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  • Evo Debate: Things Bill Nye does not know about science

    For any who might have missed the debate Tuesday evening, it may be seen on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6kgvhG3AkI What I was listening to was more of a debate on the age of the Earth than on evolution although the two topics are related. Ham is well schooled in the arguments against evolution, but he believes in a literal intgerpretation of Genesis and a roughly six thousand year old universe; that is pretty much impossible to defend. Nye, on the other hand, strikes me as a sort of a yuppie and an acolyte of Carl Sagan's who has not made any sort...
  • Francis: Reformer or Revolutionary?

    07/12/2013 9:09:52 AM PDT · by markomalley · 25 replies
    Standing on my head ^ | 7-12-2013 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    From the first days of his papacy Francis has been hailed as a radical reformer. The mainstream journalists have enjoyed creating a new narrative: The shadowy Dan Brown-type Vatican (as we all know) is worm eaten with secret pedophiles, a cadre of homosexuals, mobsters running the Vatican Bank, an ancient, sinister international conspiracy and Cardinals who are shady, secretive and scheming. Benedict XVI was, at best, a congenial old duffer more interested in red shoes and fancy vestments and giving top jobs to his cronies than in cleaning up the church. At worst he was the Goblin King sitting happily...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: PARAENESIS, 07-12-13

    07/12/2013 7:46:44 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random): PARAENESISOriginally meant advice or counsel (Greek parainein, to advise). As a form of biblical composition, it is popular preaching or exhortation, of which the epistle of St. James is a classic example. It is exemplified in the moralizing parts of the Old Testament and is found in such Apostolic Fathers as Clement I and the Shepherd of Hermas. Besides James, it is frequently used by St. Paul, e.g., in his letters to the Galatians and Ephesians.  All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • But Pastor Osteen, where is Jesus?

    03/28/2012 6:13:37 AM PDT · by Cronos · 72 replies
    timesunion ^ | 18 Mar 2012 | Delaney McDonough
    Over 12,000 people rushed into a crowded Times Union Center to hear “Pastor” Joel Osteen’s message of feel good, Broadway style contemporary worship and many came out changed according to an article in yesterday’s paper by Paul Grondahl. A star among the Christian world, Osteen claims the nation’s largest congregation in Houston, Texas with over 30,000 members Aside from being a good looking man with a deep southern accent and a warm welcoming voice that draws many in, what qualifications does this man have to be preaching to stadiums packed full of vulnerable people? The best selling author and televangelist...
  • How Not to Become a Catholic

    02/16/2012 6:39:24 AM PST · by NYer · 133 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | February 16, 2012 | James Tonkowich
    This is the first installment of how a former Protestant leader crossed the Tiber. [1]James Tonkowich A little over a year ago my status changed. Having been a Presbyterian minister for over twenty years, I became a Catholic layman. How that happened is a long story.In a nutshell, though, reading a Catholic author here, meeting with a priest or two there, befriending groups of faithful Catholics, and attending lectures, meetings, and (occasionally) Mass all added up. At the same time, my questions about the viability of Protestantism in a post-modern environment became more pointed and my answers more frightening....
  • Sex Addiction: Are Pastors More Vulnerable to Sexual Temptation?

    01/27/2012 7:00:33 AM PST · by marshmallow · 26 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 1/25/12 | Alex Murashko
    Although no one is immune to sexual temptation, a pastor leading an online pornography addiction recovery ministry says that church leaders may be especially vulnerable to sexually moral failure. Pastor Jeff Fisher, whose past secret addiction to pornography was discovered while pastoring a church in the Northeast several years ago, recently had his thoughts on the struggles church leadership might face in this area published on Pastors.com. Fisher and his wife, Marsha, have shared their road to recovery individually and in their marriage along with resources for others struggling with pornography addiction on their Website, PorntoPurity.com. In his post, "5...
  • Sola Scriptura and Protestantism’s Hermeneutical Chaos

    01/07/2012 6:00:19 PM PST · by rzman21 · 190 replies · 1+ views
    During the 1960s a book Double Helix came out that described Francis Crick and James WatsonÂ’s discovery of the double helix structure that made up DNA. This was a landmark discovery for it enabled scientists to understand how living organisms were able to replicate themselves from generation to generation. DNA functioned as a unique blueprint for each human being: a set of instructions about the color of our eyes, the shape of our nose etc. In the 1980s scientists discovered the presence of telomeres, little bits of DNA located at the end of the chromosome chain. Telomeres function to keep...
  • The Faith Of The Saints (Distinguishing True Faith from False Faith) (Ecumenical)

