Mormonism’s Abandoned Race Policy

In this post at Huffington Post, I argue that the question of whether Mormon leaders will offer an official apology for the pre-1978 policy of racial exclusion is about more than race.

On Mormon temple secrecy

In a piece for Huffington Post, I begin a response to John Sweeney’s attempt to construct Mormons as a cult in a recent documentary.

Huffington Post on Baptism for the Dead

Today, the Huffington Post published my piece on the Mormon practice of baptism for the dead.

Contextualizing early Mormon beliefs

In Heaven tried not only to think through the big problem of explaining death but also to make sense of early Mormonism for outsiders. In this post on the Oxford UP blog, I contextualize two of the beliefs currently circulating in the media.

Five Best on Mormonism

Featured in the Wall Street Journal weekend books section, my column on the Five Best Books on Mormonism.

Death in the Latter-day Saint Tradition

Death is a crucial test of a religious tradition. In the words of one sociologist, “the power of religion depends, in the last resort, upon the credibility of the banners it puts in the hands of men as they stand before death, or more accurately, as they walk, inevitably, toward it.” Mormonism has a long and rich relationship with death and its conquest, one that begins in many respects with the founding family of Mormonism. (more…)

Banner image is of Mount Mkinwartsveri (Kazbek), with the Church of St. Mary foreground left, image © Samuel Brown 2000