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21st Century Gods: a Competition @ Wheat & Tares
  -  I don’t believe in God, I believe in science. I recently watched a few highly...

It Is Better to Be Godly than to Be Merely Religious @ Things of My Soul
  -  I think one of the central messages of the New Testament is that it's better to be godly...

LDS Missionaries Release Cover of “Glorious” @ LDS Media Talk
  -  LDS missionaries released a cover of “Glorious” on Facebook this week. The...

Interview with Julie Smith @ Wheat & Tares
  -   What has blogging been like? I’ve blogged at Times and Seasons for over a decade....

Sustaining and Supporting Does Not Mean Submitting to Everything @ Things of My Soul
  -  A friend of mine once told me:  I think I understand that sustaining and supporting...

Improving Your Communications Online @ LDS Media Talk
  -  LDS Tech has published a helpful article titled “Improving Member Communications...

10 Things That Will Kill You Faster than Diet Coke @ Wheat & Tares
  -  It’s always Diet Coke o’clock. Noticing how tired I was one morning for my...

Setting Is as Important as the Words We Say: Two Specific Examples @ Things of My Soul
  -  I can say lots of things without negative effect that others couldn't say, largely...

Home & Visiting Teaching Management Coming to LDS.org @ LDS Media Talk
  -  The following email was recently sent to Latter-day Saints who use the Leader and Clerk...

Memorial Day Traditions @ Wheat & Tares
  -  The last Monday in May is known as Memorial Day in the United States. Originally called...

My Favorite Definition of Religion @ Things of My Soul
  -   Religion is a structured imposition of what can be comprehended and/or imagined on top...

Do Mormons really believe in prophet fallibility? @ Our Thoughts
  -  For family scripture study this past week, we’ve been reading in 1 Corinthians, and a...

Video: “We Believe” North Field LDS Stake 2011 Youth Conference Highlights @ LDS Media Talk
  -  The video below shows photo highlights from the North Field LDS Stake Youth Conference...

Stuck in a Calling @ Wheat & Tares
  -  Our ward recently split.  One of my neighbors was called into the Bishop’s Office...

Mormon App Directory @ LDS Media Talk
  -  I’ve written previously about the mobile apps provided...

My Sacrament Meeting Talk on Grace @ Things of My Soul
  -  Here is the summary of my talk last Sunday. The assigned topic was "Saving Grace". 1) "I...

Movie: The Cokeville Miracle @ LDS Media Talk
  -  The movie Cokeville Miracle opens on Friday, June 5. I had the chance to see it last...

A Modest Letter to My Daughter @ Wheat & Tares
  -  yes, some girls camps require all YW to wear tshirts over their swimsuits – which...

Why I Love the Temple in Less than 100 Words @ Things of My Soul
  -  I believe strongly the temple is meant to be for the living to internalize a connection...

Emphasising Sabbath Observance @ Wheat & Tares
  -  How important is the Sabbath to you? At our recent stake conference the visiting area...

7 Tips for LDS Using Social Media in Church Callings @ LDS Media Talk
  -  The video below provides “7 Tips for LDS Members Using Social Media in Church...

Why Do Committees in the Church Often Fail to Make a Difference? @ Things of My Soul
  -   God so loved the world that He did not send a committee.  I was asked...

LDS Philanthropies: Worthy Causes @ LDS Media Talk
  -  The following is information from LDS Philanthropies, the charitable-giving arm of The...

Can Conflicting Impressions Both Be Inspired? @ Things of My Soul
  -  I've served in enough callings that include impressions about who to ask to do things to...

New Menus for LDS.org @ LDS Media Talk
  -  LDS.org has just been updated with a better navigation menu. This is another in a series...

O Say, What is Doubt? @ Wheat & Tares
  -  One way to avoid doubts. E. Bednar’s recent comments disparaging doubt (in an...

What's Wrong with Being #2 (or lower)? @ Things of My Soul
  -  I really dislike ranking people in most respects, for lots of reasons.  Primary among...

Your Online Image @ LDS Media Talk
  -   Chances are pretty good that you have social media accounts on the web to connect with...

Football, CTE, and Agency @ Wheat & Tares
  -  Athletes, especially football players, have been involved in some high-profile violent...