    12/30/2011 10:19:22 AM PST · by rzman21 · 7 replies
    His By Grace ^ | Ernest C. Reisinger
    The Faith Of The Saints Ernest C. Reisinger -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- (Taken from the book, "The Faith of The Saints, The Assurance Of The Saints, The Perseverance of The Saints" Published by Mt. Zion Publications) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Just over four hundred years ago, in late October, a young Augustinian monk, professor of theology and pastor in Whittenburg, Germany, in the fire of his zeal for Christian truth, nailed 95 thesis to the door of the Castle Church. He had left the study of law and entered the priesthood, seeking to be justified before God. His name was Martin Luther. As a result of...
  • Are There Devout Christians In {non Church of Christ} Denominations?

    12/15/2011 10:14:12 AM PST · by Cronos · 203 replies
    Mabelvale Church of Christ ^ | 2008 | Mabelvale Church of Christ
    Are There Devout Christians In Denominations?  John 10:16      Sadly, many in our brotherhood would answer “yes” to this question.  Denominations have for years taught that it does not matter what church you attend, as long as a person is sincere and honest.  Many in the Lord’s church have swallowed this idea.  They cry long and hard that there are sincere, devout Christians in any given denomination.  It is no wonder, then, that many congregations of the Lord’s church have joined hands with denominational churches to promote or to participate in any number of things.  Of course, they consider their...
  • Letter from Murad Sultan of the Moslem Ottomans to those in Flanders (1574)

    12/14/2011 8:17:33 AM PST · by Cronos · 7 replies
    In a 1574 letter to the "Members of the Lutheran sect in Flanders and Spain", Murad III made considerable efforts to highlight the similarities between Islamic and Protestants principles. He wrote: "As you, for your part, do not worship idols, you have banished the idols and portraits and "bells" from churches, and declared your faith by stating that God Almighty is one and Holy Jesus is His Prophet and Servant, and now, with heart and soul, are seeking and desirous of the true faith; but the faithless one they call Papa does not recognize his Creator as One, ascribing divinity...
  • Mormon Hypocrisy

    10/13/2011 5:52:58 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 206 replies
    13 October 2011 | Gamecock
    I subscribe to a Mormon apologetic Newsletter titled FAIR (Foundation for Apologetic Information and Research). Normally it falls into my junk email account and I don't even open it, but today I had a few minutes and scanned the latest offering and was stunned to see the hypocrisy of the authors. Please note the entire email is posted below. This particular issue has a great deal of whining about those mean Christians who make the spurious claim that Mormons are not Christians, but are a cult. A couple of examples: -"Mormons are a cult" epithets into the national spotlight. In...
  • I think Palin's unfavoribles are wide, but less than an inch deep

    09/18/2011 3:07:02 PM PDT · by se_ohio_young_conservative · 276 replies
    Obviously there is no logical reason for her unfavorables in the polls to be what they are. Did she do anything like let an intern give her oral sex or get involved in some disasterous scandal ? absolutely not. There is NOTHING on her. They have looked and looked and looked. Nobody has found a thing. She seems to be the kind of leader that the American people are wanting to represent them. They do. I contend to you that her unfavoribles mean NOTHING. It is useless polling data and should have no impact on who wins the nomination in...
  • Warren Jeffs and the abandonment of tradition [Real MormonISM]

    08/15/2011 4:17:17 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 61 replies
    Deseret News ^ | Aug. 14, 2011 | Nathan B. Oman
    Last week, a Texas jury convicted Warren Jeffs, leader of the polygamist FLDS Church, of two counts of child sexual assault...For Americans who are increasingly interested in the religion of the two Mormons running for president, Jeffs' conviction raises what could appear to be difficult questions about modern Mormonism. There is no formal connection between Jeffs' FLDS Church and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints... From 1852 until 1890, however, the Mormon Church did publically teach and practice polygamy... Given that history, many Americans ask themselves whether Jeffs' cocktail of religious authority, polygamy and child sex represents some...
  • Was Polygamy, in the Nineteenth Century, Started by the FLDS Church, or the LDS Church?

