Intellectualism

Q&A with Terryl and Fiona Givens

What a week!  I had the pleasure of attending sessions with both Ron Paul and Terryl Givens.  Now I have to choose whether to write about Ron Paul, or Terryl Givens.  Tough choice.  Given that political discussions often devolve into ideological (and often irrational) arguments, I’m just not in the mood for Ron Paul this […]

FAIR 2012 Review

In past years, it seems that the Sunstone Symposium and FAIR (Foundation for Apologetic Information and Research) have overlapped, so it was difficult to attend both.  However, this year they were not the same week.  I was able to attend my first FAIR conference, though my time was limited to just 2 speakers.  Since this […]

Sunstone 2012

Sunstone began on Wednesday, but unfortunately, I could only attend Friday.  I thought I would give some initial impressions of the sessions so far.

The Bushman Interviews

As a recap, here is a recap of all of my posts transcribing the Richard Bushman interview.

Bushman’s Testimony of Joseph Smith

It took more than a month, but I’m finally finished.  This is the conclusion of John Dehlin’s 5 part interview with Richard Bushman.  (I will post an index tomorrow of the interviews.) JD, “Well if I can ever help, I’m just one small little voice but I’d love to help to that end.  Well Brother […]

Stung by the Bees; Why it’s hard to help the Disaffected

Following up on John Dehlin’s feelings on how the Bushman interview has progressed so far, Bushman discusses why it’s hard to help the disaffected. Dehlin, “Now, about this episode, after four hours of interviews with me, it was clear that Dr. Bushman felt as though, in his words, I’d gotten the best out of him. […]

John Dehlin's Thoughts on Bushman and the Role of Church in Disaffection

I can’t believe Richard Bushman has dominated the month of June on my blog.  (I actually started this at the end of May.)  Anyway, I’m finally on to Part 5 of the Richard Bushman Interview.  At this point, John Dehlin takes a short break an explains that the interview will not cover all the topics […]

Examining Book of Mormon Witnesses

This post is a continuation from the previous post where Richard Bushman discussed skeptical theories on the composition of the Book of Mormon.  Now John Dehlin (JD) turns to ask about the reliability of the Book of Mormon witnesses.  The audio can be found on Part 4 of the Bushman interview at Mormon Stories. JD, […]

Skeptical Theories on Composition of the Book of Mormon

Continuing with Richard Bushman’s interview at Mormon Stories, in Part 4 John Dehlin (JD) asks Richard Bushman about various skeptical theories on how the Book of Mormon was composed, and Bushman addresses them.  What do you think of Bushman’s answers? JD, “There are theories that go around that Joseph Smith was the author of the […]

Bushman: "The Church Should Stay out of the History Business"

This is the conclusion of Part 1 of the Richard Bushman interview (there are 5 parts–about 5 hours total).  I’ve previously talked about Growing Up as Richard Bushman, and How he chose to become a Historian.  In this last section of Part 1, Bushman talks about the important, major biographies of Joseph Smith, his experience […]