More Islands and Atolls

Its … It's So Easy to Overlook--Another Test Related to Language in the Original Book of Mormon @ Mormanity
  -  In my previous post, I looked at the use of the word be in the earliest text of the Book...

2015 SMPT @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  The 2015 Society for Mormon Philosophy and Theology will be at BYU this year from October...

When We Love Someone Who Never Was @ Segullah
  -   I dreamed I was in an open meadow with a blanket of wild flowers. The light from the...

Why the True Church Cannot Be Perfect @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   Dialogue published this essay in its spring 2013 issue. Since two years have passed and...

Reevaluating Scouting @ Segullah
  -   When my fifth son was a tiny newborn we ventured downtown. Everywhere I went those days,...

Update on Early Modern English in the Book of Mormon: One Potential Test to Identify the Possible Influence of New England Dialect on the Dictated Text @ Mormanity
  -  Executive Summary:I remain impressed with the detailed, data-rich work of Carmack and...

Boy Scouts – It’s About Time @ Mormon Mentality
  -   So, the Boy Scouts finally did it and the church newsroom wasted no time reacting....

Favourite: Sheer Stubborn Perversity @ Segullah
  -  The image that started it all… This past week my Facebook and Twitter feeds...

Traditions of the Fathers @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  The first 50 pages of Brant Gardner’s new book Traditions of the Fathers is available...

Peculiar Treasures: Looking Forward, Back and Inside Out @ Segullah
  -   How’s your week looking? How was your weekend? We’ve gathered some links for you to...

Sabbath Revival: “The Dirt and the Glory” @ Segullah
  -  I’m embarrassed by the fact that my yard is dead. I mean, if it weren’t for...

Pavlova Meditation @ Segullah
  -   Some cakes I can bang out in under 3 minutes: measure, dump, stir, oil tin, whack in...

The Summer of Heaven and Hell @ Mormon Mentality
  -  The summer of 2001 was the worst. Rob and I were pushed to the max with our demanding...

Swords and Scripture Stories @ Segullah
  -   My 2-year-old wielded his first pretend sword last week. The toy-golf-club-turned-weapon...

New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 28: Acts 1-5 @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  Today we begin something new that is neither here nor there. Acts is not a letter, like...

Your IQ Demands It @ Segullah
  -  We were 208 feet off the ground and teetering on the edge of insanity. White-knuckling...

Respecting the Legitimacy of Experiences Foreign to Us @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  One of the most vexing problems for any religious tradition which asserts exclusivity...

Heading to the Mountains @ Segullah
  -  “I don’t understand why people think flowers are so pretty,” my nine-year-old...

The Uniform of Babylon @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   Let’s take a break from more serious topics and have some fun today with the...

Favorites: The Entrepreneurs of Summer @ Segullah
  -   I love lemonade stands. They seem like one of the quintessential signs of summer to...

Ontoligical Disproof of Anselm @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  An ontological disproof of Anselm’s argument for God. Clever although many already...

Help Thou Mine Unbelief @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  As I’ve journeyed through my faith transition these past few years, I’ve...

Christianity, Unconditional Love, and Absolute Tolerance: The Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5-7) @ Small and Simple
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New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 27: Matt. 28:1-20, Luke 24, John 20-21, Mark 16. @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  Apologies for a short post on such an important section. I don’t get out to...

Dark Matter and Joseph Smith's Statement on the Material Nature of Spirit @ Mormanity
  -  My latest post over at the Nauvoo Times (Orson Scott Card's LDS project with a good...

Religious and Gay: A Catholic-Mormon Dialogue (Part 3 of 3) @ Peculiar People
  -  This is part 3 of a 3-part discussion with Alex Griffin and Eve Tushnet. In the first...

What Does the Church Want Non-LDS Gay People to Do? @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  I’ve read a lot of posts on gay marriage in the last few weeks, and seen a lot of...

Religious and Gay: A Catholic-Mormon Dialogue (Part 2 of 3) @ Peculiar People
  -  This is part 2 of a 3-part discussion with Alex Griffin and Eve Tushnet. In the first...