    08/15/2011 4:53:20 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 99 replies
    Faith and Reason Forum.com ^ | 2003 | Donna Morley
    During the early 1830s, Emma Smith was beginning to have some strong suspicions that her husband, Joseph (Mormon prophet) might be involved in infidelity. While these were only suspicions, Oliver Cowdery (one of the three “witnesses” to the Book of Mormon) had proof of Smith’s adultery and confronted him on it. Smith denied to Cowdery that he was in any such activity. Cowdery would be excommunicated from the Mormon church on several counts including, “by falsely insinuating that he [Smith] was guilty of adultery.” 1 Emma’s suspicions were confirmed when she caught Joseph and 19-year-old Eliza Partridge locked in a...
  • The Transfiguration of Brigham Young

    08/08/2011 7:38:05 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 25 replies
    Mormon Coffee (Mormonism Research Ministry) ^ | Aug. 8, 2011 | Sharon Lindbloom
    When Joseph Smith died in June of 1844, the Mormon Church faced a succession crisis. Mormon historian Richard S. Van Wagoner explained, “Despite frequent kidnaping and assassination attempts, Joseph Smith established no firm policies regarding presidential succession in the event of his death. The resulting confusion threw the prophetic transition into turmoil. He simply had not expected to die at thirty-eight. Never given to full disclosure to any man or woman, the prophet’s public and private statements between 1834-44 suggested at least eight different methods for succession, each pointing to different successors with some claims to validity.” (“The Making of...
  • Letter: Polygamy comparison fails [BYU Letter-to-the-Editor]

    07/15/2011 1:49:46 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 26 replies · 1+ views
    BYU Daily Universe ^ | June 3, 2011 | Colin Mann
    In a recent letter to the editor, the author of “The right vs. the law (5/26)” compared illegal immigrants to the early leaders of the church. He observed the early church members violated the law to practice polygamy and those men were still doing what was right, therefore there are cases when it isn’t wrong to break the law. This is all true. But then he implies by this same reasoning, illegal immigrants may not be doing something wrong. This is a false analogy, because the two situations are not the same in the relevant way. What made the church...
  • What's with the hatred of Michele Bachmann at Free Republic?

    06/19/2011 1:04:04 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 416 replies
    What's with the hatred of Michele Bachmann at Free Republic lately? I've seen some psychotic paranoid drivel about her secretly working for Mitt Romney, but apparently there's more to it than that. Please help me out here, folks.
  • Mormon leader faces deportation

    04/30/2011 4:38:37 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 12 replies
    KSTU (Fox 13, Salt Lake City) ^ | April 29, 2011 | Arikka Von and staff
    DRAPER, Utah— Federal officers arrested 53 year old Felix Callejas, his wife and two of their children at their home April 19. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says a judge ordered Luca Callejas to return to El Salvador in 2008. Callejas' other family members got the same deportation order in 2009. The family appealed and their case was dismissed earlier this month. Callejas is the president of a Spanish speaking LDS Church branch in Draper. Concerned church members called local activist Tony Yapias saying they're now afraid to go to church. “The whole membership was devastated over what happened,” says Latino...
  • Friday Minute: 10 member-missionary tips [Real Mormonism]

    04/30/2011 4:28:48 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 8 replies
    Deseret News ^ | April 29, 2011 | William Monahan
    In a recent survey by pollster Gary Lawrence of how Americans view "Mormonism," a whopping 77 percent said they were not sure Mormons are Christians. Understanding how the public views us can improve our responses to gospel questions. SNIP 2. Ditch the lingo. Gary Lawrence is a respected pollster and adviser to the missionary department. He suggests we use simple terms to which our Christian friends will relate: Use "Christianity" instead of "gospel," "re-established" instead of "restoration," and "men changed" instead of "apostasy." 3. Stay on message. Only 12 percent of Americans know our central message. It is this: We...
  • HAVE YOU NOTICED THIS ABOUT MORMONS?

