Even More Islands and Atolls

Dancing with the Stars’ Season 25 premiere: Lindsey Stirling and Mark Ballas dance the Cha​ ​Cha to “Don’t​ ​Worry” by Madcon​ ​ft.​ ​Ray​ ​Dalton @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  Lindsey Stirling and Mark Ballas dance the Cha​ ​Cha to “Don’t​ ​Worry” by...

Technology to Assist LDS Who Are Hearing Impaired @ LDS Media Talk
  -   The Church has made a significant effort over many years to understand the needs of...

Persecution Complex @ Wheat & Tares
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Hike the Grand Canyon for Suicide Prevention? That is what Seth Adam Smith intends to do. @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  Follow us: @mormonlifehacker on Patreon | Facebook | YouTube | Twitter...

General Conference activities for primary children from Canary Jane and others! #LDSConf @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  Canary Jane, an LDS blogger, has put a list of some really fun General Conference...

LDS Face to Face With Elders Oaks and Ballard, Nov. 19, 2017 @ LDS Media Talk
  -   On November 19, 2017, Elder Dallin H. Oaks and Elder M. Russell Ballard will answer...

Perego on Creation, Flood, BoM DNA @ Wheat & Tares
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Provide your insights on the buildings and everything inside the Temple Square area for a new Scott Jarvie book by Cedar Fort Publishing! @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  Get involved in this project to get stories and facts about Temple Square in SLC! Read...

Ammon Never Misses! @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  Check out this funny mash-up of Ammon (from Living Scriptures) and mishaps from the...

President Eyring Provides Lift to Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, and aids Mormon Helping Hands in Florida @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  President Henry B. Eyring, first counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus...

You’re The Bishop #2 @ Wheat & Tares
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Preparing for LDS General Conference @ LDS Media Talk
  -   The LDS Conference Center has 21,000 seats. They will be filled six times on September...

What Do You Get When You Combine Denver Snuffer and Robert Norman? Mike Stroud. @ Wheat & Tares
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On “Dying with Dignity”: When religion meets medicine @ Our Thoughts
  -  This guest post is written by Kate Harveston, a writer and political activist from...

BYUtv’s (and Orson Scott Card’s) Extinct premieres on October 1! #ExtinctTV @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  Calling all sci-fi and post-apoc fans! WATCH THIS. NOW!! Read the rest on MLH by...

Killers’ Brandon Flowers on Mormonism and being a Mormon @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  Rolling Stone magazine featured LDS frontman for the Killers, Brandon Flowers, who...

Suicide Prevention and Mormons: Ideas and resources to help LDS youth @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  Follow us: @mormonlifehacker on Patreon | Facebook | YouTube | Twitter...

Insulted With No Redress @ Wheat & Tares
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Family History Report in LCR for Leaders @ LDS Media Talk
  -  Leaders can access a family history report that shows information about family history...

And the Tobias Funke Award Goes to . . . @ Wheat & Tares
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CSI: Mountain Meadows – Using DNA to Solve 2 Mysteries @ Wheat & Tares
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The Brick of Mormon: Legos, meet the LDS Church @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -    Follow us: @mormonlifehacker on Patreon | Facebook | YouTube |...

You’re the Bishop #1 @ Wheat & Tares
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Some Pet Peeves @ Wheat & Tares
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What to do about Free Will? @ Wheat & Tares
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Desastres Naturais, Parte do Castigo de Deus? @ Vozes Mormons
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FamilySearch Digital Records Replace Microfilm @ LDS Media Talk
  -   FamilySearch has discontinued its microfilm circulation services because it now offers...

100+ Languages on Redesigned LDS.org Language Pages @ LDS Media Talk
  -   The Church has redesigned the language pages on LDS.org to mirror the Gospel Library...

September is National Suicide Awareness Month @ LDS Media Talk
  -   September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Over 800,000 people die by...

Bênçãos Patriarcais Aos Mortos @ Vozes Mormons
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LDS Gospel Learning Resources for Doctrinal, Historical, and Social Questions @ LDS Media Talk
  -   The Church provides many resources that can enhance gospel learning and help provide...

