Joseph Smith’s Seer Stone: A Historiographical Glimpse

The recently released images of Joseph Smith’s brown seer stone in the Joseph Smith Papers, Revelations and Translations, Volume 3: Printer’s Manuscript of the Book of Mormon and forthcoming article in the Ensign titled “Joseph the Seer” discussing Smith’s method … Continue reading

Infallible Proofs: Interpreting the Temple Endowment as Mystical Rhetoric

*Author’s Note: An earlier version of this address was presented at the annual Mormon Scholars in the Humanities conference, March 15, 2013 at Brigham Young University.  The Latter-day Saint temple endowment is a taboo topic for reasons obvious to probably … Continue reading

‘Holy Envy’: What ‘Mainstream’ Christians Can Teach ‘Latter-day Saint’ Christians About the Atonement of Christ

In a book published in 2003 by Brigham Young University’s Religious Studies Center, LDS author Mark Elbert Eastmond presented a fascinating exploration on the doctrinal reasons for Christ’s atoning sacrifice.  I’m really quite fond of Eastmond’s article.  Since its original … Continue reading