    04/17/2011 2:58:04 PM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 309 replies
    Various | April 17, 2011 | Vanity
    HAVE YOU NOTICED THIS ABOUT MORMONS?   If you were to desire to enter the exclusive LDS-Mormon club, you would have to be agree to the church doctrine including this:   First Presidency Doctrinal StatementsIt is not only his discourses that form the basis of Joseph F. Smith's doctrinal legacy. During his presidency, several important documents signed by the First Presidency and/or the Twelve were issued that still serve as a touch stone of Latter-day Saint belief. One such document, The Origin of Man: By the First Presidency, was issued in 1909 during a time when evolution was gaining attention...
  • Face the Future with Faith [Real Mormonism]

    04/15/2011 7:32:45 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 24 replies
    Lds.org ^ | April 2011 | Russell M. Nelson
    SNIP Teach of faith to keep all the commandments of God, knowing that they are given to bless His children and bring them joy. 4 Warn them that they will encounter people who pick which commandments they will keep and ignore others that they choose to break. I call this the cafeteria approach to obedience. This practice of picking and choosing will not work. It will lead to misery. To prepare to meet God, one keeps all of His commandments. It takes faith to obey them, and keeping His commandments will strengthen that faith. Obedience allows God’s blessings to flow...
  • How Well Do You Know Mormon Church Leaders of the Past?

    04/13/2011 7:43:32 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 82 replies
    Mormon Coffee ^ | April 7, 2011 | Sharon Lindbloom
    Last month (March 2011) Ensign magazine included a challenge titled “How Well Do You Know Our Church Leaders?” It consisted of 15 details from the lives of the 15 current Prophets, Seers and Revelators of the LDS Church. Readers were invited to match the names with the facts. The Ensign challenge included things like figuring out which leader once raised rabbits or worked on an oyster boat. The lives of LDS leaders throughout the history of the Mormon Church reflect much more interesting details than those included in the Ensign article. So I here add my own version of “How...
  • The Way of the Disciple {Palm Sunday-Mormon]

    04/12/2011 12:34:33 PM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 42 replies
    Ensign ^ | May, 2009 | Dieter F. Uchtdorf
    The Way of the Disciple President Dieter F. UchtdorfSecond Counselor in the First Presidency  Now is the time to embrace the gospel of Jesus Christ, become His disciples, and walk in His way. Today is the day the Christian world traditionally calls Palm Sunday. You will remember that it was on that Sunday nearly 2,000 years ago that Jesus Christ entered the city of Jerusalem during the final week of His mortal life. 1 In fulfillment of Zechariah’s ancient prophecy, 2 He rode in on a donkey, and as He did so, a great multitude came out to greet the...
  • Christian churches, including the Latter-day Saints, share many hymns

    04/10/2011 4:36:54 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 66 replies
    Deseret News ^ | April 10, 2011 | John Enslen
    Four decades ago, when my wife Dianne and I were active Baptists, somehow we ended up with a Baptist hymnal in our home. This same kleptomaniac-like behavior has surfaced on multiple occasions with respect to LDS hymnals. We even have an LDS hymnal embossed with “Joseph Smith Memorial Building.” Our Baptist hymnal is a...once widely-used, 1956-copyrighted edition published by Convention Press... SNIP Recently I searched our current 1985 edition of "Hymns of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints" to determine how many of these hymns are common to our older Baptist hymnal. One might be surprised to learn...
  • Report: Human error, inadequate fire alarm contributed to Provo Tabernacle fire (Mormonism)

    04/10/2011 3:21:19 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 236 replies
    ABC4 (Salt Lake City) ^ | March 31, 2011
    PROVO, Utah (ABC 4 News) - The Provo City Fire Department has released the full report on the December Provo Tabernacle fire. The 135-page report outlines events leading up to the fire from December 17th that destroyed the historic landmark in Provo. Trax Lighting and AV arrived at the Tabernacle a few days before the fire to setup lighting for a concert that was to be taped by BYU Broadcasting. During the setup of a lighting truss, a technician said he set aside two lamps that were part of the in-house lighting system. Fire officials believe these lights were placed...
  • Common myths about Mormon women: Cathy Chamberlain speaks to the LDS Business Conference

    04/10/2011 3:50:38 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 38 replies
    Deseret News ^ | April 9, 2011 | Jamshid Ghazi Askar
    PARK CITY — Cathy Chamberlain spoke about recognizing and remedying common misperceptions of women in the LDS Church, at the 4th Annual LDS Business Conference. "There are a lot of myths out in the world about who Mormon women really are," Chamberlain said Friday in Park City. "The most common myth outside of the church is that LDS women are second-class citizens in the church. Among our own women, they're not sure their roles are as important as men's roles. "We've got some cultural myths we've got to remove, and it's become a mission of mine to figure out how...
  • Reflections of a Non-Mormon Historian

