The First Year of The Pierian Spring: 2010 in Review
It’s been a little over a year since launching The Pierian Spring. I’ve greatly enjoyed blogging on some of my favorite topics and, perhaps more than anything, becoming acquainted with others who share similar interests. I want to thank all my readers, commentators and friends for engaging in conversation and making this blog enjoyable. Thanks to those who challenged my ideas and helped to refine my thinking.
While it has been a turbulent year personally, and I haven’t written as much as I have wanted, I feel good with how the posts have turned out so far.
I enjoy all the posts, but here are some of my personal favorites:
- Gospel Principles Manual: A Brief History
- A Veil of Forgetfulness: Its Origins Forgotten
- Joseph Smith’s Revelations on Preexistence and Spirits
- Reevaluating Alma 13: Premortal Performance or Foreknowledge of God?
- Remnants of Pre-Official Declaration 2 Theology in Gospel Principles
- Darwinism’s Influence on the Mormon View of Spirits
- Rethinking the Book of Job
- Darwinism’s Influence on the Mormon View of Spirits – Part II
- The Divine Investiture of Authority: A Brief History
- Understanding the Fall in Mormonism – Part I: Lost and Fallen
- The New Translation, Footnotes, and Joseph Smith’s Religious Thought
- Teaching Jonah
- Understanding the Fall in Mormonism – Part II: Fortunate Redemption
- The Saint Pauls of Mormonism
I had intended to write reviews of all the chapters of Gospel Principles. In fact, the posts reviewing Gospel Principles overwhelmingly received the greatest amounts of hits. I did devote several posts to manuals and curriculum.
- Gospel Principles Lesson 01: Our Heavenly Father
- Correlation Shall be Known for Good and Evil
- Anticipations of a New Gospel Principles Manual
- A Bird’s Eye View of Gospel Principles Manual
- What Can Lesson Manuals Teach Us? Voices from the Dusty Bookshelf
However, it became clear to me earlier on that it made more sense to devote several posts to one theme, or to examine Mormon exegetical history.
Some of the posts were intended as part of a series: Understanding the Fall in Mormonism and Darwinism’s Influence on the Mormon View of Spirits. I envision at least another post for the Darwinism series but several more for Understanding the Fall, a topic that is very “photogenic” in terms of the history of Mormon thought. More to come!