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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...

The Unwritten Rules of Group Fitness Classes @ Segullah
  -  Photo Credit: Army Medicine via Creative Commons I’ve spent over a decade attending...

Chastity and Consent @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  CW: General discussion of sexual assault  When I was a teenager, my Utah County ward had...

Doing the Thing You Fear Doing @ Segullah
  -  I gave my university students a writing prompt recently: write about something you...

What the ZD Community Means to Me @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  This is going to be a cheesy, navel-gazing post. You can stop reading now. You’ve been...

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...

October Editorial and Table of Contents @ Segullah
  -  October is crisp – at least in the Northern Hemisphere. Bright yellow aspen or ruby red...

Interview with Artist Brittany Long Olsen @ Segullah
  -  Please share some basic biographical information about your life, family-of-origin,...

The Beauty of Being Known @ Segullah
  -  I. I’d had this conversation enough times to form a pattern. First, focus on the...

Refuge @ Segullah
  -  There’s a woman across the sea I’ve never met— not in this life. I imagine she’s...

Grandmother @ Segullah
  -    First, choose expensive stationery (this will make the receiver feel guilty). But...

Remembering Katie @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -   I don’t actually remember the first time I met Katie. I know what time period it...

Filling My Mind with Truth – Sideways @ Segullah
  -  Parable of the Sower Throughout the scriptures Christ teaches with parables. “A sower...

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...

Fill Your Mind With Truth: Your Feelings and Emotions Are Not the Same Thing @ Segullah
  -  Truth, lies, and surprise. I was blind-sided yesterday. I showed my bleeding heart and...

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

Excerpt from Featured Writer Rosalyn Eves: Chapter Lost Crow Conspiracy @ Segullah
  -  Vienna, May 1848 There is a feeling a hunted creature gets: a prickling of fine hairs at...

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...

Heartbreaking News @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  As many of you have heard, one of our bloggers was killed by a drunk driver last night....

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...

“Reading the Old Testament in Context” Fireside in San Antonio Tx, Nov 11 @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  My Oct. 8 fireside in Claremont will be repeated in San Antonio, Tx on Saturday November...

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...

The Only Woman in the Room @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  I work at a tech company. I’m in a non-technical position, but in a field...

Repeat of “Reading the Old Testament in Context” Fireside, in Rochester MN @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  My Oct. 8 fireside in Claremont will be repeated in Rochester MN on October 22. (Flyer)...

Philosophy, Science and Religion: Friendly Disagreement, Testimonial Knowledge, and the Importance of Fellowship @ Small and Simple
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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...

Book of Mormon people’s names my parents give to me! @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  In my last post, I looked at how often children in Utah, Idaho, and Arizona are named...

Fireside Oct. 8 on Reading the Old Testament in Context @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  If you live in the Los Angeles area, I’ll be giving a fireside on October 8,...

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

New Gospel Topics Essay @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  ZD is pleased to share this post from Moss. In theology and practice, BYU Dining Services...

Prayer and the Journey of Two Thousand Kilometers That Begins the Thousand Kilometer Trip @ Mormanity
  -  According to a modern Chinese proverb, a journey of a thousand kilometers begins with a...

15 Observations from a Compulsive Church-Hopper @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  As some of you know, I’ve recently found myself engaged in the project of visiting as...

Follow the Prophet(‘s Name) @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  Do Mormons name our kids after the current Church President? I’ve known some people...

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
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A Correlated Excerpt from the Sermon on the Mount @ Zelophehad's Daughters
  -  It has come to the attention of the Church Correlation Department that many parts of the...

Provident Living Just Got Harder, Courtesy of Equifax: Some Steps You Can Take (Hint: You Need a Credit Freeze) @ Mormanity
  -  Equifax is one of three large credit agencies that provide a valuable public service....

Philosophy, Science and Religion: The Mind and The Religious Experience @ Small and Simple
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Fifty Years of Chiasmus in the Book of Mormon: The Story of Its Discovery @ Mormanity
  -  One of my favorite stories from the world of Book of Mormon studies is the discovery of...

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

Heroic Salt Lake Woman Stands Up for Law, Order, and a Patient's Rights -- and Gets Arrested by Salt Lake Police @ Mormanity
  -  I am a law and order guy. I was raised in a family with a mother who had a "Support Your...

Ancient Temples, Shrines, and Altars Outside of Jerusalem @ Mormanity
  -  An old argument against the Book of Mormon is that no self-respecting Hebrew would even...

Evolution and the Fall @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  I received a trio of books recently, so I’m providing some brief thoughts on what...

The Human Cost of Drawing People Away from Faith @ Mormanity
  -  Anti-Mormon zeal brings a high human cost, in my opinion. Sometimes I see people who seem...

Elder Holland on LDS Apologetics @ Mormanity
  -  Recent weeks have been interesting for the unofficial, highly heterogeneous and sometimes...

