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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Nineteenth-Century Mormon Architecture and City Planning”


Nineteenth-Century Mormon Architecture and City Planning. By C. Mark Hamilton. (New York: Oxford University Press, 1995). X-vii + 203 pp. $65. This is a very poor work. C. Mark Hamilton, a professor of architectural history at Brigham Young University at … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Immortality: The Quest to Live Forever and How It Drives Civilization”


Immortality: The Quest to Live Forever and How It Drives Civilization. By Stephen Cave. New York: Crown, 2012. How might we live forever? Become a vampire? Download your memory into a supercomputer and become a silicon-based life form? Enter the … Continue reading

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African Americans and Mormonism, Mitt Romney, and the 2012 Presidential Election,


In the 2012 presidential contest between the Democratic incumbent Barak Obama and the Republican challenger Mitt Romney, religion has risen to the foreground in many areas of the campaign. Mitt Romney’s lifetime commitment to the Church of Jesus Christ of … Continue reading

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Jeffrey Lundgren, Reorganized Church Dissidents, and Modern Blood Atonement Killings


This is a horror story worthy of anything Stephen King could write. Tragically it is not fiction. Jeffrey D. Lundgren and his followers in Kirtland, Ohio, former members of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (renamed … Continue reading

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Notes on an Important Book: Susan Jacoby’s “The Age of American Unreason”


The Age of American Unreason. By Susan Jacoby. New York: Pantheon Books, 2008. While there is much on this book that is quite valuable and I certainly recommend reading it, Susan Jacoby reminds me of so many ancient Roman writers … Continue reading

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What Were the Origins of Mormon/Non-Mormon Conflict in 1840s Nauvoo?


The non-Mormons of Hancock County, Illinois, in the early 1840s probably disliked the Mormons from the first, in the same way that most Americans have generally disliked what they have viewed as religious fanaticism, but they were initially disposed toward toleration … Continue reading

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Mormon Nauvoo in the Context of Post-Colonial Studies


To an extent underappreciated by historians, the Mormon experience in Nauvoo between 1839 and 1846 represents an expression of colonialism and its antithesis. The field of post-colonial studies has been gaining prominence since the 1970s. While historians and others debate the … Continue reading

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Human Spaceflight and the Positive Liberal State


Could it be argued that the human dimension of spaceflight represents an expression of national power in the context of the “positive liberal state” by the United States? Could we further make the case that human spaceflight celebrates the use … Continue reading

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