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America Needs Mitt Romney @ Peculiar People
  -  A Senator Romney could stand up to Donald Trump without losing his seat. America needs...

Creation Appreciation @ Segullah
  -  I pause for art. (And if you’re visiting Segullah, chances are you do, too.)...

Of Witches and Terrorists @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   I know I told you I was taking a break from blogging, but I couldn’t resist one last...

Another Week, Another New Semitic Wordplay @ Mormanity
  -  Matthew Bowen just published his analysis of another fascinating, newly discovered...

God’s Arithmetic @ Segullah
  -  I’m glad God isn’t Yoda. There’s no way I’d survive the ‘do or do not, there is...

10 Things for Understanding the Old Testament @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  My semester has ended, and now I enter into a busy summer of reading, writing, travel,...

Ode to Nursery @ Segullah
  -  Shhh. Don’t tell anyone, but I prefer serving in the nursery to attending the “grown...

Fake News of the Day: Your Bank Is Perfectly Safe. Don't Worry. @ Mormanity
  -  Some readers here were shocked when I suggested that US banks are not a safe place to...

Thank You For Staying @ Segullah
  -  As our ward testimony meeting approached the end of the hour, yawns filled the...

May Editorial and Table of Contents @ Segullah
  -  I’m writing to you from a cramped coach seat flying over Nevada. It’s a much...

Sweetheart Come @ Segullah
  -  Emma Hauck realizes that her husband’s political ambitions are changing him—and their...

I am not a mother @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  I’ve heard the “all women are mothers” line at church so many times that they...

Waterfall @ Segullah
  -  I sit beside a roaring. All else is removed. It’s just the lulling loudness Of the...

Tug of a Thread @ Segullah
  -  With you away, I’m learning the tug of a thread on a button— a button on a...

Hominem Ex Machina @ Segullah
  -  That feeling of helplessness. You know when you watch your baby sister, seemingly frozen...

A Prayer by Any Other Name @ Segullah
  -  Being asked to give a prayer is not a big deal to most Mormons. We ask our 3-year-old...

Toward a More Straightforward Expression of Female Desire @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  When I was a freshling at BYU, I lived in a Heritage Halls apartment with five other...

Spiritual Practices That Actually Work @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  Okay, this title is somewhat misleading, as rather than being a helpful list of spiritual...

Would Jesus Heal Someone in a High Risk Pool? The Theology of Health Care Reform @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  Like many people I know, I was quite dismayed by the House’s recent passage of the...

Odds and Ends from One Chapter in Martin Harris's Biography @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   One of the projects I’ve been working on at BYU Studies is the edit of a biography of...

Linguist John S. Robertson Reviews Brian Stubbs' Work on Uto-Aztecan Languages and the Evidence for Old World Influence @ Mormanity
  -  "Exploring Semitic and Egyptian in Uto-Aztecan Languages" by Dr. John S. Robertson was...

May 4th is Not Just Star Wars Day… @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  Few Mormons, I think, know that May 4 is a significant day in LDS liturgical history....

The Rod of Iron: Part of Another Intriguing Wordplay in the Book of Mormon @ Mormanity
  -  In a recent article I prepared for The Interpreter, "The Great and Spacious Book of...

Things I Like About Mormonism @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  I went to have a chat the other day with the rector of the local Episcopal church where...

We need At the Pulpit at the pulpit @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  I read At the Pulpit: 185 Years of Discourses by Latter-day Saint Women a few weeks ago,...

Aunt-ing @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  First of all, I want to say that from my observations as a childless woman, being an aunt...

Calling All Space Doctrine @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  I think I got the term “space doctrine” from our family’s...

A Hunger for the Word @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  Many years ago, I wrote about my experience of depression: “I often feel a profound...

Seven Deadly Heresies @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  I’ve been thinking recently about some of the wild theological controversies in...

More Book of Mormon Wordplays: A New Proposal Invoving Noah @ Mormanity
  -  The Book of Mormon abounds with evidence of ancient Semitic roots. One class of such...