Thinking About Marriage: Dietrich Bonhoeffer @ Mormanity
  -  Elder D. Todd Christofferson's 2015 General Conference talk, "Why Marriage, Why Family,"...

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

On Elder Hamula @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  You have likely heard that a member of the 70 was recently released and excommunicated....

Science and Mormonism: An Insight from LDS.org and an Update on the So-Called 1910 "First Presidency Statement" @ Mormanity
  -  Science and religion are two independent witnesses of God's Creation, according to a...

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
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FairMormon 2017 Conference, Day Two @ Mormanity
  -  Day two of the FairMormon 2017 Conference offered another series of outstanding speakers...

FairMormon, Some Papers, and Books @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  My FairMormon presentation reiterated parts of two previous papers I have presented. That...

The FairMormon 2017 Conference, Day One @ Mormanity
  -  Today was my first time attending the FairMormon Conference. The 2017 event is being held...

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...

Announcement: MI Seminar Conference on Thursday @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  The Maxwell Institute Seminar draws to an end with a public conference this Thursday....

Unncessary Attacks, Part 2: In Defense of Grant Hardy @ Mormanity
  -  My previous post responded to Duane Boyce's critique of some modern LDS scholars who...

Kenton Sparks on Genre @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  In the LDS Perspectives podcast, I alluded to this passage from Kenton Sparks’...

An Unnecessary Attack on Faithful LDS Scholars: Does Prophetic Fallibility Matter? @ Mormanity
  -  A faithful call to respect the prophets and take them more seriously is the intent of...

On the Arguments of Ruthie Robertson @ Small and Simple
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The End of the Bill of Rights? Civil Asset Forefeiture in the US @ Mormanity
  -  Burglars and other crooks across the United States manage to seize around $4 billion a...

Podcast post @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  I was interviewed last year for the LDS Perspectives podcast, which I recommend. Therein,...

Pressing Forward @ Mormanity
  -  At a recent meeting of the BYU Management Society, Shanghai Chapter, our speaker was...

Truth, Scripture, and Interpretation of Genesis: A Conference Preview @ Benjamin the Scribe
  -  In a little less than a month, I’ll be speaking at the FAIRMormon Conference in...

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...

The Miraculous Feeding in 3 Nephi 20: Intensified Over Mark, Who Intensifies an Elisha Theme @ Mormanity
  -  In preparing my recent paper on the longer ending of Mark and its implications for the...

An Ayi for an Eye: The Tragic Story of Our Maid, Now in Jail @ Mormanity
  -  As I contemplate the blessings of freedom on this Fourth of July here in China, there is...

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

Another Surprise in the Dictated Language of the Book of Mormon @ Mormanity
  -  For those of you following the surprising findings regarding the language of the Book of...

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
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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...

Bible Scholar Breaks Ranks and Reverses His Views on the Ending of Mark Based on Evidence @ Mormanity
  -  The progress of scholarship can be painfully slow when established paradigms are wrong....

No, Basketball Fans, LeBron James is Not Better than Michael Jordan @ Small and Simple
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A Shanghai Testimony on the Hidden Wisdom Behind Callings @ Mormanity
  -  In the fast and testimony meeting held yesterday in one of the Shanghai branches, I heard...

Trump and NATO: Lessons from Ancient Greece @ Peculiar People
  -  The demise of an alliance in Ancient Greece warns of the dangers of angering our partners...

America Needs Mitt Romney @ Peculiar People
  -  A Senator Romney could stand up to Donald Trump without losing his seat. America needs...

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...

First-Order Myopia: What Donald Trump Can Learn from Joseph Smith @ Peculiar People
  -  Joseph Smith’s life was cut short because he failed to look beyond first-order...

An Argument for the Incompatibility of Free Will and God’s Absolute Foreknowledge @ Small and Simple
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Let's Talk Taxes @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  Since it’s income tax day, let’s talk taxes. Of course nobody likes to pay taxes, but...

Science the Key to Theology: My New book @ Mormon Organon
  -   Cross Posted at BCC. This book is unusual. In more ways than one. Well, maybe in more...

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...

There Are a Lot of Counterfeits Out There, What’s in Your Wallet? @ Small and Simple
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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...

What is the Distinction Between the Elder and High Priest Office? @ Small and Simple
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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...

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...

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...

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

The Stories We Believe @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -   On Groundhog Day this year, The New Yorker ran an article by Jiayang Fan1 that recounted...

Welcome to the USAF @ Mormonomics & Mormonethics
  -  No, I’m not welcoming you to the flying branch of the military. I’m referring to the...

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

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...

Peck Book Gift Giving Guide @ Mormon Organon
  -  So once again you are wrestling with the seasonal conundrum of which of my books to give...

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...

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...

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...

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...