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By Goddess, I Will Not Be Left Behind!

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29: Steve Peck The Author

Come meet Steve Peck. He is a Professor of Biology at BYU teaching courses in bioethics and researching evolutionary biology from several different dimensions. In addition to his academic work Steve writes. He writes a lot. The works that we discuss with Steve in this episode include the award winning The Scholar of Moab, the...

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The Doctrine of Celibacy

Oct 18, 14 The Doctrine of Celibacy

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When Mormons speak of the Law of Chastity, they often define it as remaining celibate until marriage.  In actuality, it would be more properly defined as remaining abstinent until marriage.  Today, the words abstinent and celibate are frequently used interchangeably, but in practice they are quite different.  Abstinence, as...

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When Religion Creates Dragons

     Last February I wrote my first piece for Rational Faiths called When it Comes to Equality, Which Side of History Are You On? I have been very proud of my writing for Rational Faiths as a whole, but there’s something about that piece that makes it my favorite; the one I’m most proud of. It explains my transition...

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Becoming whole

In the medical field and the scientific world in general we are moving away from the idea of a mind separate from our body or brain.  In general there are some real benefits to this conceptualization.  For example, take the thorny issue of addiction.  Traditionally medicine has defined truly addictive drugs as those that cause...

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28: Meet The Mormons – A Rational Faiths Review

Oct 15, 14 28: Meet The Mormons – A Rational Faiths Review

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If you have been participating in the Bloggernacle, or even in many wards and stakes in the United States, you have probably heard of the Church’s new film “Meet the Mormons,” which was released in the theaters on 10/10/2014. Due to the controversy surrounding the film, as well as the fact that this is the first time the...

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Sin Next to Murder

The views expressed in this document are the author’s and do not reflect the opinions of the Department of the Air Force, the Department of Defense or the Federal Government.   Let’s do a thought experiment. Imagine the following four situations: A husband and wife kidnap a child. Other than the kidnapping, they do not...

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Tales from the Dark Side

Oct 14, 14 Tales from the Dark Side

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Evil spirits are real. They move among us. Sometimes they are far away. Sometimes they are closer than we would care to have them. The following are stories of encounters with evil spirits. They are true. I know. Because they happened to me. And to mine. It’s Close to Midnight, and Something Evil’s Lurking in the Dark It is...

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The Rise of Modern Mormonism

I volunteered to give the presentation on Mormons, it sounded like a good idea at the time, for my New Religious Movements class. My presentation pulls form the work of Rodney Stark. At the time of his work, he asserted that the LDS Church is the fastest growing religion in the world. While I had heard Starks work quoted...

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27: An Interview with Nancy Phippen Browne – Help Thou Mine Unbelief

Oct 12, 14 27: An Interview with Nancy Phippen Browne – Help Thou Mine Unbelief

Posted by in Apologetics, Featured, Podcast

I really enjoy apologetics, particularily because I find the exploration of complex and difficult topics related to our faith to be fascinating. In this interview we speak with Nancy Phippen Browne who has written an apologetic work on a number of topics which is called “Help Thou Mine Unbelief.” Please share your...

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Mormons, Meet Your Fellow Mormons* – A Movie Review

Oct 12, 14 Mormons, Meet Your Fellow Mormons*  – A Movie Review

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MORMONS, MEET YOUR FELLOW MORMONS – A MOVIE REVIEW   by Michael Barker I saw the much-hyped movie (of course this is a tongue-in-cheek comment, because it’s only hyped-up by Mormons), Meet the Mormons, with my twelve year old daughter.   Based upon speaking with those who saw its screening in Utah, I was not...

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No Compromise

Oct 08, 14 No Compromise

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I have no qualms about calling sexual objectification–in all of its forms–evil. Not merely distasteful, ridiculous, or absurd. But evil. Yes, it sends a wave of guilt, but given the vitality of the #YesAllWomen campaign, it is guilt well-applied. I grew up in a household filled with men (four male siblings and one,...

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How I Stopped Doubting – Does Elder Andersen’s Advice Work?

Doubts and Faith Crises  A faith crisis in Mormonism is often caused by doubts in doctrine, practice, or history of the Church. Doubts come when new information conflicts with our prior beliefs about the Church. How do we overcome these doubts? One example is a question I had early on when I began to study Mormonism more earnestly:...

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Talking Freedom: Interview with David Lindes, singer/songwriter

Oct 07, 14 Talking Freedom: Interview with David Lindes, singer/songwriter

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I recently had the honor to interview a very talented, thoughtful, and all around awesome LDS musician. I first got to know David Lindes through my brother’s LDS music blog, Linescratchers. I was impressed by his musical/songwriting talent, but I was also impressed that he didn’t shy away from relevant, urgent social...

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Elder Oaks Adds to the Scriptures

Oct 06, 14 Elder Oaks Adds to the Scriptures

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Listening to General Conference expecting something new or revelatory is like looking through a mountain of hay for a needle. There is nothing new under the sun, the Preacher tells us, and nothing new in General Conference for over a hundred years. But last Saturday was different. In the afternoon session, Elder Oaks served up a...

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Meet the, um…Gay Mormons?

Oct 06, 14 Meet the, um…Gay Mormons?

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Sitting in Sacrament meeting last Sunday, I was surprised to hear … AGAIN … a letter read by our Bishop promoting the Church’s new movie, “Meet the Mormons.” In this letter, we were strongly encouraged to go see the movie, to bring our non-member friends, and to buy extra tickets even if we didn’t need them so that the...

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26: General Conference Compressed

Have you ever wanted to cover 10 hours of material but only had one to give? Rational faiths has the solution for you with our conference response and review session. Listen in to the highs and lows of conference expressed through 5 individual conference “attendees.” Podcast: Play in new window | Download Other Post

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