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  1. Here come the reviews. http://associationmormonletters.org/blog/reviews/current-reviews/melonakos-secret-combinations-evidence-of-early-mormon-counterfeiting-1800-1847-reviewed-by-cheryl-l-bruno/
  2. I already am debating much of this with her, and she has this habit of throwing a bunch of irrelevant shockers out there when her argument doesn't stick.
  3. Based on recent interaction with Melonakos, I think that the only way you could tell that she studied philosophy at Stanford is if she told you (and she will). Very primitive and narrow understanding of the correspondence theory of truth; odd arguments (Joseph was a prophet of Calvinism because he preached from the same Bible that a Caalvinist majority in the US read); poor grasp of Mormon history even in areas - like the Kirtland Safety Society - which are central to her thesis; use of non-credible secondary sources like Eidemose's book on Christianity and the constitution; uncritical acceptance of primary sources such as the one accusing Joseph, Sr. of bigamy in Canada, anything that taints by innuendo; and her historical conclusions are entirely theologically driven. I am very curious to read her thesis on James now, to see if it suffers from the same issues.
  4. Book Recommendation

    Having no doctrine does not mean that we do not have things that we believe as a body. Confusingly, we even use the term doctrine quite a bit. There is even a book with that title which is now waning in popularity. The author, Bruce R. McConkie, got into hot water for the unsanctioned use of such an authoritarian title as it created the impression the opinions inside were how and what members should believe.
  5. Book Recommendation

    Stephen Webb's Mormon Christianity.
  6. Happy Good Friday / Easter

    We escape the dilemma in theory, but not in practice. We still grapple with theodicy because whatever the philosophical underpinnings, the two scenarios have the same practical effects. We are still faced with a God who is supposed to be good and a world that isn't. God might not be classically, philosophically omnipotent, but he is powerful enough to create the world, give us bodies, and oversee the course of history with a plan of salvation in mind. Our problem is then why does such a god allow horrendous things to happen so much. Free agency? That God can and does intervene in the world through miracles only complicates the issue. Why for one and not for another? Why help one person with a trivial issue in answer to prayer when, say, children are starving to death. We have to grapple with a God who seemingly does not do enough or do it consistently.
  7. There is actually an interesting process by which Nephi drew on his own experiences and built upon the writings of the prophets that is surprisingly logical.
  8. President Monson's Tweet from Last Week

    If we assume that you are correct, then wouldn't this answer the following point? "And the immediate reorganization of the First Presidency upon Wilford Woodruff's death was such an important issue that Jesus had to show up personally to let President Snow know."
  9. If history is cyclical rather than linear, then take the example of the turn of the 20th century. There never was a better time to live than then, yet it ushered un the catastrophe of the First World War.
  10. If one sees things as a linear march of progress, then sure. If one sees it as a more cyclical thing, then just because the world is getting better does not mean it cannot get worse.
  11. Unless they are true beliebers.
  12. To both, they are not mutually exclusive.