The Solar Eclipse and Spirituality @ Our Thoughts
  -  This guest post is written by Kate Harveston, a writer and political activist from...

Ex-Líder SUD Preso Por Estupros, Pedofilia @ Vozes Mormons
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LDS Church Announces Dates for 2018 Events @ LDS Media Talk
  -   The First Presidency has announced the dates for the Churchwide events for 2018. The...

11 ways leaders can make non-binary youth feel welcome at church @ Our Thoughts
  -  Having two LGBTQ+ children makes me hyper aware of the challenges they face growing up in...

LDS Church Curriculum for 2018 @ LDS Media Talk
  -   The Church has announced the resources that will be used in Sunday classes during...

Utah, Estado Com Menor Igualdade de Gêneros @ Vozes Mormons
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4 lifestyle shifts we can take from Buddhism @ Our Thoughts
  -  This guest post is written by Kate Harveston, a writer and political activist from...

Igreja Mórmon Condena Racismo, Não Condena Nazistas @ Vozes Mormons
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Why I was wrong to march with Mormons Building Bridges @ Our Thoughts
  -  Last year, I marched with and organized a group of local Mormons in the Lethbridge Pride...

Igreja Mórmon Excomunga Autoridade Geral @ Vozes Mormons
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9 church initiatives for the inspired activist @ Our Thoughts
  -  This guest post is written by Kate Harveston, a writer and political activist from...

Quantos Mórmons Há Em Cada Estado? @ Vozes Mormons
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Poligamia é Moralmente Aceitável Para 17% @ Vozes Mormons
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Poderemos Encontrar o DNA de Jesus? @ Vozes Mormons
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Cadê os Livros? Parte 4: Perspectivas @ Vozes Mormons
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4 things to remember about the church before you judge @ Our Thoughts
  -  This guest post is written by Kate Harveston, a writer and political activist from...

“But it’s not natural . . .” @ Our Thoughts
  -  If your Facebook News Feed was anything like mine during the second week of July, you...

The controversy surrounding altered texts @ Our Thoughts
  -  This guest post is written by Kate Harveston, a writer and political activist from...

False Assumptions: A Response to MWS “A Protected Class of Sin” @ Outside the Book of Mormon Belt
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Will a man rob God? @ Our Thoughts
  -  If you’re Mormon, you’ve probably seen this scripture before: “Will a man rob God?...

On Forgiveness: Two Important Things @ Things of My Soul
  -   Two thoughts on forgiveness this Easter weekend:  1) We only can forgive those who...

ThyMindOMan.com – Exploring the Mind’s Relationship to God @ Temple Study
  -  “Thy Mind, O Man,” photograph of original manuscript. The Joseph Smith...

We Are More than Just Children of a King @ Things of My Soul
  -   A friend of mine said the following today, in reference to common statements about...

Being Nothing without Charity and "Being Worthy": How We Miss the Mark @ Things of My Soul
  -  I interpret the idea that we are nothing without charity as being a refutation of the...

A Beautiful Explanation of Not Judging Others @ Things of My Soul
  -  A friend of mine shared the following, and I want to share it here. It is one of the most...

Why This Mormon Rejects “Love the Sinner; Hate the Sin” @ Outside the Book of Mormon Belt
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Yes, We Are Our Brothers' and Sisters' Keepers @ Things of My Soul
  -   Remember: It was Cain (a murderer) who replied to God, when asked where Abel was, "Am I...

What Does the Sacrament Prayer Really Say: Not What We Often Teach @ Things of My Soul
  -  [quote="squarepeg"]The Sacrament Prayer says that we will always have His spirit to be...

Jesus as Advocate and Judge - and We as Advocates Only @ Things of My Soul
  -  We had a wonderful lesson in our High Priests Group, and I want to share one particular...

We Can Be "Atoners" in This Life @ Things of My Soul
  -   We talk of an infinite Atonement, but I have seen an example of how powerful a mortal,...

God Loves His Children Even as They Toddle, Falter, and Fall @ Things of My Soul
  -   We have all seen a toddler learn to walk. He takes a small step and totters. He falls....

Does God Really Direct Us Down "Wrong Roads" Sometimes? @ Things of My Soul
  -  Elder Holland gave a talk in General Conference a couple of years ago about what he...

