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The Inquisition of John Dehlin

Feb 10, 15 The Inquisition of John Dehlin

Posted by in Faith Crisis, Featured, Truth

I am incensed about the events surrounding the inquisition of John Dehlin. The more I think about it, the madder I get. And then it hits me. I am the one to blame. Why? For thinking. If there is one thing the LDS Church does not want its members to do, it is think. Any organization that depends for its success on strict conformity...

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Mixed Messages and Missing Doctrine

This post was co-authored by Jake Abhau and Lori Burkman. After having many discussions on the current events and press conferences of late, we wanted to put our thoughts into an essay that describes the lack of clarity on so many things. Where did we come from? Who are we? Why are we here? Where are we going? It’s the set of...

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45: Heart of Africa with Margaret Blair Young

Feb 08, 15 45: Heart of Africa with Margaret Blair Young

Posted by in Featured, Podcast, Racism

We as Americans can often be fairly egocentric, and thus our understandings of differing countries and cultures can be fairly poor. In this episode, we speak with Margaret Blair Young, who is currently working on a project which challenges some of the misconceptions surrounding Africa. To learn more about this project visit the...

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Goodness is Rarer Than Greatness.

What makes someone ‘great’? Most of the figures to whom we gift the epithet ‘great’ have earned their distinction primarily by being masters of the art of butchery. The vast majority of people known as ‘the great’ are rulers, founders and expanders of empire: Alexander the Great conquered the known world, expanding upon the empire...

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Learning to Write my Name

I have this memory nestled into the recesses of my brain that pops up every now and again. It is from when I was about four years old, which is remarkable; my memories from early childhood are few and far between. I don’t know why this one stands out, but it is fairly clear. I’m sitting at the coffee table in our living room, with...

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The Morning Breaks…

“Everything that is great in life is the product of slow growth; the newer, and greater, and higher, and nobler the work, the slower is its growth, the surer is its lasting success. Mushrooms attain their full power in a night; oaks require decades. A fad lives its life in a few weeks; a philosophy lives through generations...

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Book of Mormon on Trial: Bob Rees

Feb 04, 15 Book of Mormon on Trial: Bob Rees

Posted by in Apologetics, Featured

This is Bob Rees’ essay in response to Earl Wunderli’s essay. Below you will find Earl’s essay along with Bob’s responses in blue. To read Earl Wunderli’s essay click here. Hi Bob: Thank you for sending your FAIR paper to Tom Kimball for forwarding to me. I’ve read it with great interest and will...

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Book of Mormon on Trial: Wunderli

Feb 04, 15 Book of Mormon on Trial: Wunderli

Posted by in Apologetics, Featured

In 2013, Signature Books published Earl Wunderli’s study of the Book of Mormon, An Imperfect Book: What the Book of Mormon Tells Us About Itself, an analysis, as the subtitle implies, about the internal clues that for Wunderli, point to the book’s origin. Wunderli, who spent decades examining the book, concludes that Joseph Smith...

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A Beginner’s Guide to Rational Faiths

Feb 03, 15 A Beginner’s Guide to Rational Faiths

Posted by in Featured, Mormon Humor, Mormonism

This post was written primarily by Geoff Nelson and Thomas Hatton, with help from other permabloggers. I know you’ve probably seen links to Rational Faiths posted all over the Bloggernaccle. You’ve probably thought- What is this website? Who runs it? What is rational about faith? What is faithful about rationality? This...

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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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The Legacy of Emma Smith

Feb 01, 15 The Legacy of Emma Smith

Posted by in Featured, Polygamy, Relief Society

Over one hundred and thirty years have passed since the death of Emma Hale Smith in 1879. Her life and her legacy have at times been riddled with controversy, as well as accusations of apostasy. It seems that Emma had for many years largely been written out of official LDS history. Having been born and raised in the Church of Jesus...

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44: Science! – An Old Earth

Feb 01, 15 44: Science! – An Old Earth

Posted by in Featured, Podcast, science

Geology is my favorite subject in science. It is one of the few disciplines that allow you to get paid to go on hikes and play in the dirt. Beyond the outdoor work environment, Geology tells us so much about the world we live in and plays a crucial role in diagnosing ecological problems. In this podcast I talk with Dr. Jani...

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Why I Liked What Elders Oaks and Christofferson Said

Jan 31, 15 Why I Liked What Elders Oaks and Christofferson Said

Posted by in Featured, Homosexuality, Mormonism

A few weeks ago, in my continuing efforts to educate myself on LGBT issues, I started watching The L Word, a show that focuses primarily on the day-to-day lives of a Los Angeles-based community of lesbians. At first, I was taken aback because the glamorous lesbians depicted on the show weren’t anything like the lesbians I am lucky...

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Come Support Rational Faiths at the Wheaties Awards!

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

Posted by in Featured

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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Spin is a Sin

I normally have multiple people edit the tone of my blog posts, but today I am going raw. This is the uncut, uncensored version straight out of my aching heart. I wrote a blog post titled: Christ is Not Leading a Petty Church. And I want to expand on those ideas, by addressing not pettiness but spinning. Being a parent has taught...

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Erosion of Religious Liberty?

Jan 29, 15 Erosion of Religious Liberty?

Posted by in Featured, Homosexuality, News, Politics

When Alexis de Tocqueville visited the US, he observed that America was more religious than Europe and attributed it to the strong separation of church and state that existed in the US. It would seem that this division of church and state, this freedom of religion is currently being tested. This is of particular concern currently...

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