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Amos, Kushites and the Covenant Relationship with YHWH Posted by on Apr 1, 2015

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51: Ask a Mormon Sex Therapist Part 6

51: Ask a Mormon Sex Therapist Part 6 Posted by on Mar 14, 2015

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Wandering and Choosing Posted by on Apr 13, 2015

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Spoken of for a Memorial of Her

Spoken of for a Memorial of Her Posted by on Mar 30, 2015

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The Gift of Truth

The Gift of Truth Posted by on Apr 19, 2015

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The Gift of Truth

Apr 19, 15 The Gift of Truth

Posted by in Featured, science, Theology, Truth

  “THE GIFT OF TRUTH EXCELS ALL GIFTS.” Peter Santina: “Faith knowledge & Truth” Broadly speaking there are three kinds of truth: 1) Definitional truth; All Bachelors are single men because that is how we define the word. 2) Logical truth; 2+2=4 and only 4 because reason requires it, and 3) Experimental truth;...

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56: Spiritual Watering Holes Part 1

Apr 18, 15 56: Spiritual Watering Holes Part 1

Posted by in Featured, Individuality, Podcast

http://media.blubrry.com/rationalfaiths/p/rationalfaiths.com/podcast/56SpiritViaLiteratureandWriting.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: iTunes | RSS Hearing the voice of the Holy Ghost and feeling the spirit often present themselves as elusive experiences that we want to have but just can’t seem to grasp....

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The Possibility of the Book of Mormon as Inspired Fiction

While critics and apologists of Mormonism disagree with each other on just about every issue, there is one matter in which they often share a moment of agreement –Mormonism rises or falls on the historicity of the Book of Mormon. As Elder Holland proclaimed in a 1994 CES conference at BYU: Not everything in life is so black and...

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Reality Schmeality

Apr 16, 15 Reality Schmeality

Posted by in Agency, Faith Crisis, Featured, science

Reality Schmeality The idea of multiple realities defined entirely by our circumstances was first discussed in the 60s by Peter Berger in his book, The Social Construction of Reality, which taught that every society, community, and even every family constructs its own understanding of what is true and real. As individuals, the only...

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Reflections on Faith and Freetown

“Is Faith Supposed to be this Exhausting?”  Bro Abubakar asks. It’s one of many favorite quotes I took away from the movie Freetown.  I remember when I first saw a promotional video for Freetown.  I was leaving the movie “Selma” in January. I had watched it with a group of friends, most of whom are also Black...

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THE ADAM GOD COVER-UP

Good evening.   Tonight’s episode features a walk through the Mormon History Department.  In a corner of the Department is a closet crammed with skeletons. One of the largest and most shiver-inducing of these is the Adam God skeleton. During this program, we will open the closet door and allow this creaky specimen out...

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Wandering and Choosing

I lost my best friend in Mexico. My best friend who makes a yearly pilgrimage to visit in my exile landed in a plane four hours away from me and I had no way to get a hold of her. Her American cellphone would not work in Mexican soil, and I was a mess. I called the airport every 30 minutes, asked for her to be called on the...

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Testimony, Spiritual Experiences, and Truth: A Careful Examination

Apr 12, 15 Testimony, Spiritual Experiences, and Truth: A Careful Examination

Posted by in Featured, Revelation, The Holy ghost

Introduction Do spiritual impressions teach truth? What’s behind a spiritual experience? Testimony, bias, and propaganda Circularities: pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps? Conclusions 1 Introduction 1.1 Know the truth of all things The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches that the Holy Ghost is central to...

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55: Top Ten Books on Mormon History – Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling

http://media.blubrry.com/rationalfaiths/p/rationalfaiths.com/podcast/55TopTenBooks-RSR.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: iTunes | RSS Okay so this one breaks the criteria a little bit, well let’s just say it bends the rules by being on the longer side of things. Rough Stone Rolling is a hefty little...

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“God Will Provide Himself A Lamb” (An Easter Sermon)

(First, a note on hermeneutics. I make no attempt here to claim authorial intent; in fact, far from authorial intent, I think that any Christianization of the story of Abraham’s sacrifice of Isaac cannot be what the author(s) intended. Rather, this should be read in Nephi’s spirit of likening the scriptures–that...

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A Bloggernacle of Grace

Apr 09, 15 A Bloggernacle of Grace

Posted by in Featured, Radical Compassion

Over the past couple weeks. Kristy Money, Laura Hales, and I have had a dialogue about the LDS.org essay on Joseph Smith’s involvement in polygamy. Yes, it’s well-worn discourse, as historical conversations tend to be. If you want to read it all, you can look here (Money), here (Hales), and here (mine). Both Money and...

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I Didn’t Watch General Conference

As a Rational Faiths permablogger I have an assigned date each month for my blog. On this month my assigned date is three days after General Conference. So I knew going in that I would need to watch Conference to have something to write about for my post this month. Based on what I saw I could pick my topic accordingly: what was...

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Polygamy and the Modern Mormon

Apr 07, 15 Polygamy and the Modern Mormon

Posted by in Featured, Polygamy

It should come as no great surprise that many Mormons are troubled by polygamy. HBO’s Big Love, Warren Jeffs, and Mitt Romney’s presidential run have kept the practice on the cultural radar. More recently, the Church released a series of Gospel Topics essays on the subject (here, here, here, and here). and one member is facing...

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54: April 2015 General Conference Review

Apr 06, 15 54: April 2015 General Conference Review

Posted by in Featured, General Conference, Podcast

http://media.blubrry.com/rationalfaiths/p/rationalfaiths.com/podcast/generalconferenceapril2015.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: iTunes | RSS We at Rational Faiths know that only 12, or 11.5, hours of general conference is not nearly enough, and thus we bring you 2 more hours of fantastic commentary for April,...

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Upon The Cross

The cross has a long history in religious culture. Even before Christianity, variations of the cross were used as a symbol of life and consecration. The cross became a popular symbol among Christians a few hundred years after Christ’s death. It has become a symbol of Christ’s sacrifice and the Atonement. Mormons don’t use the...

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Amos, Kushites and the Covenant Relationship with YHWH

Amos is often described as a prophet who advocated for justice and righteousness. However, though he fervently condemned the Northern Kingdom and Judea for the indulgences taken by them and their clear violations of Mosaic Law, the question can be asked whether his harsh words due to their disobedience. Some have speculated that...

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