The Mormon Archipelago

Guest Post from Jeff Turner: “Nineteenth-century Gathering: A Translocative Opportunity” @ Juvenile Instructor
  -  [Today we are happy to have the second post in our guest series from UofU-bound-PhD...

Kierkegaard, Abraham and Isaac @ New Cool Thang
  -  Clark has mentioned in a couple threads how he thinks my position is very similar to...

JMH Special Issue on Race: A Brief Introduction @ Juvenile Instructor
  -  When I composed the introduction to the special edition of the Journal of Mormon History...

Sources of Legitimacy @ New Cool Thang
  -  In this post I wanted to briefly sketch out some of my own thoughts and...

The hours are counting down for She Shall be an Ensign. @ Juvenile Instructor
  -  Last month (here) we told you about friend of JI and Keepapitchinin’ blogger, Ardis...

Love Wins @ Juvenile Instructor
  -  Last Friday, the Supreme Court ruled that state restrictions on same sex marriage were...

Guest Post: Jeff Turner, “Early Mormon Conversion: Method, Multiplicity, and Madness” @ Juvenile Instructor
  -  [Today’s guest post comes from Jeff Turner, who recently completed a master’s...

Photos of a Visit to Iosepa @ Juvenile Instructor
  -  A few weeks ago Ben P, Catherine P, and I visited the Iosepa (pronounced, I think:...

JI Summer Book Club: Rough Stone Rolling, Part 7: Chapters 16-18 @ Juvenile Instructor
  -  This is the seventh installment of the first annual JI Summer Book Club. This year we are...

Tokens and Signs vs. Evidence and Reason @ New Cool Thang
  -  The story of Adam and Eve is about as anti-intellectual as they come. When confronted by...

Author Meets Roundtable: Paul Reeve Responds @ Juvenile Instructor
  -  JI recently finished a roundtable review on Paul Reeve’s wonderful Religion of a...

The (Non-)Problem of Interpreting Revelation @ New Cool Thang
  -  “[After Newton t]he universe is one great harmonious order; not, as for Thomas and the...

Mapping Sexual Violence in 19th C Utah @ Juvenile Instructor
  -  I am currently working on a mapping project at the University of Michigan focused on...

Editor Search and Executive Director Search for the Mormon History Association @ Juvenile Instructor
  -  TWO job announcements from our friends at MHA, the editorship of the Journal of Mormon...

A Brief History of Absolute Truth @ New Cool Thang
  -  In the beginning, prophets (or priests) were the source of truth.  What they said was...

Reason After Authority @ New Cool Thang
  -  Over at Mormon Metaphysics Clark has a great post worth reading about how much of the...

Milgram: A Sociological Perspective @ New Cool Thang
  -  I assume all of our readers here are familiar with the Stanley Milgram experiment.  (If...

Against Natural Theology @ New Cool Thang
  -  “Of course it was not given to mortal reason to decipher the hieroglyph of the...

Science: Demarcation and Democracy @ New Cool Thang
  -  At the heart of the debate surrounding the teaching of creationism in schools lies two...

There is no contradiction here @ New Cool Thang
  -  “If the [Holy] Spirit guides me in a way that involves these multitude of...

A Recent “Anti-Mormon” Essay: Trying to Understand Gee’s Response, Part II @ Faith-Promoting Rumor
  -  In the last post I looked closely at the details of Dr. John Gee’s critique of Dr. Paul...

A Recent “Anti-Mormon” Essay: Trying to Understand Gee’s Response, Part I @ Faith-Promoting Rumor
  -  The most recent volume of the Journal of Book of Mormon Studies (JBMS) includes a number...

An Appeal to the BYU Board of Trustees: Please Trust Your Faculty @ Faith-Promoting Rumor
  -  The appeal that follows is undergirded by a simple but unproven (at least not by me) set...

Academic Freedom at BYU, Part 2: The Role of the Academic Vice President @ Faith-Promoting Rumor
  -  (Part 1 here; part 3 is now up). Faculty issues at BYU are funneled through the office of...

On Academic Freedom at BYU, Part 1: The BYU Statement @ Faith-Promoting Rumor
  -  [Part two; part three] The question of academic freedom at Brigham Young University...

Doubt is Not Always a Choice @ Faith-Promoting Rumor
  -  Doubt is not always a matter of choice. With regard to many LDSs who experience a crisis...

On Doubt and Trust @ Faith-Promoting Rumor
  -  Doubt can be thought of as a kind of questioning; and to question is to ask for reasons...

Korihors, Secular Humanism, and the Book of Mormon @ Faith-Promoting Rumor
  -  The topic of Korihor, noted Book of Mormon anti-Christ, has come up in Mormon discussions...

Doubting Our Doubters @ Faith-Promoting Rumor
  -  We have a problem with doubt. More specifically, we, LDSs, have a problem with how we...

The Call of Simon Peter in Luke 5:1-11 @ Faith-Promoting Rumor
  -  This story, which is unique to Luke, is a bit of a gem among call narratives. It may be...

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

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

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...

Mormon Christianity: A Sympathetic View @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -   Stephen H. Webb's Mormon Christianity: What Other Christians Can Learn From the...

Two Churches, Two Gospels @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -  As a Mormon, you belong to two churches: your local congregation, be it ward or branch...

Mormon Christianity: A Little Bit Catholic @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -   I'm about a third of the way through Stephen W. Webb's Mormon Christianity: What Other...

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,...

Mormonism: The Last Fifty Years @ Dave's Mormon Inquiry
  -   Over the holidays I read The Mormon Image in the American Mind: Fifty Years of Public...

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...

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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