Friday, January 28, 2011


And I, Jacob, saw that I must soon go down to my grave; wherefore…I make an end of my writing upon these plates, which writing has been small; and to the reader I bid farewell, hoping that many of my brethren may read my words. Brethren, adieu. (Jacob 7:27)

Recently, as I was surfing the internet, I came across a page on dedicated to the ridiculing of FARMS (the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies), or the Neal A. Maxwell Institute of Religious Scholarship. The Mormon Curtain is an ex-Mormon community site, and the page on FARMS is rife with inaccuracies as various ex-Mormon writers spew their obviously hate-filled diatribes all over.

One cannot help but chuckle at the irony displayed as several writers scoff at FARMS’s peer review process when it is evident that the page in question lacks any form of peer review (or any other process equally effective in refereeing or screening the content and checking its accuracy). Further irony is displayed as they gripe about supposed ad hominem attacks from FARMS while they write all sorts of derogatory and slanderous things about FARMS in general, or quite often Daniel C. Peterson specifically.[1]

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


In a previous post, I speculated about how Mormonism and traditional Christianity might relate to each other as both being Christian, and yet being separate religious traditions.[1] In that article, I mention the views of Jan Shipps, and I also connect the relationship to Mormonism and Christianity with that of Christianity and Judaism. In a later post, I responded to Richard Abanes use of Jan Shipps own statement wherein she likens the relationship between Mormonism/Christianity to that of Christianity/Judaism.[2]