Economic Equality (Part 5: The Federal Model) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   In the previous post, I introduced Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar’s three-tiered economy. The...

Triggers and Tolerating Negative Feelings @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  I used to be one of the admins for an internet community that dealt with mental health...

Christianity, Unconditional Love, and Absolute Tolerance: Matt 4 @ Small and Simple
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From Hope to Despair and Back Again: The Mysterious Power of Complaining @ Mormanity
  -  I have newfound respect for the marvelous power of complaining after an instructive...

Maybe the sea change has already happened. @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  It makes the most sense for Mormon theology if gay people don’t really...

Religious and Gay: A Catholic-Mormon Dialogue (Part 1 of 3) @ Peculiar People
  -  Sometime at church in the past two weeks, local Mormons leaders across the country read...

New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 26: Matthew 26:47–27:26; Mark 14:43–72; Luke 22:47–71; John 18:1–27 @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  Today’s readings cover the events of Gethsemane, Jesus being brought before Pilate...

Christianity, Unconditional Love, and Absolute Tolerance: Matt. 3 @ Small and Simple
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Christianity, Unconditional Love, and Absolute Tolerance @ Small and Simple
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Book Review: “Feast Upon the Word: 7 Effective Tips to Improve Scripture Study” by Jared Hansen @ Small and Simple
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Posner v Caplan on Polygamy @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  Bryan Caplan and Richard Posner debate the connection between polygamy and same sex...

The People Behind the Abstractions @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  Early in our blogging years, a memorable incident involved one of my sisters sharing a...

The Risks and Revelations of Protest and Lament @ Peculiar People
  -  On July 5, 1852, Frederick Douglass gave voice to the unspeakable injustice of American...

Contemplative Spaces @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  When I was at the University of Notre Dame, one of my favorite spots on campus was the...

Church President Probability Changes with President Packer’s Death @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  President Boyd K. Packer died on Friday at the age of 90. As I did when Elder Perry died,...

New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 25: Matthew 26:36–46; Mark 14:32–42; Luke 22:39–46. Also, BYU’s New Testament Commentary @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  Between a family reunion on the east coast, and a busy work week, I offer a few tidbits...

Hannah Ronning, Missionary to China @ Mormanity
  -  I recently discussed a book that continues to inspire me, China Mission: A Personal...

The Hidden Telos of Marriage @ Peculiar People
  -  As I made my way through the 100+ page ruling of the recent Supreme Court decision on gay...

Weird LDS Songs on Apple Music @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  So like many of you I’ve been trying out the new Apple Music service.1 I’d had a few...

Same-Sex Marriage and Respecting Gay People @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  While I disagree with the church’s position on same-sex marriage, I don’t think...

Why Kids Avoid Literature @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  Good article I came across on Twitter about why college kids are avoiding literature....

Economic Equality (Part 4: Transforming Our System of Ownership) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   Around the turn of the twentieth century, Latter-day Saints formally abandoned not just...

What Exactly Are We Defending The Family From? @ Mormon Mentality
  -   I admit I am pretty worn out. It has been a hectic few days since the Supreme Court...

A Beautiful Ukrainian Perspective: How Can I Be Useful to the Lord? @ Mormanity
  -  Sunday I attended church in Hangzhou where we had a wonderful sacrament meeting that...

New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 24: John 16-17 @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  Today’s chapters continue Jesus’ final sermon at the last supper, which...

Me, Rex and the Supreme Court @ Mormon Mentality
  -   Clockwise: Rex at top, Rob, Elise, Ty, Jennifer and me in the center, right where I...

From the archives: Elder Oaks Shows Us the Way Forward @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  In light of the US Supreme Court’s decision today to legalize gay marriage across...

Economic Equality (Part 3: The Mondragon Model) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   A common reaction to the possibility of worker ownership on a large scale is to dismiss...

