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REVIEWING THE REVIEW: VOL. 16, ISS. 2 (2004)

Overview
           This is my first time offering a review of both issues from a given year. Once again, this issue of the Review features a diverse subject matter. There are essays and reviews dealing with Book of Mormon geography, specifically the LGT, DNA, linguistics, the Old World setting for the Book of Mormon, Isaiah in the Book of Mormon, LDS theology, religious and biblical symbolism, the Big Bang and quantum mechanics, Church history, the Book of Abraham, Egyptology, and the Counter-Cult movement.

BLOG UPDATE: AUGUST 2011

Well, in a few days I’ll be going back to school, and so my production will probably be going down. Like last year, I’ll try and maintain at least a once a month posting pace, but may occasionally get behind. Please be patient and understanding.
Obviously, you can see I have made some changes to the blog’s look. After a little over a year, I thought it was time for a face lift. I would also like to announce that I’ve gone mobile with this blog! Thus far, mobile visitors have been a very small slice of my traffic-pie (which is already a small pie), but perhaps by having a mobile version, that will increase. My main motivation for activating the mobile version was actually because I finally caught up to the twenty-first century and got a phone with internet access. 
I would like to thank all of you for visiting and reading my essentially irrelevant point-of-view on various things of a Mormon nature. The blog has grown slowly, but steadily, and I need to thank those who have helped spread…

REVIEWING THE REVIEW: VOL. 16, ISS. 1 (2004)

Overview
I’m still missing issue 15/2, but picking up again at 16/1, I should note that this is not on one of the issues I got from the FAIR auction (all of those issues were older than volume 14).
The contents of this issue are noteworthy, featuring reviews and articles on a vast array of topics, including anti-Mormonism, ideology, method and theory, paradigms, Mosiah-first theories, “secret combinations,” Book of Mormon apologetics, archeology and Mesoamerica, limited geography theory, Enoch, salvation for the dead, the Mountain Meadows Massacre, Thomas Stuart Ferguson and NWAF, and much more.

BUILDING UPON THE ROCK: MAKING SURE OUR ARGUMENTS REST ON A SURE FOUNDATION

Abstract (well…kind of): The following is a summary of Dana M. Pike and David R. Seely, “‘Upon All the Ships of the Sea, and Upon All the Ships of Tarshish’: Revisiting 2 Nephi 12:16 and Isaiah 2:16,” Journal of Book of Mormon Studies 14/2 (2005), pg. 12-25. The reader is encouraged to read this whole article, and also consult it for source citations regarding that various points made in this brief review.

2011 FAIR CONFERENCE REPORT

Alas, the wonderful FAIR Conference has come to an end. I really enjoyed myself this year. I got to meet a lot of people, make new friends, and visit with/get to know some of the presenters whom I look up to, such as Brant Gardner, Daniel Peterson (whom I would say is the Jimmer Fredette of LDS apologetics), and Don Bradley. I also made friends with some of the younger folk, closer to my age, such as Stephen Smoot, Hales Swift, and Ed Goble. It was good to get to know some like-minded peers.  Here are some of the highlights from the Conference:
      FAIR President Scott Gordon announced the new website for the Mormon Defense League, a FAIR sponsored organization intended to address issues and a respond to questions from the media. To check out the website, go to mdl.orgMy favorite presentations from day one were those from Stephen D. Ricks, Brant Gardner, and Steven C. Harper. Gardner’s was clearly the talk of the day. In his presentation, he talked about how seer stones f…