Introverts in an Extrovert’s World: A Review of “Quiet”

Sometimes I actually read books that are not Mormon History Books believe it or not and the latest one is about introverts. It is a book about people like me! The fact that Susan Cain‘s Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking has become so popular (NYT best seller) is a great thing. It is clear...

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Review: Royal Skousen and Robin Scott Jensen, eds., The Joseph Smith Papers, Revelations and Translations, Volume 3: Parts 1-2, Printer’s Manuscript of the Book of Mormon

Review: Royal Skousen and Robin Scott Jensen, eds., The Joseph Smith Papers, Revelations and Translations, Volume 3: Parts 1-2, Printer’s Manuscript of the Book of Mormon (Salt Lake City: The Church Historian’s Press, 2015), Part 1, xxxvi+539 pp.; Part 2, 437 pp.   The newest volume in the Revelations and Translations series...

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69: Top Ten Books on Mormon History – Religion of a Different Color

http://media.blubrry.com/rationalfaiths/p/rationalfaiths.com/podcast/69TopTenBooks-DifferentColor.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS The only book dealing directly and only with the concept of race and racism in the list is a work published this year by Oxford University Press and written...

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65: Top Ten Books on Mormon History – More Wives Than One

http://media.blubrry.com/rationalfaiths/p/rationalfaiths.com/podcast/65TopTenBooks-MoreWives.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Polygamy, polygamy, polygamy! We can’t get enough of polygamy! Nohing has captured the attention of the world about Mormons more than the practice of...

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Review of Religion of a Different Color

Jul 09, 15 Review of Religion of a Different Color

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When J. Kameron Carter, one of the more compelling theologians of black spirituality today, was asked about the shooting of Trayvon Martin, he argued that Christianity must “reckon with the fact of how our churches in many ways reproduces the very social structures that created the conditions for what happened.” The world in which...

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The Politics of American Religious Identity: The Seating of Senator Reed Smoot, Mormon Apostle – Reviewed

Jun 08, 15 The Politics of American Religious Identity: The Seating of Senator Reed Smoot, Mormon Apostle – Reviewed

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A turning point for the LDS church and American religious liberty is recorded and analyzed in Kathleen Flakes’ The Politics of American Religious Identity and was the 4 years of public scrutiny of Apostle/Senator Reed Smoot and more importantly the LDS church. This account marks a shift in practice and preaching within the...

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60: The Council of 50 – A Documentary History

May 16, 15 60: The Council of 50 – A Documentary History

Posted by in Book Reviews, Featured, Interviews, Podcast

http://media.blubrry.com/rationalfaiths/p/rationalfaiths.com/podcast/60CouncilofYTFIF.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Ever heard about a Council of 50 men in the Mormon church that was discussing an invention of liquid fire that could destroy an army or a navy? Did you know there was a...

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55: Top Ten Books on Mormon History – Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling

http://media.blubrry.com/rationalfaiths/p/rationalfaiths.com/podcast/55TopTenBooks-RSR.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Okay so this one breaks the criteria a little bit, well let’s just say it bends the rules by being on the longer side of things. Rough Stone Rolling is a hefty...

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The End of Apologetics: Christian Witness in a Postmodern Context

In The End of Apologetics: Christian Witness in a Postmodern Context, author Myron Bradley Penner presents a vivid anecdote pertaining to the kind of Christian witness he would like to see ended. He recounts the story of John, a “self-described atheist-Roman Catholic” and philosophy professor who regarded his loss of faith as a...

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Lest They Be Converted: Mark’s Messianic Secret

While we are studying the New Testament in Gospel Doctrines; get ready! This is not your typical Gospel Doctrines lesson… While teaching a New Testament class last year at the community college where I work, I stumbled upon the following verse in Mark: “That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear,...

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