More Islands and Atolls

Robert Alter, at BYU and on deep sale @ Ben Spackman
  -  Robert Alter is an emeritus professor of Hebrew, Literature, and Jewish Studies at...

Every Day’s a Love Fest @ Segullah
  -  In July of 1968 the stars twinkled in the night sky over the Bavarian Alps. Our group of...

Donald or Jesus? @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  In a revelation given to Joseph Smith on August 6, 1833, we find the following: “When...

How to Win an Argument with God: A Lesson Sponsored by the Corona Virus @ Mormanity
  -  Ever since I participated in debate competitions in high school and maybe before, I have...

Come Follow Me: 2 Nephi 6-10 @ Ben Spackman
  -  Joseph Spencer’s book on typology and the Book of Mormon appears to be back in...

The Quitter @ Segullah
  -  I let my daughter do that thing that I swore I WOULDN’T do. Hot tip to younger parents-...

Old Testament Valentines @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -   Previous years: Correlated Cards for Valentine’s Day, Happy...

Clear vision, rose-colored glasses, and hate versus love @ Segullah
  -  Fluorescent lights don’t impede my vision, but they impact my brain, so I gear up...

Talking to Yourself @ Segullah
  -  At 6PM on a Wednesday in the middle of winter, I sat in a corner booth waiting until a...

Come Follow Me: 2 Nephi 3-5 @ Ben Spackman
  -  First, if you haven’t read my post on 2Ne 1-2, you need to; it establishes that the...

Come Follow Me: 2 Nephi 1-2 @ Ben Spackman
  -  Today we enter into 2 Nephi, which immediately raises the question, why is there...

How to Build Resilient Faith: An Almost Ensign Article @ Ben Spackman
  -  In late 2014, I heard the story of a friend of a friend who had lost faith and left the...

(Deja) View on the Corona Virus @ Mormanity
  -  Please keep China in your prayers. The unprecedented efforts to contain the Corona virus...

Come Follow Me: 1 Nephi 16-18 @ Ben Spackman
  -  Some rough notes this week. 1Ne 16:10 If you want to win some Mormon trivia, ask which...

Superbowl Culture Shock @ Mormanity
  -  Since leaving for China over 8 years ago, I occasionally experience some culture shock...

What Vietnam Just Taught Me About Responding to Epidemics (Wuhan Coronavirus) @ Mormanity
  -  In China and many parts of the world, the price of face masks has jumped significantly. I...

Inerrancy: a Followup @ Ben Spackman
  -  My post on inerrancy generated… a large amount of traffic and conversation. I read...

BYU Studies, Evolution, and Faith: Some Clarification (Updated!) @ Ben Spackman
  -  We recently put forth an open call for abstracts for a special issue of BYU Studies...

Segullah Podcast “WORDS FALL IN” with Ilima Todd @ Segullah
  -  Stop the clocks! I decided it was time to interview a novelist on our podcast and I found...

Updates on the Wuhan Coronavirus @ Mormanity
  -  Concerns about the Wuhan Coronavirus may need to be adjusted upwards in light of the...

Dealing with the Wuhan Coronavirus: Some Thoughts for Those Traveling or Living in Asia @ Mormanity
  -  What some people may have viewed as just a normal outbreak of flu is beginning to cause...

Ready or Not @ Segullah
  -  I recently had to place a child. In an effort to avoid moving this child to our large...

Three Days to the Valley of Lemuel -- But From Where? @ Mormanity
  -  One of the things I enjoy about blogging is having readers with diverse perspectives who...

Inerrancy among Church Employees about Church Materials @ Ben Spackman
  -  I recently had a conversation in a public Facebook group (since deleted by an admin)...

Speaking in Provo in April, and two Kindle sales @ Ben Spackman
  -  First, I’ll be speaking in Provo April 3, along with Terryl and Fiona Givens,...

The River of Filthy Water in Lehi's Dream, and Perhaps in His Personal Experience @ Mormanity
  -  In Lehi's dream in 1 Nephi 8, he saw a river of water flowing by the great and spacious...

