Cult.Hist. 4B.4

Fourth and final installment of Book B of the Fourth Volume of the Cultural History of the Book of Mormon.  Like I said, this book is quite different from the others…although this section includes some material I’ve revised from the dissertation, for instance, the history of “intelligences” as imagined by Orson Pratt and others.


Next month: Volume 5!



BoM Cult.Hist.4B.3

Third Installment of the Fourth Volume, Part B, of the Cultural History of the Book of Mormon. 

If you are reading this series, consider yourself not part of any movement.  Trust me, if you could see book sales and blog visits, you’d realize you are a miniscule vapor of a very small, let’s say, “select” sliver of the population.  Something closer to a readership of one.  We are seldom honestly pluralized when addressed in this forum, really more of a “royal we.” 

So, let’s not worry about being swept away by the crowd of readers, or get too manic about building a city or whatnot.

I’ve realized, having watched local and national morning news after walking my children to the first day of school, that thinking is apparently very difficult work, a somewhat rare endeavor among anatomically modern humans….yes, grapes of wrath are souring in the heat of summer.  Third installment:



Cultural History 4B: Bodies of Word

I am grateful for readers who press on hoping to come to better understanding of their own traditions and scripture. It is often a difficult and lonely work, but you should know you are not alone, and that not only those among the living are interested in your endeavors.

The next book in our ongoing study of the cultural history of the Book of Mormon concerns how words shape our imagination and speculation of things intangible, e.g., spirits, gods, souls, atonement, sin, intelligences, and so on. We use words to speak of such things, and as a result, our thinking about them is shaped by words, grammars, syntax, history and culture.

This is for some the most difficult of the books, and for others, the most satisfying and stimulating.  We can agree it is the longest of the books, if measured by words.

Here is the first installment: