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Religious Freedom vs. Public Interest (Working Women) @ By Common Consent
  -  I dissent. Let me start off by being clear that I am not a lawyer (on a blog with many...

Newly available shorthand transcriptions of nineteenth-century sermon texts @ By Common Consent
  -  More than a few Latter-day Saints grew up in homes with one complete shelf full with the...

It Matters Why the Church is Pro-Life @ Times & Seasons
  -  Abortion is a hot-button issue. Maybe the hot-button issue. That’s why–after...

Memory and the First Vision @ Times & Seasons
  -  How do we account for differences between the various accounts we have on record of the...

Journal of Mormon History, July 2020 Issue Synopsis. @ By Common Consent
  -  Vol. 46, no. 3 of JMH recently arrived in my mailbox. It has some fine articles and I...

Our Own Vines and Our Own Fig Trees: a Post-Independence Day, Post-Hamilton-Watching Sermon @ By Common Consent
  -  [Cross-posted to In Medias Res] Like plenty of other Americans (and, given likely...

Quotes to accompany your Come Follow Me study – Alma 30-31 @ Times & Seasons
  -  This coming week’s Come, Follow Me lesson covers Alma 30-31. Here are a collection...

Notes on Book of Mormon Philology. Vb4. The utility of philology: Jacob and Sherem @ Times & Seasons
  -  Imagining the Book of Mormon as a complex work reflecting numerous steps of compilation...

July 4th, Amulek Day, and a Mighty Change of Heart @ By Common Consent
  -  Lori Thompson Forsyth is a long-time New Englander, a part-time aspirational Spaniard,...

All Are Alike Unto God @ Times & Seasons
  -  I’ve been thinking about the issue of race in the Church (and the history of the...

Notes on Book of Mormon Philology. Vb2-3. The utility of philology: Nephite origins @ Times & Seasons
  -  Thinking of the Book of Mormon as the result of a series of textual accretions and...

The KJV in the BoM @ By Common Consent
  -  Review of Royal Skousen, The History of the Text of the Book of Mormon, Part Five: The...

I Even Remain Alone: LDS Men sans Families @ Times & Seasons
  -  I wrote this in over three years ago in response to a call for personal essays on LDS...

Internet Videos, The Second Coming, and Conspiracy Theory @ By Common Consent
  -  Recently, a YouTube video called “7 Year Tribulation in the SEVENTH Seal Timeline”...

Sunday Sermon: “Ain’t Gonna Study War No More” @ By Common Consent
  -  Gonna lay down my burden / Down by the riverside / Ain’t gonna study war no more....

Covid-19 and religious freedom? @ Times & Seasons
  -  This is a comment and reflection on David Bednar’s speech on corona and religious...

Fundamental Principles of Mormonism @ Times & Seasons
  -  Today marks the 176th anniversary of the day that Joseph Smith died in an untimely...

In Defense of Iconoclasm @ By Common Consent
  -  I hate statues. Not just Confederate statues.  Not just slave trader statues.  All...

Faculty Demographics at BYU @ By Common Consent
  -  A couple weeks ago, President Nelson issued a joint statement with the NAACP condemning...

Notes on Book of Mormon Philology. V.The permissibility and utility of philology for studying the Book of Mormon @ Times & Seasons
  -  Is philological deliberation useful for studying the Book of Mormon? Is it even...

Touring the Kirtland Temple… In Utah @ Times & Seasons
  -  I finally achieved a long-term goal of mine.  For years, I’ve been trying to talk my...

Notes on Book of Mormon Philology. IV. The Puzzle of 3 Nephi @ Times & Seasons
  -  Why is 3 Nephi, which records the central event in the history of Nephite salvation and...

Statues in the Balance @ Times & Seasons
  -  One of my favorite episodes of the science fiction TV series Firefly is the...

Notes on Book of Mormon Philology. IIIc. The source structure of the Book of Mormon @ Times & Seasons
  -  If you trace the history of a text from earlier manuscripts to later ones, it’s not...

A Lake of Fire and the Problem of Evil @ Times & Seasons
  -  I remember talking to an atheist on the riverfront walk in Dubuque, Iowa one day while...

Come Follow Me “correction” As Harmful As Before @ Feminist Mormon Housewives
  -  Dear Latter-day Saints, The latest online correction to the Come Follow Me manual has me...

Authority, Scripture, and Social Location @ Feminist Mormon Housewives
  -  By Margaret Olsen Hemming Over the last couple of years, I’ve described The Book of...

Pop Culture Friday: Justice In America @ Feminist Mormon Housewives
  -  It’s been awhile since I promo-ed a podcast.  Today I’m spotlighting a more serious...

Pop Culture Friday: Jane the Virgin @ Feminist Mormon Housewives
  -  If you are looking for a binge-worthy TV show with fantastic characters, great acting, a...

Pop Culture Friday: Dread Nation @ Feminist Mormon Housewives
  -  Today’s (slightly late, sorry, the school year just started and my brain is mostly...

Pop Culture Friday: The Memory of Light and Disappeared @ Feminist Mormon Housewives
  -  I have a 2-in-1 recommendation for you today, two excellent books by Francisco X....

Pop Culture Friday: The Poet X @ Feminist Mormon Housewives
  -  I love a good slam poem, one full of emotion and power and truth.  One of the great...

Pop Culture Friday: The Witch Boy @ Feminist Mormon Housewives
  -  Aster’s family keeps to themselves.  They live in the woods outside of town and have...

Pop Culture Friday: #WizardTeam @ Feminist Mormon Housewives
  -  Today I want to highlight one of my favorite podcasts: #WizardTeam by Black Girls...

Pop Culture Friday: Patina by Jason Reynolds @ Feminist Mormon Housewives
  -  Patina by Jason Reynolds  Middle Grade Realistic Fiction Patina Jones ain’t no junk....