Category Archives: Literary Views of Scripture

In Tents #30 Some Tools for Studying Scripture, part II

Shortly after I posted part I, I came across a source that reminded me that the best tools for studying the scriptures are often the the questions we bring to them. I saw a link to Joseph M. Spencer’s An … Continue reading

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In Tents #29 Some Tools for Studying Scripture

At the After the AML Meeting gathering at Charlotte England’s house last year, Darlene Young asked me one of her simple questions that calls forth serious thought. (Good probing questions are one of Darlene’s talents.) “What’s your favorite translation of … Continue reading

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In Tents #28 Ethics and Aesthetics Part 6, Final Thoughts

Much of Shostakovich’s music was banned for the sin of formalism–whatever that means–so it wasn’t heard until after Stalin’s death in 1953. –Peggy Woodruff, introducing Shostakovich’s “Festive Overture” on KBYU FM March 14, 2013 The idea that ethics and aesthetics … Continue reading

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in verse # 27 : wretched matter and lame Meter

John Milton didn’t know jack about free verse, and yet when he explicated his reason for shunning rime he sounded like he understood the reasoning of the free versifiers at the turn of the last century.  In introducing Paradise lost … Continue reading

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In Tents #27 Ethics and Aesthetics Part 5

Last night at dinner my sister Krista asked what I was presenting at the AML symposium. She was trying to distract me from mourning the impending loss of our mother’s four last infected teeth, with nothing left to anchor lower … Continue reading

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In Tents #26 Ethics and Aesthetics of Jesus and Pilate, Part IV

As I was finishing last month’s post I had one of those sudden strokes of intelligence Joseph Smith talked about, and want to expand on it this month, but first some background. In summer 1975 my mother went on a … Continue reading

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In Tents #25 Ethics and Aesthetics of Jesus and Pilate, Part III

Consider three statements on Mormon aesthetics. The first is a quote. The other two are composites. I’ve heard many versions of all three among AML people or at AML events. And the concerns they express are hardly unique to Mormons. … Continue reading

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In Tents #24 Ethics and Aesthetics of Jesus and Pilate, Part II

By any measure the story of Jesus and Pilate is not flattering to Pilate, or to Rome. To see why take the elements of the story and move them to another time. A judge or military commander who says to … Continue reading

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Toward a Mormon Speculative Fiction e-Collective, Part I: The Charlatans of God

In the first of three guest posts leading up to the launch of a proposed website dedicated to displaying and developing talent in Mormon speculative fiction, project instigator Mark Penny waxes poetic over the role of speculative fiction writer as … Continue reading

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In Tents # 23 The Ethics and Aesthetics of Jesus and Pilate – Part I

Who has forgotten the outrages of the crucifixion In the tenor of the cloisters of gentle remembrance? —Clinton Larson, “Crucifixion in Judea” Several months ago at Statebird Book I came across a book called Unlocking the New Testament, by Richard … Continue reading

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