The Mormon Archipelago

Mormonism and Science – REPOST @ Keepapitchinin
  -  Mormonism and Science

Saturday Remix 1926 (4) @ Keepapitchinin
  -  Remix

Amici Curiae Brief by Scholars of Mormonism Opposed to Trump’s Refugee and Immigrant Ban @ Juvenile Instructor
  -  If you haven’t heard already, yesterday a host of 19 scholars submitted an Amici...

Fool’s Gold @ Keepapitchinin
  -  From the Improvement Era, January 1943 – Fool’s Gold By Mary Lyon Crofts She was glad...

Mormon Scholars Opposed to Refugee and Immigrant Ban @ Keepapitchinin
  -  Refugee Ban

Papa’s Treasure @ Keepapitchinin
  -  Papa’s Treasure By Alfred Osmond Freckled face and tangled hair. Dirty hands, and rags...

Active vs. Passive @ Keepapitchinin
  -  It isn’t just for writing/grammar teachers anymore. I’ve tried – unsuccessfully –...

“I Take Up My Pen”: Institute of Religion, Los Angeles, 1945 @ Keepapitchinin
  -  Institute of Religion

Run Away Home @ Keepapitchinin
  -  From the Relief Society Magazine, August 1966 – Run Away Home By Jody Shields I...

Rain Maker @ Keepapitchinin
  -  Rain Maker By Thelma Ireland Scientists can now bring rain. This fact has brought them...

“The Wonderful Effect of a Truly Great Teacher” @ Keepapitchinin
  -  Great Teacher

Gem from the Local Archive: My Turn on Earth @ Juvenile Instructor
  -  For years, our hi-fi stereo languished in the attic. But it’s been dusted off and now...

CFP: International Society of Landscape, Place and Material Culture (Abstracts due September 15, 2017) @ Juvenile Instructor
  -  The International Society of Landscape, Place and Material Culture (ISLPMC) will hold its...

Some more on the BYUNTC and Snuffer’s version of the Gospel of John @ Faith-Promoting Rumor
  -  This is a follow-up on my last post where I showed that a bit of translation originally...

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...

BCC Press: A Q&A for Academic Historians @ Juvenile Instructor
  -  We are pleased to feature this Q&A with Steve Evans, co-founder and a co-editor at...

Mormons and Easter @ Faith-Promoting Rumor
  -  Thoughts from a friend who wishes to remain anonymous: I’m kind of tired of Mormons...

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

“We shall now call on some of our sisters”: Regarding General Relief Society Presidents, Beginnings, and Endings @ Juvenile Instructor
  -   Rachel Hunt Steenblik posed a question that intrigued me, so I decided to look a bit...

Review of Jeremy D. Smoak, The Priestly Blessing in Inscription & Scripture: The Early History of Numbers 6:24-26 (Oxford, 2016) @ Faith-Promoting Rumor
  -  Review of Jeremy Smoak, The Priestly Blessing in Inscription and Scripture

The Third Annual JI Summer Book Club: A House Full of Females @ Juvenile Instructor
  -  At a recent gathering in Cambridge, MA, Richard Bushman introduced Laurel Thatcher Ulrich...

“We shall now call on some of our sisters”: LDS Women and General Conference Participation Part 2 @ Juvenile Instructor
  -  In March of 2013, I began to create a history of women speaking in General Conference...

Eugenics and the Intellectual Underpinnings of Mormons in the Alt-Right @ Juvenile Instructor
  -  Over the past few weeks, a white woman that goes by the name “A Purposeful Wife”...

From the BYU New Testament Commentary to Denver Snuffer’s revelation @ Faith-Promoting Rumor
  -  As you may know, the BYU New Testament Commentary project started in the early 2000s and...

Fake News, Leaked Documents, and the Book of Mormon: Part II (1829-1830) @ Juvenile Instructor
  -  In Part I, I introduced the relevance of “fake news” to the beginnings of...

The Mormon Image in Literature Series: Some Scattered Thoughts @ Juvenile Instructor
  -  Greg Kofford Books has been publishing a series on the Mormon image in nineteenth and...

