You’ve probably heard by now that something just changed within the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship (hereon MI). This post is intended to provide readers who may be unfamiliar with this topic with something of a timeline of events, for people who may not trust what they are hearing from other sources. Its purpose is to inform, not analyze.
Here are the events, provided with links and minimal commentary.
Thursday, June 14, 2012, 12:57 AM CST - A member of MormonDiscussions.com (hereon MDB) known as “Doctor Scratch”
Thursday, June 14, 2012, 10:43 AM (MST?) - M. Gerald Bradford, Executive Director of the MI, e-mails Daniel C. Peterson and notifies him that he will be appointing a new editor to oversee the Mormon Studies Review (formerly the FARMS Review of Books, hereon MSR), in order to take the publication in “a different direction.”
Thursday, June 14, 2012, 3:18 PM (MST?) – Peterson responds to Bradford, mentioning that the MI “leaks like a sieve” and that he has already read “on an apostate message board” about his impending termination. This was probably a reference to Doctor Scratch’s 6/14 post at MDB. His response added 18 other unknown recipients.
Friday, June 15, 2012, 11:42 PM CST – Former Mormon and former Mormon apologist Kevin Graham starts a thread at MDB wherein
Friday, June 15, 2012, Time Uncertain – Dan Peterson says in
Saturday, June 16, 2012, 3:52 PM CST – Doctor Scratch creates a thread at MDB wherein he posts Bradford’s 6/14
Saturday, June 16, 2012, 7:30 PM CST – Doctor Scratch creates another thread wherein he posts Peterson’s 6/14
Wednesday, June 20, 2012, 9:24 PM (MST?) – William J. Hamblin confirms
Thursday, June 21, 2012, 5:06 AM (MST?) – Peterson comments directly on the affair
Friday, June 22, 2012, Time Uncertain – The MI
Friday, June 22, 2012, Time Uncertain – Peterson
Friday, June 22, 2012, 4:15 PM MST – Peggy Fletcher Stack publishes about the “shake-up”
I hope this is helpful to those who are unfamiliar with the message boards and blogs in question, yet trying to make sense of what has gone down.