    04/07/2011 5:51:50 PM PDT · by delacoert · 35 replies
    Signature Books Library ^ | Lawrence Foster
    Until the past thirty-five years the very idea of Mormon history was viewed as something of a joke by most professional historians. Despite the massive outpouring of dissertations and books devoted to studying Mormon history, virtually none were known or treated seriously outside the ranks of a handful of western history buffs, social historians, and other enthusiasts with highly specialized interests. Brigham Young University dissertations were seen as providing the classic stereotype of the genre. No matter what the topic, each dissertation seemed to begin with Joseph Smith's first vision and end with a reaffirmation of the author's faith in...
  • Priesthood Ordinances and Blessings - Mormon

    04/06/2011 11:00:03 AM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 43 replies
    Priesthood Ordinances and Blessings An ordinance is a sacred act performed by a man who holds the priesthood. Baptism and the sacrament are examples of priesthood ordinances. Some ordinances may be performed by brethren who hold the Aaronic Priesthood. But most ordinances are performed by Melchizedek Priesthood holders. This section gives directions that a priesthood leader should follow when performing an ordinance. Brethren who perform ordinances should prepare themselves to be guided by the Holy Spirit. They also should make sure the ordinance meets the following requirements: All ordinances must be performed in the name of Jesus Christ. All...
  • U pres. says religious freedom eroding, urges LDS to join ACLU

    04/06/2011 10:46:48 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 25 replies
    KSL.com ^ | April 5, 2011
    SALT LAKE CITY -- University of Utah President Michael K. Young has a strong message for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He says freedom of religion is eroding in America and he urges Mormons to join the American Civil Liberties Union. While speaking at the annual conference of the LDS International Society on Monday at Brigham Young University, Young said religious freedom is about free will and agency. "We should be among the most passionate civil libertarians in the world," Young said. He expanded this during the question and answer period following his presentation by...
  • Mormon Profits and Lying

    04/05/2011 1:15:18 AM PDT · by delacoert · 78 replies · 8+ views
    Steve Cuno ^ | 10/26/2010 | Steve Cuno
    I once observed to a Mormon friend that Gordon B. Hinckley, late president of the Mormon Church, publicly lied when it suited him. No, I didn’t simply up and assault my friend’s faith. That would be bad manners. He and I discussed religion often; this happened to come up in the course of one of our conversations. “Lied?” said my Mormon friend. “Name one instance.” Without having to think hard or research, I came up with three: 1. When Hinckley served as an assistant to his predecessor, Ezra Taft Benson, he repeatedly assured church members that Benson was actively engaged...
  • Lying for the Lord [Not the typical version / Well worth the read]

    04/05/2011 2:04:14 AM PDT · by delacoert · 10 replies
    Mormon Think ^ | Ken Clark
    "The right to lie in the service of your own interests is highly valued and frequently exercised"-Nero Wolfe I began this list when I was a full time employee of the LDS Church Education System (CES). I worked as a Seminary Principal/teacher, Institute teacher/Director, and Stake CES Coordinator from 1975 - 2002. My last assignment was brief. I signed a Letter of Agreement with CES to serve as the Director of the Pullman, Washington LDS Institute of Religion adjacent to Washington State University in July 2002. I resigned from CES a month later. I carry fond memories of the students,...
  • MORMON LYING

    04/03/2011 7:34:45 AM PDT · by delacoert · 90 replies
    Earthlink ^ | 2001 | Richard Packham
    Introduction If Mormonism itself is not the "one true religion" as it claims to be, then that claim, of course is not true, and is a lie. If Joseph Smith did not really see angels, and if he did not really translate the Book of Mormon with divine help, then those claims are lies.But the purpose of this article is not to deal with those broad issues, since the amount of evidence that would be required to demonstrate the falsity of those claims (and the other broad claims of Mormonism) is more than can be dealt with in a small space. Rather,...
  • Joseph Smith Is Tarred and Feathered [LDS lesson in children's class ages 8-11]

