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LDS Children Tell the Story of the @ LDS Media Talk
  -  Watch this video as children tell the story of The Good Samaritan in their own...

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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The Spirit of the Game (Mormon Yankees) Movie @ LDS Media Talk
  -  60 years ago, in the far away land of Australia, the incredible true story of the Mormon...

Manual Mórmon Remove Escritura Machista @ Vozes Mormons
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Personal Boundaries & Religious Hostile Environment Laws @ Wheat & Tares
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What about Doubts and Questions? @ Things of My Soul
  -   Now, the next issue. What about doubts and questions in principle? How do you find out...

Conferência Geral Abre Expondo Medos da Liderança @ Vozes Mormons
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Music Video OKAY by The Piano Guys @ LDS Media Talk
  -  We’ve all received bad news. We’re all struggling with something or someone we love...

When “Forever Families” weren’t @ Wheat & Tares
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Temple Work for the Mentally Disabled @ Wheat & Tares
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Sacerdócio para Condenar? @ Vozes Mormons
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Desafio de História Mórmon: Edifício @ Vozes Mormons
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Apóstolo Mórmon Condena Mutilação Genital @ Vozes Mormons
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The One vs the Ninety and Nine @ Wheat & Tares
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8 Ways to Access LDS General Conference @ LDS Media Talk
  -  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints invites people around the world to...

Libertarianism is to Conservatives, what Socialism is to Liberals @ Wheat & Tares
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Mormonismo É Uma Seita? @ Vozes Mormons
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When God Is Our Only Physician @ Things of My Soul
  -  I know a man who is from South America. He and most of the people he knew growing up...

Music Video: You Can “Hit Undo” @ LDS Media Talk
  -  Sometimes we are told that change isn’t possible. And sometimes we actually believe...

Brigham Young: Reforma Mórmon @ Vozes Mormons
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Elder Cook: Internet & Social Media ­­Contribute Much Good, But Can Also Distract @ LDS Media Talk
  -  Elder Quentin L. Cook recently said that the internet and social media ­­contribute...

Visualizando Evolução Orgânica [Vídeo] @ Vozes Mormons
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Teaching the Gospel in a Digital World @ LDS Media Talk
  -   LDS leaders have prophesied for decades about inspired advancements in technology and...

Eros Templário @ Vozes Mormons
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Religious Tourism @ Wheat & Tares
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The Measure of our Christian Conversion: How We Treat Others @ Things of My Soul
  -  At this time of extreme contention and lack of civility, particularly in our political...

Brigham Young: Mulheres Choramingam Demais @ Vozes Mormons
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Joseph Freeman: In the Lord’s Due Time @ Wheat & Tares
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A Facelift @ Wheat & Tares
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Video: Refuge from the Storm @ LDS Media Talk
  -  Watch this Mormon Message video “Refuge from the Storm.” Tens of millions of...

Music Video “If You Could Hie To Kolob” by Nick Sales @ LDS Media Talk
  -  LDS musician Nick Sales has released this music video of “If You Could Hie To...

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...

Gender & Employment at BYUs @ Wheat & Tares
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“Tellin You Y” Video by Jamesthemormon @ LDS Media Talk
  -  Whether you are a BYU fan or not, I think you will enjoy this new song and music video...

No Spirit Birth @ Wheat & Tares
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The Scripture Study Habit That Changed My Life – Part 2: the Doctrine @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  This is post 2 of 2 in the series “Extraction Method Scripture Study” I...

The Prison of Other People's Opinions @ Things of My Soul
  -  A friend with whom I graduated from high school is Buddhist, and he posts regularly on...

Letting Go of "Should" @ Things of My Soul
  -   At some point, you just have to let go of what you thought should happen and live in...

My Friend Just Baptized Jesus: An Astounding, Beautiful Reflection on the Atonement @ Things of My Soul
  -  I wrote something once that addressed how much I love having paradoxes in life, which...

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

Self-Respect Is Manifested Individually @ Things of My Soul
  -   Today's Vocabulary Lesson:  Self-respect means acting in a way that allows you to...

How to Watch BYU Football Without Cable or Satellite (2016 Edition) @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  Okay, this year’s guide isn’t going to be as detailed as last year’s....

My Favorite View of the Garden of Eden Narrative @ Things of My Soul
  -  I love the idea that the garden narrative is an allegorical telling of the pre-existent...

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

Pornography: My Personal Story; A Plea to Change the Conversation @ Things of My Soul
  -  I was exposed to pornography for the first time when I was a young teenager.  It was...

