The Mormon Archipelago

Plato’s Unwritten Doctrine and Christianity, pt. 5: The Parable of the Sower @ Juvenile Instructor
  -  To me, the strongest connection between Jesus’s secret teaching and Plato’s is the...

Saturday Remix, 1908 (4) @ Keepapitchinin
  -  1908 (4)

Advent: The Christmas Gift @ Keepapitchinin
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Lights @ Keepapitchinin
  -  Lights By Cristel Hastings I love lights that shine through rain, Candle-glow through...

“A Time of Trial Is at the Door”: The Beobachter and the Rise of Hitler @ Keepapitchinin
  -  Beobachter

Advent: “Fer Onct” @ Keepapitchinin
  -  "Fer Onct"

Plato’s Unwritten Doctrine and Christianity, pt. 4: Evidence of a Marital “Sealing” Rite in the Greek Mysteries? @ Juvenile Instructor
  -  As an addendum to my secret tradition posts, I recently came across something interesting...

Undaunted Be @ Keepapitchinin
  -  Undaunted Be By Maud Baggarley O, Soul, what e’er betide, undaunted be! And keep...

“I Take Up My Pen”: Hotel Montezuma, 1900 @ Keepapitchinin
  -  Hotel Montezuma

Advent: The Return of Solomon Crosley @ Keepapitchinin
  -  Solomon Crosley

In Time to Come @ Keepapitchinin
  -  In Time to Come By Bessie Gladding Little boy, your rice bowl stands For all the bowls in...

The Briefest Message: Hawaii, 8 December 1941 @ Keepapitchinin
  -  Briefest Message

2016 in Retrospect: An Overview of Noteworthy Books and Articles in Mormon History @ Juvenile Instructor
  -  Just some of the significant volumes from 2016. Also, my awesome bookends inherited from...

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...

Prehistoric Mammals in the Manti Temple @ Juvenile Instructor
  -  Three years ago I wrote about prehistoric reptiles in a mural in the Manti Temple:...

Plato’s Unwritten Doctrine and Christianity, pt. 3: The Secret Tradition @ Juvenile Instructor
  -  Since I’m going to be referencing the Christian secret tradition a lot in these...

Plato’s Unwritten Doctrine and Christianity, pt. 2: Debates @ Juvenile Instructor
  -  Friedrich Schleiermacher, who played a major role in the modern study of Plato, rejected...

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...

Reminder: DEADLINE TOMORROW: CFP – 2017 Faith & Knowledge Conference @ Juvenile Instructor
  -  We’re pleased to post the following Call for Papers from the Faith and Knowledge...

Plato’s Unwritten Doctrines and Christianity, Part 1: Introduction @ Juvenile Instructor
  -  Early modern Christian Platonists argued that Plato essentially was a precursor to...

Envisioning a Robert Orsi for Mormon Studies @ Juvenile Instructor
  -  This past semester I taught both an undergraduate course and a graduate seminar in...

Tweets on “Race and Gender in Mormonism” @ Juvenile Instructor
  -  Howdy, Last night the University of Utah’s Tanner Humanities Center hosted a panel...

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...

This is why we can’t have nice, biblical things @ Faith-Promoting Rumor
  -  Apparently this advertisement was sent to students and faculty at BYU who are in some way...

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

Review of The Hebrew Bible: A Critical Companion, ed. John Barton @ Faith-Promoting Rumor
  -  I have posted a review of The Hebrew Bible: A Critical Companion, ed. John Barton, on my...

Announcement: Faith and Knowledge 2017 @ Faith-Promoting Rumor
  -  Faith Promoting Rumor is happy to learn of the upcoming Faith and Knowledge conference....

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...

Review of Debra Scoggins Ballentine, The Conflict Myth and the Biblical Tradition (2015) @ Faith-Promoting Rumor
  -  I have a new post up on a book that treats the myth of God’s combat with the...

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...

אל קנה ארץ: Creator, Begetter, or Owner of the Earth? @ Faith-Promoting Rumor
  -  I have a new article up on my blog about the meaning of the verb qny in the divine...

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....

Review of Biblical Interpretation Beyond Historicity, ed. Ingrid Hjelm and Thomas L. Thompson @ Faith-Promoting Rumor
  -  If anyone is interested, I have a new post up on my site, which is a review of Biblical...

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

Slavery in the Eschatological Kingdom @ Faith-Promoting Rumor
  -  I am following a discussion on David Bokovoy’s wall with some interest. Here he makes...

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...

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,...

A Stranger, A Pilgrim: Liveblogging El Camino @ a bird's eye view
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Mouths of Babes — Does Can Mean Should? @ a bird's eye view
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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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