Individual Exceptions Are between Each Person and the Lord @ Things of My Soul
  -   “There are exceptions to some rules. For example, we believe the commandment is not...

Sometimes, Our Obsession with Proper Prayer Language Is Unhealthy @ Things of My Soul
  -  I have a friend who is convinced we are wrong to pray in modern formal...

Revelation As a Process of Sifting and Winnowing @ Things of My Soul
  -   “The Lord uses imperfect people…He often allows their errors to stand...

The Restoration Is On-Going, and We Can Be Restorers or Destroyers @ Things of My Soul
  -  According to Jacob 5, the tree will continue to be pruned right up until the end - and I...

We Must Be Open to People Outside Our Usual Circle of Friends @ Things of My Soul
  -   In this Church our wards and our quorums do not belong to us. They belong to Jesus...

Some Excellent, Practical Advice to Help Us Find Peace @ Things of My Soul
  -  I almost never share things here that I find being forwarded on Facebook or other...

The LDS Church Also Evolves in Its Understanding and Its Recognition of Past Mistakes @ Things of My Soul
  -   "Seventy years ago this Church was organized with six members. We commenced, so to...

Why Is the Gospel Sometimes So Hard to Find? @ Things of My Soul
  -  A friend of mine who has struggled mightily to figure out what the Gospel means to him...

Cannot Keep Track @ Mormon Momma
  -  Mom: How did your date go? Monica (19): Fine, but I almost called Tanner...

Partnership Is More Important than Rigid Roles @ Things of My Soul
  -   “The Church has nothing to fear from the strength of women. On the contrary, it...

The Danger of Living in the Past: A Principle for Personal Consideration @ Things of My Soul
  -  I was watching a TV show with one of my daughters a while ago, and the following was a...

It Is Important to Be Interested in Many Things - and to Understand Many Perspectives @ Things of My Soul
  -   "Suppose one man likes strawberries and another does not; in what respect is the...

The Samaritans in Our Lives: Some Might Be Surprising @ Things of My Soul
  -  I gave a talk in a ward years ago about charity in which I asked the congregation to...

The Ideal Is to Live in Your Own Best Way @ Things of My Soul
  -   “How . . . do we put the Savior first without putting down other people or their...

Now Is the Only Important Time in Our Eternal Lives @ Things of My Soul
  -  I believe strongly that now is the only important time in our lives, since every other...

Beauty through Suffering @ Things of My Soul
  -   The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known...

The Progress in Removing Rape Verse from YW Program May Not be only Personal, but Institutional @ Outside the Book of Mormon Belt
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Righteous Sassing @ Mormon Momma
  -  Monica (18): I’m really good at sassing people in my head. I wish I could to it in...

Is the Potential Big 12 Exclusion Policy a Natural Consequence for BYU? @ Outside the Book of Mormon Belt
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Racial Division and Religion @ Outside the Book of Mormon Belt
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Easy Date @ Mormon Momma
  -  [Sam walks into my office late Friday afternoon.] Sam: Hey, honey, do you want to go on a...

Making Space: Tyler Glenn asks, “How Many More?” @ Outside the Book of Mormon Belt
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The Mysteries of God, or Handbook 1 @ Outside the Book of Mormon Belt
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Overheard at the Boys’ Second Breakfast @ Mormon Momma
  -  Talking to his 15-year-old brother, Samson. Caleb (12): It’s called skills, bro....

The Rainbow Mormon Initiative and the Promise of Hope @ Outside the Book of Mormon Belt
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Kicking It Old School @ Mormon Momma
  -  [Driving to karate with the boys. Trying to find a radio station they like.] Mom: How...

Dress to Protect, Missionary-Style @ Outside the Book of Mormon Belt
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No Man is “Trash” @ Outside the Book of Mormon Belt
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Not Getting Married Today @ Mormon Momma
  -  Mom: Samson, what was your favorite part about Saturday’s Warrior? [pause] Samson:...

Sass In Your Frass @ Mormon Momma
  -  Caleb (12): Mom, just so you know, I’m going into my teenage years. So it’s...

