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Science: "How a Mormon Lawyer Transformed Mesoamerican Archaeology—and Ended Up Losing His Faith" @ Mormanity
  -  Lizzie Wade, an excellent science writer with impressive experience and credentials (see...

Dog Tale @ Segullah
  -  Photo by Karen D. Austin “Please, Mom. I promise that I’ll feed the dog, walk the...

Remembering Thomas S. Monson: The Painful Obituary from the New York Times @ Mormanity
  -  Scott Gordon at FairMormon.org offers a firm but gentle rebuke to the New York Times for...

Tell us about your best spiritual habit @ Segullah
  -  Ask anyone, “Do you want to be a good person or a bad person?” and pretty...

Old Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 3: Moses 1:27-42; 2:1-31; 3:1-25 @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  This is the first of my Old Testament Gospel Doctrine posts. (Yes, it’s Lesson 3....

Genesis 2-3, a New Kinda “Translation” @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  Several years ago, I was involved in the Mormon Theology Seminar on Genesis 2-3. The...

An Agenda for President Nelson’s First 40 Days in Office @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  Day 1: Demote Dieter F. Uchtdorf to regular old member of the Quorum of the Twelve. Day...

One Mormon Feminist’s Thoughts on the New First Presidency @ Peculiar People
  -  A friend recently asked me to share my thoughts on Russell M. Nelson’s appointment...

The Space Between @ Segullah
  -  I was okay driving to the cabin, even though it was the first time back since he...

Whither Mormonism?   @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  Two Mormon-related events in the past week have shaken me up a little. On one level,...

A Surprise in Alma 7:11 @ Mormanity
  -  Thomas Wayment's "The Hebrew Text of Alma 7:11" in Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 14/1...

January 2018 Editorial and Table of Contents @ Segullah
  -  By now the Christmas tree is down and the ornaments are packed away. By now the...

Interview with Featured Artist Shushana Rucker @ Segullah
  -  Interview with Featured Artist Shushana Rucker By Linda Hoffman Kimball, MFA LHK: Thank...

Excerpt from Prayers in Bath @ Segullah
  -    Chapter One Julia leans her forehead against the bus window; its cold glass is a...

“Hyacinth” by Annie Wiederhold @ Segullah
  -  “Hyacinth” by Annie Wiederhold The black roof and spires disappeared into the ashy...

In The Bleak @ Segullah
  -  In the bleak Midwinter, we do our dishes, and our laundry, pray to our god, and wait...

Hairdos and Don’t’s @ Segullah
  -  She would have me kneel in front of her, asking please hold still, while she yanked the...

Explaining MLK Day to my Kindergartner @ Segullah
  -  Last week my 5-year-old daughter came home from kindergarten and showed me her Martin...

Mormonism and the challenges of Science, Revelation, and Faith at UVU @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  UVU’s annual Mormon Studies Conference will be held (and streamed!) February...

Economic Insanity: Chapter 5 (part 2) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  Of Course the Rich Are Getting Richer (Part 2)The Irrelevance of Right and LeftNeither...

The New York Times Thomas Monson Obituary and Fake News @ Small and Simple
  -  The president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently died, and the...

The Non-Clickbait Follow-up on Genesis 1 @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -    So, here’s the background of my click-bait post. I address several of these...

The Valley of Alma and Another Candidate for Janus Parallelism in the Book of Mormon @ Mormanity
  -  In my last post, I offered an update to my article at the Interpreter on Janus...

Update on Tentative Proposals for Janus Parallelism in the Book of Mormon @ Mormanity
  -  About a year ago I published several articles here at Mormanity on the topic of Janus...

Economic Insanity: Chapter 5 (part 1) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  Of Course the Rich Are Getting Richer (Part 1)Often there is one pay system for...

Following a Prophet Who Lacks Charisma @ Peculiar People
  -  When I taught writing courses at Brigham Young University, President Monson always...

Lengthening Our Stride: Globalization of the Church: A Valuable Book for the Increasingly International Church @ Mormanity
  -  The day I learned of the passing away of President Monson was a rainy day here in...

Bringing the Good I Have, and Moving Forward @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  President Hinckley once encouraged those not of the LDS faith, “ . . . we say in a...

Yearly Church President Probabilities for Current Q15 Members @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  As a supplement to yesterday’s post, I’ve made the graph below that shows the...

Church President Probability Changes with President Monson’s Death @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  As you are no doubt aware, President Monson passed away Tuesday evening. As I have before...

A Click-Bait Listicle: Seven Things You Didn’t Know about Genesis chapter 1! @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  I hate click-baity listicles, especially the ones that make you click for each new...

DNA Science vs. Scripture: The Book of Mormon is Not the Only Target for Confused Attacks @ Mormanity
  -  Misunderstanding of both DNA-related science and the nature of the Book of Mormon led to...

