The Mormon Archipelago

Proposing Panels for MHA’s Annual Conference: A Few Thoughts @ Juvenile Instructor
  -  We are one month away from the deadline for MHA’s call for papers, so I thought...

New Article at Dialogue @ Faith-Promoting Rumor
  -  For those who do not have a subscription to Dialogue or have not yet heard, I wanted to...

Fresh Update @ Juvenile Instructor
  -  You may have noticed the Internet has changed under your nose. Web standards have matured...

Things I love and Things I struggle with: An attempt at openness  @ New Cool Thang
  -  I love The atonement The call to be unselfish Covenant making The call to have loving...

Guest Post: 1923 Photographs of the Book of Mormon Printer’s Manuscript @ Juvenile Instructor
  -   Robin Scott Jensen is the mastermind behind the Joseph Smith Papers’ Revelations...

Book Review: Wouter J. Hanegraaff, Esotericism and the Academy @ Juvenile Instructor
  -  Wouter J. Hanegraaff, Esotericism and the Academy: Rejected Knowledge in Western Culture...

Job Post: Research Intern, Women’s History, LDS Church History Department @ Juvenile Instructor
  -  The Church History Department announces an opening for a research internship with the...

Guest Post: A Survey on the Trek Experience @ Juvenile Instructor
  -     Sara M. Patterson (Hanover College) is conducting research on people’s trek...

Call for Papers: Mormons, Race, and Gender in the Borderlands @ Juvenile Instructor
  -   CALL  FOR  PAPERS: Race, Gender, and Power in the Mormon Borderlands Mormon history...

Conference Announcement: Black, White, and Mormon @ Juvenile Instructor
  -  Black, White, and Mormon: A Conference on the Evolving Status of Black Saints within the...

Richard Bushman’s Reflection on RSR @ Juvenile Instructor
  -  We concluded the inaugural JI Summer Book Club last week. The author of Joseph Smith:...

“If Any of You Lack Wisdom”: Seer Stones and John Dee’s and Joseph Smith’s Religious Quests @ Juvenile Instructor
  -  A number of scholars have argued for a connection between Joseph Smith’s First Vision...

Medical Doctors and Priesthood Leaders @ New Cool Thang
  -  [Jesus’ cures for medical illnesses] are all miraculous, and the same power was granted...

BYUNTC Revelation @ Faith-Promoting Rumor
  -  The Revelation volume in the BYUNTC series is back in the news, so I thought I’d say a...

Bushman on Improving the LDS History Curriculum @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -  An interesting AMA exchange with Richard Bushman was recently posted at Reddit. In one of...

Mormons and Race @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -  Go read Russell Stevenson's review of Paul Reeve's Religion of a Different Color: Race...

Punishing Those without Choice @ New Cool Thang
  -  Posts at both BBC and W&T, have recently claimed that God would never – or...

Kierkegaard, Abraham and Isaac @ New Cool Thang
  -  Clark has mentioned in a couple threads how he thinks my position is very similar to...

Sources of Legitimacy @ New Cool Thang
  -  In this post I wanted to briefly sketch out some of my own thoughts and...

Tokens and Signs vs. Evidence and Reason @ New Cool Thang
  -  The story of Adam and Eve is about as anti-intellectual as they come. When confronted by...

The (Non-)Problem of Interpreting Revelation @ New Cool Thang
  -  “[After Newton t]he universe is one great harmonious order; not, as for Thomas and the...

A Brief History of Absolute Truth @ New Cool Thang
  -  In the beginning, prophets (or priests) were the source of truth.  What they said was...

Reason After Authority @ New Cool Thang
  -  Over at Mormon Metaphysics Clark has a great post worth reading about how much of the...

Milgram: A Sociological Perspective @ New Cool Thang
  -  I assume all of our readers here are familiar with the Stanley Milgram experiment.  (If...

A Recent “Anti-Mormon” Essay: Trying to Understand Gee’s Response, Part II @ Faith-Promoting Rumor
  -  In the last post I looked closely at the details of Dr. John Gee’s critique of Dr. Paul...

