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BLOG UPDATE: DECEMBER 2012

Well, another year has passed, and despite the fact that I continue to be busy with several other things, I have managed to keep this blog alive, and it even seems to have a growing (albeit still very small) audience. Moving forward, I thought now was a good time to get some updates in.

DAN PETERSON, THE MAXWELL INSTITUTE, AND MORMON STUDIES: REVISITING THE CONTROVERSY – PART 2

Since William J. Hamblin has noted the passing of 6 months since the debacle this summer, now seems like a good time to offer up some comments as the implicitly promised part 2 of my earlier post. In that post, I took up the issue of whether or not the study of an internet podcast host and the accompanying community was worthy of an academic journal. I concluded then – and still think so now – the answer is yes, despite the protestations of a few commenters who, without having even seen or read the paper, insist that the paper is nothing like the kind of study I have suggested it is.

My Apologetic Wish List!

In the spirit of the holiday season, I thought I would share my “wish list.” This isn’t so much what I want for Christmas as it is what I wish actually existed in the LDS scholarly/apologetic corpus.
1. Collected Statements of the Three and Eight Witnesses: On a number of occasions, Richard Lloyd Anderson has said that he has collected over 200 statements from one of the eleven witnesses relevant to their testimony of seeing the plates, many of which have never been published. Of the ones that have been published, they are scattered all over the place, or mixed into much larger collections of documents. What is needed for those who would like to study the witnesses is a volume with transcripts of all the relevant first-, second-, and even third- or fourth-hand sources. Any scrap of paper that has potential relevancy to the question of what they saw and experienced ought to be included, with introductions providing some historical context for the statements. It would have to be a colla…