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Ben Spackman May 22, 2016
Mormons have a thing about Doctrine, with a capital D. We try to define it, we argue about it, we prioritize it. We even misquote scripture about "bearing down in pure testimony" (Alma 4:19), er, "pur...
Ben Spackman May 15, 2016
  When it comes to frustrations with Gospel Doctrine class, one problem is that we don't pay a lot of attention to context, and we like to casually shoe-horn modern doctrinal concepts or concerns into...
Ben Spackman May 15, 2016
It's been a busy week. I capped off the semester by editing an 11,000 word chapter of mine for a new Old Testament series out of BYU, then writing 13,000+words for my classes, and then a fellowship ap...
Ben Spackman May 09, 2016
On May 31, 1925, Elder Stephen L. Richards gave the baccalaureate sermon to the graduating class of BYU, which was quite small at the time. This was in the lead-up to the Scopes trial (which is why I'...
Ben Spackman May 08, 2016
I have an awful lot on my plate in the next week, so this is straight out of my previous notes. If I have time next week, I'll return and revise.First, a summary.Mosiah 7:1 Mosiah sends a much later f...
Ben Spackman May 05, 2016
Few Mormons, I think, know that May 4 is a significant day in LDS liturgical history. On May 3 of 1842, Joseph Smith instructed several men to prepare the upper room of the red brick store in Nauvoo w...
Ben Spackman Apr 30, 2016
Once again, I'd remind you of the book on King Benjamin's speech (paper here), and the verse-by-verse commentary in it.I'll be adding my own bits which don't overlap, and happen to be, well, on quasi-...
Ben Spackman Apr 24, 2016
To open, we need some big picture structural discussion.Mosiah 1 is not Mosiah 1. In fact, it is Mosiah 3, ppeand the first two chapters are missing. How do we know this?First, Book of Mormon books te...
Ben Spackman Apr 24, 2016
It's been a few weeks since my last post. First came General Conference; the next weekend, I was in Utah presenting at a conference, followed by a family reunion. My parents were in Salt Lake City for...
Ben Spackman Mar 30, 2016
The general thrust of my research over the next few years will be science, religion, and history, centered around evolution and scriptural interpretation. I'll post various things from time to time. T...
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