Resolution Evolution @ Segullah
  -  I gave up making resolutions years ago. I abandoned the practice for several reasons....

The Kindness of Two Chinese Strangers Turned Our Christmas Eve from Frustration to Joy @ Mormanity
  -  Sorry for the delay in posting this note which I wrote during the Christmas holidays and...

A Feast of Knowledge Awaits: New Field Work in the Arabian Peninsula Tells Us More About the Stunning Candidate Location for the River Laman and Valley of Lemuel @ Mormanity
  -  Prologue: Thoughts on Feasting When one eats a delicious meal prepared by a competent...

Pregnancy Prophets! @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  This guest post comes to us from Josiah of the blog Josiah Reckons. We love babies at...

Great Expectations! @ Segullah
  -  As I write this, my wonderful, talented, intelligent, industrious daughter-in-law has...

The "Hoarding" Church @ Mormanity
  -  Hordes of critics are wringing their hands, often gleefully, about the uncharitable...

Savoury and Sharp @ Segullah
  -  Life at the university has picked back up again. This week I’ve been flailing under...

Nacle Notebook 2019: Funniest Comments @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  This post is my annual compilation of the funniest comments and bits of posts that I read...

Forest Fires and Christmas Cards in Australia @ Segullah
  -  As I write this,  I am sitting at my desk in my home, looking out at the Australian...

The Willard Richards Book of Abraham Manuscript 2: Live Dictation of Abraham 3 in 1842, or Copying Existing Text? @ Mormanity
  -  In an important publication from the Joseph Smith Papers Project, The Joseph Smith...

Praising God @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  Praising God is a staple of Christian worship. In the various Pentecostal churches I’ve...

New Church Policies for a New Year @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  Some of my sisters visited me over the holidays, and together we came up with a list of...

Some Sources for the Kirtland Egyptian Paper's Grammar and Alphabet of the Egyptian Language, Part Two @ Mormanity
  -  In Part 1 of this topic posted earlier this week, I reviewed several pages of entries in...

An Update, Barely, on Barley @ Mormanity
  -  A Dec. 23, 2019 news release from Washington University in St. Louis reports new research...

Some Sources for the Kirtland Egyptian Paper's Grammar and Alphabet of the Egyptian Language, Part One @ Mormanity
  -  One of the vital issues in Book of Abraham debates is the role of the Kirtland Egyptian...

A Christmas Surprise: An Ancient Jewish Temple at the Same Time as Solomon's Temple @ Mormanity
  -  The Dec. 23 newsletter from the Biblical Archaeology Society surprised me with a report...

Is the Book of Abraham Translation Dependent on the Kirtland Egyptian Papers? Revisiting The Pearl of Greatest Price @ Mormanity
  -  A potentially troublesome flaw in the discussion of the Book of Abraham in the generally...

A Breakthrough in Understanding the Book of Mormon: Don Bradley's Brilliant Sleuthing on the Lost 116 Pages (or Lost 400 Pages!) @ Mormanity
  -  Don Bradley's new book, The Lost 116 Pages: Reconstructing the Book of Mormon's Missing...

Preliminary Thoughts on the Accusation that the Church Violated Tax Law @ Mormanity
  -  In response to the news stories about a whistleblower's complaint to the IRS regarding...

Points to Consider in the Concoted "Egyptian" Characters in the KEP @ Mormanity
  -  Update, Dec. 24 and 26, 2019: The statement describing the papyri originally occurs in a...

Christmas Carol Confusion @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  When I was a kid, I was deeply confused by the lyrics of some of the Christmas carols...

Food for Thought: A 911 Dispatcher Hears the Hidden Plea for Help When a Woman Orders Pizza @ Mormanity
  -  The secret to effective communication is a widely overlooked action that few of us...

What to do with the earnings on $100 billion @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  So, it appears that the Church may have an even bigger stack of investments than many of...

Power and Corruption @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  Corruption is in the news almost constantly these days. Of course, we’re all aware of...

More on the Meaning of the Kirtland Egyptian Papers: Recent Explorations Based on Comments at The Interpreter @ Mormanity
  -  One of the best things about finally having a reply from the Joseph Smith Papers Project...

