President Brigham Young wrote that we must “struggle, wrestle and strive until the Lord bursts the veil and suffers us to behold his glory, or a portion of it.” Indeed, once the angel has departed, Jacob names the place of conflict “Peniel” or “the face of God”, and explains, “I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved” (Gen. 32:30).

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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Scripture as Totem: Religion and the Importance of the Text

It is easily recognized that throughout the history of religious traditions texts have served an important role in the continued conceptualization and endurance of the individual faith traditions.[1] In the history of studies on religion, monographs, essays, articles, and books have mostly focused on attempting to interpret these...

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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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Revelation Signal Flow Pt.1- Integrity vs. Fidelity

I’m an audio and video systems engineer and media technician. In my job, I design and build large-scale AV systems for conferences, corporate meetings, trade shows, parties, or other events. I work with large and complex sound reinforcement systems, video projectors, televisions, conventional and robotic lighting fixtures, and...

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By Goddess, I Will Not Be Left Behind!

by Michelle Wiener Recently I found out that Nicholas Cage will be starring in the remake of Left Behind to be released in theatres this October. This came as a total shock to me, considering what a great actor he is. I was equally appalled that he would even consider taking part in a B-grade evangelical film about – of all...

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Will Denver Snuffer Prove to be Mormonism’s Martin Luther?

I’ll start out by saying that I’m a skeptic. The combination of my skepticism, an in-depth study of the restoration, a disillusionment with the current practices of LDS.inc, and an exacting application of Occam’s Razor resulted in the ultimate demise of my faith in the literal restoration of the LDS church over a...

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The Authorship of Isaiah and Its Bearing on the Book of Mormon

Scholars today recognize that the full text of Isaiah was not written by a single individual named Isaiah in the latter half of the eighth century BCE, but rather that the text was written by at least two, and more probably three, individual authors spanning a period of about four centuries. Generally scholars identify chapters 1-39...

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Jubilee

A few months ago I wrote a post about making a hole in the roof because I felt that that the doors and windows of church have been cemented over and walled off.    So imagine my surprise when I was on a tour or the Vatican this summer and the tour guide starts talking about a cemented over door. So instead of taking pictures...

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In which my son almost dies and my world-view actually does.

I have four kids, all of them boys except for three.The youngest is Jones who is ten. Eight years ago, he drowned. July 6th, 2006, 11:20 a.m. We were visiting family in washington State and amid the cousins and uncles, breakfast and chatty aunts, Jones and his cousin Nate, who were both almost three, got into the backyard where the...

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Mormonism is a Lens

A religion is a lens by which an explorer attempts to see that which is heavenly, God. When I engage with Mormonism, with my lens, God appears more clearly to me and life becomes more meaningful. My lens is not perfect and I have no doubt that other lenses provide a similar experience. A specific lens, or lenses in general, may be...

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