Blog Posts and Articles

Below is a list of my blog posts and online articles published at FairMormon, Interpreter, and The Student Review. (For a list of my published journal articles with links, see my Curriculum Vitae.) Note that many of these have been cross posted to and from this blog and in between the three websites below.

I have also included a list of the Interpreter Scripture Roundtable discussions that I've participated in.

At this point I invoke the Hugh Nibley Clause: "I refuse to be held accountable for anything I wrote more than three years ago." My views, positions, and how I would argue certain things on a number of points have changed over the years. (This is to say nothing of my writing style, which I feel has immensely evolved over the past several years.) I am therefore reposting these links to my earlier work primarily for posterity's sake. I cannot guarantee that all of this stuff from the past is still relevant, or even that I still agree with it entirely!

Because the old Student Review website went down for a while, only to reemerge without links to my past articles, I have uploaded PDFs. Apologies for some of the formatting issues with some of the PDFs.

With those disclaimer out of the way, enjoy!



Book Review: “Schooling the Prophet: How the Book of Mormon Influenced Joseph Smith and the Early Restoration”

Artwork of Joseph Smith Translating the Book of Mormon

Book Notice: “From Darkness unto Light: Joseph Smith’s Translation and Publication of the Book of Mormon”

Best of FairMormon: April 2015 General Conference – An Apologetic Review (Part 1 – Saturday Sessions)

Admission and Omission: What Is the Church’s Position on the Book of Abraham? (Reposted at Meridian Magazine here.)

Two New Articles: "When Doubts and Questions Arise" and "Answers to Common Questions"


Joseph Smith Papers, Documents Vol. 3: Review

New Gospel Topics Essay: "Translation and Historicity of the Book of Abraham"

"Putting Together an Awful Story"

New Gospel Topics Essay: "Peace and Violence among 19th-Century Latter-day Saints"

"Keeping the Faith" and "True or False?"

LDS Church Essays Tackle Controversial Issues

Archaic Hebrew in the Old Testament (And What It Means for the Book of Mormon)


Apologetics and Falsifiability

"By His Own Hand, Upon Papyrus": Another Look

Egyptology and the Book of Abraham: An Interview with Egyptologist Kerry Muhlestein

Joseph Smith, Richard Dawkins, and the Language of Translation

New Research on the Book of Abraham

Reports of the Death of the Church are Greatly Exaggerated


The Mormon Moment: A Religion News Service Guide – Review

The Book of Abraham and Continuing Scholarship: Ask the Right Questions and Keep Looking

Learning About the Founding of Mormonism from Jon Krakauer (And Other Fallacies)

Joseph Smith’s First Vision Accounts: More Mormon Church Suppression and Cover-Up


Bethany Blankley and the "Mormon Question"

Harold Bloom on the Mormon Breakthrough

The Book of Mormon, The Doctrine and Covenants, and the Archaeology Question

The Weird and Sinister Beliefs of Mormonism

"A Most Remarkable Book": Supplementary Reading

Allah, Zeus, and Elohim: A Question of Religious Tolerance

Ms. Erickson and CNN Redux

A Reply to Ms. Erickson

Joel Kramer Vs. The Bible and Joseph Smith



What You Will Read About in the New Institute Manual on Early Church History (Reposted at LDS Living here and Meridian Magazine here)


Once Again: Joseph Smith, Richard Dawkins, and the Language of Translation


"By His Own Hand, Upon Papyrus": Another Look

The Imperative for a Historical Book of Mormon

Joseph Smith, Richard Dawkins, and the Language of Translation

Admonitions from General Conference to Defend the Church

Interpreter Scripture Roundtable


Scripture Roundtable 145: Book of Mormon Gospel Doctrine Lesson 1, The Keystone of Our Religion


Scripture Roundtable 137: New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 39, “For the Perfecting of the Saints”

Scripture Roundtable 133: New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 35, “Be Ye Reconciled to God”

Scripture Roundtable 131: New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 33, “Ye Are the Temple of God”

Scripture Roundtable 129: New Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 31, “And So Were the Churches Established in the Faith”


Scripture Roundtable 97: Old Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 47, “Let Us Rise Up and Build”

Scripture Roundtable 93: Old Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 43, The Shepherds of Israel

Scripture Roundtable 89: Old Testament Gospel Doctrine Lesson 39, “How Beautiful upon the Mountains”


The Student Review


LDS Church Essays Tackles Controversial Issues

Fair as the Moon, Clear as the Sun: Mormons and the Song of Solomon (pp. 12–13)

Mormonism and the Academy: An Interview with Terrell [sic] Givens (pp. 8, 10)*


An Interview with Professor Richard Neitzel Holzapfel–––Returned Mission President

Annual Mormon conference to be held in Provo

Authors Explore Early Mormon Polygamy

Church Announces New Edition of Scriptures

Conference to Explore Relationship Between Mormonism and Science

Controversial Paper Critiquing Popular Mormon Podcast Published

Egyptology and the Book of Abraham: An Interview with Egyptologist Kerry Muhlestein

The Terrible Questions: A Review of The God Who Weeps: How Mormonism Makes Sense of Life (p. 12)

The "Supernatural" and the Bible (pp. 8–9)

Good Tidings of Great Joy: BYU Professor Shares Insights on Christmas (pp. 4–5)


Barack Obama: Harbinger of the apocalypse

Controversy over dismissal of BYU professor from Mormon Studies

Mary and the Book of Mormon: A review

New Book of Mormon study resources online

Top 8 books on Mormonism of 2012

New Journal on Mormon Studies Launches (pp. 6–7)

Orem to Get a Mosque (pp. 12–13)

Father Abraham and the Smoot Dynasty (p. 17)

*The editor or copyist was responsible for this typographical error.