Review of Dr. David Charles Gore's The Voice of the People: A Valuable Approach to Dealing with Political Divides @ Mormanity
  -  David Charles Gore, The Voice of the People: Political Rhetoric in the Book of Mormon...

Word of Wisdom Update: Be Cautious with Green Tea Extract @ Mormanity
  -  For some past research, I once obtained some pure green tea extract that was 98% EGCG,...

Back and Forth with the Book of Abraham: Fascinating Circular Footnotes @ Mormanity
  -  One of the things I love about blogging and writing occasional articles for The...

Who bears their testimony in F&T meeting? @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  Who bears their testimony in fast and testimony meeting? I’m interested in this...

Going to the Edge @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  CW: Suicidality To start with, it was my birthday, and even in good years I don’t like...

Do Scripture Stories ever depict heavenly people of color? @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  Well sure they do! For example, here’s a picture from New Testament Stories that...

How Can a Latter-day Saint Vote Republican in Trump’s America? @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  I’ve taken a bit of a break from blogging. Life’s been busy, and I’ve been working...

Statistics, Misconceptions, and the Imperatives of Millennialism @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  The Deseret News ran an article this week about the American Family Survey, an annual...

The Antiquated Second Amendment @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  One of the most confusing, misunderstood, and misapplied pieces of the Constitution is...

Some Thoughts on the Mueller Report @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  It took me a while, but as of Friday I can say—unlike most Americans and unlike 99...

The Book of Mormon Critical Text Project @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  One of the interesting aspects of my job is that I am the primary proofreader for Royal...

Romanticized Notions @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  One morning in the spring of 2005, when I was a senior editor at the Ensign, the new...

Mitt and Me @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  Last week we were in San Diego for a little vacation. On Sunday (June 2), we attended...

De Facto Infallibility and the Difficulty of Deciphering Spiritual Manifestations @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  The reversal of the POX has highlighted a growing problem for the Church. Church leaders...

A Parable @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  A distinguished professor has a son who gets accepted to a prestigious university on the...

Dwelling in Righteousness with No Poor among Us @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  So, I led a discussion on Sunday using the questions I listed in the last post as a...

One Heart and One Mind @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  The ward I work with on the high council is having ward conference in a couple of weeks,...

Misinformation and Fearmongering @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  Because the Democrats are proposing to actually do something about global warming, health...

Excerpts from Bruder: The Perplexingly Spiritual Life and Not Entirely Unexpected Death of a Mormon Missionary @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  As I mentioned in my last post, BCC Press has recently released a rather unusual mission...

Mission Memoir, Ultimate Tourney, and Other Random Stuff @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  It’s been a while since I posted anything. I’ll explain that in a minute, but first a...

Pyrric Victories @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  JSTOR on Pyrric victories and the origin of the term.

Jerusalem’s Economy in Second Temple Period @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  I’ve always had the assumption that the Jerusalem region was fairly poor — perhaps...

Chris on Religious Evolution @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  Chris Goble has an interesting Twitter thread on the emergence of monotheism in axial...

Getting the Blog Back Together @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  I’ve been posting regularly at Times and Seasons and plan on continuing with that....

Moth and Rust and Pulmonary Hypertension @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  I’m a big fan of book reviews. We publish them in each issue of BYU Studies Quarterly,...

Changing Political Parties @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  As should be clear to anyone who has been reading this blog, I am a Democrat. But I used...

"What Is Heaven Like?" @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  In the First Presidency’s Christmas Devotional earlier this month, President Nelson...

The Trouble with Tax Cuts @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  Everybody likes tax cuts. What’s not to like? But there is a proper time for tax cuts,...

The Moral Obligation of Latter-day Saint Voters @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  This year is an important year for Latter-day Saint voters, the large majority of whom...

“Too Frequent Repetition of His Name” @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  In the ongoing discussion regarding President Nelson’s instruction to use the full name...

To the People Defending the Church’s Decision to Ditch the “Mormon” Nickname @ Peculiar People
  -  First, I want you to know that I respect your decision to call yourself something other...

The Women Who Enable Abusive Men @ Peculiar People
  -  After the Kavanaugh hearing last Thursday, an image went viral that depicted a row of...

“What Boy Hasn’t Done This in High School?” Brett Kavanaugh and the Rotten Goose Egg Party at Oaklawn Park @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  Failed Florida congressional candidate Gina Sosa is probably looking for a rock to hide...

Joseph, Potiphar’s Wife, and the Truth about False Allegations @ Peculiar People
  -    In response to multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against Brett Kavanaugh,...

Robert Kirby and Edgy Mormon Men @ Peculiar People
  -  Like many progressive Mormons, I’ve enjoyed Robert Kirby’s self-deprecating...

To the Men Who Grabbed McKenna Denson and Dragged her away from the Pulpit @ Peculiar People
  -  To the men who grabbed McKenna Denson without her consent and dragged her away from the...

Why Would a Feminist Keep her Father’s Name? @ Peculiar People
  -    Back in April I wrote about my experience with software systems and institutions...

The Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing but the Truth @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  By now, Rudy Giuliani’s infamous declaration to NBC’s Chuck Todd (“Truth isn’t...

Mormon: The New Shibboleth @ Peculiar People
  -  Here’s hoping Lindsey releases a new, revised video: I’m a member of Church...

Sorry to Bother You: The (Human) Body as Technology @ Peculiar People
  -  This review contains major spoilers for Boots Riley’s 2018 film Sorry to Bother You....

Do Married Mormon Men Understand Consent? @ Peculiar People
  -    Image obtained through creative commons. I was 28 years old when I got married...

$2,200 for a Screwdriver, and the Military Didn’t Buy It @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  Well, it has been an interesting summer, to say the least. On Memorial Day, I was playing...

Making Ministering Holy @ Peculiar People
  -  My priesthood lesson prompt was very open-ended: “ministering.” My mind leapt to the...

What Will Combined MP Quorums Mean? @ Small and Simple
  -  In a shocking announcement during the Priesthood Session of the 2018 March/April General...

How Can Anyone Remain a Mormon in the Face of All the “Facts”? @ Small and Simple
  -  One of the things that you will see sometimes in anti-Mormon forums is what appears to be...

About That Taylor Christensen Video @ Small and Simple
  -  There is a video making the Mormon facebook circuit by Taylor Christensen.  He starts...

The New York Times Thomas Monson Obituary and Fake News @ Small and Simple
  -  The president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently died, and the...

Perfect College Football Playoff System: 2017 Version @ Small and Simple
  -  Several years ago I published to the world the perfect college football playoff system. ...

Moderate Worship Losing Ground @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  While it’s not really new news, Sociological Science had an interesting story on how...

Philosophy, Science and Religion: The Divine Hiddenness Argument @ Small and Simple
  -  The fourth week of the Coursera course on Philosophy, Science and Religion focuses on the...

Philosophy, Science and Religion: Friendly Disagreement, Testimonial Knowledge, and the Importance of Fellowship @ Small and Simple
  -  The third week of the Coursera course on Philosophy, Science and Religion addresses...

Philosophy, Science and Religion: The Conflict Between Science and Religion @ Small and Simple
  -  In the second week of the Coursera course on Philosophy, Science and Religion, professor...

Philosophy, Science and Religion: The Mind and The Religious Experience @ Small and Simple
  -  I am taking an online course through Coursera on Philosophy, Science and Religion.  In...

Testimony and the Spiritual Experience @ Small and Simple
  -  I was raised in the religious tradition of my parents, which happens to be The Church of...

Bows, Arrows & the Book of Mormon @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  This is just a “holder” post for a discussion I was having over whether...

Salvation in Mormonism @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  Robert at Scriptural Mormonism does a good job discussing the place of grace in “old...

Terryl Givens on Mormons at the Forefront @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  Terryl Givens has up an essay at First Things called “Mormons at the Forefront.”...

God and Evolutionary Psychology @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  Evolutionary psychology suggests God makes more sense than not. I’m not sure he sees...

PEL on Scientism @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -   “…[scientism] is contributing to a growing trend on the left, quite as ferocious...