Tickets to Provo City Center Temple Open House @ Mormon Momma
  -  The Provo Tabernacle was a staple of my youth. When I was a child (pre-stake-center days)...

Mormon Hacks: Preschool Edition @ Mormon Momma
  -  Thanks to Common Core and other cultural problems—you know, like legal mandates that...

Simple FHE Ideas: Real Heroes @ Mormon Momma
  -  The world is full of idols, athletes, entertainers, people famous for no reason at all,...

Mormon Hacks: New Year’s 2016 Edition @ Mormon Momma
  -  Happy New Year! And Happy 13th birthday to Mormon Momma! If you’re looking for some...

Tolerance Is Not a Virtue @ Mormon Momma
  -  Cliff Notes version of this post: Tolerance (inclusion, acceptance, etc.) is not...

Do Mormon Women Oppose Priesthood Ordination? Redux @ Mormon Momma
  -  In October of 2013, a Pew survey made the claim that “big majority of Mormons...

The Gospel of Inclusivity and Nothingness @ Mormon Momma
  -  Last week I engaged in a libertarian-esque discussion about geopolitical borders. In the...

New Order Mormonism and the Teenage Mind @ Mormon Momma
  -  The Teenage Mind When I was in junior high, a mere 14 years old, I was positive I was in...

Same-Sex Marriage/Cohabitation Policy Clarification: Time to Fire the Legal Department @ Mormon Momma
  -  This morning the Office of the First Presidency clarified the handbook changes. These...

Nose and the Stewardship @ Mormon Momma
  -  [Upon hearing repeated snorting behind me.] Mom: Caleb, here’s some tissue. You...

Who’s On the Lord’s Side? @ Mormon Momma
  -  We should show love and kindness and sympathy and welcome all to our friendship. At the...

One Day at a Time: Living in the Present @ PASG Works!
  -  One of my favorite sayings in 12-step meetings is "one day at a time." Interestingly, I...

The Logical Fail of the New Handbook Rules:Writing Policy with Bad Code @ Mormon Momma
  -  Over the last couple of chaotic days, I’ve seen a number of misrepresentations of...

Suffer Little Children @ Mormon Momma
  -  The last few days have been a frenzy of activity in the LDS world. As someone with a more...

Boundaries @ PASG Works!
  -  “It’s easier to prepare and prevent than it is to repair and repent.” I heard this...

Lust and Wanting to Be Lusted After @ PASG Works!
  -  When I was first humbled enough by my addiction to pornography and masturbation that I...

Response to the 39-Year Old @ PASG Works!
  -  In response to "Lost With No Hope?" post from earlier this week, a reader submitted the...

Willingness and Choosing Sobriety Daily @ PASG Works!
  -  I look at being willing as basically a decision or choice. Am I willing to abstain or...

Lost With No Hope? @ PASG Works!
  -  We recently received the following from an anonymous poster:"I am 38 in 5 days I will be...

Giving Up Weapons of Rebellion @ PASG Works!
  -  “The Anti-Nephi-Lehies in the Book of Mormon laid down their weapons of war and buried...

Consistency in Daily Recovery @ PASG Works!
  -  It's natural to have ebbs and flows in our daily routine of recovery work. We can't...

The Pain of Recovery or the Pain of Regret @ PASG Works!
  -  "We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret....

Making Phone Calls and Staying Sober @ PASG Works!
  -  If you’ve attended even a few 12-step meetings, you’ve undoubtedly heard people talk...

Why is it Important to Attend 12 Step Meetings? @ PASG Works!
  -  Why is it important to attend a regular 12 step meeting? This question seems to pop up...

Letting Go of the Things I Cannot Change: Identify, Accept, & Surrender @ PASG Works!
  -  It is easy to get worked up about feelings and temptations. In the early days of my...

Forsake Me Not @ PASG Works!
  -  My fascination with, and then addiction to pornography began when I was a young boy. It...

Let Go Without Reservation @ PASG Works!
  -  I have been part of the program for about 4 years, and have sponsored about a dozen guys....

I Stopped Running @ PASG Works!
  -  I can finally identify the root of my addiction, and how it got started. It seems crystal...

Asking Him to do What I Cannot @ PASG Works!
  -  I recently realized that although I have been abstinent for almost two years I was still...

