Category Archives: Truth, Honesty, Prayer, and Inquiry

Mormons and Evangelicals, “So very unchristian.”

Jana Riess recently wrote about her dismay over the direction the comment thread took when she had posted a review of Lynn Wilder’s new book, Unveiling Grace. Dr. Riess wrote, “From the first comment forward, it was not the blog … Continue reading

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When a Mormon is Deceived…

Honesty is the best policy. Aesop knew it. In the 6th century B.C. he chose that to be the moral of his fable, “Mercury and the Woodcutter.” George Washington knew it. He said in his Farewell Address, “I hold the … Continue reading

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Joseph Smith Fooled by the Devil?

In late 1829 or early 1830 insufficient funding held up the first printing of the Book of Mormon. Martin Harris was trying to sell his farm to raise the needed capital, but was not having immediate success. At the urging … Continue reading

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Mormon doctrines are “just the same”?

Previously Aaron wrote about the current trend in Mormonism wherein Mormons tell Christians that Mormon beliefs are just the same as theirs – Mormon doctrines are the same as [fill-in-the-Christian-denomination] doctrines. I want to expand on a bit of what … Continue reading

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On Mockery and Mormonism

To my son John Caleb and daughter Lydia, I “mock” the earth in showing just how small it is compared to the wider universe, which is itself small compared to the “bigness” and beauty and power and ultimacy of God … Continue reading

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Don’t patronize us, please

In a 2007 General Conference talk, Seventy Gary J. Coleman referred to a story of fourteen-year-old Cortnee, the daughter of an LDS mission president, who was confused when her high school classmates questioned her Christianity. She went home and asked … Continue reading

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EMPP

Having a tough time discussing grace with Mormons? EMPP is my imaginary energy drink, as well as my corny acronym for making some helpful distinctions: Evidence. Are works necessary to show the evidence of faith? Yes. James 2:14-26, Matthew 7:21-23? … Continue reading

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The Delicate Balance of Mormon Church History

The June 2013 issue of New Era magazine (for Mormon youth) includes an article by LDS Seventy Steven E. Snow, “Balancing Church History.” The focus of the article is on warning Mormon young people about faith-challenging historical information they may … Continue reading

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Do Mormon Apostles Believe in the Restoration?

A little over a week ago (on April 6, 2013) Christopher Ralph at the Journey of Loyal Dissent blog posted a controversial memorandum written by author and historian Grant H. Palmer. The memo recounts details from Mr. Palmer’s “Three Meetings … Continue reading

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The Creed of Practical Mormon Atheism

The grand council of atheist Mormon bishops have met and codified the Creed of Practical Mormon Atheism, a list of things that both atheists and Mormons can largely affirm together: Even if Mormonism is false, it is still worth believing and … Continue reading

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