Here’s a treat from the pages of Dialogue:A Journal of Mormon Thought that might be something you can use in a lesson on “likening the scriptures unto us.” What’s a Rameumpton, Daddy? (With Apologies to Gregory Bateson) “What’s a Rameumpton, Daddy?” “Well, the Book of Mormon says it was a place where the Zoramites stood … More What’s a Rameumptom, Daddy?
“Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice. Moderation in pursuit of justice is no virtue.” —Barry Goldwater “When a broad table is to be made, and the edges of planks do not fit, the artist takes a little from both, and makes a good joint. In like manner here both sides must part with … More Eschewing Extremism and the Virtue of Compromise
I gave this presentation at the Miller-Eccles study group in California this spring: Dialogue Podcast #29 w/Editor Boyd Petersen
This is going to be a shocking admission, but I’m a Democrat. While I disagree with my party and my party’s candidates quite frequently, I still identify with and support Democrats. Back when I worked for Congress, I started collecting campaign buttons from Democratic races. I’ve got all the presidential campaigns from Grover Cleveland (1884) … More Rainbows at Church
William A. Wilson, former BYU English Professor and folklorist extraordinaire, passed away this past week. In his honor, I am posting a review I wrote in 2008 for the Journal of Mormon History of Wilson’s book The Marrow of Human Experience: Essays on Folklore. I returned from my mission to France in 1982 filled with … More In Praise of William A. “Bert” Wilson
The BYU Honor Code has come under fire recently, and I don’t want to detract from that discussion, but it has caused me to reflect back on my own run-in with the Honor Code back in March 1984. I’m pretty sure it was my friend Kent’s idea that we should run for ASBYU president and … More Of Haircuts and Honor
My first issue of Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought is online today! It features articles by Fiona Givens, Mel Bashore, and Dennis Potter; poetry by Mark Brown, Warren Hatch, Sarah Page, Jenny Webb, fiction by Stephen Carter; a Mormon-Catholic dialogue featuring Polly Aird, Zina Petersen (!), Dan Dwyer, Mat Schmaltz, and Bob Rees; a wonderful … More The Continuing Importance of Dialogue