Even More Islands and Atolls

Hated Hymns @ Wheat & Tares
  -   A congregation in another faith used a creative fundraising idea.  Parishioners could...

Hero-Worship: Seeing and Accepting Prophets and Scriptures in Historical Context @ Things of My Soul
  -  Holding out for a (recognizable) hero - B Hodges (By Common Consent)

Blaming Parents vs. Mourning with Those Who Mourn @ Wheat & Tares
  -  Today’s guest post is from Jon G. Like many of you, the fifth Sunday lesson in my...

Namoro e Casamento entre Jovens Mórmons @ Vozes Mormons
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Birth of the Devil @ Wheat & Tares
  -  Abraham is known as the father of monotheism.  Growing up in a culture of polytheism...

Is "The World" Getting Worse? We See from a Vantage Point of Relative Luxury @ Things of My Soul
  -  We often hear references in church talks to how the world is falling apart or declining,...

“Effeminate” and “abusers of themselves with mankind” doesn’t refer to homosexuality @ Our Thoughts
  -  This week, I’m teaching the Gospel Doctrine lesson on 1 Corinthians 1–6. While I was...

Long Life @ Wheat & Tares
  -  People in the Bible lived a really long time.  Check out this table for the ages of...

How to Watch BYU Football Without Cable or Satellite (2015 Edition) @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  The first game of the 2015 BYU Football season is less than a week away! And just in...

Jack Mormon (weekend poll) @ Wheat & Tares
  -  Meet the real Jack Morman, County Commissioner A few week ago, we asked what type of...

Mórmons Contra o PT? @ Vozes Mormons
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Does Separation Mean Absence? @ Wheat & Tares
  -  As a continuation of my last post about atheists, I thought I’d explore the concept of...

Podcast Mórmon #3 – POLIGAMIA @ Vozes Mormons
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Grace and Charity: We Hurt Others As Much As Others Hurt Us @ Things of My Soul
  -  We are told that only God can judge our actions based on our understanding, our ability...

Someone Should Have Told Me — Evolution @ Wheat & Tares
  -  As I slowly get additional interviews completed (I’ve got some that are scheduled...

Are you a Catholic Mormon or a Protestant Mormon? @ Wheat & Tares
  -  W. H. Auden once said “truth is Catholic but the search for it is Protestant.”...

Life Doesn't Stop for Cancer: Reflections on the Journey @ Things of My Soul
  -  Life Doesn't Stop for Cancer: Reflections on the Journey - Heather (All My Jedis)

Igreja Mórmon Decide Não Romper com Escoteiros @ Vozes Mormons
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Define “Faith Transition” @ Wheat & Tares
  -  Four years ago I started to question things I’d been taught in the Church because I...

In the End, What Really Matters? @ Things of My Soul
  -  When all is said and done, I believe what matters most is no more than that we search...

Dignidade Tem Preço? @ Vozes Mormons
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“Wholesome” Recreational Activities @ Wheat & Tares
  -  Good clean family fun. Until grandpa’s ruthlessness emerged. Nearly from its...

If We Really Are Truly Christian, It Has to Start Here @ Things of My Soul
  -  Marlin K. Jensen, former Church Historian and member of the 70, held a Q&A session a...

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

God Bless the Humble Bishops of the World @ Things of My Soul
  -  We weren't there from the beginning, but our ward in the Boston area when I was in...

SlingTV: live, streaming TV for cable-cutters @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  Many life-hacker types are also “cable-cutters.” Perhaps as LDS’s, with...

What Do You Love about Mormonism? @ Things of My Soul
  -  I have been asked the title question often, and the following are the first few things...

Natural Holiday Decor @ Mormon Momma
  -  Caleb (11): Mom, if you have a cut and it’s close to Halloween, don’t clean...

Mulheres integrarão comitês gerais da Igreja SUD @ Vozes Mormons
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An Indescribably Powerful Post about Saying the Sacrament Prayer @ Things of My Soul
  -  Ninety one words - Wilfried Decoo (Times & Seasons) 

A história da Igreja e suas teses positivistas @ Vozes Mormons
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Sharing the Gospel vs. Doing Missionary Work: Net Fishing vs. Rifle Hunting @ Things of My Soul
  -  I like to frame sharing the Gospel / missionary work in terms of fishing and hunting. ...

When God Talks to Me, He Talks in a Way I Can Understand @ Things of My Soul
  -  When God Talks - Tracy M (By Common Consent)

Can Women Survive Without Planned Parenthood’s “Women’s Health Care”? @ Mormon Momma
  -  As the push to defund the Planned Parenthood abortion mill becomes stronger—and people...

