In case you've been distracted by election news (I think I have), here are a few good posts you might have missed.
And how do I identify posts worth highlighting here? It is a three step process. First, a blog has to make it into my Google Reader. I presently have 84 blog feeds. Next, as I review the daily onslaught of blog posts, I flag the roughly one in ten or twenty posts that seem worthwhile. The final step is going through the queue of flagged posts, a few of which I can shoehorn into a link and comment post. I'm guessing some of you do something similar. Anyway, here are a few good posts.
- LoGP discusses the problem of "Others" in the Book of Mormon, the problem being that it is clear there were millions of Native Americans here thousands of years before there were any Nephites or Lamanites, but they don't enter directly into the narrative at any point. Those groups that are encountered directly in the narrative — the Mulekites and Jaredites — are stated to have come from the Old World. A helpful discussion.
- A conversion story at About Mormonism, a newish sort-of-LDS blog (Part 1, Part 2, baptism, confirmation). Don't miss the About page to get a little more context.
- At Summa Theologica, scholar Gerald McDermott responds to criticism of his recent First Things article on Mormonism in which both he and Bruce D. Porter, an LDS General Authority, discussed whether Mormonism is Christian. The blog post is a fairly concise discussion of the key issues.