Brother Cordon’s Step 3 talk also had some implied insight into the setting of the Book of Mormon. (more…)
Yet another soul came out lately as an atheist. No names-but this soul is like others that have trod the broad and progressive path. They started out by rejecting the church’s morality and marriage doctrine, because “the ‘Spirit’ confirms the Church was wrong.” And now that same being has led them to believe there is no Spirit.
Mean girls bully everyone else to keep themselves on top. So do mean guys. I’m reading right now about the Barbarossa brothers in the Western Mediterranean. They were more or less pirate kings. Being pirate kings, they had no security. Continued cruel atrocities kept themselves on top.
We can see that in the scriptures. The great and spacious building runs on mean girl power.
For the last few years, I’ve mused that the Church was inevitably going to have to separate from the BSA, and create the “Mormon Scouts of America.” Of course recent events have brought that possibility to the fore. But “MSA” would be a terrible name, so let me be the first to broach the subject of what to call the Mormon Scouts. (more…)
Why does the Book of Mormon (apparently) work better than The Bible as an instrument of conversion in the modern West?
Why does the Book of Mormon (apparently) work better than The Bible as an instrument of conversion in the modern West? (more…)
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.
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…)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…)
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…)
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…)
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…)
After 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…)