The Mormon Archipelago

Job Ad: Assistant Director, Center for Family History and Genealogy (BYU) @ Juvenile Instructor
  -   LINK TO AD HERE MUST HAVE GENEALOGICAL CREDENTIAL Assistant Director,...

Symbola Salvatoris: Rethinking Devotional Art @ Juvenile Instructor
  -   We welcome this guest post from Jenny Champoux, Director of the Book of Mormon Art...

LATTER-DAY SAINT THEOLOGY & DIVINE FINITUDE: SCRIPTURE, REVELATION, THE PROBLEM OF EVIL & SOCIAL JUSTICE @ Juvenile Instructor
  -   Register at this link The Latter-day Saint tradition maintains a finite...

Study and Faith, 4: Adjusting Beliefs @ Juvenile Instructor
  -   I had an experience on my mission of feeling like one of our biblical proof texts got...

Call for Applicants: Church History Department Research Grants @ Juvenile Instructor
  -   The Church History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saintsinvites...

Study and Faith, 3: Objectives @ Juvenile Instructor
  -   History grad students learn about Leopold von Ranke, the 19th century German considered...

Study and Faith, 2: Mythos, Logos, and Historical Methodology @ Juvenile Instructor
  -   As I mentioned over at Times and Season, I put together what we call our “safe-space...

Kirtland Temple Conversations and Resources @ Juvenile Instructor
  -   If you’re into Mormon history, someone you know has likely asked for resources on...

CFP: Book of Mormon Studies Association @ Juvenile Instructor
  -   DATE: October 10-12, 2024LOCATION: Utah State University InnSUBMISSION DEADLINE: June...

Thoughts on Study and Faith, Part 1: Introduction @ Juvenile Instructor
  -   I’ve been working my “intellectual biography of Joseph Smith” for a long time now...

Pistol Packin’ Parsons @ Keepapitchinin
  -  Ah, the stories that have been told and believed about the Mormons of 19th century Utah!...

“You can guess how he felt when I told him” @ Keepapitchinin
  -  Guess how he felt

Pearl Overstreet McCafferty: “I don’t quite understand but maybe you can” @ Keepapitchinin
  -  Pearl Overstreet McCafferty

A Gathering of Presidents, 1928 @ Keepapitchinin
  -  Presidents, 1928

Cordelia Perkins Green: “I Was Not Scared or the Least Bit Excited” @ Keepapitchinin
  -  "I Was Not Scared"

“100 Years of Mormonism”: Some Lingering Images @ Keepapitchinin
  -  "100 Years" - Images

On the Eve of “100 Years of Mormonism” @ Keepapitchinin
  -  On the Eve

By Any Other Name … @ Keepapitchinin
  -  Any Other Name

ChatGPT Answers: What could the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints change to increase membership conversion and retention @ New Cool Thang
  -  I am researching ChatGPT for work and am trying a variety of different things....

“J’enseigne aux hommes des principes corrects” @ Keepapitchinin
  -   des principes corrects

Getting the Picture, 1898 @ Keepapitchinin
  -  The Picture

The Restoration of the Gospel @ New Cool Thang
  -  I was asked to give a talk at church this week. Here is what I have planned. Feedback...

Is the Children’s songbook full of false doctrine? @ New Cool Thang
  -  In a recent ward conference, a local church leader made the claim that David Bednar told...

Remembering Chris Henrichsen @ Faith-Promoting Rumor
  -   Note: This post was written by John C. I lost my friend the other day. Chris...

The left hand shall not say to the right, I have no need of thee @ New Cool Thang
  -  A Trowel is a small handheld tool with a flat pointed blade, used to apply and spread...

What should BYU and the church do to reduce future firestorms regarding LGBTQ issues? @ New Cool Thang
  -  Hey y’all. I’m back. Or I guess I’m still here… As you know,...

Literacy, Imitation, and Literary Borrowing in Early Mormon History @ Faith-Promoting Rumor
  -   Recent academic discussions about the composition of the Book of Mormon and the concept...

John Gee’s Book is only a Symptom of Serious Intellectual Disease at BYU @ Faith-Promoting Rumor
  -   A few recent posts have called attention to a deeply problematic, unethical, and even...

Sensationalism? Nauvoo and the Angst of Tradition @ Faith-Promoting Rumor
  -   Book reviews, especially as done back and forth among the academic community, are not...

The Problem of Claiming Liberal Bias in Biblical and Mormon Scholarship @ Faith-Promoting Rumor
  -   Blake Ostler’s 1987 essay on the Book of Mormon as a modern expansion, by Joseph...

freeing neighborhoods and nations from the virus of poverty pt 3 what the data says works @ New Cool Thang
  -  A short one today: A brief summary of Moller, Stephanie, et al. “Determinants of...

The Curious Announcement of Donald Parry’s Editorship for Biblia Hebraica Quinta @ Faith-Promoting Rumor
  -   Back in 2009 BYU University Communications announced that Donald W. Parry, professor of...