God Really Does Know Us in Our Individual Circumstances @ Things of My Soul
  -  We got an email from our daughter serving in the Berlin mission after General Conference...

A Touching Experience Today in the Temple @ Things of My Soul
  -  I had a wonderful experience as a temple worker today. 1) There was a young woman who...

Dicionário de Mormonês @ Vozes Mormons
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Poligamia no Podcast Mórmon @ Vozes Mormons
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Perhaps the Most Beautiful, Touching, Profound Comment about Faith I Have Ever Read @ Things of My Soul
  -  A dear friend whom I admire greatly shared the following last year in an electronic...

O Dia dos Lamanitas @ Vozes Mormons
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Suicide is Devastating, but, Every Once in a While, the Heavens Really Do Open @ Things of My Soul
  -  He will find his way home - sctaysom (By Common Consent) Suicide is devastating.  I am...

My Talk on the Atonement: Jesus' Life As the Most Important Element @ Things of My Soul
  -  When we talk about the Atonement, we often use analogies or explanations that make sense...

The Power of Making Covenants We Can't Keep Fully @ Things of My Soul
  -  Temple Worship and Temple Worthiness - Brad (By Common Consent)

Dark German Chocolate Cake Bars @ Mormon Momma
  -  My husband lived in American Samoa for three years as a child (ages 8–11) while his...

My Wife's Talk in Sacrament Meeting: The Atonement in My Own Life @ Things of My Soul
  -  My wife gave this talk early last year, during and in the aftermath of some difficult...

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...

My Son's Talk on the Atonement: Omniscience, Tupac and Making a Change @ Things of My Soul
  -  This is a re-delivery of a talk I gave in the singles branch a couple of weeks ago, since...

The Spirit Does Not Run Away from Us in Our Weak or Sinful State @ Things of My Soul
  -  Unbeakable - Tracy M (By Common Consent)

Church Programs: Necessary Crutches, Not Divine Ideals @ Things of My Soul
  -  A friend whom I respect greatly was talking with me about Home and Visiting Teaching...

The Nature of Worship and Cultural Influences on It @ Things of My Soul
  -  "And the Oscar Goes to . . . Jesus!" -  Melody (By Common Consent) The post linked...

The Evolution of Gender Role Responsibilities in Marriage within the LDS Church @ Things of My Soul
  -  Back in October 2008, I wrote two posts, on consecutive days, that generated the most...

BYU Football: No More Carl’s Jr. @ Mormon Momma
  -  Last year I wrote an open letter to BYU athletics about their affiliation with the slimy...

Holding On and Letting Go: Mormonism Is Unique, but Not As Unique As Many People Think @ Things of My Soul
  -  I have heard a lot of Mormons bemoan what they see as the abandonment of some unique...

Boy Scouts, Sexism Blindness, Homosexual Leaders, and the Mormon Re-evaluation @ Mormon Momma
  -  Today I intended to write about the vile and disgusting Planned Parenthood and all the...

When Stories Outgrow What They Are Intended to Teach @ Things of My Soul
  -  A friend of mine said the following a while ago, and I thought it was profound.  The...

Slow Cooker Asian Garlic Chicken and Veggies @ Mormon Momma
  -  Summer cooking gets me down for all sorts of reasons. It is too nice outside to stay...

Happy Amazon Prime Day @ Mormon Momma
  -  If you are a regular Amazon customer like I am, then take note! Today is Amazon Prime...

The Unwritten Order and the Best Funeral In the History of Mormondom @ Mormon Momma
  -  It’s About Time Having carefully waited a week beyond his passing—and with the...

Open Letter to Members of the Heath Ward regarding the First Presidency Letter @ Outside the Book of Mormon Belt
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Two problems I have with the family proclamation @ Our Thoughts
  -  Despite the fact that The Family: A Proclamation to the World has never been canonized,...

The Perfect Blog Commenting System @ Mormon Momma
  -  This week I was discussing blog comment systems with a developer. Over the years...

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...

Transgenderism, Caitlyn Jenner, and How Feelings Rule @ Mormon Momma
  -  For as long as I can remember, I have been a heterosexual, cis-gendered,...

Rent Edited Streaming “Clean Flicks” – A Review of VidAngel’s New Edited Movie Service @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  We introduced VidAngel to you previously, when they offered crowd-sourced, edited movies...

A Conservative Feminist on Being a Woman: matt walsh v. Caitlyn Jenner @ Outside the Book of Mormon Belt
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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...

“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...

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...

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

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

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...