Volume Five Published: Book Fantasia

The series, A Cultural History of the Book of Mormon, comes to completion with the publication of Book Fantasia.


The book is available from Createspace and also on Amazon and Kindle.  Also, if you like the books, please add a review on Amazon, or give it a star-rating.  I don’t generally read these, to be honest, but others do, and the books have been trolled by a few well-meaning, not-well-read commenters.

Finally, a preview of chapter three, Imagining the Book of the Lamb, given as a presentation (in SLC, Utah) can be viewed on Youtube.


This final volume of the cultural history looks into the future,
having seen enough of the past. A collection of related essays
imagining what is possible from the Book of Mormon, it
ponders the book into a fantasia. The collection begins with a
reading of Nephi’s Vision which opens a rather different
perspective on the Book of the Lamb, the subject of an
imaginative reconstruction. The third essay of the volume tells
a fantastical and tragical tale of the Remnant, recipients of the
Book of the Lamb, and long waiting with scales over their eyes.
Their role in creating New Jerusalem is explored, a future again
taking us back to the Book of Mormon’s scene of at-one-ment,
when Christ glorifies his disciples and they are one with him
and the Father. The relationship between Christ and the one
he calls Father is imagined across the essays, and most clearly in
a new reading of Atonement derived from the pages of the
Book of Mormon. Short fantasias give us guesses about the
book’s geography, and provide a reading of the Book of
Moroni, regarded as the preface to the Sealed Writings of that
same author. Finally, a wholly exploratory essay concludes the
volume by pointing to a need to ponder the Name, baptism in
it, calling upon it, and praying in it.

Reading Project 2A.4 and Book of the Lamb Presentation

The fourth and final installment from A Cultural History of the Book of Mormon, Volume 2A.



Also, Volume Five: Book Fantasia should be out by the end of this week.

A preview of the chapter on the Book of the Lamb, given as a presentation in SLC this month, can be watched here:

Imagining the Book of the Lamb 

(many thanks to the folks who recorded and edited the file)



Reading Project 2A.3

Third installment of Volume 2, Book A of the Cultural History of the Book of Mormon:


Also, Volume 4 is now available, Book A: What Dreams Have Come and Book B: Bodies of Word.

And a combined Volume 2, with both books, can be purchased here.



Finally, there was some mention on Facebook of me being tied to Denver Snuffer and Rock Waterman, in some sort of “neo-fundamentalist” movement.

Yeah, we are the First Presidency, and insist on getting back to fundamentals.  I like Denver and Rock, but I cannot see any “movement,” and certainly would mock any effort to call it by some name, and to thereby pretend one understands everyone now classed in that movement.

I think we should read a book, and then decide if it is true.  If that makes me a fundamentalist, I think you do not know the meaning of that word, and am not surprised you do not.

The term “fundamentalist” often now is used as a form of abuse by those with slight learning, who also know what reality really is about, as they’ve been told by some authority but typically cannot explain for themselves.

I won’t say what I would call a movement among LDS-attenders-but-smug-non-believers in the BoM.  Because I have tried to cut down on my use of the f-word, I will call them part of “labelism,” a ridiculous movement that seeks to name things, but not to understand; to benefit from the knowledge of others, and like all parasites, to find hosts to suck the life from.  If you think venues like Mormon Stories are not correlated, censored, or are in any sense very different from what you’d find governing the words said during Sunday School, I think you have been fooled.


Imagination: Volume Four of the Cultural History: Published

Although I mentioned yesterday in the regular Tuesday post for the Reading Project, let me make it official.
Volume Four of A Cultural History of the Book of Mormon is published, in two books:

Book A: What Dreams Have Come

Book B: Bodies of Word

This fourth volume explores the imaginative productions inspired by the Book of Mormon, from various sealed portions and books of Lehi, to romantic fiction and Hugh Nibley’s speculations on the Old World origins of Nephite culture.  The second book in the volume explores the Imagination as a philosophical and linguistic puzzle, and explains how languages we speak shape the creative imagination, and give substance to guesses about the meaning of words like “Atonement,” “Correlation,” “intelligences,” and “holy spirit.”  The more philosophical and analytically minded readers seem to very much enjoy reading Bodies of Word


What Dreams Have Come
a cultural history of the book of mormon: Volume Four ABeginning with Book of Mormon inspired fiction from the early 1900s, this volume explores the landscape of imaginary works generated by that book.  Included are analyses of Hugh Nibley’s scholarly imagined creations, various fan fictions, more recent “Sealed Portions” and other “pseudepigrapha” like the Mentinah Archives, various Books of Lehi, among other oddities of scriptures, culminating with the Abyssinian Book of Mormon.  The usual insightfulness and humor run through this Part A of Volume Four, a study of what we have dreamed up from the Book of Mormon so far.






Bodies of Word

a cultural history of the book of mormon: volume four BAn extensive and complex argument showing how and why the language we speak shapes how we imagine the things we can’t see.  Includes a great deal of philosophy, linguistic anthropology, and original research on how “atonement” has been imagined, and why; the origins of “correlation”; revised work on the history of Mormon theology, including the doctrine of intelligences and the Holy Spirit/Holy Ghost distinction; and more.  This Volume Four part B shows how imagination and language interlock, and clears the ground for speculative work in the fifth and final volume of this cultural history.

Reading Project Vol.2A, and release of Vol.4!

A few things on this post:

First: We are starting Volume 2 of the ongoing Cultural History of the Book of Mormon Reading Project, with Book A: Voicing Being Power.  The “coding” follows that outlined in the original post on the Reading Project.



Second: As stated, the price of both books in Volume Two will be reduced to $17.50 for this month.  I would prefer readers purchase these books from the publisher, Createspace, by following the links:

Volume 2A

Volume 2B


Third: Should you wish to purchase a “unified” Volume Two, containing both books, this is now available.  It can be purchased from the publisher today, and from Benchmark Books (in a few days).  This is a big book, and the price is $27.50.  It will not be sold on Amazon.

The Cultural History of the Book of Mormon: Volume 2

Fourth: The files for Volume One will be removed week by week, as well.



Volume Four is finished!

It also comes in two books:

Four A: What Dreams Have Come

Four A is available on Createspace, Amazon, and on Kindle.

I don’t trust Amazon to pull up this volume, if you search “cultural history,” however.

They are having problems there, for example, Volume Three: Beta Waves, which must be searched for with the exact title, or it only appears in the Kindle format!  The same is apparently true of this Volume Four: What Dreams Have Come.  I don’t know what their problem is, or how to fix it.  I suspect they are pushing Kindle formats over paperbacks.

You can find all the books (hopefully) on my AuthorPage .


This brings us to Volume Four B: Bodies of Word.

UPDATE: This title is now published, and can be purchased here, or on Kindle and Amazon in a few days.