Paul Barker

Born and raised in Northern California, Paul received his education at Ricks College and BYU with a BA in Spanish, minor in PE Coaching. Paul served his LDS mission during the years 94-96 in Rosario, Argentina. He now runs a skate shop in Provo, UT. He's married and has 4 boys. He is currently inbetween callings ;).

When Having the Answers is the Wrong Answer

Mar 26, 15 When Having the Answers is the Wrong Answer

Posted by in Featured, Mormonism

Celebrating my son’s ninth birthday this year was extra fun. He decided to have a Star Wars birthday and I was beyond thrilled. While my wife spent the requisite hours searching Pinterest for Star Wars party ideas to entertain a crew of rowdy boys, my contribution to the party was a group of life-size Star Wars cardboard cutouts....

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Here Is Our Apology

Feb 02, 15 Here Is Our Apology

Posted by in Featured, Homosexuality, Repentance

Dear Queer Mormons, We are So So Sorry. We realize that it is not within our stewardship to apologize for or in behalf of the institution that is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, however institutions are cold things bogged down in bureaucracy. Our Mormonism is not cold or distant, it is alive inside each of us, it...

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Come Support Rational Faiths at the Wheaties Awards!

Jan 30, 15 Come Support Rational Faiths at the Wheaties Awards!

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Rational Faiths has been nominated for several Wheaties Awards for Bloggernacle excellence. I know, I know, freaking awesome right? If you have a favorite, we need your help to win… because we will win a major award or something like that. Please come vote for your favorites! (click here to vote) Listed below are the...

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Polygamy, Really?

Oct 24, 14 Polygamy, Really?

Posted by in Featured, Polygamy

Really? God sent an angel with a sword to Joseph Smith to tell him about polygamy(1)? Is that what we are going with? Are we all ok with that? If God is in the business of sending angels down, wouldn’t it be nice if he sent Joseph a message that was more useful than say the terrible practice of polygamy? I know, I know,...

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BYU-I: All Aboard the Crazy Train

Sep 18, 14 BYU-I: All Aboard the Crazy Train

Posted by in Featured, Gospel Topics, Modesty, Obedience

This little gem came across my Facebook feed this afternoon. It has already gotten a lot of buzz so I thought I would throw in my two cents, since I am alumni. President Clark is the president of BYU-Idaho located in Rexburg, Idaho. This is what he wrote on his Facebook page:       Go ahead and read it again,...

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The Word of Wisdom: We are Doing it All Wrong

Aug 13, 14 The Word of Wisdom: We are Doing it All Wrong

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A couple of years ago I wrote a series of posts about revelation, specifically about revelation or inspiration received through a human filter. Part of the series was a three-part post in which I dissected the Word of Wisdom (through my own filter, obviously). You can read Part 1 here, Part 2 here, and Part 3 here.  In those posts...

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17: Darius Gray and The Priesthood/Temple Ban

Aug 11, 14 17: Darius Gray and The Priesthood/Temple Ban

Posted by in Featured, Mormonism, Podcast, Priesthood

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: iTunes | RSS I was lucky enough to hear Darius speak this past winter at BYU. In his presentation he went over the new Gospel Topics “Race and the Priesthood”.  It was very interesting to hear his point of view and also the process of how this article was produced from a...

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No Soup for You! Why Women Can’t Have the Priesthood

Jul 31, 14 No Soup for You! Why Women Can’t Have the Priesthood

Posted by in Featured, Feminism

In the last General Conference, Elder Oaks gave a talk about the priesthood. During the priesthood session. To a group of men. Since then, many members of the church have claimed that his talk holds the answers to why women can’t have the priesthood. Now, whether or not the talk actually answers that question is debatable, but that...

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Go Ahead, Break Your Covenants

Jul 18, 14 Go Ahead, Break Your Covenants

Posted by in Compassion, Featured, Obedience

About a month ago I sat in Gospel Doctrine class listening to the popular Bible story about Samson – you know, the strong dude with the long hair. The teacher posed the following question: “From where did Samson get his strength?” Of course there was the usual silence from the class, so the teacher went ahead and...

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Room for All in this Church

Jun 16, 14 Room for All in this Church

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Room for All in this Church June 16, 2014 We face a difficult and pivotal moment in Mormonism as LDS leaders and church members wrestle more openly with complicated aspects of our faith, its doctrine, and its history—often in spaces afforded by the Internet. In light of possible disciplinary action against prominent voices among...

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