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Nonsense at Nicea: Introduction

The First Council of Nicea occurred in 325 CE, nearly seventeen centuries ago. It may be odd to think that it bears any importance to or sheds any illumination on the modern Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but in fact it does.

The common story told among Mormons about Nicea wrap up multiple ideas and beliefs about the Apostacy, the Bible, traditional Christianity, and even the Mormon conception of the nature of God. Long used, and often abused, the story is important to both Mormons and many former Mormons. However, the story itself is often mis-told, misremembered, and highly mythologized. From Jeffrey R. Holland to "The Da Vinci Code", the Council of Nicea has been the scapegoat for

The Gadianton Mockers: A Proposal

It's long been a dream of mine to create a Rifftrax-like group (those of us who are older may remember the original incarnation of Rifftrax, MST3K) to create some high-quality mock tracks for the many films that BYU and the LDS Church have released over the past half-century or so. I think that dream has been shared by a number of other people and I've even seen it followed up a few times with varying degrees of success.

I'm proposing another try, this time with the benefit of the Internet to keep it all alive. The rest of this post is about the details of the project, so if you think you'd be more interested in the final product than

So Sick of the Mythicist Parallelomania

I feel the need to rant a bit. Hopefully, something more substantive will arise from this, but for now I'm just upset and discouraged. The parallelomania by many Jesus mythicists has begun again.

It seems to come in waves. I suspect it has something to do with school and college (perhaps biblical studies has not yet reached its own Eternal September), but I have no way of proving it. Someone will write a blog post or an article at some magazine and the blogosphere ignites with it again.

The problem to me is not the Jesus Myth hypothesis. That is a valid exploration of the historical data (or to be more accurate, the near lack of historical data). I have

Sneakers At Nauvoo

An excerpt from the volume that will never be written for LDS youth...

The room was smaller than I'd expected, but then again they seemed to all be like that. It was night and the room was lit by candles and lamps. It still surprised me how bright that could make a room in the 19th Century, though. The light was yellow and comforting with how it flickered. The room felt alive. I felt a little annoyed at having to close my eyes for the prayer.

I was also surprised at how crowded the room felt. There were over two dozen people in the room. It would have felt like a comic convention panel but the chairs weren't nearly so

The LDS Inverse Old Testament, Conclusion

I never got around to finishing up this short series, but I find myself returning to the list again and again in my head. I think it deserves a follow-up with my own thoughts.

This was an interesting project to me. I had begun it because as a teacher in an LDS Gospel Doctrine class I had recognized a few obvious times where the manual had us read around a few controversial scriptures. One example that stands out to me was Moses 7:22. At the time it relieved me that the structure of the lesson guided us to avoid these scriptures because I could recognize at the time that even covering them would result in a derailment of the