We Are Adolescent Gods @ Things of My Soul
  -  I see "God" as a condition of perfection (being whole, complete, fully developed) -...

Come Out of Font @ Wheat & Tares
  -  I was at the temple, and noticed in interesting ritual during baptisms for the dead.  A...

Our Leaders are Not Infallible, and We Don't Need to Believe They Are @ Things of My Soul
  -  I have heard too many members talk as if our prophets and apostles are infallible.  They...

Joseph Smith Was Not a Uniquely Egregious Sinner @ Things of My Soul
  -  Over the years, I have heard a lot of critics of the LDS Church say that Joseph Smith was...

Assumptions about Scriptural Stories: Teaching Children to Think for Themselves @ Things of My Soul
  -  When I got home from work a few years ago, my second daughter immediately called me in to...

We Need Holes in Our Hearts @ Things of My Soul
  -  We teach of the need to have hearts that are open to being filled.  Hearts without...

Priesthood Keys: A Chain Holding Copies of One Master Key that Unlocks Multiple Views @ Things of My Soul
  -  Morgan wrote a post on By Common Consent last year entitled "Keys" - about the place of...

“Force Yourself to Operate on Faith” – an Interview with Granite Flats’ Writer John Christian Plummer @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  I finished Granite Flats season 3 and was hungry for more. I felt like season 3 was where...

Public School Fail: Mother’s Day Report Card @ Mormon Momma
  -  A first grade class at Ridgecrest Elementary in Cottonwood Heights, Utah, (and scads of...

A Response to "Children Cant' Dress Immodestly" @ Things of My Soul
  -  At By Common Consent, Matthew wrote a post in 2012 entitled, "Children Can't Dress...

Freedom from the Oppression of the Word of Wisdom @ Mormon Momma
  -  Maybe I’m weird, but never in my 50 years of Mormondom have I hung my head and...

The Book of Mormon As a Catalyst for an Acceptance of Personal Revelation @ Things of My Soul
  -  Someone asked me in a more private setting about what I've written regarding the way the...

Input about the Apostles from Someone Who Knows @ Things of My Soul
  -  I happened to fall into a conversation within the past eighteen months, in person...

How the Book of Mormon Works for and Speaks to Me @ Things of My Soul
  -  I find it fascinating to see how the Book of Mormon was used in the early days of the...

Our Bodies Are Temples: Dealing with Mental and Emotional Illnesses and Issues @ Things of My Soul
  -  I believe deeply in the concept of our bodies being temples and, thus, that we need to...

Baltimore Problems and Liberal Guilt Assuagement @ Mormon Momma
  -  Sit Down and Shut Up I’m a pasty white, college educated, middle class,...

How I See Joseph Smith in Relation to Plural Marriage @ Things of My Soul
  -  I have been asked about Joseph's practice of plural marriage many times in my life, and...

Igreja SUD terá sistema online para dízimo @ Vozes Mormons
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Puzzles and Mosaics: Or, God Came to Me at the Unexpected Death of My Daughter @ Things of My Soul
  -  I have a dear friend who shared the following with me some time ago.  I have thought a...

Uma república mórmon @ Vozes Mormons
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New Online Tithing Payment System Confirmed by The Church! @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  We don’t usually do “breaking news” type articles. In this case...

Setting Limits When Callings Get in the Way of Family @ Things of My Soul
  -  I've talked with a lot of people over the years who have struggled to find a proper...

All Types of Lives and Experiences Are Legitimate and Valuable @ Things of My Soul
  -  I have had a handful of experiences in my life that I believe were truly miraculous and...

Moroni's Promise: "True" Doesn't Have to Mean" "Factually Accurate in Every Detail" @ Things of My Soul
  -  Based on the wording of Moroni 10:3-5, Moroni's invitation is about gaining a spiritual...

Use Evernote & Online Resources for Powerful Scripture Study @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  This is post #4 of 4 in the series “Enhance Your Scripture Study” If...

Ordenanças do templo – parte 4 @ Vozes Mormons
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Public Service Announcement:Asking About Pregnancy Status @ Mormon Momma
  -  by Sara Burlingame The clerk at Kohl’s just cheerfully asked me if I was pregnant....