A Recent “Anti-Mormon” Essay: Trying to Understand Gee’s Response, Part I @ Faith-Promoting Rumor
  -  The most recent volume of the Journal of Book of Mormon Studies (JBMS) includes a number...

An Appeal to the BYU Board of Trustees: Please Trust Your Faculty @ Faith-Promoting Rumor
  -  The appeal that follows is undergirded by a simple but unproven (at least not by me) set...

Academic Freedom at BYU, Part 2: The Role of the Academic Vice President @ Faith-Promoting Rumor
  -  (Part 1 here; part 3 is now up). Faculty issues at BYU are funneled through the office of...

On Academic Freedom at BYU, Part 1: The BYU Statement @ Faith-Promoting Rumor
  -  [Part two; part three] The question of academic freedom at Brigham Young University...

Doubt is Not Always a Choice @ Faith-Promoting Rumor
  -  Doubt is not always a matter of choice. With regard to many LDSs who experience a crisis...

On Doubt and Trust @ Faith-Promoting Rumor
  -  Doubt can be thought of as a kind of questioning; and to question is to ask for reasons...

Korihors, Secular Humanism, and the Book of Mormon @ Faith-Promoting Rumor
  -  The topic of Korihor, noted Book of Mormon anti-Christ, has come up in Mormon discussions...

Menacing Mormons @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -  Just finished Patrick Mason's The Mormon Menace: Violence and Anti-Mormonism in the...

Religious Degeneration @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -   So I read Niall Ferguson's small book The Great Degeneration: How Institutions Decay and...

Five Things You Didn't Know About Young Joseph Smith @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -  This is the second post in a series (see intro post) looking at Matt Bowman's The Mormon...

Stirring Up the Saints: The Mormon Reformation @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -  So I read Bigler and Bagley's The Mormon Rebellion: America's First Civil War, 1857-58...

The Rise of Biblical Criticism and the Mormon Response @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -  "The rise of biblical criticism" is the title of a section in Jaroslav Pelikan's Whose...

The Book of Mormon as Literature @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -  One can read the Book of Mormon as canonized scripture, to guide the Church and its...

The Mormon People: Introduction @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -   I bought and read Matthew Bowman's The Mormon People: The Making of an American Faith...

Mormonism at the Scopes Trial @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -  I read Edward J. Larson's Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America's Continuing...

Mormon Christianity: A Sympathetic View @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -   Stephen H. Webb's Mormon Christianity: What Other Christians Can Learn From the...

Two Churches, Two Gospels @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -  As a Mormon, you belong to two churches: your local congregation, be it ward or branch...

Mormon Christianity: A Little Bit Catholic @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -   I'm about a third of the way through Stephen W. Webb's Mormon Christianity: What Other...

The God of Pragmatism @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -  Here is William James' vision of a pluralistic universe, as expressed in the final...

Facebook Content Comes and Goes, but Blog Content Lasts Forever @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -  Which is why I continue to maintain this solo blog and periodically post new content,...

Mormonism: The Last Fifty Years @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -   Over the holidays I read The Mormon Image in the American Mind: Fifty Years of Public...

Sharp Dressed Man @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -  I came across this passage in Joyce Appleby's Inheriting the Revolution (Harvard Univ....

Evangelicals Need Inoculation Too @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -  I hope you have seen the recent public announcement of the initiative to use the Gospel...

Did Jesus Exist? @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -   Yes, he did. But you don't have to take my word for it; go read Bart Ehrman's latest...

The Practical Atonement @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -  This is the third of three posts on the atonement (Post 1 | Post 2). What effect, if any,...

The Theological Atonement @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -   Last week I posted The Atheological Atonement, noting that the LDS Church affirms the...

Better Than Apologetics @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -  Over at Patheos, Joe Spencer posted "Apologetics Again — But This Time with...

The Atheological Atonement @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -   I presented a paper on vicarious atonement at the recent SMPT Conference. To prepare the...

It Takes Courage for a Mormon to Dissent @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -  That's a quotation from Wallace Stegner, found in historian James L. Clayton's 10-page...

The Atonement as Moral Influence @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -  Here's the next article from the Dialogue archive, Eugene England's essay "That They...