Nacle Notebook 2017: Funny Comments @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  This post is my annual compilation of the funniest comments I’ve read on the...

Ring Out, Mild Bells! @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  The Curriculum Department has received a number of complaints that Hymn #215 was...

Perfect College Football Playoff System: 2017 Version @ Small and Simple
  -  Several years ago I published to the world the perfect college football playoff system. ...

Old Testament Resources Part 4: History and Culture @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  First, there’s a Kindle sale on some John Walton books I recommend, including some...

The Reckless Love of God   @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  I suspect that a message that most human beings absorb growing up is that we should...

Christmas Coincidences, or the Blessings of Bureaucracy @ Mormanity
  -  If we were more skilled in listening to inspiration from the Lord and more diligent in...

A Christmas Plug @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  One of the best ways for laypeople to learn about the history, text, interpretation,...

Two Christmas Gifts in the Same Week, After Months of Worry and Prayer @ Mormanity
  -  There are two people we have been especially worried about for the past five months or...

Reading the Early Chapters of Genesis- Podcast and Followup @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  LDS Perspectives interviewed me about my book on Genesis 1, which is still in progress....

“That which is Demonstrated, We Accept with Joy”: Mormons, Scripture, and Evolution @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  You might have noticed an op-ed on Mormonism and evolution in the Salt Lake Tribune by...

A Faith Less Angsty @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  For most of my life, my religious beliefs have been both deeply meaningful to me, and a...

The Buzz from Sweet Cozumel @ Mormanity
  -  This summer my wife's family had a brief family reunion on a ship that went from Miami to...

Moderate Worship Losing Ground @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  While it’s not really new news, Sociological Science had an interesting story on how...

Leaked Memo on the Effects of Non-Priesthood Cooties (NPC) @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  In the wake of the Church’s recent announcement that young women will be allowed to...

Clarifying the Principle of Confession @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  The LDS practice of male Church leaders holding interviews with youth has been in the...

Ward Council Thinking, Fast and Slow @ Mormanity
  -  At a recent branch council meeting for the Shanghai Branch, one of three branches for...

How do we Eradicate Pedophile Culture? @ Peculiar People
  -  My grandmother was a child bride. Married at 14 after giving birth to twins, she spent...

Old Testament Resources Part 3: Paradigm Changers (Updated)) @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  Update: I’ve put together a collection of samples from these books. First, note...

Fabulous Gift for Book of Mormon Fans: Watch Lehi in Arabia for Free @ Mormanity
  -  Perhaps the single best book related to Book of Mormon evidence is Warren Aston's Lehi...

A Thanksgiving Gift: Our Maid Is Out of Jail, At Last @ Mormanity
  -  Just a few days after Thanksgiving came a gift we have been praying for daily over the...

Freedom to Be Thankful For: My Pilgrimmage to Xiaogang, Birthplace of China's Latest Revolution @ Mormanity
  -  One of the most touching and courageous moments in China's recent history is depicted in...

Economic Insanity: Chapter 4 (part 2) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  When Speed Looks Like Growth (Part 2)The Technological TrapEver-increasing productivity...

Common Features in Written Languages and the Anthon Transcript @ Mormanity
  -  Michael Price's news story, "Why Written Languages Look Alike the World Over" in Science...

Economic Insanity: Chapter 4 (part 1) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  When Speed Looks Like Growth (Part 1)Nothing in the modern workplace, and very little in...

Yemen Needs Your Help As Millions Face Starvation (Another Fruit of the "Military-Industrial Swamplex") @ Mormanity
  -  Many of you have heard about the stunning archaeological site in Yemen found by a German...

John Gee's Introduction to the Book of Abraham: A Lifetime of Book of Abraham Scholarship Distilled into a Valuable Book for a Broad Audience @ Mormanity
  -  It was a pleasure to read John Gee's recently published An Introduction to the Book of...

The Council of the Gods in the Book of Mormon: Can You Help Me Find the Best Sources for Joseph's Plagiarism? @ Mormanity
  -  Book of Mormon critics have been working hard to identify sources that Joseph Smith might...

Book Review: An American Sickness @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  If there is one book you should read in the coming months, it is Elisabeth Rosenthal’s...

A Rookie Mistake in Forging an Ancient Document @ Mormanity
  -  Biblical Archaeology Review just shared an interesting story on a purportedly ancient...

Philosophy, Science and Religion: The Divine Hiddenness Argument @ Small and Simple
  -  The fourth week of the Coursera course on Philosophy, Science and Religion focuses on the...

Economic Insanity: Chapter 3 (part 2) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  Not EverythingThat Grows Is Good (Part 2)Our Outrageous Demand for ProfitsIt is important...