Having Hope, Come What May @ PASG Works!
  -  I am ever grateful for the life we are given to enjoy here on the earth. With all that...

The Story of Moses and it’s correlation to we addicts @ PASG Works!
  -  The Story of Moses and it’s correlation to we addictsAs we read Moses chapter 1in the...

Videos of 2014 Temple on Mount Zion Conference Now Available for Free Viewing @ Temple Study
  -  The Interpreter Foundation has announced the availability of the videos of the...

Gratitude Precedes Zion @ Temple Study
  -  Orderville Utah, circa 1890 (click to enlarge) Note: My wife and I were asked to give...

Official Church Video on Temple Garments and Robes @ Temple Study
  -   The Church has released a new video explaining the temple garment, and the temple robes....

The Temple on Mount Zion 2014 Conference @ Temple Study
  -  The Interpreter Foundation has announced a forthcoming conference, the 2014 Temple on...

The Parallel of a New Convert and a Recovering Addict @ PASG Works!
  -  I teach a local community college, and because my class is nearly 12 credits (normal...

LDS Women Hold and Exercise Priesthood Authority @ Temple Study
  -   LDS woman being set apart for a calling in the Church. “We are not accustomed to...

Screwtape Letter About Lust @ PASG Works!
  -  Disclaimer: I based this letter I wrote off of C.S. Lewis’s novel The Screwtape...

Sistine Chapel in Official Virtual Reality Simulation @ Temple Study
  -  The Vatican’s 360 degree photographic virtual reality simulation of the Sistine...

Lust Based Decisions and Resentment Based Decisions @ PASG Works!
  -  These are two important concepts to remember in addiction recovery:Lust is Satan's...

Avoidance VS Action @ PASG Works!
  -  As I have thought on Avoiding our addiction I have come to these thoughts:1A. Avoiding...

“Because of Him”: Share the Easter Message This Week @ Temple Study
  -  The Church is launching a worldwide initiative today, Palm Sunday, that will run through...

Unconditional Love and Support or Destructive Enabling? @ PASG Works!
  -  I recently became a sponsor and it has been one of the most amazing experiences of my...

Unfreezing Our Hearts: Choosing to See the Beauty in Disney’s Frozen @ Temple Study
  -  Anna and Elsa embrace at the end of Frozen. This is a guest post by Raven Haymond, my...

Beware of the False Start! @ PASG Works!
  -  So I enjoy football, especially college football. There is a concept called a false...

Addiction and The Power of Breaking Isolation @ PASG Works!
  -  We as humans have many God-given instincts: the desire for power, sex, companionship,...

Videos of Science & Mormonism Symposium Now Available for Free Viewing @ Temple Study
  -  The Interpreter Foundation sponsored a conference on November 9, 2013, entitled...

From the Prophet 18 May 1844: The origins of the Prophet @ Mormons in NYC
  -  Included in the very first issue of The Prophet was the following item, explaining the...

The first LDS text in another language published in the U.S.? @ Mormons in NYC
  -   On the last page of the The Mormon for May 30, 1857, the editor, Apostle John Taylor,...

Form printing by W. J. Silver in New York @ Mormons in NYC
  -  Browsing the pages of The Mormon the other day, I came across the folowing...

Henry G. Bywater, Brooklyn Branch President 1871-1882 @ Mormons in NYC
  -  Mormon visitors to New York City  in the 1870s mention most frequently two individuals...

A Mormon Memorial Service in New York, 1915 @ Mormons in NYC
  -  It is unusual these days for LDS congregations in Manhattan to experience death. Members...

Sacrament Meeting, Brooklyn, 1873 @ Mormons in NYC
  -  Some elements of our every day lives are so mundane, that we never think to record...

First Regular New York City Meeting Place @ Mormons in NYC
  -  Where were Mormon meetings first held in New York City? It depends a lot on what you mean...

What Happened to the Hornerstown Mormons? @ Mormons in NYC
  -  Today, LDS congregations in New York City experience a lot of turnover. People move in...

Did the New York Branch know baseball? @ Mormons in NYC
  -   [Cross posted from Mormon Baseball.] It is a simple journal entry by Mormon Battalion...

