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Reviews/Responses

Welcome to the Reviews/Responses page. On this page is a listing of all the reviews, responses, and critiques of specific works (such as books, articles, blogs, etc.) that I have posted on this blog. Reviews (including responses and critiques), I feel, play an important role in the ongoing dialogue on Mormonism that exists on the internet, in academia, and other venues. It is in reviews where ideas can be examined and tested, and authors can be held accountable for the information they circulate. Information, thoughts, and theories are exchanged and critiqued in (generally/ideally) healthy and constructive ways, thus allowing the discussion to advance and move forward.

 As I try to become more involved and integrated into this dialogue, reviews, responses, and critiques will become a greater part of the content here on this blog. As new reviews are posted, they will also be added here to the listings on this page for the sake of easy and convenient access. 

Anti-Mormons


Ex-Mormon Critics


Interfaith Dialogue


Book of Mormon

Does the Book of Mormon Promote Socialism?
The Relationship Between Isaiah 29 and 2 Nephi 27
Building Upon the Rock: Making Sure our Arguments Rest on a Sure Foundation
Critiquing a Critique: Responding to Rod Meldrum's Critique of John Sorenson's Methodology
The Risen Jesus: The Immediate and Eternal Text
News on Nahom/Nihm
Cumorah, Cumorah, Where art Thou, Cumorah?
A Tribute to John L. Sorenson: Reading his Works in a Logical Order
Welcome to Orientation: Mormon's Codex, Part 1
Welcome to (the American) Jerusalem, I Hope You Can Swim!: The Geography of Mormon's Codex
A Scientist Looks at Book of Mormon Anachronisms
"War of Words and Tumult of Opinions": The Battle for Joseph Smith's Words in Book of Mormon Geography
Archaeology and the Book of Mormon: Some Notes

New Testament

The Easier Shall be Made Harder and the Harder Shall be Made Easier

Church History

Top Secret Research Hidden on YOUR Coffee Table!
Trusting Joseph
Moorman on Mormons: A Review of Camp Floyd and the Mormons
Shoshone Mormon
Rediscovering the First Vision
The Best Information on Joseph Smith's Polygamy: A Review Round-Up

Reviewing the Review


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Vol. 2 (1990)
Vol. 3 (1991)
Vol. 4 (1992)
Vol. 5 (1993)
Vol. 6, Iss. 1 (1994)
Vol. 6, Iss. 2 (1994)
Vol. 8, Iss. 2 (1996)
Vol. 12, Iss. 2 (2000)
Vol. 13, Iss. 1 (2001)
Vol. 14, Iss. 1-2 (2002)
Vol. 15, Iss. 1 (2003)
Vol. 16, Iss. 1 (2004)
Vol. 16, Iss. 2 (2004)
Vol. 17, Iss. 1 (2005)
Vol. 17, Iss. 2 (2005)
Vol. 18, Iss. 1 (2006)
Vol. 18, Iss. 2 (2006)
Vol. 19, Iss. 1 (2007)
Vol. 19, Iss. 2 (2007)
Vol. 20, Iss. 1 (2008)
Vol. 20, Iss. 2 (2008)
Vol. 21, Iss. 2 (2009)
Vol. 22, Iss. 1 (2010)
Vol. 22, Iss. 2 (2010)
Vol. 23, Iss. 1 (2011)

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