Holy Shikes, What Happened to Father’s Day? @ Mormon Mentality
  -   On Father’s Day I posted a short, sweet anecdote about a girl in my ward who...

Mormonism’s Truth Claims and The Claims of ‘Truth’ Seekers @ Small and Simple
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Another Year, Another Mormon Feminist Silenced at Church @ Peculiar People
  -  If someone had asked me three or five years ago whether I feared retribution for being an...

Halvor and Hannah Ronning: Inspiring Missionaries to China @ Mormanity
  -  One of my favorite books on China portrays Chinese history in the past 120 years through...

Best Father’s Day Ever @ Mormon Mentality
  -   In Sacrament meeting this morning, a teenage girl was asked to give an impromptu...

New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 23: Luke 22, John 13-15. @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  Luke 22 opens with “Satan enter[ing] into Judas called...

Where Thieves Break Through and Steal: Your Bank Account (in China or Elsewhere) @ Mormanity
  -  An increasing number of friends are reporting troubling cases of theft from their China...

Economic Equality (Part 2: Widespread, Limited Ownership) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   Were we to become serious about restructuring our errant economic system and equalizing...

On Unconditional Love @ Small and Simple
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New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 22: Matthew 25 @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  A short commentary tonight, which I’ll try to update later this week. Matthew 25 is...

The Relative Merits of Distinguishing the ‘Church’ from the ‘Gospel’ @ Small and Simple
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Jaredite Barges: Clearing the Air (with the Help of a Confusing Electric Piano) @ Mormanity
  -  I was sure the simple instructions were wrong as I assembled the frame for the Casio...

Good News Update @ Mormon Mentality
  -  Due to the plague hitting my house, I have been delayed in relaying this news to you. We...

Equality as a Moral Ideal @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  “Equality as a Moral Ideal” by Harry Frankfurt. It’s interesting to me how many...

Economic Equality (Part 1: A Worldly Rationale for a Heavenly Requirement) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   In the past few posts, I’ve talked about how our corporate system is largely...

New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 21: Matthew 24 + JST Matthew 24 @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  Today covers only one chapter, an interesting one. Known sometimes as the Olivet...

New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 20: Matt 21:1-11, 23-46; 23; John 12:1-8 @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  We’re getting into the last week of Jesus’ life. Since it was on sale, I...

Thinking of Mortal Life as a Test @ Small and Simple
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Short Gospel Doctrine Lesson 19 and Book Review of The New Testament Made Harder @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  I’ve gotten behind, due to some unanticipated red-eye travel cross-country,...

Clement of Alexandria, Temple Mysteries, and the Divine Potential of Man @ Mormanity
  -  One of the earliest Christian writers after the New Testament era was Clement of...

Faulconer Interviewed at Prosblogion @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  Jim Faulconer is interviewed at one of the oldest philosophy of religion blogs,...

Adjudicating Disagreements @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  I wanted to get back to my religion & epistemology posts again. Back in March I asked...

True Detective & the Flat Circle @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  Nice discussion of True Detective and the philosophical notion of a flat circle. (Largely...

Use Your Power For Good @ Mormon Mentality
  -   Today is the day you change my world! It’s time for you to pick up your fingers...

Youth Conference in China and the Contributions of Young Single Adults @ Mormanity
  -  Our recent May 2015 Youth Conference in the Shanghai International District of the...

"I Have Said, 'Ye Are Gods'" -- The Latest Scholarship on the Controversial 82nd Psalm @ Mormanity
  -  Latter-day Saints often need to discuss or defend LDS teachings about the potential of...

The Increasingly Strange Text of the Book of Mormon @ Mormanity
  -  Stanford Carmack's series of four articles at the Mormon Interpreter provide a large body...

Mormon Lit Blitz @ Mormon Mentality
  -  Ok, peeps. It’s time to expand your Mormon literature library to include a bit of...

Blame Mom: A Late Mother's Day Gift from CNN, Peggy Drexler, and UC San Diego @ Mormanity
  -  Like most universities, the University of California, San Diego strives to assure parents...

