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Peculiar Treasures: The Ephemeral and Sublime @ Segullah
  -  Find out which book is part of students’ required reading from 28 countries around the...

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...

Confiscating Nursery Toys @ Segullah
  -  I’ve confiscated some toys and books from the church nursery. Last summer, I got a...

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,...

I just realized I’m the kind of mom who lives through her children. @ Segullah
  -  One little mistake cost my son a pretty big scholarship this week. After years of...

ARE MEN UNKIND? @ Segullah
  -  At the adult session of Stake Conference last weekend, our Stake President suddenly and...

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...

Falling in Love with My Skin @ Segullah
  -  Flat by Ashmae Hoiland. This is a piece Ashmae made from a photo I sent her for a new...

Happy Valentine’s Day from the Trump Administration @ Zelophehad's Daughters
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To My Fellow Conservatives @ Segullah
  -  February is Black History Month. Hopefully everyone has seen “Hidden Figures” by now,...

February 2017 Editorial and Table of Contents @ Segullah
  -  Last night my nine-year-old asked for a bedtime snuggle. My mother-heart, despite lagging...

In Situ @ Segullah
  -  In the valley between bone and bone where my children stretched awake and where a silent,...

Princess @ Segullah
  -  Rumpelstiltskin cried because you belong to me; baby spun golden, milky skin stained with...

Living the Bucket Life, or Why We Reenact a Pioneer Trek @ Segullah
  -  For four days last summer, I lived out of a bucket. Besides what I wore, a five gallon...

Sing a song of crafting @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  For far too much of my life, I avoided activities I saw as overly feminine. I was no...

A Chastened Chaffetz Should Learn from Mo Udall @ Peculiar People
  -  Jason Chaffetz was recently tasked by angry constituents to “do [his] job.”...

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

How to Use Greek and Hebrew without Looking like a Total Idiot: New and Improved @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  I’ll get back to my Transitional Mormonism and Tradition, but I was really excited...

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...

Who will GAs endorse if the Johnson Amendment is repealed? @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  Donald Trump has promised to get rid of the Johnson Amendment. This law prohibits church...

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...

Transitional Mormonism and Tradition: Part 1 @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  I wrote the last post while traveling and have just started a new and busy semester, and...

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...

Your Optimism Isn’t a Virtue @ Peculiar People
  -  Growing up in an abusive home taught me a harsh lesson about optimism: too often,...

Conformity Is the First Law of Heaven @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  I was listening to an episode of Kristy Money’s new relationship podcast, Mormon...

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...

The Christian Watchman and Its Misguided Jab at Bountiful in the Book of Mormon @ Mormanity
  -  One of the earliest criticisms of the Book of Mormon anticipates some of the most recent....

Publication on the Reynolds Arcade as the Great and Spacious Building in Lehi's Tree of Life Vision @ Mormanity
  -  My recent exploration of Rick Grunder's genuinely creative theories for the alleged...

To Rule with Blood and Horror: Shouldn't We Be Paying More Attention? @ Mormanity
  -  This morning I awoke with a chilling dream. I was a technical advisor helping in the...

A Biblical Feast at a Hole in the Wall: Khirbet Qeiyafa’s Second Gate @ Mormanity
  -  Great meals are sometimes found in small little places dubbed "holes in the wall." This...

Seven Little-known Perks of Being a GA @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  Since the recent leak of documents that give the size of GAs’ salaries, some of the...

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

Mormon Said It, I Believe It, That Settles It? @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  Occasionally, one hears Mormons (usually laypeople) critiquing Protestants for slavish...

Many Great New Resources at LDS.org and on the LDS Gospel Library App @ Mormanity
  -  I am impressed with how rapidly the Church has moved in the past couple of years to make...

Gays and the Mormon Afterlife @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  This guest post comes from a regular ZD reader going by the name of Humboldt. Yesterday,...

For the Glory, the Biography of Eric Liddell: Why a Gold Medalist Gave Up Everything for God and China @ Mormanity
  -  You may have seen the highly acclaimed movie Chariots of Fire about the 1924 Olympics...

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...

The Egyptian Context for the Book of Abraham: Why Hor, Priest of Thebes, Might Want an Abraham Text @ Mormanity
  -  One of the important but often overlooked issues in the debate over the origins of the...

Nacle Notebook 2016: Funny Comments @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  This post is my annual compilation of the funniest comments I read on the Bloggernacle...

Quick Thoughts on D&C 1:30 “the only true and living Church” @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  A few scattered thoughts on what “the only true and living Church” might and...

Another Cool Aspect of the Book of Abraham @ Mormanity
  -  One of the disappointing things about the response of critics to the Book of Abraham is...

The Blog in the Coming Year and D&C @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  I’ve agonized a bit over how to handle D&C this year. Here’s what I...

God Gave His Only Begotten Son @ Mormanity
  -  In preparing for the joys of Christmas during our brief return to the winter wonderland...

