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Titles: Help or Hindrance? @ Wheat & Tares
  -  “There is no “up or down” in the service of the Lord. There is only “forward or...

Videos of Jesus Christ – Twig of Faith @ Mormon Momma
  -  A common jab at the person who complains about something relatively trivial in the...

Life Will Be a Success in the End @ Things of My Soul
  -   You that are mourning about your children straying away will have your sons and your...

Still No. 1? The Utah Pornography Enigma @ Wheat & Tares
  -  Google Trends search term “bikini babes”Tom Stringham’s recent post...

General Conference Buffet @ Wheat & Tares
  -  This is our first guest post from Kristine A.I think that General Conference could be...

Discretion Is the Better Part of Just about Anything @ Things of My Soul
  -  Discretion is the better part of just about anything. It's important to recognize and...

Famoso Cantor Mórmon Sai do Armário @ Vozes Mormons
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Church by Men for Men @ Wheat & Tares
  -  This is a post I actually wrote over two years ago, long before Ordain Women was founded,...

It's Okay to Disagree with Others, even about Doctrinal Things @ Things of My Soul
  -   There's no office in the Church that qualifies the holder to give the official...

Orthodox and Liberal Interpretations of Abraham @ Wheat & Tares
  -  The story of Abraham’s attempted sacrifice of Isaac is one of the most perplexing...

3 reasons Jesus bore our griefs and carried our sorrows @ Our Thoughts
  -  I coordinate a sacrament service at a local seniors’ residence. Usually, a member of...

A Very Short Post about God and Change @ Things of My Soul
  -  Maybe part of learning how to be like God is learning to take responsibility to change...

Simple FHE Ideas: Agency and Freedom @ Mormon Momma
  -  My early adulthood made it easy believe that God was a magical genie. If I prayed hard...

Sábado de Páscoa @ Vozes Mormons
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Unpardonable (Weekend Poll) @ Wheat & Tares
  -  Is there any sin that is truly unforgivable?  If so, what is it? Note: There is a poll...

Sunday School Lesson Recap: Truth and Error, Pure Doctrine and the Prieshood Ban @ Things of My Soul
  -  The topic this month is The Apostasy and the Restoration. There are five potential...

Jabari Parker Announces his Decision @ Wheat & Tares
  -  I wanted to post this excerpt from the most recent Sports Illustrated article.Jabari...

Livro de Mórmon Votado No. 1 @ Vozes Mormons
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A Deeply Personal Post about Stillborn Children and Differing Beliefs @ Things of My Soul
  -  (NOTE: I don't share the following very often, especially publicly, but . . . I will try...

The Gospel of Conformity @ Wheat & Tares
  -  Today’s guest post is by Benjamin.  Imagine that you are asked to participate in a...

Professor da BYU Criticado por Livro Sobre Mulheres @ Vozes Mormons
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Mórmons Perdem Processo Por Discriminação @ Vozes Mormons
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Was Jesus a Socialist? @ Wheat & Tares
  -  The parable of the lord of the vineyard hires workers to do specific work in his fields...

Chieko Okazaki on Being Herself @ Things of My Soul
  -   What I understood as the gospel message didn’t match what we encountered so often with...

Videos of Jesus Christ – No Regrets Parenting @ Mormon Momma
  -  When Jessica was a brand new baby in 1987 I made a solemn commitment to myself. I would...

Darren Aronofsky’s Noah and the Power of Myth @ Wheat & Tares
  -  There is a trend in modern LDS scholarship to assiduously avoid what is called...

Not Much in Life Must Be Set in Stone @ Things of My Soul
  -  My wife and I decided early in our marriage that we couldn't shop together without...

Pessach — A Páscoa Judaica @ Vozes Mormons
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Tall Tales and Truths @ Mormon Momma
  -  Book Review: Mormons: Tall Tales and Truths by Jenni Rose Maiava Do Mormons worship...

Mormonism Should Not Clash with Science @ Things of My Soul
  -   "In these respects we differ from the Christian world, for our religion will not clash...

Por Que As Mulheres Não Foram Incluídas? @ Vozes Mormons
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Inactivity among Mormon Actors (and Others): Part of It Is Our Own Fault @ Things of My Soul
  -  Why are so many Mormon actors inactive - or, conversely, why are so few Mormon actors...

“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...

Simple FHE Ideas: Repentance @ Mormon Momma
  -  You may have lived through the awful, error-filled object lessons that I did in Sunday...

As Diferentes Vozes Nas Escrituras (Parte II) @ Vozes Mormons
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As Diferentes Vozes Nas Escrituras (parte I) @ Vozes Mormons
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In Defense of "Praise to the Man" @ Things of My Soul
  -  I was telling a friend of mine how I hear various complaints about the hymn "Praise to...

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...