First-Order Myopia: What Donald Trump Can Learn from Joseph Smith @ Peculiar People
  -  Joseph Smith’s life was cut short because he failed to look beyond first-order...

An Argument for the Incompatibility of Free Will and God’s Absolute Foreknowledge @ Small and Simple
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Announcement: Online Mormon Reading Group of Luke T. Johnson’s Introduction to the New Testament @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  It’s paper-writing season for me, not a ton of time to blog anything substantial....

Let's Talk Taxes @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  Since it’s income tax day, let’s talk taxes. Of course nobody likes to pay taxes, but...

"Discerning Truth: Teaching Our Children About Pornography" by Catherine Humpherys @ Mormanity
  -  In the recent March 18-19 District Conference in the Shanghai International District of...

Too Complex! Don't Confuse Me with that Military-Industrial Thing @ Mormanity
  -  I am surprised how many Americans who care deeply about politics and current events don't...

Carpe Diem: Two Book Sales @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  First, Fortress Press is having a massive ebook/Kindle sale through the end of April....

Unbridling Mormon Illustration: “From the Dust” – 2 of 2 @ Peculiar People
  -  In yesterday’s post, I discussed the relationship  between Mormon illustration and...

Mormon Illustration and the Burden of History – 1 of 2 @ Peculiar People
  -  In his book Miracles, C.S. Lewis dwells for a peculiarly long time on the Ascension of...

Science the Key to Theology: My New book @ Mormon Organon
  -   Cross Posted at BCC. This book is unusual. In more ways than one. Well, maybe in more...

Trump: The Enemy of the Family @ Peculiar People
  -  This morning Isabel, a middle-aged Mormon woman from Colombia who has lived in the US for...

The Creation @ Mormanity
  -  Here is a talk I gave at District Conference for the Shanghai International District,...

Trump Should Learn from Andrew Jackson: Keep Church Out of State @ Peculiar People
  -  Trump can learn from his hero and reject a fusion of Church and State.  Among the...

Authoritarianism and Inequality @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   It seems that every few months new statistics come out showing that wealth inequality in...

The Anti-Trump General Conference @ Peculiar People
  -  Like many Mormons around the world, I’ve spent this weekend watching the Church’s...

Free Book! and It’s a Good One! @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  I’ve often had Misreading Scripture Through Western Eyes: Removing Cultural...

What You Get When You Vote Republican @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   This past week gave us the results of two polls that, in tandem, don’t shine a very...

David and the Psalms in the Book of Mormon: Weakness or Strength? @ Mormanity
  -  OverviewA 2016 graduate thesis from Kevin Beshears at the Southern Baptist Theological...

The Casual Sexism in Trump’s Condolences to Theresa May @ Peculiar People
  -  To hear Trump tell it, you’d think that Theresa May fainted after the Westminster...

There Are a Lot of Counterfeits Out There, What’s in Your Wallet? @ Small and Simple
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As Good as Money in the Bank? Time to Worry More @ Mormanity
  -  A friend of mine, an attorney, had a job in California for a year and for convenience...

A Bit of News @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  I’ve got some public speaking coming up, and I’m excited. First, I’ll...

A Hillbilly, a Professor, and a Mormon Mayor Walk into a (Dry) Bar . . . @ Peculiar People
  -  The experience Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams gained on his Mormon mission helped him...

Are Republican Legislators Terrorists? Some Thoughts on Rumpcare @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   I’m being only half facetious with this question. Well, maybe not at all. As Bernie...

The Creation and God's Love: Hints from a Surprise Encounter with a Geologist @ Mormanity
  -  On Sunday I'll be speaking at District Conference for the the Shanghai International...

What is the Distinction Between the Elder and High Priest Office? @ Small and Simple
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Cabbie Fail: A New Convert Learns the Blessings of Kindness @ Mormanity
  -  Yesterday a new convert in one of the Shanghai area branches shared a story she...

Mormons and Free Trade @ Peculiar People
  -  Despite a rocky history, Mormons have come to love free trade. They should keep...