The Secret Behind Guanxi: Earned Trust @ Mormanity
  -  In China, everything in the business world and in much of life seems to be based on...

Economic Insanity: Chapter 3 (part 1) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  Not EverythingThat Grows Is GoodGrowth of healthy organisms is a natural phenomenon, but...

Apologetics: Still an Important Tool in Strenghtening Faith @ Mormanity
  -  Over at MormonInterpreter.com, Steven T. Densley, Jr. in "Should We Apologize for...

Andrew White: Sexual Harassment and a Cautionary Tale About People Who Condone it @ Peculiar People
  -  So, I haven’t really been excited about the “me too” thing going around...

Canadian Mormons by Roy and Carma Prete: Interview with the Authors by Erin Gazdik @ Mormanity
  -  A valuable new contribution to the history of the Latter-day Saints will be published...

Economic Insanity: Chapter 2 @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  Consumerism: A Perfect CircleThat’s Empty in the Middle[Note: This chapter seems a bit...

Learning from Russell M. Nelson's Response to an Inspired Recommendation from President Kimball @ Mormanity
  -  In the October 2017 General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day...

Kneeling for the Anthem, Temple Garments, and the Danger of Misinterpreting Symbols @ Peculiar People
  -    Months after Colin Kaepernick first started kneeling for the Anthem, I think...

Settling an Old Score with Lisbon -- and Learning from Portugal's Religious Toleration @ Mormanity
  -  In 1984, I had a great but somewhat disastrous trip to Portugal. A few things went...

I Mourn for My Country @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  Tonight I mourn for my country. I mourn for those who lost their lives or were injured in...

Recycled High Council Stuff @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  I'll get back to Economic Insanity with the next post, but some of the conference talks...

Philosophy, Science and Religion: Friendly Disagreement, Testimonial Knowledge, and the Importance of Fellowship @ Small and Simple
  -  The third week of the Coursera course on Philosophy, Science and Religion addresses...

Artificial Intelligence and the Nature of Intelligence in LDS Theology @ Mormanity
  -  In Amsterdam, where I have been for the past few days, I just attended a...

Economic Insanity: Chapter 1 @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  Part 1Questioning the SystemWhen he was young Phædrus used to think about cows and pigs...

When Progressive Mormonism Becomes a Secular Religion @ Peculiar People
  -  Author’s note: in my last post, I discussed similarities between Christianity and...

The religious fervor of progressive (Mormon) social media @ Peculiar People
  -  In the days following white nationalist violence in Charlottesville, many progressive...

Philosophy, Science and Religion: The Conflict Between Science and Religion @ Small and Simple
  -  In the second week of the Coursera course on Philosophy, Science and Religion, professor...

Philosophy, Science and Religion: The Mind and The Religious Experience @ Small and Simple
  -  I am taking an online course through Coursera on Philosophy, Science and Religion.  In...

Economic Insanity: Introduction @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  Twenty-two years ago, Berrett-Koehler Publishers in San Francisco published my book...

Questions, Doubts, and Faith Crises @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   By all accounts, quite a few Mormons are leaving the faith, and many more are...

Taking a Gamble on Prayer @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   I don’t know about you, but most of my prayers are not answered in the way I want....

Testimony and the Spiritual Experience @ Small and Simple
  -  I was raised in the religious tradition of my parents, which happens to be The Church of...

Trump Is the Best Thing That Could Have Happened to America @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   If you’ve been reading this blog for the past year, you are probably wondering if...

On the Arguments of Ruthie Robertson @ Small and Simple
  -  Ruthie Robertson is the recently fired instructor at BYU Idaho.  She made a face book...

There, but for the grace of . . . @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   A few months ago, a new family moved into a rental home up the street. For several...

Why that Peaceful Feeling? @ Peculiar People
  -  When I was younger, I developed a paradoxical fear of the Holy Ghost. You see, it...

A Letter for My Someday-Teenage Children @ Peculiar People
  -  I write all of this to you, my...

Bows, Arrows & the Book of Mormon @ Mormon Metaphysics
  -  This is just a “holder” post for a discussion I was having over whether...

Hijacking Testimony Meeting for Activism @ Small and Simple
  -  Through the wonders of facebook I was able to view a video shared by the brother of a...

A Hundred Years from Now @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  Before reading below, please listen to this audio file:Now the back story. I have this...

Confederate Symbols and the Black Flag of ISIS: Two Sides of the Same Coin @ Peculiar People
  -  A terrorist symbol looms over my hometown. It stands for an intolerant, un-American...

No, Basketball Fans, LeBron James is Not Better than Michael Jordan @ Small and Simple
  -  To begin with I will state something that should not be necessary but often is.  Just...

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...

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...

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

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

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...

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...

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...

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...