Science for the soul

Jul 17, 14 Science for the soul

Posted by in Featured, Humanity, Mormonism, Theology, Truth

We live in a culture that has defined a war between the two worlds I live in, science and religion. Each has been pitted against the other in a no holds barred contest for supremacy in the elusive search for truth. On one side is the Godless heathen intellectuals and elitists of the secular left, on the other the ignorant, cultish,...

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Tiamat and the Atonement

Tiamat and the Atonement One of the oldest creation myths is that of the Enuma Elish, in which the Babylonian God, Marduk, fights the sea serpent, Tiamat (this type of divine battle is called a theomacy).    In this story, Tiamat represents chaos.  The god, Marduk, fights and wins Tiamat and out of her body parts creates the...

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Jeremy Runnells – the New Expert on Joseph Smith’s Polygamy?

Jul 15, 14 Jeremy Runnells – the New Expert on Joseph Smith’s Polygamy?

Posted by in Apologetics, Featured, Polygamy, Theology

Jeremy Runnells—the New Expert on Joseph Smith’s Polygamy? By Brian C. Hales Recently Jeremy T. Runnells has rebooted his 2013 “Letter to a CES Director: Why I Lost My Testimony,” by posting a response, “Debunking FAIR’s Debunking,” on his website. The section on polygamy comprises over 15,000 words (approximately 70...

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Of Sustaining, Dissent, and Missing Paradigms

  Guest Post- Matt Stearmer One of the most difficult tasks any believing individual will face is how to navigate the murky waters of faith and change at the exact same time. In the LDS church, how do we advocate for change while remaining faithful? I have turned to the scriptures, what my leaders have said, and personal...

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Ask EOR Part IV

You know what time it is. Time for the fourth installment of “Ask EOR”! The previous 3 installments can be found here here and here. I just want to remind you all that you can e-mail your questions to me at and I will do my very best to shed light on any and all Mormon (and Mormon adjacent) queries you might...

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Speculations on Israel’s Concept of Holy War

The Old Testament disturbs a lot of people who read it, and draws its share of critics as a violent book, filled with bloodshed, war, and genocide. It is true that there is a lot of smiting and being smitten going on. However, it is equally true that the Old Testament expresses clear distaste for bloodshed, murder, and war. In other...

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OF ASSES AND PROPHETS by Michael Barker A few weeks ago I was studying for that week’s Gospel Doctrine lesson, which came from Numbers, chapters 22-24 — the story of Balak, Balaam, and Balaam’s ass.   As I was reading the story, a few things jumped out at me: The story of Balaam seems out of place in the total...

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Biblical Inerrancy and the Book of Mormon

Biblical Inerrancy and the Book of Mormon: Creating a Platform for LDS/Evangelical Dialogue by Michelle G. Wiener Question: Is there room for the Book of Mormon within the theological framework of “biblical inerrancy”? Recently the following paragraph from my essay “Two Lampstands: Two Branches” featured in Rational Faiths...

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Translated Correctly: Joseph Smith and the Art of Interpretation

Joseph Smith stood on the line dividing visionary supernaturalism from rational Christianity—one of the many boundaries between the traditional and modern world.  –Richard Bushman, Rough Stone Rolling   I’ll admit it: I’m a Joseph Smith fangirl. I love the prophet and the man, warts and all. In fact, I sigh over...

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Posted by in Featured, Homosexuality, News, Theology

NOTE: This post was first published on December 6, 2013 on the blog, No More Strangers.   With Oregon’s ruling on gay marriage yesterday,me being an Oregonian, and one of my best friends (and fellow ward member), Jerilyn Hassell Pool, performing the first gay marriage in Jackson County, Oregon, I felt it was appropriate to...

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