Transitional Mormonism, Part 2: An Earlier Transition @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  What do I mean by “transitional Mormonism”? (Part 1 is here if you missed...

Slot Machines and Video Games: What You Need to Know About Their Addictive Design @ Mormanity
  -  The lives of some people very close to me have been shaken by one man's long-denied...

Eternal Misfit (Part 3 of 3) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   This is a short story I wrote a few years ago that was published in Dialogue. I’ve...

China's False God of Basketball Is Actually a Terrific Guy and Now China's MVP: Kudos to Jimmer Fredette @ Mormanity
  -  When I was young, I used to wonder why people would worship false gods. But at this stage...

Eternal Misfit (Part 2 of 3) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   This is a short story I wrote a few years ago that was published in Dialogue. I’ve...

Conversation with an Antique Map Dealer (and Acquisition of My First Antique Map) @ Mormanity
  -  On something of a whim, my wife and I met up with an Australian map dealer while he was...

Eternal Misfit (Part 1 of 3) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   This is a short story I wrote a few years ago that was published in Dialogue. I’ll...

My Contribution to the SMPT Conference at Claremont @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  The Society for Mormon Philosophy and Theology will hold a conference at Claremont, March...

Evidence At Last: The Many Aspects of John Lloyd Stephens' Work That Strengthened Mormons in the 1840s @ Mormanity
  -  A delightful trend in modern Book of Mormon criticism today is to scour books, articles,...

In Defense of Dr. John E. Clark's "Ludicrous" Assessment of Early Criticism of the Book of Mormon @ Mormanity
  -  Dr. John E. Clark's presentation on archaeology and the Book of Mormon, the subject of a...

Greek/Hebrew Followup: Another Demo and more Free Stuff Through March 1 @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  It’s Logos’ 25th Anniversary, and they’re offering a $25 coupon...

The Complexities of History in The Ensign @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  I still haven’t had time for the second post in my Transitional Mormonism series,...

Why Faith Is Necessary to Appreciate the Value of (Book of Mormon) Evidence @ Mormanity
  -  LDS defenders sometime grow impatient, even flabbergasted, with critics who refuse to...

The Director of the Universe @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  I hope this post isn’t too sacrilegious, but sometimes you overhear snippets of...

Evaluating Book of Mormon Claims: Where Do We Stand after 187 Years? @ Mormanity
  -  After 187 years of critics poking fun at the Book of Mormon and exposing its weaknesses,...

Janus Parallelism: Book of Mormon Hints? Part 4 @ Mormanity
  -  As an addendum to the Janus parallelism issues recently raised here (see "Janus...

The Stories We Believe @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   On Groundhog Day this year, The New Yorker ran an article by Jiayang Fan1 that recounted...

Solomon's Temple and Palace: New Archaeological Discoveries by Yosef Garfinkel and Madeleine Mumcuoglu--A Beautiful Book About the Reality of the First Temple @ Mormanity
  -  If you are looking for a gift for someone who loves the Hebrew Bible and cares about the...

Janus Parallelism: Book of Mormon Hints? Part 3 @ Mormanity
  -  In Part 1 and Part 2, we looked at a total of 7 possibilities for Janus parallelism in...

Janus Parallelism: Book of Mormon Hints? Part 2 @ Mormanity
  -  In Part 1, we looked at some tentative possibilities for Janus parallelism in the Book of...

Janus Parallelism: Book of Mormon Hints? Part 1 @ Mormanity
  -  In my previous post on Janus parallelism in the Hebrew Bible, I noted that if this...

Welcome to the USAF @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  No, I’m not welcoming you to the flying branch of the military. I’m referring to the...

Janus Parallelism in the Hebrew Bible: Could It Also Be in the Book of Mormon? @ Mormanity
  -  One of the most interesting books that I have read recently is Scott B. Noegel's...

Church Magazines (Not the Ones You Think) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   Exactly eighteen years ago today, I started working as an associate editor at the...