    04/03/2011 8:11:07 AM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 628 replies · 1+ views
    Primary 5: Doctrine and Covenants: Church History   “Lesson 21: Joseph Smith Is Tarred and Feathered,” Primary 5: Doctrine and Covenants: Church History, (1997),110Purpose To help each child desire to develop a forgiving attitude. Preparation 1. Prayerfully study Doctrine and Covenants 64:8–11, 15–16 and the historical account given in this lesson. Then study the lesson and decide how you want to teach the children the historical account. (See “Preparing Your Lessons,” pp. vi–vii, and “Teaching the Scriptural and Historical Accounts,” pp. vii–ix.) 2. Select the discussion questions and enrichment activities that will involve the children and best help them achieve the...
  • The Biblical Jesus vs. the Book of Mormon Jesus

    04/04/2011 10:36:55 AM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 108 replies
    exmormon.org ^ | unknown
    The Biblical Jesus vs. the Book of Mormon Jesus (From a post on exmormon.org) Special thanks to who ever posted this originally (sorry I forgot your name) and aknowledgement to Gordon Hinckley who said "we worship a different Christ". LDS members believe that they are singularly blessed with a record of the earthly ministry of Jesus from his life in Palestine, his visit to the Spirit World, and his visit to the Americas. Yet, a chronological reading of the story of Jesus’ last week in Palestine to his ministry in the America, using LDS scripture, leaves one puzzled as...
  • Mormon/LDS Youth iPhone App & Expanded Website

    04/01/2011 11:58:16 AM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 142 replies
    More Good Foundation ^ | March 29, 2011 | Staff
      Mormon youth, 12-18-year olds, are at least as mobile as any Milennial, and as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, they now have access to a new iPhone app, LDS Youth, that allows them to view video messages from peers worldwide, access stories, thoughts, articles, and inspirational messages through their portable devices. With each amenity, is the share-feature, enabling youth to spread encouragement by phone among their peers and families.This app comes in conjunction with a newly updated LDS/Mormon website, Youth.lds.org (“Mormon” is a nickname for members of the Savior’s restored Church named in...
  • Joseph Smith's successful and unsuccessful proposals to church leaders' wives (Mormon)

    03/31/2011 3:17:24 PM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 42 replies
    Recovery from Mormonism ^ | March 31, 2011 | Various-sourced
    When the family organization was revealed from heaven—the patriarchal order of God, and Joseph began, on the right and the left, to add to his family, what a quaking there was in Israel. Says one brother to another, "Joseph says all covenants [previous marriages] are done away, and none are binding but the new covenants [marriage by priesthood sealing power]; now suppose Joseph should come and say he wanted your wife, what would you say to that?" "I would tell him to go to hell." This was the spirit of many in the early days of this Church. ....
  • New Joseph Smith Papers Book Provides Unprecedented Access to Early Revelations [Real Mormonism]

    03/28/2011 4:42:25 PM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 106 replies
    LDS Newsroom ^ | March 25, 201 1 | Press Release
      25 March 2011 — Salt Lake City News Release The Joseph Smith Papers series continues to put historic materials into the hands of modern readers. On 23 March 2011, the Church Historian’s Press released the latest book in the landmark project, Revelations and Translations, Volume 2: Published Revelations.As a prophet of God, Joseph Smith received many types of divine communication, and this new book presents those revelations as they were printed during his lifetime. Together with its predecessor, Revelations and Translations, Volume 1: Manuscript Revelation Books , the books make the early revelations more accessible than ever before for...
  • The Inauthentic Niceness Syndrome

    03/20/2011 7:46:01 PM PDT · by delacoert · 15 replies
    LDS Women Converse ^ | November 21, 2010 | Julie
    "If you can't say anything nice then don't say anything at all," says Thumper rabbit in the movie Bambi.  Sounds nice enough, right?  Not to me. Unfortunately, we tend to promote this philosophy as the ideal.  But it isn't...it's simply another form of oppression and tyranny.  (I know what you're thinking: "Thumper??!  An oppressive tyrant??!  Get a grip, Julie!")  Just stay with me, dear reader, and hear me out...:) Rather than speaking truthfully and ethically to each other, we suppress reality and truth in the name of inauthentic "niceness."  With no constructive outlet, we're more likely to use subversive, underhanded...
  • Does Religion Make You Nice? Does atheism make you mean?

