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December 17, 2015
Familiar with All and Free with Our Substance
This past year I read (or returned to) a handful of both fiction and nonfiction...
November 10, 2015
These Three Things Are True
Sharp divisions make it hard to pinpoint "how Mormons feel" about the policy barring children...
November 08, 2015
Mistakes in Mormonism; or Why the Church Handbook isn’t Doctrine
By Gary Ashcroft Let me preface my comments with a few statements. I am Mormon....
November 06, 2015
How I choose to see the revisions
I write this as a heterosexual person, one who is not directly affected by the...
September 24, 2015
125 Years of the Manifesto – and an overlooked change in Mormon scripture
“It seemed to me to be the awfulest moment in my life," - wrote...
August 13, 2015
Matt Bowman and Ben Park Talk Seer Stones On RadioWest
For the lucky few vacationing in isolated corners of the world without internet access,...
August 07, 2015
A Review and a Farewell: Of Manuscripts and Seer Stones
I've been, as Mormons say, "less active" here at the blog for the past few...
July 08, 2015
The Risks and Revelations of Protest and Lament
On July 5, 1852, Frederick Douglass gave voice to the unspeakable injustice of American slavery...
February 18, 2015
“The Prophecy of This Book”
Believers in the Book of Mormon are inevitably acquainted with Revelation 22:18-19: For I testify...
October 05, 2014
Junia The Apostle and Mormonism’s Priesthood
Most Mormons don’t know it yet, but Romans 16:7, "Greet Andronicus and Junia, my relatives...
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...
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,...
May 29, 2014
On Translation Theories and the Interpretation of the Book of Mormon
Since Blake Ostler's landmark article appeared in Dialogue in 1987, there's been something of a...
March 26, 2014
Emma, My Daughter in Zion: A Preliminary Study of D&C 25, Part 2
In the preceding post (part 1), I work through a set of exegetical preliminaries to...
March 26, 2014
Emma, My Daughter in Zion: A Preliminary Study of D&C 25, Part 1
This and the post following it (part 2) are pieces I wrote a few years...
January 22, 2014
The “Value” of the Book of Mormon
As part of a project I’m currently at work on, I’ve been reading as systematically...
November 25, 2013
Justice and Fairness
It’s been interesting to follow discussions about gender and priesthood during the last several months....
November 04, 2013
In Praise of Cafeteria Mormonism
It was both troubling and fascinating (something like watching a car wreck) to witness the...
September 11, 2013
The Next Century of Book of Mormon Studies
For at least one very obvious reason, I've been thinking a good deal lately about...
July 10, 2013
The Humanist’s Book of Mormon
The past decade has witnessed a remarkable surge of interest in the Book of Mormon---or...
May 09, 2013
I’ll begin this post in italics, mostly so that---since this is my first post here...
March 11, 2013
How Mormons Read the Bible
A little more than a week ago, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints...
October 31, 2012
Mitt’s Coffee Ice Cream and Mormons in Bars: Is it Necessary to Avoid the Appearance of Evil?
About a month back I went to a bar for the first time in my...
July 30, 2012
Individualism, Communalism, and the Foreign Past of Mormonism
For verily I say unto you, the time has come, and is now at hand;...
June 22, 2012
Wildcard Friday Post: Tragedy Part II
My last post cast a broad net over the dilemma of tragedy in Mormonism, so...
June 06, 2012
The Illuminated Mundane
In Washington, DC, I didn't have a good view of the Venus Transit. It was...
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