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53: Priming: You Are Influenced By More Than You Know Posted by on Mar 28, 2015

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Ask the Mormon Sex Therapist

51: Ask a Mormon Sex Therapist Part 6

51: Ask a Mormon Sex Therapist Part 6 Posted by on Mar 14, 2015

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Lest They Be Converted: Mark’s Mes...

Lest They Be Converted: Mark’s Messianic Secret Posted by on Mar 13, 2015

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Defending the Family

Defending the Family Posted by on Mar 16, 2015

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The End of Apologetics: Christian Witness in a Postmodern Context Posted by on Mar 15, 2015

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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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Six Reasons Why Middle-Way Mormonism Sucks

I was going to write about why Middle-Way Mormonism is awesome, but complaining is a lot easier. I was also going to write a sizable introduction with all of the nuance and balance that you would expect from someone trying to make a middle-way work. I took the easy route and wrote about the parts that suck instead. Say goodbye to...

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A Book of Mormon Mystery

Mar 10, 15 A Book of Mormon Mystery

Posted by in Book of Mormon, Featured

There is a mystery in the middle of the Book of Mormon. It involves a stone. But not just any stone. A very unusual stone. A stone that shines. A stone that recalls the words of Galadriel, “May it be a light to you in dark places, when all other lights go out.” This is the story of how I stumbled across this mystery. And this...

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Reductio ad Absurdum: Joseph Smith and His Critics

Mar 09, 15 Reductio ad Absurdum: Joseph Smith and His Critics

Posted by in Featured, LDS Church History

“Liar,” “Fraud,” “Adulterer,” “Charlatan,” “Pedophile,” “Con-man,” “Blasphemer,” “Anti-Christian.” These are just some of the negative epithets that Joseph Smith’s critics use in describing him. The Latin phrase reductio ad absurdum means literally “reduction to the absurd.” But it also means “disproof of a proposition by showing...

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Public Announcement

Mar 08, 15 Public Announcement

Posted by in Featured, Homosexuality, Mormon Humor

PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT: I’ve decided to take a stand for religious freedom in my business! My Mormon religion loves the gays, really we do, but we believe that sexual relations between two people of the same gender are sinful, and frankly a bit icky. Elder D. Todd Christofferson has recently stated that these standards of morality...

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

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 discernment and prognostication deficiency at Rational Faiths. Until we fix that we’ll keep working  on answering the first question, through reading Mormon history. For...

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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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The Keystone Dichotomy

“This book must be either true or false. If true, it is one of the most important messages ever sent from God… If false, it is one of the most cunning, wicked, bold, deep-laid impositions ever palmed upon the world, calculated to deceive and ruin millions… The nature of the message in the Book of Mormon is such,...

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Jesus, The Man

When Jesus was born, he of course was offered 3 gifts by the wise men: frankincense, gold and myrrh; each of these representing an aspect of his life and mission. However it is the offering of and symbolism found in myrrh that is of significance in this particular essay. Myrrh was brought to Jesus three times in the narrative about...

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A Letter to Leaders About Mormon Christianity

Dear Friends, Colleagues and Fellow Laborers in Christ, As most of you know, my ministry has had wonderful fellowship with many LDS scholars, teachers and members. We have all benefited greatly from these discussions. It is my sincere belief that a common apologetic can be established on a broader theological paradigm than has been...

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I Don’t Want to Be On your Team

I wrote a post not that long ago titled Why I Left. You can read it if you want but essentially I put the Church on blast for pretty much everything I think is wrong with it. I meant every word of it. Right away I received more than a few supportive messages which gave me both strength comfort. Then there were a few messages that...

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49: Sex, History, and Self Delusion: “New” Podcast Themes

Feb 27, 15 49: Sex, History, and Self Delusion: “New” Podcast Themes

Posted by in Featured, Minisode, Podcast

Enjoy a short little minisode folks. We have plans and we’ll even tell you what they are. This is also the only podcast with some sort of transcript. You. Are. Welcome. B Dizzle: Hello everyone. Welcome to a mini-sode on the Rational Faiths Podcast. THE BEST PODCAST IN THE BLABBERNACLE!!! I am Brian Dillman. I’ve been talking...

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21st Century Family History: Not your grandma’s genealogy

Prelude For ages I felt like there was no point for me to do family history work. My family is about as Mormon as it gets. Sure I can claim 7th generation Mormon status, but the thing is that I don’t have anyone in my family tree who wasn’t Mormon as long as Mormonism has been around. 30 of my 32 great-great-great...

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Let It Go

It was the song heard round the world. Over and over and over and OVER again. And we’re still listening to it. As sick as I sometimes get of hearing it, it also never really gets old. I often find myself singing my Let It Go guts out in the car with my little girls. Why do we all love it so much? (Or I suppose some people...

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American Temples

Feb 25, 15 American Temples

Posted by in art, Book Reviews, Featured, Mormonism, Reviews, Temple

American Temples by Scott Jarvie is a beautiful tribute to LDS Temples built in the United States. Scott spent more than a year living on the road out of an Airstream, traveling more than 40,000 miles from the west coast to the east and back again five times, photographing each LDS temple as he went. Some people might him crazy at...

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Spells, Incantations, Ordinances and Covenants

Feb 24, 15 Spells, Incantations, Ordinances and Covenants

Posted by in Featured, Symbolism, Temple

I went to the Temple for the first time when I was nineteen, in preparation for my mission. I had taken a temple prep class but the culture of secrecy didn’t serve me well. For instance, until I was seventeen, I thought that I would have to go through the Temple in the buff! When I finally did go, I fully expected to see...

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