J, E, D, P, and Me: Some Thoughts on the Documentary Hypothesis

You can see where this is going . . .  David Bokovoy will soon be releasing the first volume of his three-volume series Authoring the Old Testament. In this series, Bokovoy will, among other things, present and argue for the Documentary Hypothesis (DH) to an LDS audience. He will not only discuss what the DH … Read more

Becoming Like God

Der Götterrat (1622) by Peter Paul Rubens In his poem “Grenzen der Menschheit,” Goethe rhetorically asks, “Was underscheidet Götter von Menschen?” (“What distinguishes gods from men?”) The Church has released it’s latest essay on controversial topics. This time it’s on the subject of deification. (Link) The article is excellent, and is exactly what I, as a Latter-day … Read more

Was Joseph Smith a Moral Relativist?

Today in sacrament meeting one of the speakers gave a talk on the subject of “truth and tolerance.” After quoting parts of Elder Dallin H. Oaks’ sermon on the same subject, the speaker, following Elder Oaks’ cue, condemned moral relativism and stressed the importance of obeying God’s commandments. During the speaker’s talk I was reminded … Read more

Thoughts on a World With No Religion

The Creation of Adam (1512) by Michelangelo. In an episode of Family Guy (“Road to the Multiverse”), Stewie and Brian go into a parallel universe where Christianity never existed. Because Christianity and its attending superstitions never existed in this alternate universe, the gag runs, civilization was able to progress more rapidly, so when Stewie and Brian … Read more

Created in the “Image and Likeness of God”: Apprentices in the Master’s Workshop

One of my favorite professors, a man whom I greatly admire and respect, David Rolph Seely, delivered a wonderful devotional a year ago on the subject of being created in God’s image and likeness. (Brother Seely is over in Jerusalem until August. I miss him so much!) You can also read this devotional online here. … Read more

Why Can’t Our Bible Dictionary Be This Cool?

The Ancient of Days (1794) by William Blake. The Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft has an excellent edition of the Lutherbibel that includes an informative Sach– Und Worterklärungen section–––basically the equivalent of the “Bible Dictionary” in the LDS edition of the Bible. Besides the fact that Baal is correctly identified as a rain and fertility deity, and not a … Read more