The most important, most overlooked, most easy and most superlative tool in scripture study: Part 2

(Part 1) I have my functional stylish desk, sharpened pencils, scriptures and a clean slate.... and there it sits, stubbornly remaining that way... blank.Many people just don't know what to write in their notes, which often means that they haven't really crossed the line from scripture reading into scripture study. (The problem with scripture study is you can often barely get through a verse without running down all kinds of interesting rabbit trails, questions, etc.) … [Read more...]

The most important, most overlooked, most easy and most superlative tool in scripture study: Part 1

It's happened to you before. Lots, actually. You're reading the scriptures, and say "hey, I read something about this that was cool/insightful/important! I wish I'd written it down, because I can't really remember it."Or you're on a blog, trying to recall that perfectly a propos statement you’ve read, but you can't even remember when you read it or what the title was, or even if it was print vs. electronic and googling is no help at all.Or you made some notes somewhere on a lesson you had to … [Read more...]

Contributing to the Ensign- Interesting Guidelines

I was looking for something in the Ensign, and noticed two little links at the bottom, "Submit an article to the Ensign. View our updated content submission guidelines."Really? Open submissions? Apparently so. How long has this been going on?The submission guidelines have some interesting things. For example, under the "General Ongoing Needs" section, one sees the first of several desired categories is "By Study and by Faith: These Church history and other academic or scriptural articles are … [Read more...]

Scripture, History and Myth: A Perfect Modern Example from NPR!

We’re way past Genesis at this point, but like the poor, the issue of non-historical scripture will always be among us. Most people know of the genre of "parable" because they’re in the Gospels, but "myth" is very poorly understood and the term carries a lot of negative baggage. You have to be very careful throwing around the term. One simple definition of myth is that myth is worldview in narrative form. That is, it's a way of explaining one’s  conception of how the world works, in everyday lang … [Read more...]

Faith and Knowledge Conference(s): Call for Papers and Past Experiences

Several years ago, a conference was organized by Richard Bushman, Terryl Givens, and several LDS graduate students. Concerned by perceptions of a general abandoning of faith among LDS grad students in religion-related fields, the conference's  focus was encapsulated in its title, Faith and Knowledge. … [Read more...]

Gospel Doctrine Podcast #35- Amos

This podcast is long delayed and the first podcast on Isaiah has been written already. Various things have prevented me from posting it so far. General Conference this weekend gives me a chance to catch up, so I'll try to post several podcasts in the next 7 days.[audio:]Right-click here to save mp3TranscriptNotes to follow later. Look for a (u) in the title (for "updated".) … [Read more...]

Responses and follow-ups to KLS on teaching sexuality (updated)

Lots of people have read Kathryn Soper's excellent article on teaching sexuality to the youth (particularly the young women) in the last few days. In fact, it's the highest-viewed article at Patheos in the last week, in spite of being posted on Wednesday.Several blogs have posted their own responses or lengthy comments, and I think those are worth linking to. I'll update this as more links appear in our googleanalytics page. … [Read more...]