The Mormon Archipelago

The Secret Tradition, Part 6: The Greek Mysteries @ Juvenile Instructor
  -  The secret tradition may have been connected to Judeo-Christian apocalypses and the rites...

Pioneer Day: Recommended Reading from JI’s archives @ Juvenile Instructor
  -  Happy Pioneer Day, readers! Thank you for your patience with us lately — we know...

The Bloggernacle as Public Sphere – pt. 1 @ New Cool Thang
  -  I worry that the bloggernacle is a crucial cog within a cultural machine that takes...

MSWR – July 20 @ Juvenile Instructor
  -  For your Sunday perusal: Our own Amanda Hendrix-Komoto writes about the excommunication...

Obedience vs. Self-Sufficiency @ New Cool Thang
  -  Over at Wheat and Tares, Hawkgrrrl wrote an interesting post on the difference between...

The Secret Tradition, Part 5: Judeo-Christian Apocalypses @ Juvenile Instructor
  -  Morton Smith argued that secret Mark suggested an initiation ritual that was an ascent to...

Announcement: THE FIFTH BIENNIAL FAITH AND KNOWLEDGE CONFERENCE @ Faith-Promoting Rumor
  -  University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA  February 27-28, 2015 The Faith and Knowledge...

CFP: 2015 Faith & Knowledge Conference @ Juvenile Instructor
  -  We’re pleased to announce the Fifth Biennial Faith & Knowledge Conference, to...

Reason < Authority < Revelation @ New Cool Thang
  -  Human reasoning is pretty much indispensable in our daily lives as human beings.  Not...

Opening at the Joseph Smith Papers project @ Juvenile Instructor
  -  The Joseph Smith Papers project is in search of a research assistant. See here for the...

Scholarly Inquiry: Dan Belnap on Ritual, Pt. 2 @ Juvenile Instructor
  -  The stirring conclusion of our conversation with Dan Belnap on ritual in Mormon Studies....

The Secret Tradition, Part 4: Evidence of a Ritual @ Juvenile Instructor
  -  Both Clement’s language in his letter to Theodore and the text of secret Mark that he...

The False Prophets We Follow @ New Cool Thang
  -  “And behold, others he flattereth away … and he saith unto them: I am no [prophet],...

“It’s hokey and didactic, but it works”: on the Mormon Miracle pageant in Manti, Utah* @ Juvenile Instructor
  -  In June, I went to Manti to witness the Mormon Miracle Pageant that is put on there every...

Mormon Studies Weekly Roundup @ Juvenile Instructor
  -   We’re back with another weekly roundup of links from the world of Mormon Studies....

In the Church but not of the Church @ New Cool Thang
  -  When Adam was told to sacrifice the first born of his flock, when Abraham was told to...

Who’s the Prophet Here? @ Faith-Promoting Rumor
  -  There are many different views about the validity and effectiveness of Kate Kelly and...

“Strangers In Zion”? @ New Cool Thang
  -  Just saw a news piece that mentioned a brand spankin’ new group calling themselves...

Some Thoughts on a Recent Excommunication @ Faith-Promoting Rumor
  -  We recently received this communication from a friend, who wishes to remain anonymous....

Obedience and Speaking for God @ Faith-Promoting Rumor
  -  Last week in my ward, the Sunday school lesson included 1 Samuel 15, where Samuel speaks...

One Does Not Simply Lose One’s Testimony – A Heartfelt Plea @ New Cool Thang
  -  This is THE lesson that I have learned regarding my misguided departure from the church....

Ordain Women: Whose Movement Is It? @ New Cool Thang
  -  (I originally posted this – my one and only post which directly addresses OW...

Unanswered Questions about the Priesthood @ Faith-Promoting Rumor
  -  As President Uchtdorf said in his in general conference talk last October, “Sometimes...

Priesthood Authority vs Inter-Personal Reasoning @ New Cool Thang
  -  “All truth is independent in that sphere in which God has placed it…” -D&C 93 I...

Discussing Marriage @ New Cool Thang
  -  Rather than taking the time to put the finishing touches on one of the many posts that I...

What Otterson Got Right: “We don’t know all the reasons” @ Faith-Promoting Rumor
  -  There is a lot to like about Michael Otterson’s recent letter.  It is a cause for hope...

Women, Blacks, and the Priesthood in Recent LDS Church Rhetoric @ Faith-Promoting Rumor
  -  The open letter recently delivered by LDS church spokesman Michael Otterson to a variety...

10 Reasons to be Excited about the Study of Religion at BYU @ Faith-Promoting Rumor
  -  In the spirit of the 10 tidbits series at FPR, I offer (for once!) a positive outlook on...

Wheat and Tares Apologetics: A Case Study @ Faith-Promoting Rumor
  -  In a previous post I provided a general description of one kind of apologetics that, in...

What is Scripture, for reals? @ Faith-Promoting Rumor
  -  Is scripture only scripture if it is a inerrant record of what really happened? There are...

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...

MA Listing of LDS Blogs @ Digital Faith
  -   Isles Dave's Mormon Inquiry Faith-Promoting Rumor Juvenile Instructor New Cool...

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...

Turner, Part 4: Brigham's Last Two Decades @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -  [Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3] This last post covers Chapters 9 through 13 of John G....

Turner, Part 3: Brigham as Pioneer and Prophet @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -  [Part 1 | Part 2] This post covers Chapters 5 through 8 of John G. Turner's Brigham...

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...

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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Seattle Area, Winter 2011, Adult Religion Class: Doctrine and Covenants @ Splendid Sun
  -  Well, it looks like I will be teaching a once-a-week class on the Doctrine and Covenants...

Our Remembrance Sunday @ a bird's eye view
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Mormonism’s Last Colonizer @ Splendid Sun
  -  This week, Utah State University Press released a biography of William H. Smart. Smart...

“knowledge, and power, by revelation” @ Splendid Sun
  -  A month ago I came home from teaching seminary and I was met by my wife. She told me to...

A Textual History of the KFD, Part II @ Splendid Sun
  -  This post is a direct continuation of Part I and follows without introduction. The...

A Textual History of the KFD, Part I: Sources to the “History of Joseph Smith” @ Splendid Sun
  -  Part II of the series is available here. EDITORIAL NOTE: This post contains links to...

The end of an era @ Splendid Sun
  -  I am a chemist by training, but Mormon history has always been open to dilettants (for...

Research update on Mormon healing @ Splendid Sun
  -  As some know, Kris and I have worked together for the past couple of years doing research...

Two latest in Signature’s Significant Diary Series @ Splendid Sun
  -  John P. Hatch, ed., Danish Apostle: The Diaries of Anthon H. Lund (Salt Lake City,...

A Lady’s Life among the Mormons @ Splendid Sun
  -  One of the most invaluable publication series in Mormon Studies is Utah State University...

Elder Ballard’s Advice–Start a Blog @ Splendid Sun
  -  I haven’t written for a while, and now I feel remiss. Today was graduation day at...