Sunday, October 26, 2014

Gospel Topic Essays

Sooo, it’s been a long time since I wrote anything. School has been taking it’s toll on me, which I didn’t quite expect to drain me so much and require quite as much time, but I haven’t stopped writing, just slowed down, so today is a short catch-up post.

Some of you are probably familiar with or have at least heard of the churches new Gospel Topic articles. They are about topics the church usually hadn’t addressed in recent years, or at least as in depth as the articles are. They are very good at giving the groundwork for discussions on these often difficult topics with many references to scholarly work and research on the subjects. I just want to give you links to them here in one place so you can go read them yourselves. If you want more beyond the articles, I recommend you check out the footnotes in them, they are quite good.

Are Mormons Christian?

Book of Mormon Translation

Book of Mormon and DNA Studies

Translation and Historicity of the Book of Abraham

First Vision Accounts

Race and the Priesthood

Becoming Like God

Peace and Violence among 19th-Century Latter-day Saints

Plural Marriage in Kirtland and Nauvoo

Plural Marriage and Families in Early Utah

The Manifesto and the End of Plural Marriage

There you have it. Some great beginning resources on the topics, which for many people is all they want or need, so dig in!