Rel Ed Faculty Who Fail to Launch @ Faith-Promoting Rumor
  -   There is a curious rash of legitimate PhD holding, BYU Rel Ed faculty whose professional...

freeing neighborhoods and nations from the virus of poverty pt 2 Single Parents @ New Cool Thang
  -  Single Parent Families with Children under 18 have a markedly higher rate of poverty....

freeing neighborhoods and nations from the virus of poverty pt 1 Introduction @ New Cool Thang
  -  Jeffrey Holland at one point said, speaking of the current pandemic: “We pray for...

BYU Religious Education’s Investment in Its Students @ Faith-Promoting Rumor
  -   A major theme over the years at the Faith Promoting Rumor blog has been the department...

Take 2: Blumell, New Testament History, Culture and Society @ Faith-Promoting Rumor
  -   Review of Lincoln H. Blumell, ed., New Testament History, Culture, and Society (Provo...

The BYU Honor Code Office and the Idea of Reasonableness @ Faith-Promoting Rumor
  -   Those aware of the similarities and differences between Brigham Young University-Provo...

Gettin’ Healthy Phase Two: Fasting Protocols @ New Cool Thang
  -  In the first installment of this series I talked about how the first step I took to...

I decided to get less fat this year: Phase One @ New Cool Thang
  -  So I’ve cut like 30 pounds of fat this year. I figured I’d blog about it....

Teaching the Old Testament: An Official Statement About Interpretation @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -  The course of study for LDS Gospel Doctrine classes for 2018 is the Old Testament, which...

Fiction and History @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -  I'll give you a couple of book discussions after one short paragraph on fiction and...

What the LDS Can Learn From the NFL @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -   It has been a tough year for the NFL. Football is a sport; the NFL is a brand. After...

The Brigham Option: Living in a Post-Christian Nation @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -   I have heard a lot about Rod Dreher's The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in...

Review of Perspectives on Mormon Theology: Apologetics @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -   After a few warm-up posts last month (here, here, and here), it's time to get serious...

Practical Apologetics: What's Wrong With You? @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -  How do you talk to an Ex-Mormon? Or a less-active Mormon who you bump into at church or a...

Practical Apologetics: The Doubting Elder @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -  Time for another installment in this occasional series. As reported in the Deseret News,...

What's Worse, Bad Apologetics or No Apologetics? @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -  The golden era of Mormon apologetics ran from Nibley to FAIR and Old FARMS. With so many...

Review: A Peculiar People, or How Protestants Viewed Mormons in the Nineteenth Century @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -   So I finally got around to reading J. Spencer Fluhman's book "A Peculiar People":...

6 Questions for Tom Kimball on the Kirtland Temple @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -  The Sunday School curriculum is currently covering the Kirtland period of LDS history,...

Religion and Self-Deception @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -  I just finished The Folly of Fools: The Logic of Deceit and Self-Deception in Human Life...

Let's Talk About Sorcery @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -  Borrowing the title from my good friends at BCC, let's talk about sorcery, another...

Mason on the Professionalization of Mormon History @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -  Millennial Star posted links to a podcast discussion with Patrick Mason on the...

MormonLeaks Posts Additional Documents @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -  The MormonLeaks site continues to periodically post documents providing a bit of inside...

The Evolution of Adam @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -   That's a book by Christian scholar Peter Enns: The Evolution of Adam: What the Bible...

Mormonism in the (Post)Modern World @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -  The Wheatley Institution hosted a conference at BYU last month, "Reason for Hope:...

Sunday School 2.0 (sort of) @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -   Love it or hate it, it's still around: Gospel Doctrine in LDS Sunday School. The SL Trib...

The Misguided Quest for a Common Moral Framework @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -  The Mormon Newsroom just posted a new think-y piece titled "The Quest for a Common Moral...

The Policy: Year One @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -  Happy birthday, Policy, you are one year old today. In January I posted "Policy or...

Five Possible Wrong Turns for Religion @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -   I've read several books and essays in the science versus religion genre, some by secular...

Conditional Love Is Back @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -  The recently announced LDS doctrine of conditional divine love comes from President...

Future Mormons? @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -   This is a review of and a response to Adam Miller's recent book, Future Mormon: Essays...

Classroom Discussion: Productive or Not? @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -  The LDS Sunday School General President posted this short article at LDS.org (in the...

Korihor the Witch @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -  Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. (Ex. 22:18)I recently read Peter Charles Hoffer's...

"Come Back" -- with some thoughts on why they left in the first place @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -  A couple of weeks ago I taught Lesson #12 in the Howard W. Hunter manual, titled Come...

Thoughts on Planted: Apologetics in an Age of Doubt @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -   Patrick Q. Mason's Planted: Belief and Belonging in an Age of Doubt (2015) is the latest...

The New Harmonized First Vision Account @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -   Sunday night, Elder Richard J. Maynes, of the Presidency of the Seventy, delivered a CES...

Calling All Millennials @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -   The most interesting talk at UVU's just-completed Mormonism and the Art of Boundary...

Review of Mormon Feminism: Essential Writings @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -   I enjoyed reading Mormon Feminism: Essential Writings (OUP, 2016), a 300-page collection...

Elder Ballard on Building a Better Boat @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -  In October 2014, Elder Ballard delivered his "Stay in the Boat" talk at General...