Follow-Up Statements from Brian Hales and Don Bradley

Brian Hales (right) and Don Bradley (left) at Pioneer Bookstore in Provo, Utah discussing their research on Joseph Smith’s polygamy (March 2013).  Last week I criticized Jeremy Runnells, who has no academic qualifications in Mormon history, for hypocritically accusing Brian Hales of being an “amateur” when it comes to research on Joseph Smith’s polygamy. In response … Read more

Who’s the Real Amateur?

Pictured: Brian C. Hales, a rank amateur who doesn’t know the first thing about Joseph Smith’s plural marriage. Jeremy Runnells, author of the popular anti-Mormon tract “Letter to a CES Director,” is upset. He’s upset that Brian Hales, one of the foremost authorities on Joseph Smith’s plural marriage, would dare challenge him and his accusations … Read more

Deutschland ist Weltmeister!

The year was 1954, and it was the FIFA World Cup. It had been just one decade since Germany had been decimated by the Allies in World War 2, and the German populace was demoralized and disheartened. But then West Germany, the underdog, beat the powerhouse Hungary in a 3-2 championship match in Bern, Switzerland … Read more

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

Papyrus Joseph Smith I, containing the original illustration of facsimile 1 from the Book of Abraham. [Cross posted from the FairMormon blog.] A new essay has been posted on the Church’s Gospel Topics website, this time addressing the subject of the translation of the Book of Abraham. The article begins by affirming, “The Church of … Read more