When attention was bad: Returning Missionaries in Manhattan, 1858 @ Mormons in NYC
  -  The New York Times somehow learned that 25 returning Mormon missionaries had arrived in...

Coming Out in the LDS Church @ Philosophies of Men
  -  The author of (Gay) Mormon Guy was kind enough to write to me sharing his feelings and...

The Gospel of Jesus' Wife @ Philosophies of Men
  -  Prof. Karen L. King recently unveiled the translation of a fragment of Coptic papyrus at...

Nikola Tesla on Religion @ Philosophies of Men
  -  Nikola Tesla, probably the greatest inventor in the last several hundred years, is...

Thomas Edison, Not an Atheist @ Philosophies of Men
  -  Thomas Edison is often (falsely) credited as the greatest inventor ever, and one of the...

The Law of Moses @ Philosophies of Men
  -  One common objection to many religions, and certainly against Christianity, is that the...

The Unmoved Mover and Quantum Physics @ Philosophies of Men
  -  There aren't many philosophically sound arguments for the existence of God. If there...

Evidence Against Young-Earth Creationism @ Philosophies of Men
  -  I am a theist, and a Christian, but I am not a fan of believing in claims that appear to...

D Rizdek on Fine Tuning @ Philosophies of Men
  -  A user over at Debunking Christianity, named D Rizdek, made a comment on the Fine-Tuning...

Dawkins, Darwin, and the Holocaust @ Philosophies of Men
  -  In Richard Dawkins book, The Greatest Show on Earth, Dawkins write an exceedingly long...

The Book of Mormon and Rev. 22:18 @ Philosophies of Men
  -  I sometimes hear it said, or see it written, that The Book of Mormon must be false...

Atheist Blogger Goes Catholic @ Philosophies of Men
  -  Leah Libresco, author of Unequally YokedLeah Libresco, author of the atheist blog...

Bill Maher, Jesus, and Horus @ Philosophies of Men
  -  There is a scene in Bill Maher's film, Religulous, in which he compares Jesus to a number...

Jesse Anderson and the Infinite Money Theorum @ Philosophies of Men
  -  "It was the best of times, it was the BLURST of times? Stupid Monkey!"The Infinite...

Bart Ehrman and Some Dead Babies @ Philosophies of Men
  -  Bart EhrmanThe following comes from Bart Ehrman:“In terms of the historical record, I...

Religulous and the Founding Fathers @ Philosophies of Men
  -  Bill Maher is actually a fairly insightful individual when it comes to social issues or...

Ehrman on First Century References to Jesus @ Philosophies of Men
  -  I recently stumbled across a quote by Bart Ehrman. Ehrman is a Biblical Scholar who...

Reproducing Religious Experience @ Philosophies of Men
  -  A few years ago, there was a study done in which a scientist used electromagnetic...

Why PZ Myers Won't Debate @ Philosophies of Men
  -  Where is your god now???Just a few weeks ago David Marshall, author of Christ The Tao,...

Christianity and the Birth of Modern Science @ Philosophies of Men
  -  It's a pretty common view these days that science and religion are at odds, or that they...

TIL that Evolution was taught among Muslims almost a thousand years before Darwin. @ Philosophies of Men
  -  Here's another post on Reddit that has exploded into something interesting....

PZ Myers vs. David Marshall @ Philosophies of Men
  -  David Marshall, author of Christ the TaoDavid Marshall, author of the blog, Christ the...

Big Bang Theism @ Philosophies of Men
  -  Sometimes when I read atheistic writings or publications it seems like the term...

John Loftus Retires @ Philosophies of Men
  -  John Loftus, is the author of the blog Debunking Christianty, and several books, such as...

(Gay) Mormon Guy: My Experience Being a Faithful Mormon @ Philosophies of Men
  -  Guest Post from "Mormon Guy"There are plenty of people who feel the words "gay" and...

The Argument from Divine Hiddenness: Why It’s a Knock Down Argument Against the Existence of a Theistic God, by Tristan D. Vick @ Philosophies of Men
  -   The Argument from Divine HiddennessWhy It’s a Knock Down Argument Against the...