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Let’s be Honest:
October 24, 2009

I never really had time for this blog anyway, or at least I never gave it the commitment it deserved. And now that I’m in graduate school, I really don’t have time to post anything worth reading, not to mention the fact that I’m beginning to feel I’m not qualified enough to contribute to the conversation. So I’ve decided to let expire and stop posting to it. The text of past posts will be preserved at I still hope to see you on comment boards around the usual hangouts. Cheers.


I Dreamed a Dream…
July 18, 2009

…that I was looking at a proposed Book of Mormon geography centered in southern California with the narrow neck of land being Baja.

Did my subconscious just make this up, or is this really someone’s idea in real life? Because if not I’m writing a book about it and calling it revelation. Also, I plan on marketing some videos and procuring emeritus general authority endorsements.

Pricelist and speaking engagement calendar to follow.

Athanasius and Gnostic Statue
June 24, 2009



Aussie Seamus MacDonald begins a series of posts today on Aathanasius. I think Athanasius gets a less than fair shake among us LDSs. True, the dogmatics of this pedant are responsible for many of the fourth century Christian doctrines we find objectionable—after all, what we normally speak of in derision as the Nicene creed is really the Athanasian creed. However, Athanasius is also one of the foremost proponents of deification at this late date (it might not be exactly what we think of as deification, but at least he talks about it!)

Ever heard this?

God became man so that man might become a god.

Yeah, that’s Athanasius (De Incarnatione 54:3).

Today’s post from Seamus is on Christology, and I’m looking forward to seeing what he highlights in future posts.

Gnostic Statue?

man holding bowl

man holding bowl

A statue is on display until July 10 at the Malta Heritage Office which may or may not exhibit Gnostic symbols. This is the kind of thing I’d expect April DeConick to go nuts over. While the history of the statue is unclear, it is an important example of work from an obscure period in the island’s history.

P.S. What’s this guy doing with his hands?

Faith Promoting Rumor post
March 5, 2008

I just posted my first post as a guest blogger on Faith Promoting Rumor. Go on over and see what you think.

2008 Student Religious Symposium
February 20, 2008

In case any BYU readers are interested, I will be presenting in the 2008 Religious Education Student Symposium on Friday, Feb. 22 in 3222 WSC (the Wilk) at 2 PM. I will be presenting on my paper titled: “Putting on the Heavenly Home: An Exegesis of 2 Corithians 5:1–4.” In truth, I also talk a lot about 2 Cor. 5:6–10, but as a matter of context; there’s only so much time. The other two presenters my hour will present on such topics as, “The Polarizing Effect of Miracles” and “If Ye Keep My Commandments, Ye Shall Prosper in the Land.”

In part my paper discusses how the author of 2 Cor., whom I accept as Paul himself (as do, I think, most scholars), obviously expects an imminent parousia (second coming), which will not only be witnessed by his audience, but will also transfigure them by fitting them with a new “eternal” body, which physicality is the real Christian hope of resurrection. This statement runs counter to anti-materialism, which might contend that disembodiment is the final eternal state.

I warn you in advance that one of my faculty reviewers said that while my paper was an “exemplary” example of an exegetical exercise, “out of that setting, it has little value.” So I feel obligated to qualify my invitation by saying your time might potentially be wasted. I’ll think about posting some talking points on Friday and you can judge for yourself.