More Islands and Atolls

While You Are Sleeping @ Segullah
  -  Mom, it’s a Wednesday afternoon and I am sitting in your wheelchair, bumped up...

A Bit of News @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  I’ve got some public speaking coming up, and I’m excited. First, I’ll...

March 2017 Editorial @ Segullah
  -   You may notice that Segullah looks a little bit different these days. As the weather...

Dear Body @ Segullah
  -  A repeated theme has been appearing as of late. And it’s you. And my soul’s gentle...

An Interview with Featured Writer Melissa Leilani Larson @ Segullah
  -  Melissa Leilani Larson by Rick Stone Set the scene for us with a brief character sketch:...

Melissa Leilani Larson’s Pilot Program, an excerpt @ Segullah
  -  The play PILOT PROGRAM is a supposition in which Abigail and Jacob Husten are asked to be...

Featured Artist Beth Allen’s Artist Statement @ Segullah
  -   Bio: I was born in Utah, raised in Texas and Arizona. I have been making art as long as...

A Hillbilly, a Professor, and a Mormon Mayor Walk into a (Dry) Bar . . . @ Peculiar People
  -  The experience Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams gained on his Mormon mission helped him...

Big Mother Is Watching You @ Segullah
  -   My son who just graduated from high school decided he was going to drive 630 miles by...

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...

MY BOOK OF MIRACLES BIG AND SMALL @ Segullah
  -  Since I’m ‘Under the Sea’ with ‘The Little ‘Mermaid’...

The Creation and God's Love: Hints from a Surprise Encounter with a Geologist @ Mormanity
  -  On Sunday I'll be speaking at District Conference for the the Shanghai International...

Exploring the Episcopal Church @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  Several months ago I decided, for the umpteenth time in my life, that I needed a break...

What is the Distinction Between the Elder and High Priest Office? @ Small and Simple
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MOTHERGUILT @ Segullah
  -  I have six children — four biological, two adopted. The oldest is 38 and the...

Suffering: Is Hell Hotter Than Hot Yoga? @ Segullah
  -  First hot Bikram yoga class. Thirty-five minutes in. Me: a sweat-soaked rag doll folded...

Cabbie Fail: A New Convert Learns the Blessings of Kindness @ Mormanity
  -  Yesterday a new convert in one of the Shanghai area branches shared a story she...

Mormons and Free Trade @ Peculiar People
  -  Despite a rocky history, Mormons have come to love free trade. They should keep...

What Vox got wrong about Jon Huntsman @ Peculiar People
  -  Why did Trump pick Huntsman as Ambassador to Russia? The reasons are many.  On March 9,...

Transitional Mormonism, Part 2: An Earlier Transition @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  What do I mean by “transitional Mormonism”? (Part 1 is here if you missed...

Oaks vs. Oaks: First Cousins and LDS General Authorities Square Off @ Peculiar People
  -  Elders Dallin H. Oaks and Robert C. Oaks may have the same grandparents, but their...

If Thomas Friedman were Mormon . . . @ Peculiar People
  -  The New York Times columnist would love the Church’s Global Education Initiative,...

I’m bored of white men @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  White men are 31% of the US population, but hold 65% of elected offices in the United...

Slot Machines and Video Games: What You Need to Know About Their Addictive Design @ Mormanity
  -  The lives of some people very close to me have been shaken by one man's long-denied...

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...

China's False God of Basketball Is Actually a Terrific Guy and Now China's MVP: Kudos to Jimmer Fredette @ Mormanity
  -  When I was young, I used to wonder why people would worship false gods. But at this stage...

Eternal Misfit (Part 2 of 3) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   This is a short story I wrote a few years ago that was published in Dialogue. I’ve...

Conversation with an Antique Map Dealer (and Acquisition of My First Antique Map) @ Mormanity
  -  On something of a whim, my wife and I met up with an Australian map dealer while he was...

Eternal Misfit (Part 1 of 3) @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   This is a short story I wrote a few years ago that was published in Dialogue. I’ll...

My Contribution to the SMPT Conference at Claremont @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  The Society for Mormon Philosophy and Theology will hold a conference at Claremont, March...

Evidence At Last: The Many Aspects of John Lloyd Stephens' Work That Strengthened Mormons in the 1840s @ Mormanity
  -  A delightful trend in modern Book of Mormon criticism today is to scour books, articles,...

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...

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,...

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...

Happy Valentine’s Day from the Trump Administration @ Zelophehad's Daughters
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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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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...

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

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

ONE and Heifer International in Malawi: A Photo Essay @ Patheos
  -   This past May, ONE and Heifer International took a group of likeminded writers to...

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'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...

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

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,...