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Much More than a Plural Marriage Revelation

2 days 21 hours ago
Abstract: Textual Studies of the Doctrine and Covenants: The Plural Marriage Revelation is a textual study of Section 132. It offers some interesting information as the author attempts to understand and place within context the revelation, which is, as the heading for this section in the scriptures reads, “relating to the new and everlasting covenant, […]
Craig L. Foster

The Case of the Missing Commentary

2 days 21 hours ago
Abstract:The first published commentary on Doctrine and Covenants Section 132 is a lengthy volume with much material that deals directly with the revelation as well as extended discussions that go well beyond Joseph Smith’s dictated text. Much of the included material has been previously published, although several new historical items are presented, including a detailed examination […]
Brian C. Hales

Interpreter Radio Show — July 15, 2018

5 days 23 hours ago
The July 15 broadcast of the Interpreter Radio Show was hosted by Bruce Webster Kris Frederickson, and Mike Parker. Topics discussed include accounts of the First Vision, the literary feat of creating the Book of Mormon, the place of faith and reason, the criticism of faith, the Church and its relationship with the US Constitution, and religious freedom.

Interpreter Radio Show — July 8, 2018

6 days ago
The July 8 broadcast of the Interpreter Radio Show was hosted by Allen Wyatt, Martin Tanner, and Kevin Christensen. Topics discussed include Margaret Barker's work, Old Testament studies, and the affinity of her work with Mormon Studies. Other topics include theosis (or deification) and salvation by grace.

Interpreter Radio Show — June 24, 2018

1 week 2 days ago
The June 24 broadcast of the Interpreter Radio Show was hosted by Steve Densley, Craig Foster, and Matt Bowen. Topics include the passing of John Tvedtnes and Stephen Robinson; new youth interview guidelines; the Joseph Smith Papyri, the Book of Abraham, and the temple endowment; and Jeff Lindsay's Interpreter article about Joseph Smith's cosmology and the cosmology of modern Chinese science fiction.

Race: Always Complicated, Never Simple

1 week 2 days ago
Abstract: The concept that race has evolved rather than remaining static is not well understood, both outside and within The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In Religion of a Different Color, W. Paul Reeve shows how the concept of race evolved from painting Mormons as nonwhite in the 19th century to “too white” […]
Tarik D. LaCour

KnoWhy OTL26A — Why Does “Holiness To the Lord” Appear on LDS Temples?

1 week 6 days ago
Question: Why does “Holiness to the Lord” appear on LDS temples? Was the phrase used on buildings anciently? Summary: The Wikipedia article on LDS temples asserts that the phrase “Holiness to the Lord” was inscribed “on the Old Testament Temple of Solomon.” However, so far as we know, the phrase was never used as part of any ancient building. It is unique to modern temples.
Jeffrey M. Bradshaw

What is Mormon Transhumanism? And is it Mormon?

2 weeks 2 days ago
Abstract: Some sources have described Mormonism as the faith most friendly to the intellectual movement known as Transhumanism. This paper reviews an introductory paper by the past President of the Mormon Transhumanist Association. A syllogism that purports to show that Mormonism is compatible with — or even requires — Transhumanism is analyzed. The syllogism’s premises […]
Gregory L. Smith

Peace in the Holy Land

3 weeks 2 days ago
Abstract: Living in the Holy Land as a Palestinian Latter-day Saint has created unique challenges and perspective for Sahar Qumsiyeh. In order to attend church meetings in Jerusalem from her home near Bethlehem, Sahar was required to travel under unsafe and stressful circumstances for hours through military checkpoints to cover the few miles’ distance (as […]
Shirley S. Ricks

Dehumanization and Peace

3 weeks 2 days ago
Abstract: Those who follow world events are painfully aware that peace in the Middle East — and particularly in the Holy Land — seems eternally elusive. From a distance we watch events unfold which we are not able to fully comprehend because of that very distance. There are individuals who are burdened with the devastating […]
Kent P. Jackson
5 hours 50 minutes ago
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