The Human Side of Trees @ Mormanity
  -  Diane Wirth has an interesting article at the Book of Mormon Archaeological Forum...

Mother's Day and Grace, Mormon Style @ Mormanity
  -  As I reflected upon Mothers Day and my relationship with my mother, I saw a potential...

My Five Mothers @ Mormon Mentality
  -  I believe we are given as many parents as we need to learn the life lessons that are...

Grace and the Temple: Insights from a Jewish Scholar @ Mormanity
  -  Some of our fellow Christians misunderstand LDS teachings regarding grace, feeling that...

Same-Sex Marriage and Due Process @ Small and Simple
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The Ups and Downs of Captivity: Or, Keep Your Knees Bent @ Mormanity
  -  The day my previous post appeared on deliverance and captivity, I experienced a little...

Deliverance and Captivity @ Mormanity
  -  A few weeks after moving to Wisconsin long ago, Canadian geese flew over my home and woke...

Is Mormonism optimistic? @ Peculiar People
  -  I’ve been having a problem with optimism lately. My last two blog posts were basically...

"Why Marriage, Why Family"--A Highlight from the 2015 LDS Conference @ Mormanity
  -  For those struggling with questions about the Church's emphasis on marriage, and the...

Satan's Got Your Metadata @ Mormanity
  -  Here in China, privacy is something that is a little different than what Americans might...

The Problem with “Conscience” @ Peculiar People
  -  The last time a state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) made news, I argued...

Two Starting Points for Exploring the Unexplained Book of Mormon @ Mormanity
  -  For critics, the Book of Mormon is ridiculously easy to explain, as I've learned from my...

Easter Musings @ Mormanity
  -  It's Easter Morning here in China. I'd like to share a few recent scattered thoughts as I...

Review: Going Clear @ Peculiar People
  -  David Cross once joked that Mormonism was the Scientology of its day. Like a lot of David...

Shanghai International District and Our Tradition for Young Single Adult Events at District Conference @ Mormanity
  -  For those who work with Young Single Adults (YSAs), I thought I'd share some of the...

New Podcast with Stanford Carmack on Textual Analysis of the Book of Mormon @ Mormanity
  -  Over on the FAIRMormon blog, you can listen to "Syntax and Book of Mormon Authorship –...

Application Deadline Extended for Wheatley Seminar @ Peculiar People
  -  Advanced undergraduate and graduate students are invited to apply to participate in a...

RootsTech 2014 Review and The Hipster RM @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  SISTASinZION Radio! Listen live HERE and call in at (646)...

Ordain Women {Kate Kelly & Suzette Smith} @ As Sistas in Zion
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Cathy Stokes aka MoDea (the Mormon Madea) @ As Sistas in Zion
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Faith and Family with Garth Smith and DeAnne Flynn @ As Sistas in Zion
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Shall we discuss my story Démodé before computers do it for us? @ Mormon Organon
  -  Well it’s a new year and my one New Year’s Resolution was to revive this into...

Finding Faith in 2014 @ As Sistas in Zion
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Race and the Priesthood in the LDS Church @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  Episode will load below or listen here. Tune in as the Sistas speak with members of The...

Nelson Mandela and Faith-based News + Filmmaker Stephen V. Nelson @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  SISTASinZION Radio! Sundays 5pm - 7pm (Mountain Time) Listen live HERE and call in...

Sheri Dew - Women and the Priesthood: What One Mormon Woman Believes @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  Episode will load below or listen here. Sheri Dew stops by SiZ Radio to chat with...

Mormon Women Bare, Katrina Barker Anderson + Journalist, Trent Toone @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  SISTASinZION Radio! Sundays 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Mountain Time) Listen live...

Hot Wife, Helpful Husband? @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  What happened to happy wife, happy life? A new study says husbands are happier in their...

She Said, She Said: Mormon Women Bare @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  Our girl Jennifer Borget has a blog segment called “He Said, She Said” where she...

Sunday Best: Saturday is a Special Day @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  Is Saturday really the day that we get ready for Sunday? Sista Laurel shares her...

