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Were Laman and Lemuel Deuteronomists?

July 27th, 2015 by G.

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July 27th, 2015 08:03:57

Why does the Book of Mormon (apparently) work better than The Bible as an instrument of conversion in the modern West?

July 14th, 2015 by Bruce Charlton

Why does the Book of Mormon (apparently) work better than The Bible as an instrument of conversion in the modern West? (more…)

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July 14th, 2015 06:10:00

Hidden Christianities

March 24th, 2015 by G.

Bruce Charlton has an endearing post (I hope he doesn’t mind us calling it endearing) about the possibility of some hidden Christian pre-history for his native soil.

As I grow older, I find this kind of thing more likely.  Marriages, friendships, cultures, projects–they all have an inner life and meaning that isn’t accessible to observers.  A demand that our history be open and public and accessible is a demand that it not be true.

I have also come to believe in the hidden Christianity of many human hearts.  The Great God Tash often crouches, and pounces, and shakes his mane.

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March 24th, 2015 14:23:05

Whiplash

January 23rd, 2015 by MC

A few nights ago, in the sleepy haze that follows nightly prayer but precedes full unconsciousness, Mrs. MC and I discussed how we discipline our kids, what we might change, etc. Nowadays, no right-thinking parent ever defends corporal punishment, even if they sometimes practice it. It’s time outs, privileges withheld, that’s it.  (more…)

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January 23rd, 2015 02:02:03

Books about the Book of Mormon.

October 14th, 2014 by Bookslinger

Here are some books about the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith. (Written from a faithful persepctive.)

Doubleday edition of The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ (Hardcover). ISBN 038551316X. This is a recent, but not the current, official edition of the Book of Mormon, without footnotes, and it has no index. Has a pronouncing guide, and a brief reference guide in the back.

Original 1830 edition. paperback. ISBN: 0976402513.

By the Hand of Mormon: The American Scripture that Launched a New World Religion (Paperback) Terryl L. Givens. ISBN: 0195168887.

By the Hand of Mormon: The American Scripture that Launched a New World Religion (Hardcover) Terryl L. Givens. ISBN: 019513818X

Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling (Paperback) Richard Lyman Bushman. ISBN: 1400077532. I like this book. It’s written from a faithful perspective, and from a scholarly perspective that makes it palatable for non-members to get an even-handed and non-proselyting delivery of the story of Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon. If you (LDS or non-LDS) have an intellectual curiosity about the history of Joseph Smith and the early church, this is the book for you.

Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling [Deckle Edge] (Hardcover), Richard Lyman Bushman. ISBN: 1400042704.

The Joseph Smith Papers: Journals, Vol. 1: 1832-1839 (Hardcover)
Dean Jessee (Editor), Ronald Esplin (Editor), Richard Lyman Bushman (Editor).
ISBN: 1570088497.

On the Road With Joseph Smith: An Author’s Diary (Paperback) Richard Lyman Bushman. ISBN: 1589581024.

The Book of Mormon: A Reader’s Edition (Paperback) Grant Hardy (Editor). ISBN: 025207341X. This book is the 1830 edition (no break-down into verses), typeset in a way that makes for easy reading, and sets aparts the quotes. The “reading appearance” makes it more of a regular read as opposed to “reading scripture.”

The Book of Mormon: A Reader’s Edition (Hardcover) Grant Hardy (Editor). ISBN: 0252027973.

The Book of Mormon Movie – Volume 1 – The Journey. Most of it is cheesey and unprofessional, but it’s a landmark. Some of the scenes are real groaners, but this movie was a major step taken in dramatizing the Book of Mormon. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND buying this for historical purposes. And, there are actually a couple good scenes in it. ASIN: B0002ER5VQ. Also look for it on ebay.

The Book of Mormon: A Very Short Introduction. (Paperback) Terryl L. Givens. ISBN: 0195369319.

Book of Mormon. Facsimile Reprint of 1830 First Edition (Hardcover). ASIN: B000HP2QQY.

Book of Mormon: 1830 Replica Edition (Leather Bound). ISBN: 0929753208.

The Book of Mormon – The Earliest Text. Edited by Royal Skousen. ISBN: 0300142188. “Royal Skousen has single-handedly brought the textual analysis of the Book of Mormon to a professional level on par with the finest classical and biblical scholarship. This volume is the culmination of his labors, and it is the most textually significant edition since Joseph Smith’s work was first published in 1830. It takes us back to the original manuscript (as best we can reconstruct it) and sometimes beyond, to the very words that were first spoken by Joseph Smith to his scribes.”-Grant Hardy, from the Introduction. == Completely redesigned and typeset by nationally award-winning typographer Jonathan Saltzman, this new edition has been reformatted in sense-lines, making the text much more logical and pleasurable to read. Featuring a lucid introduction by historian Grant Hardy, the Yale edition serves not only as the most accurate version of the Book of Mormon ever published but also as an illuminating entryway into a vital religious tradition.

Understanding the Book of Mormon: A Reader’s Guide (Hardcover) Grant Hardy. ISBN: 0199731705.

Joseph Smith, Jr.: Reappraisals After Two Centuries
Reid L. Neilson (Editor), Terryl L. Givens (Editor).
ISBN: 0195369769.

Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 1: First and Second Nephi (Hardcover) Joseph Fielding McConkie, Robert L. Millet. ISBN: 0884946320.

Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 1: First and Second Nephi (Paperback) Joseph Fielding McConkie and Robert L. Millet. ISBN: 1590385233.

Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 2 (Hardcover) Joseph Fielding McConkie, Robert L. Millet. ISBN: 088494655X.

Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 2: Jacob through Mosiah, by Joseph Fielding McConkie and Robert L. Millet (Paperback). ISBN: 1590385241.

Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 3 (Hardcover) Joseph Fielding McConkie, Robert L. Millet. ISBN: 0884948072.

Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 3: Alma through Helaman (Paperback) Joseph Fielding McConkie and Robert L. Millet. ISBN: 159038525X.

Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 4 (Hardcover) Joseph Fielding McConkie, Robert L. Millet. ISBN: 0884948188.

Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 4: Third Nephi through Moroni. (Paperback) Joseph Fielding McConkie, Robert L. Millet and Brent T. Top. ISBN: 1590385268.

Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon [4 Volume Set] (Hardcover) Joseph Fielding McConkie, Robert L. Millet. ASIN: B000XMKWW6.

Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon (4 Vol. set) I-IV (Paperback) Joseph F. McConkie, Robert L. Millet. ASIN: B0022WZALS.

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October 14th, 2014 23:00:47

Us Dan Peterson Scripture Chaps Struggle Manfully on, V

October 10th, 2014 by Bertie

Did you hear about the GI whose breast-pocket copy of the Book of Mormon stopped a bullet? Because nothing gets through Second Nephi, ha, ha!

Just a little levity, such as is common amongst us hardy scripturatteurs.

Without further ado, let us get down to the thingummy. Ah, the res. (more…)

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October 10th, 2014 08:40:53

Dan Peterson’s Merry Band of Impromptu Scripture Commentators, Part IV

October 03rd, 2014 by Bertie

If you don’t mind my saying so, us scripture wonks have been wonking away like nobody’s business. We don’t positively demand your gratitude. But a simple “well done, Wooster et al.!” would not come amiss. (more…)

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October 03rd, 2014 14:24:09

Dan Peterson’s Ongoing Book of Mormon Internet Colloquia 3

September 26th, 2014 by Bertie

What ho, what ho, what ho!  Another day for us scripture nibs to gather round and chew the fat, or palaver if you prefer, all under the presiding auspices of Dan Peterson as our genial presiding deity.  (more…)

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September 26th, 2014 09:54:59

Dan Peterson’s Book of Mormon Conversations

September 09th, 2014 by Bertie

Oh, I say, dash it! Dan Peterson is hosting an open discussion of the Book of Mormon, one chapter a day. It’s open to anyone who wants to contribute, nibs and us jolly old regular chappies alike. (He explains the project here). To date, if that’s the expression I want, the contributions have been quite fruity. Good, if you know what I mean.

The first week’s discussions are listed below by yours truly. On the advice of Jeeves, I’ve included a taste of Dan Peterson’s thought for each chapter, by way of whetting the old appetite. Toodle-oo and bon appetit! (more…)

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September 09th, 2014 11:55:02

Take Upon You the Name of Laban

August 28th, 2013 by G.

Masks for good and illAfter the requisite soul-searching and angst and all that, Nephi cut off Laban’s head, snicker-snack. He probably did not know at the time that he was setting up a type of Christ. (more…)

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August 28th, 2013 12:24:10

“Protestantism without the Reformation”

August 16th, 2013 by Vader

A very thoughful First Things essay.

The phrase that’s coming into my mind is “Mormonism without the First Vision.”

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August 16th, 2013 14:26:22

Nephi as executioner.

May 31st, 2013 by Bookslinger

I’ve never agreed with those who have a problem with God assigning Nephi to be Laban’s executioner. God has the power to give life, and to take life. Why should we have a problem with the method by which God chooses to take a life? (One can easily infer a couple of good purposes or reasons for having Nephi be the one to shed Laban’s blood, but that’s another topic.)

Or, as the Stoic philosopher Epictetus said in his Enchiridion section XI, to someone who lost some property to a thief, “But what is it to you, by whose hands the giver demanded it back?”

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May 31st, 2013 20:19:52

Castaways from Civilization

April 15th, 2013 by G.

There is evidence of ancient Japanese contact with Ecuador, and evidence of other contacts that didn’t bear fruit.

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April 15th, 2013 15:11:33

Israel, Root and Branch

November 24th, 2012 by G.

After the olive orchard parable in Jacob 5, the prophet Jacob comments in Jacob 6:4–

And how merciful is our God unto us, for he remembereth the house of Israel, both roots and branches and he stretches forth his hands unto them all the day long . . . .

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November 24th, 2012 08:58:15

Church buys ads in BoM Musical playbill

September 08th, 2012 by Bookslinger

This is so cool.

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865561906/LDS-Church-buys-ad-space-in-Book-of-Mormon-musical-playbill.html?pg=all

As much as I dislike putting more money in the pockets of the producers, Parker and Stone, this is excellent thinking on the part of the church’s PR department.

It seems to me to be perfect targeting of people who are already thinking about what the LDS church really believes and what’s really in the Book of Mormon.

Like Brigham Young said, you can only kick the church up stairs, never downstairs. Or, in other words, there ain’t no such thing as bad publicity.

To repeat what others have written elsewhere, the musical, with it’s vulgarity, profanity and blasphemy, is not something devout members of any religion would want to see. But many converts do come from a worldly background. If you want to convert the Philistines, you have to go where they presently are.

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September 08th, 2012 12:49:58