Some methodological guidelines for the dating of biblical texts @ Faith-Promoting Rumor
  -  New post on the dating of biblical texts

Why study the Bible as a topic of humanistic inquiry? @ Faith-Promoting Rumor
  -  I have a new post up on humanistic study of the Bible

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...

Review of Gard Granerød, Dimensions of Yahwism in the Persian Period: Studies in the Religion and Society of the Judaean Community at Elephantine (de Gruyter, 2016) @ Faith-Promoting Rumor
  -  I posted a review of a valuable new book on Judaean religion at Elephantine on my blog.

Canonical Criticism of the Book of Mormon? @ Faith-Promoting Rumor
  -  The following is a brief response to Michael Austin’s post “Canon as Context:...

Call for Papers: Book of Mormon Studies @ Faith-Promoting Rumor
  -  Book of Mormon Studies: Toward a Conversation Academic study of the Book of Mormon has...

The Cyclical Nature of BYU’s Religious Education @ Faith-Promoting Rumor
  -  A guest post from Mrs. Silence Dogood One of the most interesting books on Mormon history...

Utah election results @ New Cool Thang
  -  Alot of people are bothered that Trump won Utah. A couple things to keep an eye on. In...

The Mormon Ross Perot Moment @ New Cool Thang
  -  Ross Perot was the anti-establishment candidate in 1992, who rose to prominence for...

From Civic to Liberal Republicanism: John Locke and the Dutch @ New Cool Thang
  -  This is the 4th part in my series whereby I roughly follow Jerry Muller’s Thinking...

A Genealogy of Self-Interest: Machiavelli and Hobbes @ New Cool Thang
  -  This is the third post in my series where I appropriate Jerry Muller’s lecture series...

Greek/Christian Condemnations of Profit/Usury @ New Cool Thang
  -  (This is the second in a series of posts dedicated to the relationship between Mormonism...

Capitalism and the United Order – Pt. 1 @ New Cool Thang
  -  This will be a new series of relatively short posts that will center around Jerry Z....

The Meaning and Morals of Marriage @ New Cool Thang
  -  Terrence Deacon’s classic work, The Symbolic Species, is a very interesting synthesis...

The Word of Wisdom as a Boycott of the Free Market @ New Cool Thang
  -  A Word of Wisdom … showing forth the order and will of God in the temporal salvation of...

Common Consent, Consensus Formation and Habermas @ New Cool Thang
  -  Is there anything that you would be more willing to purchase when your mother is not...

How Technology Is Changing the Church @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -  At checkout on a recent visit to my favorite SLC bookstore, I was rewarded with a free...

All the Lights Were Red: Thinking About Reform in Mormonism @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -  A funny thing happened on the way to the conference. On Saturday morning I was driving to...

Reading Genesis @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -   The latest entry in the how-to-read-the-Bible genre is How to Read the Bible (HarperOne,...

Teaching Genesis @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -   A new year of LDS seminary is just starting up, and this year's course of study is the...

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...

Seer Stones and the New Narrative @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -   A week ago, the Church released a suddenly iconic photograph of Joseph Smith's favorite...

Review: Fresh Courage Take @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -   I recently read the new book Fresh Courage Take: New Directions by Mormon Women...

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...

Review: First Principles and Ordinances @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -   I'm going to say some nice things about Sam Brown's First Principles and Ordinances: The...

Revelation, Resistance, and Mormon Polygamy @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -   Merina Smith's Revelation, Resistance, and Mormon Polygamy: The Introduction and...

Day of the Lamanite, Deferred @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -   Lamanite: An increasingly dated term that now rubs many people the wrong way when heard...

Joseph Smith's Polygamy: Toward a Better Understanding @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -   You have probably heard about Joseph Smith's Polygamy: Toward a Better Understanding...

For the Cause of Righteousness: A Global History of Blacks and Mormonism, 1830-2013 @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -   It's time for a discussion of Russell Stevenson's For the Cause of Righteousness: A...

Polygamy: Demise @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -  This is the third and final post on B. Carmon Hardy's Doing the Works of Abraham: Mormon...

Polygamy: Public Practice @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -  In my prior post, I looked briefly at the origins of polygamy. Again using documents from...

Polygamy: Origins @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -  Once upon a time, no one except critics wanted to talk about LDS polygamy. But TV shows,...

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...

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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