Meeting Tillich Halfway @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -  I am continuing to read the archive at Dialogue, this week Louis Midgley's article...

Negotiating LDS History and Faith Challenges (notes, recap) @ Nine Moons
  -  A few weeks ago, I attended the Negotiating LDS History and Faith Challenges presentation...

The Quest for Religious Authority @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -  I just renewed my Dialogue subscription and decided I should work a little harder to, you...

New Seminary Scriptures @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -  With no public announcement or explanation that I am aware of, CES has modified LDS...

The Life and Times of Parley P. Pratt @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -   I recently finished reading Parley P. Pratt: The Apostle Paul of Mormonism (OUP, 2011),...

The Day Creationism Died @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -  It was January 5, 1982, the day United States District Court Judge William R. Overton...

What Goes Around @ Nine Moons
  -   Since the time I understood the basic idea of it, I have always believed in the Hindu...

FAQ: Temple Cancellation/Clearance @ Nine Moons
  -  Over at MormonMentality, NewlyHousewife has posted a great list of FAQs for those...

N.T. Wright on Jesus @ Nine Moons
  -  I took the advice of Henry Eyring yesterday – imagining the talk that I needed and...

A Stranger, A Pilgrim: Liveblogging El Camino @ a bird's eye view
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Tithing And Responsibility @ Nine Moons
  -  A court has ruled that paying back taxes is a higher priority than paying tithing –...

Prophets Don’t All Weigh The Same @ Nine Moons
  -  Mormons like to beat themselves up for not giving enough value to the man they call...

Mouths of Babes — Does Can Mean Should? @ a bird's eye view
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When Women Don’t Want The Priesthood @ Nine Moons
  -  Imagine for a moment a Northeastern urban ward. The average age is 32, a large number of...

Brother Husband @ Nine Moons
  -  If the stars align just so, my first novel will be released this summer. Needless to say,...

Wear Pants To Church Day @ Nine Moons
  -  A group is asking Mormon women to wear pants to church this Sunday as a sign of support...

The Best and Worst of the “Mormon Moment” @ Nine Moons
  -  We’ve been hearing for a while now about the so-called “Mormon Moment,”...

Our Dead V: Memorial Day at St. Paul’s Cathedral @ a bird's eye view
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God and Science @ Digital Faith
  -   Here's a second and final post on Collins and Giberson's The Language of Science and...

Latent Racism, Orientalism and “Magic Underwear” in American Society and Mitt Romney’s Presidential Campaign @ a bird's eye view
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Straight Answers to Gospel Questions: Evolution @ Digital Faith
  -   Time to fire up the blog for a few posts on the latest entry in my Now Reading box, The...

Genesis 1: Theories of Creation @ Digital Faith
  -   In the middle part of The Lost World of Genesis One, Walton details his theory of the...

Genesis 1 Is Functional Creation @ Digital Faith
  -   In propositions 2 through 6 of The Lost World of Genesis One author John Walton supports...

Genesis 1 Is Ancient Cosmology @ Digital Faith
  -   That's the first of 18 propositions discussed in John Walton's The Lost World of Genesis...

N. T. Wright on Paul @ Digital Faith
  -   In this last of my series of posts on Paul I will do a short review of N. T. Wright's...

Becoming a Mormon: Thinking about a Brand with Elder Ballard @ a bird's eye view
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Paul at General Conference @ Digital Faith
  -   My recent posts on Paul haven't proven too popular, but I'm still pursuing the topic. I...

A Revolutionary Paul @ Digital Faith
  -   Continuing with this series of posts on Paul, here's what N. T. Wright (in What Saint...

Reading Paul's Letters @ Digital Faith
  -   My last post was titled "A Mormon View of Paul." This post is more about the view of...

Highlights From Hardy @ Digital Faith
  -   Times & Seasons has posted a 12 Questions interview with Grant Hardy. He gives serious...

Like a Trampled Flag on a City Street @ a bird's eye view
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Pluralism and Persecution in the UK @ a bird's eye view
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Where Does It End? The Real Danger in Warren Smith’s Perspective @ a bird's eye view
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Christmas Testimony @ a bird's eye view
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Our Remembrance Sunday @ a bird's eye view
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