Joseph: The Keystone of Canonizable Revelation

By my count Joseph Smith has added 868 pages to the LDS canon by means of the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price. All other prophets since Joseph have accumulated a grand total of 13 pages by means of the Doctrine and Covenants and Official Declarations. Perhaps the drought of canonized...

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Biblical Inerrancy and the Book of Mormon

Biblical Inerrancy and the Book of Mormon: Creating a Platform for LDS/Evangelical Dialogue by Michelle G. Wiener Question: Is there room for the Book of Mormon within the theological framework of “biblical inerrancy”? Recently the following paragraph from my essay “Two Lampstands: Two Branches” featured in Rational Faiths...

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The King James Bible in the Book of Moses, Part I

With the recent publication of David Bokovoy’s Authoring the Old Testament: Genesis-Deuteronomy, many have wondered to what extent the Bible has had influence on the Book of Moses. The discussion has mainly revolved around the parts of the text that are obvious revisions of the Genesis creation chapters (Genesis 1, 2-3) that...

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What are the doctrines of the Priesthood?

If you are looking at the length of this post and thinking tl;dr then please just click here to jump to the heart of the post. Mormon gender roles and the Ordain Women movement have been in the news recently. Most arguments I’ve seen used to denounce the movement is that their goal is contrary to the doctrine of the...

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Old Testament Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha

One of the most exciting things to discuss and study in religion for me has always been Jewish apocryphal and pseudepigraphic literature.[i] Some of the most beautiful literary works I have read are found in the Jewish writings outside of the Hebrew Bible, but roughly contemporary to the books written last (ca. 300-150 BCE) in that...

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So you say you want a Revolution

“ We have learned by sad experience that it is the nature and disposition of almost all men, as soon as they get a little authority, as they suppose, they will immediately begin to exercise unrighteous dominion.” Doctrine & Covenants 121:39 Few things in life distort the relationship of communities and society more than...

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Bob Marley is Scripture to Me

**This is in no way exhaustive and is meant for discussion purposes** What is scripture? This question came up while I was reading weird stories from the Old Testament a few weeks back and I started to wonder. I pondered and studied the question privately and then started asking around. You’ve heard the quip, “Ask two Jews,...

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Joseph Smith’s Polygamy, Volume 2: History – A Book Review

NOTE: This is a review of only Volume 2.   To read my review of Volume 1, click here. Joseph Smith’s Polygamy, Volume 2: History  –  A Book Review “We obeyed [the command to practice plural marriage] the best we knew how, and, no doubt, made many crooked paths in our ignorance.” Amasa M. Lyman With the...

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Infallibility of the Arm of the Flesh – Milgram part one

This is the first of a series of posts of Latter-day lessons from the Milgram experiments. If you are unfamiliar with the Milgram experiments, you can see a video of it here. I should give some quick definitions for the experiment. The “Experimenter” is the person running the experiment and giving commands to the...

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Herrings

My cousin posted this article on his Facebook wall this week. It’s a pretty typical post for the demographic subgroup that is “members of Jared’s immediate and extended family”, and it’s pretty innocuous in its own right. Most of my family, friends, and acquaintances are, after all, Mormons. Ergo...

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