The Mormon Archipelago

Announcement: 2015 Summer Seminar: “Organizing the Kingdom: Priesthood, Church Government, and the Forms of LDS Worship” @ Juvenile Instructor
  -  2015 SUMMER SEMINAR “ORGANIZING THE KINGDOM: PRIESTHOOD, CHURCH GOVERNMENT, AND THE...

Church History Library Internship @ Juvenile Instructor
  -  Church History Library Intern ID 120839, Type: Full-Time – Temporary UT-Salt Lake...

Mormonism, Pan-Indian Alliances, and Native Writing @ Juvenile Instructor
  -  This installment in the JI’s Mormonism and Natives Month comes from Jeffrey Mahas,...

Exemplification and Religious Education: Reactions to the News of Joseph Smith’s Polygamy as an Indicator of Concern @ Juvenile Instructor
  -  Andrea’s recent comment about the portrayal of Joseph Smith’s marriage...

Joseph Smith Papers Newsletter @ Juvenile Instructor
  -  From our friends at the Joseph Smith Papers: An Invitation We invite you to subscribe to...

“Amen to the priesthood or the authority of that man.” @ New Cool Thang
  -  34 Behold, there are many called, but few are chosen. And why are they not chosen? 35...

A Research Time Capsule @ Juvenile Instructor
  -  And now for something completely different… A few weeks ago, I introduced my...

Mormon Studies Weekly Roundup @ Juvenile Instructor
  -  We missed a week or two, so let’s hope this week’s roundup makes up for it....

Esotericism in the Internet Age: Or How Do We Teach Our Secrets Now? @ Juvenile Instructor
  -  The idea of esoteric truth, or higher truths only taught to the spiritually or ritually...

Contextualizing Crises of Faith @ Faith-Promoting Rumor
  -  It might seem that Latter-day Saints have a corner on the faith-crisis market, especially...

On Feeling Betrayed by the Church @ Faith-Promoting Rumor
  -  This is for all those who say things like “I can’t understand how [polygamy] is such...

Frank W. Warner and the History of Mormon Native Writing @ Juvenile Instructor
  -  Although recent scholarship has done much to understand Native conversions to...

When Did You First Hear about Joseph Smith’s Polygamy (And Other Difficult Issues)? @ Juvenile Instructor
  -  I first read about JS’s polygamy in sixth grade when I read the World Book...

Mormon Theology Seminar Announcement @ Faith-Promoting Rumor
  -  We are very excited to assist in getting the word out about the second annual Summer...

Religious Education for the Modern World @ Faith-Promoting Rumor
  -  The situation regarding the new CES/Religious Education curriculum at BYU has got me...

The Church as a Tomb and Sepulcher for the Mormon God @ New Cool Thang
  -  No doubt most readers have, at one time or another, come across Nietzsche’s famous...

Religious Education’s New Curriculum: A Tale of Two Authorities @ Faith-Promoting Rumor
  -  The Church has decided to revamp the curriculum for the Church Educational System, which...

LDS Curriculum and the Priestly Hermeneutical Tradition @ Faith-Promoting Rumor
  -  A guest post from from friend-of-the-blog Silence Dogood. The recently announced changes...

Reminder: Faith and Knowledge Conference Deadline! @ Faith-Promoting Rumor
  -  Nearly 10 years ago, this conference came together as the first dedicated space for LDS...

The Lord’s Truth: Universal but not Objective @ New Cool Thang
  -  The gospel is universal in that all people, be they black or white, bond or free, male or...

…Like All the Other Nations @ Faith-Promoting Rumor
  -  The book of 1 Samuel in the Old Testament contains an account of the debate over gaining...

Menacing Mormons @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -  Just finished Patrick Mason's The Mormon Menace: Violence and Anti-Mormonism in the...

Neo-Pragmatism and a Young Earth @ New Cool Thang
  -  Neo-pragmatism (at least as Richard Rorty understands it) is committed to the position...

Choose the Right Tattoo @ New Cool Thang
  -  My wife recently made waves by adding “temporary tattoos” to the plans for an...

Biking for Beards and BYU’s Beard Ban @ New Cool Thang
  -  BYU is about to be the focus of a new protest.  It’s called Bike for Beards....

Blasphemy, Censorship and Doubt @ New Cool Thang
  -  When Joseph Smith ordered the destruction of the Nauvoo Expositor, he was quite clearly...

Three Models of Church Membership @ New Cool Thang
  -  (This is the 3rd post in my series “The Bloggernacle as Public Sphere”.) In this...

Pseudonyms Rule, Names Drool @ Faith-Promoting Rumor
  -  Judith Donath, a fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, has...

Boundaries and Maintenance in Big Tent Mormonism @ New Cool Thang
  -  A great friend and I were discussing “Big Tent” Mormonism over the weekend and it was...

5 Reasons for Following the Prophets @ New Cool Thang
  -  In this post I would like to briefly outline 5 reasons for why we should believe our...

