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Stephen Smoot
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CES Letter Author Jeremy Runnells to Face Disciplinary Council: The Non-Scandal
As all students of Christianity know, poor St. Sebastian was viciously martyred after simply voicing some innocent doubts about Diocletian and the Roman government.  Those who have studied the history of Christianity will be familiar with the term hagiograp...
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Must One Accept the Nicene Creed to Be a Christian?
"17th-century Russian icon illustrating the articles of the Creed" ( Source ) Earlier this week I participated in an Evangelical-Mormon interfaith dialogue with students from Biola University. In the course of the evening one of the Biola students made the ...
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A Recent Experience with a Greek Manuscript
Not too long ago, as I was walking along the shores of the Aegean, I stumbled upon a fragmentary papyrus that read thus: οἱ δὲ ἵπποι οἱ ποτάμιοι νομῷ μὲν τῷ Παπρημίτῃ ἱροί εἰσι, τοῖσι δὲ ἄλλοισι Αἰγυπτίοισι οὐκ ἱροί. φύσιν δὲ παρέχονται ἰδέης τοιήνδε· τετρά...
Not too long ago, as I was walking along the shores of the Aegean, I stumbled upon a fragmentary papyrus that read thus: οἱ δὲ ἵπποι οἱ ποτάμιοι νομῷ μὲν τῷ Παπρημίτῃ ἱροί εἰσι, τοῖσι δὲ ἄλλοισι Αἰγυπτίοισι οὐκ ἱροί. φύσιν δὲ...
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Does Helaman 13–16 Plagiarize "View of the Hebrews"?
A popular, if not highly imaginative, depiction of Samuel the Lamanite preaching to the Nephites. In his "Letter to a CES Director," Jeremy Runnells claims that the story of Samuel the righteous Lamanite preaching repentance to the apostate Nephites in Hela...
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How to Be a Successful Millennial Ex-Mormon (A Guide for Beginners)
In our modern, busy world there's always a need for a guide to this or that. Hence we see guides for coin collecting , guides for fitness , guides for video games , guides for travel , and guides for sports . Since, by some accounts, The Church of Jesus Chr...
In our modern, busy world there's always a need for a guide to this or that. Hence we see guides for coin collecting, guides for fitness, guides for video games, guides for travel, and guides for sports. Since, by some accoun...
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Brian Hales the Amateur–––Revisited
He doesn't have a cult of anonymous redditors following him, you say? How good of a scholar could he even be? Readers of my blog will recall that some time ago Jeremy Runnells amusingly accused Brian C. Hales (undoubtedly one of the finest living authoritie...
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On Names, Culture, and Religion: Three Tests for Historicity
Mormon and Moroni by Joseph Brickey. "There is reason to believe that the story of Israel's ancestors (Gen. 12–50), though understood in the light of later experiences, reflects to some degree the cultural background of the millennium starting with Hammurab...
Mormon and Moroni by Joseph Brickey. "There is reason to believe that the story of Israel's ancestors (Gen. 12–50), though understood in the light of later experiences, reflects to some degree the cultural background of the m...
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Is the Work of Brian Hales Taken Seriously by Mormon Historians?
Broadly speaking, there are two general ways to know if an author's work is taken seriously in academia.  The first is where an author publishes his work. One mark of a genuine scholar is if he is able to publish in academic journals relevant to the given f...
Broadly speaking, there are two general ways to know if an author's work is taken seriously in academia. The first is where an author publishes his work. One mark of a genuine scholar is if he is able to publish in academi...
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Quick Thoughts from Patrick Mason on Studying the Past and Presentism
From the Latter-day Saint historian Patrick Q. Mason . I. Concerning studying the past: In seeking learning, the revelation [in D&C 88] counsels, we must do so “diligently.” If we want answers to our questions, we have to put in the time. Research is hard w...
From the Latter-day Saint historian Patrick Q. Mason. I. Concerning studying the past: In seeking learning, the revelation [in D&C 88] counsels, we must do so “diligently.” If we want answers to our questions, we have to put...
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Book Review: "Evolving Faith: Wanderings of a Mormon Biologist"
(Click to enlarge) As an article of faith, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints affirms, "We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the ...
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A Follow-Up Note on the Necessity of the Gold Plates
By the Gift and Power of God (2015) by Anthony Sweat Not long ago I posted a note from Michael McKay and Gerrit Dirkmaat on why the gold plates were necessary despite Joseph Smith translating the Book of Mormon by revelatory means. Here is a follow-up by Mc...
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Why Were the Plates Necessary?
By the way, there's really no reason to think Joseph Smith didn't actually have these in his possession. A question I've encountered from time to time is why, if Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon through revelatory means, were the golden plates nec...
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    Ancient Near Eastern Studies & German Studies, 2011 - 2015
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