March Mormon Doctrine Madness: Round One, Day Two – Edited

The winners from yesterday were 1 – Joseph Smith 23 16 – Truman Madsen 2 12 – James Talmage 19 5 – B. H. Roberts 6 2 – Continuing Revelation 20 15 – “Faith without works is Dead” 6 11 – Restoration of the Priesthood 21 6 – Work for the Dead 3 3 – The Doctrine and Covenants 24 14 – The Spaulding Manuscript 1 7 – The 1st Official Declaration 25 10 – The 1909 Origin of Man… Read more

March Mormon Doctrine Madness – Round One, Day One – Fixed

Today’s games: (more…) Read more

March Mormon Doctrine Madness: The Play-in game

Today’s game features a battle of two LDS academics: Lowell Bennion was the first director of the LDS Institute of Religion at the University of Utah and a professor of Sociology. His biography is reviewed here and here and who is quoted here. A brief biography is given here and here is a collection of works by him. Truman Madsen is an emeritus professor of Philosophy at BYU and was the Richard L. Evans chair of Christian Understanding. He has… Read more

March Mormon Doctrine Madness: The Rules

In March, as you know, we will be running a tournament of sorts. I would like to take some time and explain the schedule and the rules: (more…) Read more

Genesis 12:1 – A Minor Textual Problem

So, the KJV isn’t the best translation one could use (see Ronan’s post here). Although it’s very good, the authors of the KJV often took liberties in translation where perhaps they should not (Isa. 26:19, anyone?). I imagine this is OK, given that much of what we know of the ancient languages today may not have been known back in the late 1500s to early 1600s. They did the best they could given what they knew at the time. But… Read more

Can we hurt God?

Hellmut Lotz always inspires thought in me. Usually, I try to find the quickest way to contradict him (as I don’t usually agree with his conclusions). He came to a conclusion today over here and I decided that to question him on it would constitute a threadjack. So, instead, I am poaching. Hellmut said, “As for God, there is no reason to believe that he or she requires our devotion. We cannot hurt God. If our devotion were important then… Read more

March Mormon Doctrine Madness: Bracketology

Ever since I started the Historical Mormon Smackdown thing last year, I have had a dream. I have entitled it: March Mormon Doctrine Madness. We have painstakingly come up with 64 influential forces in current Mormonism, have divided them into 4 categories, and have ranked them from one to sixteen. We now present them to the bloggernacle world to vote upon. The criterion: Which is the more influential force in Mormonism today? Having said that, I think it will be… Read more

Historical Jesus: Italian Trial Ends

An atheist who sued a small-town priest for saying that Jesus Christ existed has had his case thrown out of court. The judge said Luigi Cascioli should himself face charges for slandering Father Enrico Righi. (more…) Read more

Does anyone ever humble themselves?

RoastedTomatoes recent post on Times and Seasons (look here) reminds me of a point that I have been making in my class, but which I am not sure results in actual doctrine. As always, when faced with the possibility of having taught false doctrine in my class, I turn to the faceless opinions of the internet for correction. RT cites Alma 32:13-16 wherein a dichotomy is established between those who are compelled to be humble and those who humble themselves…. Read more

Historical Mormon Smackdown: Relative General Authority Edition!

Last week, blogpoll went nuts and I made a mistake which meant that the people say that a member of the Presidency of the Seventy has more impact on the church than the general Relief Society President than the general Sunday School President. In a further effort to fill out my flow-shart of popular understanding of church hierarchy, we have the following: Which priesthood body has a greater impact on my church experience: the Presiding Bishopric or the Presidency of… Read more

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