The Mormon Archipelago

Job Ad: 19th and 20th Century Mormon and Americana Catalog Librarian at BYU @ Juvenile Instructor
  -   Job Title:  19th and 20th Century Mormon and Americana Catalog Librarian, may be...

JWHA CFP and Student Travel Funding @ Juvenile Instructor
  -   On September 18, 2022, the John Whitmer Historical Association will celebrate its 50th...

Tinker Toys and Temple Sealings @ Keepapitchinin
  -  Tinker Toys/Temple Sealings

Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies (Indigenous Traditions) @ Juvenile Instructor
  -   Location Clinton, NY Open Date Dec 17,...

Why Mormon Immigrants from Europe Traveled in Second Class Rather than Steerage: or, What I Learned on Christmas Eve @ Keepapitchinin
  -  Mormon Immigrant Travel

JOB AD: LDS Church History Department, Historic Sites Registrar @ Juvenile Instructor
  -   POSTING INFO Posting...

JOB AD: Assistant Professor of Church History & Doctrine at BYU @ Juvenile Instructor
  -   FA-Faculty Job Title:  Church History & Doctrine Professorial CFS...

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

2022 Forthcoming Titles in Mormon History @ Juvenile Instructor
  -   2022 MHA will be in Logan. The only way to make sure that you’ll have room in your...

“And All Hail to Andrew Jenson, Great Preparer of the Way!” @ Keepapitchinin
  -  Hail to Andrew Jenson

2021’s Notable Books, Book Chapters and Articles in Mormon History @ Juvenile Instructor
  -   Rather than a preamble about what I liked, I want to hear from you: what did you like...

Call for Applicants: National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute: “Mormonism and Mexico” @ Juvenile Instructor
  -   Applications are now open for the NEH Summer Institute Mormonism and Mexico: A...

CURRENT GOSPEL QUESTIONS: Chapter 25, What Is the Origin of Life on Earth? @ Keepapitchinin
  -  Chapter 25

CURRENT GOSPEL QUESTIONS: Chapter 24, How Did the Earth Come into Being? @ Keepapitchinin
  -  Chapter 24

CURRENT GOSPEL QUESTIONS: Chapter 23, How Old Is the Earth? @ Keepapitchinin
  -  Chapter 23

CURRENT GOSPEL QUESTIONS: Chapter 22, Is It Wrong to Doubt? @ Keepapitchinin
  -  Chapter 22

CURRENT GOSPEL QUESTIONS: Chapter 21, What Is the Attitude of the Church Toward Science? @ Keepapitchinin
  -  CHAPTER 21 What Is the Attitude of the Church Toward Science? This question, frequently...

Gratitude @ Keepapitchinin
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CFP: Responses to Krakauer’s *Under the Banner of Heaven* @ Juvenile Instructor
  -   In 2022, the FX Networks will release a miniseries adaptation of John...

CURRENT GOSPEL QUESTIONS: Chapter 20, How Do You Account for Gospel Resemblances in Non-Christian Religions? @ Keepapitchinin
  -  Chapter 20

JWHA Conference Proceedings now Online! @ Juvenile Instructor
  -   The 2021 John Whitmer Historical Association Virtual Conference can now be viewed on...

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....

20 years up and running @ New Cool Thang
  -  20 Years ago today, I was baptised. 20 years on, I still believe.    

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...

Insulting Utes on Twitter @ New Cool Thang
  -  Hey look! I just noticed I still own this blog… nice. Ok, I knew I still owned NCT....

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...

Moving to Seattle @ New Cool Thang
  -  This Summer, My Family will be moving to Seattle. Questions I have: What is church like...

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...