Some Thoughts on Certainty and Belief @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   In my ward, whenever the bishop calls young men or women to the pulpit for the purpose...

Trump and the Future of Jobs in America @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   This is an expanded version of an op-ed piece I had in the Deseret Newsearlier this...

Trump Endorses Mormonism @ Small and Simple
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Fleeing Babylon (Parts XIV–XIX) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   This is a personal essay I wrote about ten years ago, just after leaving Church...

Fleeing Babylon (Parts IX–XIII) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   This is a personal essay I wrote about ten years ago, just after leaving Church...

The Perfect College Football Playoff System: 2016 Version @ Small and Simple
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Peck Book Gift Giving Guide @ Mormon Organon
  -  So once again you are wrestling with the seasonal conundrum of which of my books to give...

Fleeing Babylon (Parts VI–VIII) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   This is a personal essay I wrote about ten years ago, just after leaving Church...

Fleeing Babylon (Parts I–V) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   This is a personal essay I wrote about ten years ago, just after leaving Church...

A Response to Stephen Fry Annihilating God @ Small and Simple
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A Short Thought on Political Correctness @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   I’ve been thinking about the ugliness of the recent presidential campaign and one of...

Heil Donald! @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   I went to bed late on election night, and then I lay in bed and couldn’t fall asleep....

For America's Sake, Do Not Vote for Trump @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   With the polls tightening and anti-Clinton sentiment running high, we need to step back...

My Attempt to Understand LDS Policy Regarding the Children of Same-Sex Couples @ Small and Simple
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Book Review—Planted: Belief and Belonging in an Age of Doubt, by Patrick Q. Mason @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   This is a somewhat belated review, because it took me a while to get around to Patrick...

Some Thoughts from New York City @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   This past week, my wife and I were in New York City visiting our oldest son, who is in a...

Why Typical Exit Stories Don’t Bother My Faith (Much) @ Small and Simple
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Faith-Promoting? @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   I’ve been thinking recently about the modern Mormon usage of the term...

In What Way is the Gospel for Everyone? @ Small and Simple
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Why Do So Many Exit Stories Sound Alike? @ Small and Simple
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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...

Stats on LDS Retention @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  Just a short post as I’m planning a longer post on this topic at T&S next week. A...

Blogging at T&S @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  Just a note I’m blogging at Times and Seasons for the next while. I’ll still post...

Mormon Millennials Becoming More Republican @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  Somehow I missed that UVU (just a few blocks from work) was having a religious liberty...

Gallup on Number of Mormons @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  I’d missed this when it came out. Gallup does regular interviews and keeps track of the...

New Atheists and Mormon Moderates @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  Over at BCC Jacob Baker put up a paper tying New Atheists with the John Dehlin style of...

Why Mormons Accept Cruz @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  The Washington Post Monkey Cage blog has an interesting story up on religious freedom and...

Deep Geneology @ Mormon Organon
  -  Don’t forget to check out my post at the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious...

A New Book and Discussion: Wandering Realities @ Mormon Organon
  -  My new book, Wandering Realities, was recently released by Zarahemla Books. I was...

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...

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...

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...

Coram Deo: Prayer and Life @ Patheos
  -   The more my life is a life of prayer, coram Deo, the more my private prayers will be...

ONE and Heifer International in Malawi: A Photo Essay @ Patheos
  -   This past May, ONE and Heifer International took a group of likeminded writers to...

ONE's Prayer for Everyone: A Worldwide Week of Prayer and Action for the Least of These @ Patheos
  -   Join the #PrayerForEveryone Campaign from September 24 to October 1 to help end extreme...

Prayer for the Senate @ Patheos
  -   "Eternal God, ruler of all creation, each day seems to bring more bad news than good."

The School of Mormon Theology, or The Lure of Fame @ Patheos
  -   The desire for a faction or party within a larger whole, a sect in the literal sense,...

Mormons Celebrate Easter with World's First Virtual "Hallelujah" Chorus @ Patheos
  -   This Easter season, 2,500 voices from around the world joined the Mormon Tabernacle...