    03/20/2011 10:09:37 AM PDT · by delacoert · 49 replies
    Slate ^ | Nov. 7, 2008 | Paul Bloom
    Many Americans doubt the morality of atheists. According to a 2007 Gallup poll, a majority of Americans say that they would not vote for an otherwise qualified atheist as president, meaning a nonbeliever would have a harder time getting elected than a Muslim, a homosexual, or a Jew. Many would go further and agree with conservative commentator Laura Schlessinger that morality requires a belief in God—otherwise, all we have is our selfish desires. In The Ten Commandments, she approvingly quotes Dostoyevsky: "Where there is no God, all is permitted." The opposing view, held by a small minority of secularists, such...
  • Nicety Niceness

    03/21/2011 2:13:54 PM PDT · by delacoert · 13 replies
    About Mormonism ^ | September 26, 2008 | nebula0
    Let me state from the outset that my purpose here is not to argue that Mormons are meaner than anyone else. I don’t think that. What I am going to argue though is that Mormons aren’t nicer than anyone else either. I’d say if you could get into the heads of Mormons you’d discover that they are thoroughly human, no nicer or meaner than any other large group of people. Now if you don’t know about Mormonism, the above might seem trivial to you, but consider this, when people talk about knowing Mormons, what is one of the things they...
  • (Glenn) Beck's Bogus Beliefs

    03/21/2011 7:56:54 AM PDT · by fishtank · 489 replies · 1+ views
    TheBereanCall.org ^ | 03-21-2011 | fishtank
    Beck's Bogus Beliefs March 2011 by T. A. McMahon "Glenn Beck, the television and radio talk show host who is best known for his conservative political views, isn't someone whom we would normally address in our newsletter. Our concerns are usually directed at individuals, programs, or organizations that promote spiritual or theological views contrary to the Word of God. Beck, of late, seems to be making himself at home in that realm, and he's attracting many who call themselves Bible-believing Christians. ... First of all, Glenn Beck is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He...
  • The Savior’s Visit to the Spirit World (REAL LDS / Mormon)

    03/18/2011 9:02:56 PM PDT · by Paragon Defender · 14 replies
    LDS.org ^ | Spencer J. Condie
    The Savior’s Visit to the Spirit World    By Elder Spencer J. CondieOf the SeventySpencer J. Condie, "The Savior’s Visit to the Spirit World", Ensign, July 2003, 32–36   What Jesus did during the hours between His death and Resurrection provides the doctrinal foundation for building temples.   “Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit” (Luke 23:46). After Jesus spoke these words from the cross, His immortal spirit took leave of His physical body. His lifeless flesh was laid in a sepulchre, and a stone sealed its entrance.A brief time later, angels declared to a group of women gathered at His tomb, “He...
  • Why scholar thinks Mormons should support Ground Zero Mosque (OPEN)

    03/13/2011 12:48:44 PM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 83 replies · 1+ views
    Deseret News ^ | March 13, 2010 | Michael De Groote,
    (edited for excerpt).............................................Prothero was speaking on Friday at the 11th annual Mormon Studies Conference .-SNIP-Prothero said the traditional story of Mormonism is that it was reviled until it renounced plural marriage in the 1890s. After that, it was relatively smooth sailing to acceptance. "Today the Mormons are quintessentially American — more American than I am, perhaps, given my residence in the irredeemably liberal state of Massachusetts," Prothero said to laughter. "Mormons are seen through much of America — with the exception of Boston, Cambridge and San Francisco — as a model minority."He said that some even say that Mormonism...
  • Facts Seventh Day Adventists won't tell you

    03/02/2011 10:22:55 AM PST · by OrthodoxKirkPresbyterian · 75 replies
    MacGregor Ministries ^ | 2001 | MacGregor
    Seventh-day Adventists won't tell you they are behind the "Revelation Seminars" they sponsor. They act all" interdenominational" if questioned. Watch out for these SDA outreaches as well: Voice of Prophecy, Faith for Today, It is Written, The Quiet Hour, Amazing Facts etc. They also hide behind Heath oriented shows on the networks, and sponsor stop-smoking clinics etc, all as introductions to Seventh-day Adventism. They very much want to be perceived as Evangelical Christians, seeking a place on the ministerial fellowships. All this is good PR for them, but what do they really believe? What facts won't they tell you? They...
  • Gribble insanity trial jury selection begins (A REAL MORMON)