Women at Church: Translating Gendered Doctrine @ Mormon Momma
  -  It’s Not About That Bass This isn’t the post I intended to write this...

Enhance Scripture Study with the Scripture Citation Index @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  This is post #3 of 4 in the series “Enhance Your Scripture Study” General...

Mother, Where Art Thou? @ Mormon Momma
  -  Missing in Theme Proving again our oddity, Mormons proudly proclaim an...

Paid Menopause Leave – Because I Deserve It @ Mormon Momma
  -  #LeadOnLeave Is Sooooo Darn Awesome! Recently I’ve seen flurry of sharing of a...

Desafio de História Mórmon: Carta de Joseph Smith @ Vozes Mormons
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Why Don’t They Just Say God Loves All His Children? @ Outside the Book of Mormon Belt
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Lifestyle Hacks: Increased Productivity With Personalized Routines @ Mormon Momma
  -  As a blogger and homeschooling mom of six, managing my time is paramount. As someone who...

Super-herói Mórmon: O Jovem Guerreiro @ Vozes Mormons
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Famoso Cantor Mórmon Pede Desculpas @ Vozes Mormons
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Minha religião me aproxima de Deus? @ Vozes Mormons
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Desafio de história mórmon: gravatas borboletas @ Vozes Mormons
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God Bless America @ Vozes Mormons
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Vozes Mórmons Versão Internacional @ Vozes Mormons
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March/April 2015 Open General Conference Thread @ Mormon Momma
  -  Yes, I know I should have opened this last week with the first session, but I neglected...

Personal Growth Hacking: Track Your Christlike Attributes @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  Learning the hard way I recently discussed a personal accountability failure that...

Why Mormon Feminists Should Remove the Word “Mansplaining” From Their Collective Vocabularies @ Mormon Momma
  -  A social media conversation today started with this: Is there a meme for Men Explain...

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...

How each of us can fulfill the Law of Moses @ Our Thoughts
  -  During family scripture study this week, I came across Romans 13:8: Owe no man any thing,...

Remembering Robes @ Mormon Momma
  -  I’ve written about Robes before. He comes up in blogging and social media and...

The humanity of Jesus @ Our Thoughts
  -  This month’s First Presidency Message from President Uchtdorf highlights an experience...

Pay Your Tithing Online with LDS.org – Coming Soon! @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  A friend told me that the Church is piloting a new LDS.org-based online payment site in...

Speed Read the Book of Mormon @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  This is post #2 of 4 in the series “Enhance Your Scripture Study”...

Why I don’t think Jesus was perfect @ Our Thoughts
  -  In elders quorum this week, someone mentioned the idea that Jesus led a perfect life....

How I define heaven might surprise you @ Our Thoughts
  -  When you hear the word “heaven?”, what comes to mind? Do you envision heaven and hell...

Dear Bishop: With Love, Mormon Women @ Outside the Book of Mormon Belt
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Is it apostasy to believe something the prophets don’t believe? @ Our Thoughts
  -  Something I’ve been thinking about lately is the role of prophets in the LDS church. It...

Book Review: Mormons Say and Do the Darndest Things @ Mormon Momma
  -  As a child I poured over my parents copy of The Devil’s Dictionary. The older I...

Emotional Labor – The Injustice of It All @ Mormon Momma
  -  Hear ye, hear ye, there’s a new injustice in town! Forget the war on women, white...

The Boys are Fine @ Outside the Book of Mormon Belt
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Mormon Woman, Artist, Filmmaker on Heart of Africa @ Outside the Book of Mormon Belt
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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...

You Need A Budget for Your Family Finances @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  YNAB stands for “You Need a Budget.” This should be an obvious goal for most...

Church Supports Religious and LGBTTQQIAAPFPOC* Rights – Sort Of @ Mormon Momma
  -  The Post That Is Better Than This Post This morning I intended to write a post about the...

Church Asks for Feeback on Temple Garments @ Mormon Momma
  -  Now is your chance! The church has created a survey and is asking for feedback and...

