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"This Is My Doctrine: The Development of Mormon Theology" w/ Charles Harrell

By Nick Stainback @ So You Want to Talk About Mormonism

Today on the Talk Mormonism podcast, I am joined by retired Brigham Young University professor Charley Harrell. He is the author of “This Is My Doctrine: The Development of Mormon Theology,” a massive exposition of just about every fundamental Mormon doctrine. In our interview, Charley and I discussed the process of writing the book, some of the pushback he received from BYU administration prior to publishing it, and how he feels about its impact now ten years after its publication. We also spent some time talking about the development of certain doctrinal topics in Mormonism, primarily the Godhead, priesthood, and the Mormon concept of “restoration.” 

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This volume is about Latter-day Saints learning from Jews and the Jewish experience. This book is unique. It is not a traditional interfaith dialogue where the goal is to learn from each other. Rather, Latter-day Saints seek to give Jews the microphone, so to speak, and let them talk about themselves on their own terms. Only then do Latter-day Saint respond, and not with the goal of establishing areas of agreement or disagreement but as an opportunity to learn from Jews. This book turns to the wisdom of Jews and Judaism to inform, inspire, and enhance the lived religious experience of Latter-day Saints. (Check out a Sample Preview)


Conversations with Mark Lyman Staker

By Rick Bennett @ Gospel Tangents Podcast

Part 1: Smith Family Farm in Vermont
Part 2: When Joseph Met Lucy
Part 3: Smith Farmers Were Spiritual Not Religious
Part 4: Lucy's Dreams, Joseph Sr's Rational Religion
Part 5: Staker Weighs in on First Vision

Early Christian Temples and Baptism for the Dead: Defining Sacred Space in the Late Antique Near East

David M. Calabro @ Interpreter Foundation

This paper addresses the early Christian transition from temple-based Judaism to the Constantinian basilica of the fourth century. David argues that some Christians of the second and early third centuries may have had places of worship that, while not monumental in scale, qualify typologically as temples and were understood as such. These sacred structures may have been used for the performance of baptisms for the dead, as suggested by Doctrine and Covenants 124. In support of this thesis, he takes as case studies the Christian places of worship at ancient Edessa and Dura Europos, based on a combination of textual sources and archaeological remains. David then briefly applies these findings to a question posed years ago in studies by Hugh Nibley and John Lundquist, “What Is a Temple?”

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2021 Joseph Smith Papers Conference

By J Nelson @ Juvenile Instructor

To commemorate the upcoming completion of the Revelations and Translations series, which includes the breadth of Joseph Smith’s revelation and translation projects, the Joseph Smith Papers Project will host the fifth annual Joseph Smith Papers Conference on September 10, 2021. The conference will be broadcast digitally to allow for both local and global participation from presenters and audience members. (This was also the format of the 2020 conference.) The theme for this year’s conference is “Joseph Smith and Sacred Text in Nineteenth-Century America.” 

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