The Mormon Archipelago

Baptiste, Son of Bird Woman: Chapter 2 @ Keepapitchinin
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Primary Children’s Hospital @ Keepapitchinin
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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...

“Concealed Weapons” @ Keepapitchinin
  -  From  1938: “Concealed Weapons” By Richard L. Evans Life must have been a very...

Extra! Extra! Read All About It!: The Fake News of 1859 @ Keepapitchinin
  -  Fake News

Desert Scene @ Keepapitchinin
  -  Desert Scene By Bertha Cragun My neighbor, in uncaring bliss, Will pin her clothes up hit...

“The fiendish plots of their stories” @ Keepapitchinin
  -  Fiendish plots

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...

Historian’s Office Letterpress Copybooks; or, Why I’ve been ecstatic all weekend @ Keepapitchinin
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Baptiste, Son of Bird Woman: Chapter 1 (of 2) @ Keepapitchinin
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Church History Map @ Keepapitchinin
  -  From the Juvenile Instructor, December 1929 — . .

Axel Wilhelm Lubbers and His Wonderful World War I Relic @ Keepapitchinin
  -  Axel Lubbers

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

Mormon Studies Conference at UVU: March 29-31, 2017 @ Juvenile Instructor
  -  Eighteenth Annual UVU Mormon Studies Conference Multicultural Mormonism Religious...

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

Tuesdays With Orsi: Epilogue @ Juvenile Instructor
  -  Welcome to the last installment of our Tuesdays with Orsi series, in which we...

Mormon Studies Publication Workshop at the John C. Danforth Center for Religion and Politics (Deadline March 27) @ Juvenile Instructor
  -  Last year, Kris W. and I hosted a “Mormonism in Religious Studies” workshop at the...

2017 Utah State Historical Society Conference (Applications Due April 15) @ Juvenile Instructor
  -  Local Matters The Utah State Historical Society invites the public, scholars, students,...

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

History and Presence, Chapter 7: The Abundance of Evil @ Juvenile Instructor
  -  Welcome to the eighth installment of our Tuesdays with Orsi series! We’re taking a...

Finding a story, or how to @ Juvenile Instructor
  -  Sometimes I go fishing in the various digital collections, and once in a while something...

#MHA2017: Conference Program and Registration Available @ Juvenile Instructor
  -  Please read this post from Mormon History Association Director Rob Racker. Be sure to...

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

History and Presence, Ch 6: The Happiness of Heaven @ Juvenile Instructor
  -  Our Tuesdays with Orsi series continues today with a look at the sixth chapter. The...

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...

Review of Mark Smith, Where the Gods Are: Spatial Dimensions of Anthropomorphism in the Biblical World @ Faith-Promoting Rumor
  -  I’ve put up my review of Mark Smith, Where the Gods Are: Spatial Dimensions of...

The death of Book of Mormon antiquity research? @ Faith-Promoting Rumor
  -  Book of Mormon antiquity research has changed a lot since since the late 1990s. Not so...

Chaoskampf, the Garden of Eden, and the Mountains of Lebanon @ Faith-Promoting Rumor
  -  I have a new paper up on the Garden of Eden that explores its mythological background...

John Hall and why we can’t have nice, biblical things (part 2) @ Faith-Promoting Rumor
  -  This may become a recurring series. Who knows. There is a mountain of material with more...

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...

Grace, Faith and “Loyal Opposition” @ New Cool Thang
  -  Grace without hierarchy is meaningless. I wish to unpack this claim using (while at the...

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...

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

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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