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Por Que Nos Enfurecemos Sobre Religião no Facebook @ Vozes Mormons
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President Nelson Asks Young Adults to Study About Jesus @ LDS Media Talk
  -  In the worldwide devotional for young adults on January 8, President Russell M. Nelson...

Last Call for Nominations 2016! @ Wheat & Tares
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Where Justice, Love, and Mercy Meet: Jeffrey R. Holland’s address dramatically illustrates how Jesus Christ suffered, died, and rose from death @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  “Where Justice, Love, and Mercy Meet” is a video from The Church of Jesus Christ of...

How to create and print a Mormon baptism program @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  Here’s a Microsoft Word template that can be used for a typical LDS (Mormon) baptism....

Personal History Hack: Write it in 52 weeks using FamilySearch’s #52Stories @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  Do you want to write your personal history to share with your family? If so, where do you...

Witch of Endor @ Wheat & Tares
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Elder Bednar and Greg Droubay discuss the success of the #LIGHTtheWORLD initiative @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  Millions of people around the world participated in the “Light the World” initiative...

Video: Where Justice, Love, and Mercy Meet @ LDS Media Talk
  -  The new video “Where Justice, Love, and Mercy Meet” from The Church of Jesus...

Coming Soon…Gospel Tangents Podcast @ Wheat & Tares
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Why Peter Had to Leave His Boat @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  I firmly believe we will achieve our goals if we leave our boats (comfort zone) and do...

Novos Presidentes de Missão Anunciados para 2017 @ Vozes Mormons
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The best (and cheapest) way to travel across the United States from coast to coast @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  Looking to travel across the country but want to save some money? Try traveling by...

Garth Smith is back with a Christ-centered version of the Leonard Cohen classic “Hallelujah” @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  Listen to this Christ-centered version of the Leonard Cohen classic! Please tell us what...

Write Your Life Story in 2017: FamilySearch #52Stories Project Will Make Your Task Easier @ LDS Media Talk
  -  Maybe your New Year’s resolution is to write your personal history to share with your...

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...

LDS Pioneer Trek Hacks: Ideas on clothing to wear @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  Does your ward or stake have a pioneer trek coming up soon? Are you wondering how you can...

Scripture Reading Charts @ LDS Media Talk
  -  To help you keep on schedule with reading the scriptures every day, below is a collection...

Video: What Is the Purpose of Family? @ LDS Media Talk
  -  This short animated video “Why Are Families Important?” explains that The...

Ever Wonder How Much President Monson Gets Paid? Now We Know @ Wheat & Tares
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Autoridades Gerais São Pagas, Admite Igreja SUD @ Vozes Mormons
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The Power of Kindness: The Unexpected Benefits of Leading a Compassionate Life @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  "I believe that if we stop to think, it is clear that our very survival, even today,...

Ward and Stake Annual Histories @ LDS Media Talk
  -  As a new year begins, wards and branches should be preparing their annual histories and...

Why Shaming Doesn’t Work @ Wheat & Tares
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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...

If ye are Prepared ye shall not Fear: Temple Preparation Class @ Wheat & Tares
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LDS Scripture Focus App: A New Way to Read the Scriptures @ LDS Media Talk
  -  There are many ways to study the scriptures. Here is a new way. The company LDS Mobile...

Tarefic-Wheaties Nominations Continue @ Wheat & Tares
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Simplify your life in 2017! Get The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo audiobook for free! @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  Evernote has teamed up with Audible to offer the New York Times bestseller The...

Prepare for Tonight’s Worldwide Devotional: Nelson’s Homework Assignment @ Wheat & Tares
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Is 2017 the Year White Guilt Ends? @ Wheat & Tares
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Gospel Library 4.0 Provides Resources for Your Calling @ LDS Media Talk
  -  The recent 4.0 update to the Gospel Library mobile app provides ward and stake leaders...

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...

Mormon Beliefs: Ordinances & Covenants @ LDS Media Talk
  -  Photo Copyright © 1978 Larry Richman Latter-day Saints are big believers in ordinances...

The Blame Game @ Wheat & Tares
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Register Now for RootsTech 2017 @ LDS Media Talk
  -   The annual RootsTech family history conference will be held February 8-11, 2017 at...

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...

