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… 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: (more…) Read more

Secular Sam’s Guide to the OT: The Book of Exodus

The name of the book comes from one of its main themes: the departure of the sons of Israel from Egypt. There is much more to the book than this, however. There is the introduction of the zenith of prophets in OT tradition, Moses, as well as specifics surrounding Torah (chs. 20-23) and the tabernacle (chs. 25-40). Various theories abound regarding the book’s historicity, especially with the presence of Israel in Egypt. These theories range from the pharaoh of the… 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. (more…) 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 Book of MormonThe Doctrine and… Read more

The Uncorrelated Essentials?

So, my wife left the Deseret Book catalogue sitting out, and I felt like maybe I ought to pick it up and take a look. I saw most of what I usually see: yet another J.F. McConkie / Robert Millet collaboration (yawn), new cover designs for old classics (the new Miracle of Forgiveness is spiffy!), and plenty of artwork (none of which is of my stripe). It’s no SBL catalogue, but it seems like a pretty good one for its… Read more

March Mormon Doctrine Round Two Wrap-up or “Clearly, we are in apostasy”

Yesterday’s results: 9 – Gordon B. Hinckley 19 4 – Joseph F. Smith 3 11 – Mormon Doctrine 14 2 – The Bible 8 10 – Relief Society 13 3 – The Church Educational System 8 12 – Saving Ordinances 12 16 – The Companionship of the Holy Ghost 11 (more…) Read more

Ordained Women in the Early Church: Book Review

Ordained Women in the Early Church: A Documentary History Kevin Madigan and Carolyn Osiek, ed. and trans. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins, 2005. 220 pp. The big question is “Were they?” and the answer is “Yup,” but there’s some details to be filled in twixt here and there. (more…) Read more

March Mormon Doctrine Madness: Round Two, Day Four

Yesterday’s results: 3 – Bruce R. McConkie 20 10 – David O. McKay 9 9 – Word of Wisdom 29 13 – Zionism 0 1 – The Book of Mormon 27 5 – The Lectures on Faith 1 6 – Sacrament Meeting 18 2 – The Missionary Program 10 Only one upset. I am still torn on that one. Today’s matches (the final ones for this round): (more…) Read more

March Mormon Doctrine Madness: Round Two, Day Three

Yesterday’s results: 11 – Hugh Nibley 16 2 – Brigham Young 15 10 – Tithing and Consecration 22 3 – Physical Divine Beings 8 8 – The 2nd Official Declaration 17 4 – The Pearl of Great Price 13 12 – The Young Men’s Program 17 1 – The Welfare Program 13 The last two results of which obviously prove that the bloggernacle is wrong, just wrong (also, the BY results may be off). Oh well. Today’s matches: (more…) Read more

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