BYU Should Take a Clue from GoDaddy @ Mormon Momma
  -  In 2007 I completed the arduous task of moving over 100 domains from GoDaddy to my new...

Feminism and Logic: a Primer @ Mormon Momma
  -  Dictionaries and Other Nice Things At the risk of breaking the second commandment of...

The Salvation Equation @ Mormon Momma
  -  Evangelical and Mormon Grace In Perils of Grace by Robert L. Millet (BYU Studies...

My Two Greatest Gifts @ Mormon Momma
  -  Caleb (11): Mom, there are two things I’m really good at: Hiding things in cunning...

Create New Year’s Systems, Not Goals @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  It’s that time of year again: the end of the old year, and the beginning of the...

Happy New Year to You and Happy 12th Anniversary to Mormon Momma @ Mormon Momma
  -  Today we celebrate the first day of 2015 and the 12th anniversary of Mormon Momma. We...

Mourn with Those Who Mourn: 1st Annual LDS LGBT Suicide and Homelessness Awareness Day is Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014 @ Outside the Book of Mormon Belt
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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...

27 things in the Mormon Church’s new articles I never learned growing up @ Our Thoughts
  -  Over the past year or so, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been...

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

2-Day Tithing Settlement: How it Went @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  This is post #2 of 2 in the series “Tithing Settlement in 2 Days” Last year I...

To the Fence Sitters Regarding the LDS Gender Issues Survey @ Outside the Book of Mormon Belt
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Women, Priesthood Authority, and the Holy Ghost @ Outside the Book of Mormon Belt
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Admitting You Have a Problem Will Be the Best Feeling You’ve Ever Had @ Our Thoughts
  -  You know that feeling you get when you make a good decision? It’s a deeply satisfying...

If you can’t read it there, read it here. @ Outside the Book of Mormon Belt
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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....

Moving from Cause Warriors to Builders of Zion @ Outside the Book of Mormon Belt
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What Does Jesus Have to Do With Moving Violations? @ Our Thoughts
  -  The relationship between America and religion has been quite interesting to watch over...

Hello, Readers! Please Allow Me To Introduce Myself @ Our Thoughts
  -  Kim was already kind enough to welcome me formally to Our Thoughts, but I wanted to take...

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

Empathy Without Works is Dead @ Outside the Book of Mormon Belt
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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...

Videos Now Available for Free Viewing of “The Lady of the Temple” Conference @ Temple Study
  -  Videos of the presentations given at The Academy for Temple Studies conference “The...

Step One: An Ego Busting Experience @ PASG Works!
  -  Step one only works for people who don't want to fall any farther "Only through utter...

Is the Atonement Really for ME? @ PASG Works!
  -  "I was listening to a talk today by Dr. Lund, an LDS speaker. Something he said struck me...

Honesty, Confession, Daily Accounting @ PASG Works!
  -  I have just been pondering my current relationship with God, and been led again to...

What is a Character Defect? @ PASG Works!
  -  What is a character defect?  A character defect, is actually not a very complex...

The Will of the Father in All Things @ PASG Works!
  -  I recently came across this talk from Elder Holland entitled “The Will of the Father in...

My 3 Bases of Recovery. Living the Twelve Steps as a Way of Life. @ PASG Works!
  -  While reflecting on practical ways to live the twelve steps in my life, I started...

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...

ARPSUPPORT.ORG @ PASG Works!
  -  www.arpsupport.orgA grassroots effort to bring sponsorship to the ARP/PASG program has...

A Way to Escape the Pornography Plague. @ PASG Works!
  -  A plague is covering the land and affecting families, relationships and church...

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,...

Worthiness and Recovery @ PASG Works!
  -   How does worthiness fit into recovery? What is worthiness? Is there a difference...

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...

Addict or Not? @ PASG Works!
  -   Am I an addict or do I just have a problem? The church has come out with a new site...

The Liberating Awareness of Choice @ PASG Works!
  -   Choice is a gift that is available to us always. Between the idea or temptation of...

He Does Deliver Me From Bondage @ PASG Works!
  -   I think of how this problem was so complex, difficult, and most seemingly...

The Porn Drug @ PASG Works!
  -   I am a lust addict. Which is more broad than a porn addict and more...

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...