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December 08, 2014
I Even Remain Alone?: Reflections on Eve Tushnet’s “Gay and Catholic”
About two years ago Ralph Hancock, a BYU professor of political philosophy, met with the...
November 05, 2014
Consecrating the widow’s mite
The Filipino widow’s mite The widow’s mite is a poignant story, but one in which...
October 30, 2014
It’s Time For Mormons To Be Scary Again
It’s Halloween time, so as usual I’m watching a lot of horror movies. Maybe this...
October 01, 2014
What Is a “Mormon” Reading of Scripture? Thoughts on Michael Austin’s “Re-reading Job”
Every four years, every Sunday School in the Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day...
September 29, 2014
INTERNATIONAL MORMON STUDIES: MORE HELP WANTED!
This is a report AND a call for input going forward from the directors...
August 22, 2014
What do we mean by “Another Testament”?
Before 1981, the Book of Mormon was simply the Book of Mormon; since then, however,...
August 12, 2014
On June 24, I was at a national gathering of religious leaders and scholars in...
August 07, 2014
In Good Conscience…
Over the past six years or so, I’ve watched a number of my friends and...
June 12, 2014
Second Life and the Second Estate
From a hillside in Missouri, one can look out upon a relatively nondescript valley verdant...
March 24, 2014
No More Strangers
One of my most familiar childhood religious memories is waking up at the end of...
March 10, 2014
Doctrinal Disparity & Fragile Faith
Just over a week ago, the New York Times ran a well-considered and well-written (not...
February 24, 2014
Mormons and Basketball in the Philippines
“There are good Mormons, rogue Mormons, drunk Mormons, polygamy Mormons. But one thing they all...
February 19, 2014
Missionary Work in the Pre-Correlation Age, My Grandfather’s “Mormon Doctrine,” and Mormonism’s (Un)Systematic Theology
My grandfather took a train to Toronto, Canada, to start his LDS mission in 1948....
February 17, 2014
Who is Speaking for Me?
In 1960, John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon famously faced each other in the first...
January 20, 2014
March Global Mormon Studies Madness!
Making up for lost time, Spring 2014 will see a flurry of global Mormon...
December 09, 2013
I Played A Missionary at Pathways
I was a missionary for two days last week. My mother and step-father are serving...
November 13, 2013
Apologetics Again—But This Time with Feeling
Violent, sudden, and calamitous revolutions are the ones that accomplish the least. While they may...
November 11, 2013
“If We Can’t Fix It, It Ain’t Broke”
“IF WE CAN’T FIX IT, IT AIN’T BROKE.” Because I live in Hong Kong,...
November 04, 2013
In Praise of Cafeteria Mormonism
It was both troubling and fascinating (something like watching a car wreck) to witness the...
October 07, 2013
A New Accent on Religious Freedom
Last month the LDS Church reinforced its advocacy of religious freedom by further expanding the...
September 23, 2013
Why LDS Women Will Not Be Ordained to the Priesthood
Over the last year, a small but growing movement within the LDS church has emerged...
September 18, 2013
We Are Special!: Religion, Historical Memory, and Regional Identity
Over the last week I’ve been re-reading Carol F. Karlsen’s book on witchcraft in Puritan...
September 05, 2013
Why Mormon Feminism Should Be About Men Too
Anyone who has spent time in a feminist Mormon housewives discussion forum knows how frequently...
August 14, 2013
I'm revisiting Judith Richardson's Possessions: the history and uses of haunting in the Hudson Valley...
August 12, 2013
LL Cool J, Accidental Mormon?
Last week, I logged onto facebook to see my newsfeed crowded with excited links from...
July 22, 2013
Why You Should Read More Fiction (and John Turner’s Brigham Young)
Recently, I finished John G. Turner’s excellent Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet. It is an eminently...
July 16, 2013
Dan Brown’s “Inferno”: An Eternal Return
I just finished reading Inferno, Dan Brown’s latest book. I’m no expert on Brown, though...
July 08, 2013
“My mom is watching me,” my son’s six year-old friend Jared confided. Jared and my...
July 04, 2013
The Nuance of Prejudice: Why Paula Deen’s Racism Terrifies Us
With such strong allegations against Paula Deen, and in light of her own botched attempts...
May 06, 2013
Put Your Mormon Where Your Mouth Is: Gender, Sexuality, and The Second Great Commandment
During Conference in October 2007, at the end of General Relief Society President Julie Beck’s...
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