Fortaleza Terá Mais Um Mórmon na Prefeitura @ Vozes Mormons
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Joseph Smith Preconizava Violência? @ Vozes Mormons
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Vozes Mórmons: Fim de Ano @ Vozes Mormons
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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...

Retrospectiva Mórmon 2016 @ Vozes Mormons
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Falece B. Carmon Hardy, Historiador da Poligamia Mórmon @ Vozes Mormons
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Racismo na BYU é Tema de Exposição de Arte @ Vozes Mormons
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Quais Membros Inativos Valem a Pena Recuperar? @ Vozes Mormons
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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...

Personal Revelation Can Be Powerful Even When It Is Not Unique @ Things of My Soul
  -  I want to share something that I learned a while ago that has meant a lot to me since...

We Too Often Confuse Belief with Truth @ Things of My Soul
  -   The “truths” we cling to shape the quality of our societies as well as our...

Testimonies Don't Have to Be Provable - or Even Accurate - to Be Valid @ Things of My Soul
  -  Testimony has the same root as testament and testify - which are legal terms for an...

It's about Loving People, Not Solving Problems @ Things of My Soul
  -   Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be...

The Only Way I Can See Life As a Test @ Things of My Soul
  -  I have no problem with the idea that life is a test - but I define "life" as "eternal...

People Are More Important than Problems @ Things of My Soul
  -   Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be...

Spirituality and Spiritual Health, Like Physicality and Physical Health, Varies for Each Individual @ Things of My Soul
  -   Wisdom is to know when to take which kind of treatment. There is no one pill for all...

Why the church needs to be doing more in helping the elderly @ Our Thoughts
  -  This is a guest post written by Holly Whitman. Holly is a freelance writer and...

A Rainbow Is Better than an All-White Wall @ Things of My Soul
  -   “Diversity is a strength, not a division.  I attend a lot of meetings where I’m...

Just Some Mormon Halloween Humor @ Things of My Soul
  -  Scary movies with a Mormon twist (Not all mine; a group of friends got together and...

Knowing a God Whose Ways Are Not Our Ways @ Things of My Soul
  -  I have thought periodically about the tension between the idea that life eternal is to...

Labels Are an Excuse to Mistreat or Ignore @ Things of My Soul
  -   Elder John K. Carmack had a wonderful article published in the March 1991 Ensign titled...

We Sometimes Take Important Things for Granted @ Things of My Soul
  -  I have a friend who once responded to a question about his favorite aspects of the LDS...

Avoiding the "Too Syndrome" @ Things of My Soul
  -   “Sometimes we have what I call the Too Syndrome. We feel that there are some people...

6 poems about faith crisis @ Our Thoughts
  -  I just found out yesterday that this month is #OctPoWriMo (October Poetry Writing Month),...

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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My friends are leaving the church, and it makes me sad @ Our Thoughts
  -  I just listened to a podcast of a friend of mine discussing some of her life in the LDS...

Did Heavenly Mother introduce Jesus? @ Our Thoughts
  -  When Jesus was baptized, those present heard the following: “And lo a voice from...

Righteous Sassing @ Mormon Momma
  -  Monica (18): I’m really good at sassing people in my head. I wish I could to it in...

The prohibition on praying to Heavenly Mother doesn’t make sense @ Our Thoughts
  -  I’ve been thinking about the female divine recently, although I can’t remember what...

Is the Potential Big 12 Exclusion Policy a Natural Consequence for BYU? @ Outside the Book of Mormon Belt
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Let your light so shine before men @ Our Thoughts
  -  A few weeks ago, I decided to start studying the Gospels for my scripture study, and...

Someone isn’t taking the sacrament; do you judge or support? @ Our Thoughts
  -  I was recently listening to a A Thoughtful Faith podcast episode with Nathaniel Givens....

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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Pope Francis says Catholic Church Should Apologize to Gays @ Our Thoughts
  -  Pope Francis has said that the Roman Catholic Church should apologise to gay people for...

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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Restore Honor to BYU’s Honor Code @ Outside the Book of Mormon Belt
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The NeverTrump Message @ Outside the Book of Mormon Belt
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LGBTQ Policy Questioned in Local Media @ Our Thoughts
  -  “Our Thoughts” founder and frequent contributor, Kim Siever, was recently...

Is the Book of Mormon really the keystone of Mormonism? @ Our Thoughts
  -  At the start of the year, one of our Gospel Doctrine lessons touched on the Book of...

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...

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...

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...