to be kidding me!" As I listened, though, I slowly understood. I also agreed. However, the more I've listened to discussions on the topic, the more I've found the claim problematic.The problem with this, as I see it is (at least) two-fold:First of all, "theology" is removed from it's broader sense of "faith seeking understanding" to a more specialized/technical … [Read more...]

A Note on a Footnote in Mt 28:20

Last Sunday as I was preparing to teach GD I noticed an odd footnote associated with the word "teaching" in Mt 28:20.  This verse is part of a larger passage, the Great Commission of the First Gospel.  The speaker is the resurrected Jesus and the occasion is his departure.  This is the text in the AV: 19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsover I have command you: and lo, … [Read more...]

How to Reconcile Difference: In History and More

Earlier comments made by Mogget that the BoM tends to deal with the "other" in terms of conversion, military conquest, or basically "ignoring" them has got me thinking. How do we as a people deal reconcile difference? I'm less inclined to make a textual observation here (as I believe Mogs was doing); and instead am speaking socio-culturally.I think there are a variety of (sometimes competing) alternatives we already employ in dealing with difference (both internal and external differences). In … [Read more...]