Why Melchizedek wasn’t Shem, and Why it Does and Doesn’t Matter

The following essay was written by Scott S. Mitchell, a principal contributor to this website.   Many members of the LDS church believe Shem, the son of Noah and the father of all the Semitic races, and Melchizedek, the famous high priest to whom Abraham paid tithes, to be the same person.  Indeed, a short … Continue reading Why Melchizedek wasn’t Shem, and Why it Does and Doesn’t Matter

Untying the Mormon Knot with the Boy Scouts: the Right Thing for the Wrong Reasons, and What “Honor” Entails

(Note:  The following essay was written by Scott Mitchell, a principal contributor to this website.) The LDS Church announced on May 8, 2018 that it is ending its long affiliation with the Boy Scouts.  The announcement was a big story, and was carried by most major news outlets.  The story can be read here.  Many … Continue reading Untying the Mormon Knot with the Boy Scouts: the Right Thing for the Wrong Reasons, and What “Honor” Entails