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

The Aspirational Language of Mormonism @ Faith-Promoting Rumor
  -  This post is a guest submission from Isaac Black. Recent events in Mormondom, including...

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...

The Mormon People: Introduction @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -   I bought and read Matthew Bowman's The Mormon People: The Making of an American Faith...

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,...

Sharp Dressed Man @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -  I came across this passage in Joyce Appleby's Inheriting the Revolution (Harvard Univ....

Evangelicals Need Inoculation Too @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -  I hope you have seen the recent public announcement of the initiative to use the Gospel...

Did Jesus Exist? @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -   Yes, he did. But you don't have to take my word for it; go read Bart Ehrman's latest...

The Practical Atonement @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -  This is the third of three posts on the atonement (Post 1 | Post 2). What effect, if any,...

The Theological Atonement @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -   Last week I posted The Atheological Atonement, noting that the LDS Church affirms the...

Better Than Apologetics @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -  Over at Patheos, Joe Spencer posted "Apologetics Again — But This Time with...

The Atheological Atonement @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -   I presented a paper on vicarious atonement at the recent SMPT Conference. To prepare the...

It Takes Courage for a Mormon to Dissent @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -  That's a quotation from Wallace Stegner, found in historian James L. Clayton's 10-page...

The Atonement as Moral Influence @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -  Here's the next article from the Dialogue archive, Eugene England's essay "That They...

Meeting Tillich Halfway @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -  I am continuing to read the archive at Dialogue, this week Louis Midgley's article...

Negotiating LDS History and Faith Challenges (notes, recap) @ Nine Moons
  -  A few weeks ago, I attended the Negotiating LDS History and Faith Challenges presentation...

The Quest for Religious Authority @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -  I just renewed my Dialogue subscription and decided I should work a little harder to, you...

New Seminary Scriptures @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -  With no public announcement or explanation that I am aware of, CES has modified LDS...

The Life and Times of Parley P. Pratt @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -   I recently finished reading Parley P. Pratt: The Apostle Paul of Mormonism (OUP, 2011),...

The Day Creationism Died @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -  It was January 5, 1982, the day United States District Court Judge William R. Overton...

Liveblogging the FAIR Conference, Part 2 @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -  Day 2 of the FAIR Conference — I am streaming it here in Wyoming and posting short...

Liveblogging the FAIR Conference, Part 1 @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -  Liveblogging from a distance — I am streaming it here in Wyoming. The conference...

Mormon Doubt or General Doubt? @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -  Laurie Goodstein's July 20 New York Times article "Some Mormons Search the Web and Find...

What Goes Around @ Nine Moons
  -   Since the time I understood the basic idea of it, I have always believed in the Hindu...

Science, Mormonism, Dialogue @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -  The good news: There is more room for dialogue between science and Mormonism than between...

FAQ: Temple Cancellation/Clearance @ Nine Moons
  -  Over at MormonMentality, NewlyHousewife has posted a great list of FAQs for those...

The Earliest New Testament @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -   This is the third post (first, second) in a series on the New Testament. This post...

Science as Friend or Foe @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -  On a recent long drive, I listened to all 12 lectures of a Science and Religion audio...

Revelation @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -  My previous post on the upcoming BYU New Testament Commentary series was so well received...

BYU's New Testament Commentary @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -  A website for the upcoming BYU New Testament Commentary series has popped up. The short...

God and Galaxies @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -     Elder Ballard started out his recent Conference talk "This Is My Work and My...

Socially Constructed Mormonism @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -   This is the second post (see first post) discussing ideas presented in the recently...

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 –...

My Problem With the Couplet @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -   In 1840, almost nine years before being called as an LDS apostle, while he was listening...

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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Knowledge or Faith? @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -  Last month, Jacob over at BCC started an interesting series on the philosophy of...

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...

The Problem With Correlation @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -  Over at Worlds Without End, Seth posted Overcoming Correlation, or Mormon Studies and...

Mauss on Dialogue @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -   I am almost done with the recently published memoir by Armand Mauss, Shifting Borders...

Comments on LDS in the USA @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -   I recently read through the short book (114 pages of text, plus notes) LDS in the USA:...

Brother Husband @ Nine Moons
  -  If the stars align just so, my first novel will be released this summer. Needless to say,...

Thrown Into This Mormon Life @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -   This is the third and final post on Adam Miller's Rube Goldberg Machines: Essays in...

Mormonism: How Thinkable Is It? @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -   This is the second post on Adam Miller's Rube Goldberg Machines: Essays in Mormon...

Prince on the Evolution of Mormon Thought @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -  I stumbled across a Greg Prince talk giving a nice overview of Mormon thought in the past...

What Mormon Theology Looks Like @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -   This is the first of several posts discussing Adam Miller's Rube Goldberg Machines:...

Can Books Cause Problems? Reflections on Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -  I recently did a quick read of John G. Turner's Brigham Young: Pioneer Prophet and posted...

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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