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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Santa Claus is Canaanite! Really. @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  I’ve plugged Biblical Archaeology Review (BAR) before, a great magazine (with...

A Proud Mother and a Little Miracle in the Snowy Chaos of Portland @ Mormanity
  -  Sunday services in Shanghai were terrific, as almost always. I got to attend sacrament...

“God Wouldn’t Do That” @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  In conversations about whether God really commanded such-and-such a thing, I’ve...

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

Things That Keep Me Going @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  As a follow-up to my last post on chronic suicidality, I thought I’d mention some...

More Than Just a Faith Promoting Sports Rumor: Jimmer in Shanghai @ Mormanity
  -  When you attend church services in the Shanghai branches, you never know who you'll meet....

Choking on Life @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  It was junior high when I first started thinking about how I’d really prefer not to...

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

The Church in a Changing World: Robert Griffiths Answers the Question, "What if I'm Uncomfortable with the Church's Position on Social Issues? @ Mormanity
  -  The author of the guest post below, Robert D. Griffiths, is one of the most impressive...

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...

Uto-Aztecan and Its Connection to Near Eastern Languages, Part 3: The Egyptian Infusion, Plus the Explanatory Power of Stubbs' Framework @ Mormanity
  -  In Part 1 and Part 2 of this series, we introduced examples of cognates characteristic of...

Uto-Aztecan and Its Connection to Near Eastern Languages, Part 2: Evidence of a Second Semitic Infusion @ Mormanity
  -  In yesterday's post, "Uto-Aztecan and Its Connection to Near Eastern Languages, Part 1: A...

New/Forthcoming books of Interest @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  Update: Between now and Dec 5, get 5$ off any physical Amazon book order of 15$ or more....

Uto-Aztecan and Its Connection to Near Eastern Languages, Part 1: A Credible Proposal from Brian Stubbs? @ Mormanity
  -  In a previous post, "Bigger Than Nahom?," I mentioned that the "next big thing" in LDS...

The Fundamental Optimism of Apocalypse @ Peculiar People
  -  Today, we have a guest post from my friend Cameron Neilsen. Please note that this was...

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

BoM Gospel Doctrine Lesson 45-46: Ether @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  A few general notes about the Book of Ether. First, unlike the other two Book of Mormon...

The Ambulance Never Came @ Mormanity
  -  I usually walk or ride my bike to and from work, but on a cool rainy night recently, I...

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...

The Trump Supporter Next Door @ Peculiar People
  -  If you’ve been following the Peculiar People column over the past few months,...

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

The Case for Hillary Clinton and a Mormon Stance on Abortion @ Peculiar People
  -  It’s no secret that Mormons don’t like Donald Trump. So I was surprised a few...

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...

Why I’m Fasting for Hillary Clinton @ Peculiar People
  -  On the first Sunday of every month, Mormons all over the world abstain from food and...

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...

Not a Democracy, Not a Dictatorship: My Big Fat Mormon Family @ Peculiar People
  -  U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg famously suggested moving to New Zealand...

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...

Debate #1: No Contest (at Least in a Rational World) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   So, along with 84 million other Americans, I watched Monday’s presidential debate. It...

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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What the Numbers Suggest about Premortal Spirit Birth and Postmortal Polygamy @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   I have an article coming out in the next issue of Dialoguebased on three installments of...

Sheldon Cooper and the Immortality and Eternal Life of Man @ Small and Simple
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Taylor Petrey and the Boundaries of a Generous Orthodoxy @ Small and Simple
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Why I Don't Believe Joseph Smith Translated the Book of Mormon (and Why You Don't Either) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   Nearly every fast Sunday in my ward, someone (usually a Primary child) comes to the...

Us vs. Them: The Battle to Change Tactics @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   I’ve done a lot of thinking about my mission in recent months. That happens when you...

Trump’s Threat to Mormons @ Peculiar People
  -  Donald Trump poses a unique threat to the interests, freedom, and safety of the Mormon...

The Hillary Clinton You Don't Know @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   I spent part of last week in the wind and the sand at Lake Powell, baking and watching...

The Real Reason Harry Potter Helps Us Resist Donald’s Hate. @ Peculiar People
  -  In the wake of a Republican National Convention that has left many shaken –...

The Grand Old National Socialist Party @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   I watched parts of the Republican National Convention this week. I endured all 75...

Where Now, GOP? @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   Well, the circus has started. I’ve been listening to the Republican National...

Some Thoughts on Apologetics and Antiapologetics @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   You might think this topic has very little to do with my last post, but in my mind they...

Hell and Zion: A Review of “Undertale” @ Peculiar People
  -    Note: Undertale is a game best experienced without spoilers; I include some...

The Difficulty of Deciphering Spiritual Communication @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   This post and the next are intended to provide some sort of context for many topics I...

Why Should We Trust Anything on Family Search? @ 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...

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

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

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...

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,...

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...