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The Politics of American Religious Identity: The Seating of Senator Reed Smoot, Mormon Apostle – Reviewed

Jun 08, 15 The Politics of American Religious Identity: The Seating of Senator Reed Smoot, Mormon Apostle – Reviewed

Posted by in Book Reviews, Featured, Politics, Reviews

A turning point for the LDS church and American religious liberty is recorded and analyzed in Kathleen Flakes’ The Politics of American Religious Identity and was the 4 years of public scrutiny of Apostle/Senator Reed Smoot and more importantly the LDS church. This account marks a shift in practice and preaching within the...

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Going to See Mad Max is Like Going to the Temple

And I don’t really mean that in a good way. It’s not that the movie was bad.  It was a bit absurd for me, but still a great action flick. I’ve decided they just had an excellent PR team.  Because they knew that if you say something enough times, and give it enough buzz, people will believe it.  Like telling a child that a red drink...

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Movie Review: ‘The Cokeville Miracle’

Most Latter-day Saint (LDS) movie goers are familiar with the work of T.C. Christensen from his past films 17 Miracles and Ephraim’s Rescue (among others). These movies have earned Christensen a place in LDS cinema that will probably not be filled for some time, which is likely due to their stories being near and dear to the...

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60: The Council of 50 – A Documentary History

May 16, 15 60: The Council of 50 – A Documentary History

Posted by in Book Reviews, Featured, Interviews, Podcast

http://media.blubrry.com/rationalfaiths/p/rationalfaiths.com/podcast/60CouncilofYTFIF.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Ever heard about a Council of 50 men in the Mormon church that was discussing an invention of liquid fire that could destroy an army or a navy? Did you know there was a...

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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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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 | Android | 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...

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The End of Apologetics: Christian Witness in a Postmodern Context

In The End of Apologetics: Christian Witness in a Postmodern Context, author Myron Bradley Penner presents a vivid anecdote pertaining to the kind of Christian witness he would like to see ended. He recounts the story of John, a “self-described atheist-Roman Catholic” and philosophy professor who regarded his loss of faith as a...

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Lest They Be Converted: Mark’s Messianic Secret

While we are studying the New Testament in Gospel Doctrines; get ready! This is not your typical Gospel Doctrines lesson… While teaching a New Testament class last year at the community college where I work, I stumbled upon the following verse in Mark: “That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear,...

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50: Top Ten Books on Mormon History – The Mormon People: The Making of an American Faith

http://media.blubrry.com/rationalfaiths/p/rationalfaiths.com/podcast/50TopTenBooks-MormonPeople.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Where did Mormonism come from? What is it’s purpose? Where is it going? We don’t have the answers to the second and third questions due to a...

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Grace is Not God’s Backup Plan — A Review

It’s tempting at first to pass off Adam Miller’s new book as simply an attempt – much like the New International Version of the Bible – at making Paul’s writing to the Romans more understandable. Despite the fact that it does that, a deeper dive into his latest work (which also represents Adam’s first foray into...

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