Joe Mallozzi talks ‘Dark Matter’ cliffhanger, ‘Stargate’ revival

I recently interviewed Joe Mallozzi for an article in the Deseret News. Mallozzi was the showrunner of “Dark Matter” and a prolific producer of “Stargate” franchise TV episodes.

Mallozzi shared thoughts on his decision to breakdown what would be (and may yet be) the first episode of a fourth season of “Dark Matter.” He also commented on the status of the effort to revive “Stargate” and shared his thoughts on fan reactions to sci-fi cancellations.

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Companion book to Hallmark’s ‘When Calls the Heart’ aims to edify and inspire

SALT LAKE CITY — The new book, “When God Calls the Heart: Devotions From Hope Valley,” by Brian Bird and Michelle Cox (Broadstreet Publishing Group, 176 pages) offers fans of the Hallmark Channel drama inspirational messages through the fictional characters they love.

“When God Calls the Heart: Devotions from Hope Valley.” Courtesy of Broadstreet Publishing.

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Scholar explores era, events that help shape modern religions in ‘Crucible of Faith’

A recent book by Philip Jenkins looks at a tumultuous time in history that contains lessons for believers trying to navigate today’s religious landscape.

Crucible of Faith: The Ancient Revolution That Made Our Modern Religious World” (Basic Books, $19.99) covers a time period of about two centuries prior to the birth of Christ to a half-century after his death.
So much happened in such a short amount of time such that Jenkins refers to it as a crucible in which different world faiths were shaped.

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Five fascinating facts about the Council of Fifty

The Council of Fifty was a secret organization founded by the Prophet Joseph Smith in 1844. The previously inaccessible records — or minutes — kept by the group remained a source of much speculation until they were made public in 2016. A new book titled “The Council of Fifty: What the Records Reveal about Mormon History” contains 15 essays about various topics of interest from the minutes of the council.

Among the many insights shared in the book are five fascinating facts about the Council of Fifty minutes. Continue reading “Five fascinating facts about the Council of Fifty”

Book Review: An Introduction to the Book of Abraham

John Gee is perhaps the leading Mormon commentator on the Book of Abraham – a portion of Mormon scripture that is simultaneously vital to the Mormon belief of premortal existence and heavily debated inside of academic circles. As a believing Mormon with a Ph.D. in Egyptology from Yale University, Gee brings a wonderful mix of perspectives to the discussion.

“An Introduction to the Book of Abraham” is precisely that – an introduction of the issues most important to both believers and scholars. The book is quite matter-of-fact in its tone, although there is the sense of subtle chastisement for both believers and scholars who approach the book with bias and extremism. As a result, the reader never feels compelled to come down on either side of any issue. Instead, the book serves quite nicely as an informative introduction regardless of any preconceived opinions.

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