Songs for the Soul: He is With Us @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  Uplifting music has the power to put us in tune with the Spirit of Lord. The Sistas share...

Marriage Ain't for You {Urban Translation of Marriage Isn't for You} @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  If you tuned in to SiZ Radio last night you heard us talking to Seth Adam Smith author of...

Marriage Isn't For You {Seth Adam Smith & Aesha Adams-Roberts} @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  SISTASinZION Radio! Sundays 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Mountain Time) Listen live...

Luv True Luv... @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  Do we really "fall" in love or do we accept, allow, and embrace it? There are several...

It Ain't Even Black History Month! @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  We thought PBS might hold it against us since folks said our Mormon brotha Mitt Romney...

Preachers of L.A. {Is Religion Right for Reality TV?} @ As Sistas in Zion
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A Night of Hope with Joel & Victoria Osteen { SLC, Utah Review} @ As Sistas in Zion
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SiZ Radio: 183rd October LDS Conference Review @ As Sistas in Zion
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A Girl's Guide to Football with Jessica Kehl @ As Sistas in Zion
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An Ordinary Hero: Joan Trumpauer Mulholland and Loki Mulholland @ As Sistas in Zion
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Mormon Survivor Dawn Meehan + Jack and Sherry Weyland @ As Sistas in Zion
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How the Mother of Vampiro Rojo de Santanás Died at the Hand of the Ethicless Thing @ Mormon Organon
  -   I’ve been too busy of late to write any science posts, but here is a little...

SiZ Radio: Be Wise Magazine + Jamaican LDS Pioneer @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  Sistas in Zion Radio! Every Sunday 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Mountain Time) Listen here and...

Nobody Asked You: A Dose of Unsolicited Christian Advice @ As Sistas in Zion
  -  Have you ever made a comment only to hear, "Nobody asked you!" Or read an advice column...

Why evolution matters to LDS Theology @ Mormon Organon
  -  There seems to be a temptation to borrow Christian fundamentalist creationist ideas and...

Death, the Fall, and Darwin: Roman Legions of Death, Part 2 of 7 @ Mormon Organon
  -  So to begin. Assume that the story that science tells is tout court correct. That humans...

Death, the Fall, and Darwin: A More Harmonious Reading, Part 1 of 7 @ Mormon Organon
  -  This is being posted semi-concurrently at BCC (Posted there about a week earlier than...

Scholar of Moab makes Ben Park’s ‘Nearly Essential Readings’ in Mormonism for Members! @ Mormon Organon
  -  Ben Park has compiled a list of Essential Readings in Mormonism that includes both...

Clark Monson on Wolves @ Mormon Organon
  -  President Monson’s son weighed in on the debate about introducing wolves back into...

On guns @ Mormon Organon
  -  In silence I’ve watched the splashes of opinion on Facebook and among blogs on gun...

Your Christmas gift guide @ Mormon Organon
  -  Having trouble picking which of my books you would like to give for Christmas? Here is a...

Wise advice on Sunday School Teaching @ Mormon Organon
  -  From my friend Blair Hodges: “Too often, the Sunday School teacher doesn’t...

Persuasion and Repentance: The Nexus of Faith and Reason @ Patheos
  -   The point of persuasion is to bring about change, a change in us, in our relationship,...

The Mormon Law of Consecration @ Patheos
  -   Zion may always be in transition and always under revision. Perhaps that is what it...

Being Taught after the Manner of the Jews: A Personal Journey @ Patheos
  -   Five key lessons I learned from Torah study on how to read the Book of Mormon.

Protestant and Catholic Mormons @ Patheos
  -   The danger of identifying too closely with being not-Catholic is that we will forget...

Being Taught After the Manner of the Jews, Again @ Patheos
  -   Perhaps we should read the Book of Mormon aloud in our meetings in concert with the...

Gospel: From Problem to Promise @ Patheos
  -   There is no answer to the question of suffering if an answer means an explanation of...