508–509: The LDS Church’s New Official History Volume, Saints: The Standard of Truth

Dan Wotherspoon History, Joseph Smith, Marriage, Polygamy, Relief Society, Teaching 9 Comments

Just two weeks ago, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released the first volume of its long-awaited history of the church series, Saints: …

505: The Heart and Depth of Father Tom Roberts: How the Things He Sees, Studies, and Shares Might Prove a Great Boon for Many Latter-day Saints

Dan Wotherspoon Christianity, Doctrine, God, History, Jesus Christ, Marriage, Mormon & Gospel Teachings, Scripture, Theology 2 Comments

No one who has appeared on Mormon Matters has a more interesting, diverse, and ecumenical religious journey than Father Tom Roberts—one that also includes Mormonism from …

416–417: Assessing the History and Value of Mormon Apologetics

Dan Wotherspoon Apologetics, History 2 Comments

Doing “apologetics,” which means to “speak in defense,” has been a longstanding tradition within Christianity, including Mormonism. Some forms of apologetics are often labeled “negative,” …

304: Mormon History and Lying

Dan Wotherspoon History 9 Comments

On October 21st, Brian Whitney wrote a post for the “Worlds Without End” blog in which he offers a contextual framing of LDS Church history …

297–298: The State of Public History in Today’s Mormonism

Dan Wotherspoon History 2 Comments

In this two-part episode, Lindsay Hansen Park, Brian Whitney, and Jon Grimes join Mormon Matters host Dan Wotherspoon for a discussion of how Mormon history …

176–177: The Adam-God Doctrine: What? When? Still?

Dan Wotherspoon Doctrine, History 41 Comments

When Brigham Young first taught in initial outlines of what is now known as the “Adam-God Doctrine” (or the “Adam-God Theory”—the preferred term by those …

125–126: Mormonism and Politics: Historical Perspectives

Dan Wotherspoon History, Politics 6 Comments

Too often today’s political discourse reduces politics to partisanship, whether one affiliates with this or that political party. It’s a much broader topic, however, encompassing …

112: Imagining New Ways to Think and Teach about Mormon Pioneers

Dan Wotherspoon History 13 Comments

On the verge of another Pioneer Day (July 24th), this one marking the 165th anniversary of the first Mormon pioneer wagon train reaching the Salt Lake …