The Mormon Archipelago

Tanner Humanities Center’s Mormon Studies Fellowship (Applications due March 1, 2016) @ Juvenile Instructor
  -  From our good friends at the Tanner Humanities Center (University of Utah): Mormon...

In Memoriam: Milton Backman, Jr., 1927-2016 @ Juvenile Instructor
  -  I do not remember the first article I read authored by Milton Backman, Jr. It was almost...

Discipline and Punish; Mercy and Justice @ New Cool Thang
  -  The modern mind struggles to make sense of the atonement. At least mine does. The Book of...

Bad Referees, Dirty Recruiting, Commercialization of College Football, and No One Wanting to Play the University of Utah: from the Diaries of Ernest L. Wilkinson @ Juvenile Instructor
  -  I’ve started a new project that requires me to read the diaries of longtime BYU...

The New Early Mormon Missionaries Database @ Juvenile Instructor
  -  Matthew McBride is the Web Content Manager of the Church History Department, author of A...

Write for Journal of Mormon History @ Juvenile Instructor
  -  Here’s a message from JI’s good friend and recently-appointed editor...

Historical events as the basis of religious belief @ Faith-Promoting Rumor
  -  I thought this was a nice quote relevant to the perils of choosing history as the site...

Understanding “Interest” in Joseph Smith’s Original Tithing Revelation @ Juvenile Instructor
  -  We’re pleased to present this guest post from Sam Brunson, Associate Professor of...

Suggested Reading @ New Cool Thang
  -  In this thread I would like commenters to list (at most) 5 books that other people should...

YHWH and his asherah @ Faith-Promoting Rumor
  -  For those interested, I have posted an updated version of an article on the meaning of...

Digital Mormonists, Volume 1: American Panorama @ Juvenile Instructor
  -  This is the first entry in yet another occasional, sure-to-be-irregular, but hopefully...

Daniel Peterson and Admitting Defeat @ Faith-Promoting Rumor
  -  Some people just get a pass. It’s not right but it’s the way things are....

The Quest for the Historical (Mormon) Jesus @ Faith-Promoting Rumor
  -  In the last three centuries of Jesus research, an important and powerful idea emerged...

Too Close to Call? Daniel Peterson in the Deseret News @ Faith-Promoting Rumor
  -  Recently, FPR bloggers have alleged that Daniel Peterson’s recent Deseret News...

To the Editors of the Deseret News @ Faith-Promoting Rumor
  -  Dear Sir / Ma’am: I was interested to read in your edition of Thursday, January...

MHA: Calls for Awards @ Juvenile Instructor
  -  A friendly letter and reminder from the Mormon History Association. Be sure to nominate...

Giselle, or the making of idols @ Juvenile Instructor
  -  One of my dissertation chapters deals with gender and the family as protectors of...

Honor, Dignity and Victimhood @ New Cool Thang
  -  This post that consists of three parts:  First, I will give a brief review of Jonathan...

Mac and Cheese Apologetics @ Faith-Promoting Rumor
  -  When I think of Mac and Cheese, I tend to think of the boxed product of tiny noodles and...

Mormon Studies in Unexpected Places: Volume III – The Refiner’s Fire Edition @ Juvenile Instructor
  -  This is the third installment in an ongoing but terribly irregular series dedicated to...

The Invention of God @ Faith-Promoting Rumor
  -  For those interested, I’ve posted a review of Thomas Römer’s The Invention...

“By Common Consent” @ New Cool Thang
  -  Consent can mean an awful lot of things.  Many people today are inclined to think that...

The Problem of Interpreting Revelation @ New Cool Thang
  -  This is a post that I’ve wanted to write for a very long time.  Since I basically...

On Maintaining Integrity in Difficult Circumstances @ Faith-Promoting Rumor
  -  Over the pope as the expression of the binding claim of ecclesiastical authority there...

Review of Brant A. Gardner, Traditions of the Fathers: The Book of Mormon as History @ Faith-Promoting Rumor
  -    I finally found time over the holidays to read Brant Gardner’s Traditions of the...

A Social History of “Just Asking Questions” @ New Cool Thang
  -  “The man whom we believe is necessarily, in the things concerning which we believe him,...

Shifting Standards within the Mormon Archipelago @ New Cool Thang
  -  Some of you will recall that I have been a participant within the Bloggernacle almost...

Scientists and Seers: Infalliblity and Autonomy @ New Cool Thang
  -  The infallibility (or lack thereof) that can be attributed to priesthood leaders is not...

When will the Millennials take over the Quorum of the 12 and First Presidency of the church? @ New Cool Thang
  -  The Youngest Apostle Currently Was Born in 1952, the Oldest in 1924. Today I was reading...

Reductio ad Infallibilum @ New Cool Thang
  -  (I do not even pretend to know Latin, so correct me if my title isn’t quite right.)...

Updated Old Testament Seminary Scriptures @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -  A couple of years ago, with no public announcement or explanation that I am aware of, CES...

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...

Questions and Doubts @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -  An article in the March 2015 Ensign is stirring up all kinds of discussion: "When Doubts...

Practical Apologetics: Historicity @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -  Over the holidays I borrowed a copy of Historicity and the Latter-day Saint Scriptures...

The Council of Fifty: A Documentary History @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -  I don't have time to do a proper review of the 490 pages of The Council of Fifty: A...

The Mormon Challenge, Part 1: Creation @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -   Continuing with my project to actually read the LDS books I buy, I'm now reading The New...

Historians Saying Interesting Things About Mormonism @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -  Between the new polygamy essays at LDS.org and the new religion curriculum at the BYUs,...

Two Approaches to Isaiah @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -  This is going to be a post about Isaiah that does *not* talk about Second Isaiah. After...

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

The Unwritten Order of Things, Revisited @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -  At last night's Stake Leadership Training Meeting, the stake president announced the...

On Not Reading the Book of Mormon @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -  Having heard nice things about the odd little book by Pierre Bayard How to Talk About...

Practical Apologetics: The First Vision @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -  It's not surprising that the First Vision has become one of the faith issues that gets...

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

Salt Lake City, We Have a Problem @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -   Artist's rendering of a serious problem. It has always been the case that some...

Floating Through a Billion Years of Mormon History @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -  Well, a billion years of geological history and a couple hundred years of Mormon history....

Ugrading Our Lay Clergy Model @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -  People are still trying to digest the consequences of the Kate Kelly trial. Just today...

Calibrating Apostasy @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -  The Council of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles released a short...

Practical Apologetics: Keeping the Faith @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -  Another installment in my occasional series (see here and here), this one prompted by a...

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,...

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

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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