A Great New Book about an Ancient American One

John L. Sorenson.  Mormon’s Codex: An Ancient American Book.  Salt Lake City: Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship and Deseret Book, 2013. 826 pp. Maps, tables, figures, foreword, preface, introduction, appendix, bibliography, index.  Hardback. $59.99. ISBN: 978-1-60907-399-2 Guest reviewed … Continue reading

Cowboy Apostle: The Diaries of Anthony W. Ivins, 1875-1932

Anthony Ivins served in the Quorum of Twelve and First Presidency for over 26 years

As part of a series of essays on controversial topics, the church recently published an article discussing plural marriages performed after the Manifesto. The article noted, “on an exceptional basis, some new plural marriages were performed between 1890 and 1904, … Continue reading

Joseph Smith Papers Project: Documents Volume 2

The second volume of the Joseph Smith Papers (JSP) “Documents” series has been released.  At an announcement event this month, the editors noted the Documents series lies at the core of the JSP project. The 2nd Documents volume contains materials … Continue reading

Adjusting the Narrative: Part 2b – On Disavowed Theories

A (much delayed) continuation of the the series “Adjusting the Narrative”, initially begun as a proposed response to the new header to Official Declaration 2 in the 2013 edition of the Doctrine and Covenants. See Introduction, Part 1a – The … Continue reading

What the New Computer Study Can Tell Us about the Book of Mormon

In my last post I reviewed Duane and Chris Johnson’s new computer study that purports to identify four literary influences on the Book of Mormon. As I argued there, the study’s case for literary dependence is not entirely convincing. However, … Continue reading

New Computer Study Purports to Detect Literary Influences on the Book of Mormon

The Internet’s been abuzz with hype this week about a new computer study by Duane and Chris Johnson which purports to identify four literary influences on the Book of Mormon (besides the King James Bible): Gilbert J. Hunt, The late war, … Continue reading