Disrespecting Jesus of Nazareth by How We Treat Others @ Things of My Soul
  -   There are no qualifications, limitations, or disclaimers on the commandment to love...

Political Memes: Flaxen Cords and Itching Ears @ Things of My Soul
  -   When we allow ourselves to become outraged over little things, we lose our ability to...

Easy Outrage: When Hearts Grow Cold @ Things of My Soul
  -   We live in a society where people get outraged far too easily. Some things truly are...

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...

Reader Insights: How Much Can We Simplify Programs Without Jeopardizing Our Salvation? @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  This is a guest post from Joey Lyman, who blogs at Questions About Mormonism. In recent...

Beautiful Brokenness @ Things of My Soul
  -  Kintsugi: The Japanese art of finding beauty in broken things  (The link above shows...

The Scripture Study Habit That Changed My Life – Part 1: the Method @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  This is post 1 of 2 in the series “Extraction Method Scripture Study” Around...

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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Nonda ZUS: An Excellent Car Charger That Helps You Locate Your Car @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  I used to think the best place to get USB car chargers was at Ross or TJ Maxx....

Jesus Showed All Lives Matter by Focusing His Ministry on Specific Lives @ Things of My Soul
  -   This post is not a defense of Black Lives Matter. Seriously, it isn't, so please don't...

The Sacrament: Honoring the Literal or Metaphor through Symbol @ Things of My Soul
  -  In a Gospel Principles lesson recently, I mentioned the Catholic idea of...

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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It’s Time to Simplify Your Life… Elder Lynn G. Robbins Said So! @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  A major theme of MLH has been simplifying. When we simplify we make room for the most...

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...

When Jesus Said, "Love Your Neighbor" @ Things of My Soul
  -   When Jesus said, "Love you neighbor," he knew your neighbor would act, look, believe,...

Stream Edited “Clean Flicks” – A Review of VidAngel’s New Edited Movie Service @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  Originally Published June 9th, 2015. Updated & republished June 16th, 2016. We...

Overheard at the Boys’ Second Breakfast @ Mormon Momma
  -  Talking to his 15-year-old brother, Samson. Caleb (12): It’s called skills, bro....

Learning to Hit the Curve Balls @ Things of My Soul
  -  Life is interesting, with opposition in all things. Much of my life can be encapsulated...

5 Great Gift Ideas for Techie Mormon Dads @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  One week until Father’s Day. If you want to get your Dad, husband, or other...

Help Kids Learn About Jesus From Other Children, With These Videos @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  Are your kids as sick of watching Prince of Egypt on Netflix each Sunday, as our kids...

Use LyricScanner to Find Out if a Song is Appropriate @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  We all get words in songs wrong. We think we hear something that are not the actual...

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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Brother Matsby's Art Is Hilarious - This Perhaps Is His Best Ever @ Things of My Soul
  -  The Illuminated Matsby, Special World Cup Edition - Matt Page (By Common Consent)

Be a Light Others Want to Understand @ Things of My Soul
  -   We do not draw people to Christ by loudly discrediting what they believe, by telling...

Don't Avoid Life's Scars @ Things of My Soul
  -   "Maybe life isn't about avoiding the bruises. Maybe it's about collecting the scars to...

Restore Honor to BYU’s Honor Code @ Outside the Book of Mormon Belt
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A Tribute to My Wife during a Difficult Time for Her @ Things of My Soul
  -  I posted this originally a few years ago, and I came across it again today, while looking...

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...

What LDS Women Get? @ Our Thoughts
  -  When critics of a religion call out for change, one is tempted to question their...

Gender neutral bathrooms: a legal requirement, or will your church be exempt? @ Our Thoughts
  -  This is a guest post written by Holly Whitman and is American-centric. Holly is a...

A Beautiful Article That Explains Why I Reject the Prosperity Gospel re: Individuals @ Things of My Soul
  -  "Death, the Prosperity Gospel and Me"  (Kate Bowler, The New York Times)

Star Wars and Church Membership: Balance and Opposition @ Things of My Soul
  -  There is an interesting element of the Star Wars theology, if you will, that parallels...

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...

My Sacrament Meeting Talk on the Meaning of Christmas @ Things of My Soul
  -  I spoke yesterday on the meaning of Christmas. I started by sharing my daughter's quote...

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...

A Tribute to My Mother (and Father) on Her Passing @ Things of My Soul
  -  My mom passed away on Monday. It was completely unexpected, and nobody knows exactly why...

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...

Same Sex Marriage and the New Church Policies @ Mormon Momma
  -  Mormon Momma has 1,565 published posts and 347 drafts—most of them mine. Last night my...

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...