    02/28/2011 8:20:01 AM PST · by Colofornian · 47 replies · 1+ views
    New Hampshire Union Leader ^ | Feb. 28, 2011 | KATHRYN MARCHOCKI
    The insanity trial of admitted killer Christopher A. Gribble begins Monday with the selection of jurors who will decide whether Gribble was legally insane when he and Steven Spader slaughtered a Mont Vernon mother and maimed her daughter during a random 2009 home invasion. His trial in Hillsborough County Superior Court likely will differ from that of his machete-wielding accomplice Spader, found guilty by a jury Nov. 9 of all six counts of first-degree murder, attempted murder and related charges. Gribble, a Brookline Eagle Scout, admitted he stabbed and slashed local nurse Kimberly L. Cates, 42, to death with a...
  • Deception in Disguise

    02/25/2011 5:17:02 AM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Olive Tree Ministries ^ | February 24, 2011 | Heidi Swander
    "Mormon leaders call their empire the 'Kingdom of God.' However, their 'God' is an extraterrestrial from [the planet] Kolob, definitely not the God of the Bible; and the 'Zion' to which their spirit-brother-of-Lucifer Jesus Christ will return to reign, is Independence, My kingdom comeMissouri." So writes author and former Mormon Ed Decker in his book My Kingdom Come. "It is the Mormons' claim to be the true Israel," Decker states in his book. "Mormons believe that they are the only true Jews on Earth today. They also believe they come from the tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh, and that they...
  • Mormons and Jews share theological connections (REAL LDS/Mormon)

    02/22/2011 7:01:46 AM PST · by T Minus Four · 53 replies
    Mormon Times ^ | 07 January 2011 | Trent Toone
    SALT LAKE CITY — Strong bridges of friendship and commonality are being built between Mormons and Jews. That is the message Mark Paredes plans to share at the I.J. and Jeanne Wagner Jewish Community Center on Wednesday, Jan. 12. “There are things that Mormons and Jews have in common. A lot of people think there is a big diversion theologically, and there are some things obviously, but I think we have a lot more to talk about,” Paredes said. “I think Mormons who are interested in reaching out to Jews at any level will find something in the talk they...
  • Polygamy hurt 19th century Mormon wives' evolutionary fitness

    02/22/2011 5:56:26 AM PST · by Colofornian · 56 replies
    Indiana University Media Relations ^ | Feb. 21, 2011 | Indiana University Media Relations
    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Polygamy practiced by some 19th century Mormon men had the curious effect of suppressing the overall offspring numbers of Mormon women in plural marriages, say scientists from Indiana University Bloomington and three other institutions in the March 2011 issue of Evolution and Human Behavior. Simply put, the more sister-wives a Mormon woman had, the fewer children she was likely to produce. "Although it's great in terms of number of children for successful males to have harems, the data show that for every new woman added to a male's household, the number each wife produced goes down by...
  • True Believer: A fabled portion of...Book of Mormon made a one-time believer of Christine Marie...

    02/20/2011 8:16:14 AM PST · by Colofornian · 26 replies
    Salt Lake City Weekly ^ | Dec. 27, 2001 | Ben Fulton
    In one sense or another, everyone has faith. Faith that someone in your family will keep a promise. Faith that your next paycheck will clear the bank. Faith that there’s life after death, because thinking otherwise is too much to bear. Faith that, tomorrow, the sun will rise in the east, because it always has in the past. Christine Marie had, and still has, her Mormon faith. “The substance of things hoped for, evidence of things unseen,” as the book of Hebrews states. Those words still stand as the classic definition of a psychological mindset that lets religion, organized or...
  • “We're Christians just like you!”

    02/19/2011 4:44:42 PM PST · by Colofornian · 78 replies
    When speaking to our Mormon friends about religious issues, it is not uncommon to hear them tell us, “We’re Christians just like you.” There could be many reasons for a response like this. Perhaps the Mormon with whom you are speaking does not really understand what Christians have believed over the centuries, or it could be that they are not really familiar with the positions of their own church. It could be that because both groups share a desire to live moral lives that this qualifies them as “Christian.” However, this conclusion is refuted by the fact that many religions...