Utah vs. Gays Em Corte Federal @ Vozes Mormons
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The Gospel of Jesus Christ Embraces All Good @ Things of My Soul
  -   I want to say to my friends that we believe in all good. If you can find a truth in...

Videos of Jesus Christ – Least of These is Him @ Mormon Momma
  -  This isn’t a video about Jesus Christ. It’s actually a life insurance...

Organizational Leaders Receive Revelation for the Organization - Not Generally for Individuals @ Things of My Soul
  -  To follow-up on my last post, a friend and I were talking a long time ago about how I...

A Response to “Ruby Slippers on Her Feet: Reflections on the OrdainWomen Website” by V. H. Cassler @ Mormon Momma
  -  Recently I was pointed to an article by V. H. Cassler (who I presume is Valerie Hudson...

Ordinary Lives, Full of Ordinary Miracles, Expressing Ordinary Grace @ Things of My Soul
  -  The Ordinary Means of Grace - Kristine (By Common Consent)

We Are Strong! @ Mormon Momma
  -  Book Review: We Are Strong! Mothers and Daughters Stand Together by Fay A. Klingler This...

Why I Don't Like the Idea that We Should Talk with Our Bishops about Everything @ Things of My Soul
  -  I have heard lots of members say, "Go talk with the Bishop" about almost everything...

A questioning culture @ Our Thoughts
  -  Several months ago, I found myself in a situation where someone chastised me for...

Simple FHE Ideas: General Conference Roundup @ Mormon Momma
  -  We love General Conference so much around here. I wish we had in quarterly or more....

General Conference – April 2014 – Open Thread @ Mormon Momma
  -  Sorry to be slow to open the thread. Please feel free to add any thoughts about the...

Influencing vs. Nagging Applies to More than Just Marriage @ Things of My Soul
  -  Influencing occurs through example and kindness, expressed sometimes verbally as...

Videos of Jesus Christ – Your Good Samaritan Moment @ Mormon Momma
  -  Sitting on the far end of the row of chairs in Sunday School — trying to avoid Bob at...

I Fear Dictatorial Dogmatism @ Things of My Soul
  -   "I have said these things because I fear dictatorial dogmatism, rigidity of procedure...

Treatment of the Garment @ Things of My Soul
  -  A friend of mine asked me once why we aren't supposed to let the garment touch the...

DEAR JEFF: Straightforward LDS Temple Prep (99¢ SALE and a FREE PRINT) @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  Because the temple is a sacred topic, we Mormons often hesitate to discuss it. But...

Reportedly True, but Funny Enough for Today @ Things of My Soul
  -  Shared by a friend of mine a few years ago:  In the summer of 1970 at the age 18,...

What if One Spouse Leaves the LDS Church? What Should the Other Spouse Do? @ Things of My Soul
  -  I think perhaps the greatest command given "outside the law" was the first command given...

Simple FHE Ideas: Choices @ Mormon Momma
  -  Jeffrey R. Holland said: There are times when the only way to get from A to C is by way...

Do Mormon Women Oppose Priesthood Ordination? Clarity About the Pew Survey @ Mormon Momma
  -  In the middle of cranking out an excruciating long post, I keep coming across the almost...

Sunday School Lesson Recap: The Atonement as Taught in Our Hymns @ Things of My Soul
  -  Last Sunday, we talked about how the Atonement is taught in our hymns. We used the...

To Some Is Given Not to Know or Believe @ Things of My Soul
  -  According to our scriptures (D&C 46:13-14): To some is given to know . . . To some is...

Videos of Jesus Christ – Whosoever Shall Be a Doormat @ Mormon Momma
  -  If you were sitting in a small group, talking to Christ (can you even imagine?) what...

The Strong Should Be Humble and Kind @ Things of My Soul
  -   The being that has comparatively no strong passion to overcome ought constantly to...

Ordain Whomever @ Mormon Momma
  -  Ordain Whomever Where is my paddle when I need it. I have an idea: let’s all line up in...

The Literal Foundation of Symbolism and Figurative Teachings @ Things of My Soul
  -  I have come to accept lots of things within the teachings of Mormonism as symbolic and...

From the Mouths of Babes, Indeed: Hilarious Also Can Be Profound @ Things of My Soul
  -  In at thread at Real Intent, MS Keller shared the following story:  I remember when...

Simple FHE Ideas: Fasting @ Mormon Momma
  -  Fasting is not my children’s favorite word. To be honest, it isn’t mine...

I Am Strong! I Am Smart! @ Mormon Momma
  -  Book Review: I Am Strong! I Am Smart! by Fay A. Klingler In an age where google is the...

Chat the Gospel @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we are becoming...

Videos of Jesus Christ – Ye Have Done It Unto My Daughter @ Mormon Momma
  -  The Sheep and the Goats There is a scene in the musical GodSpell that depicts the Jesus...

Portraits of Female Leaders (Finally) Approved @ Mormon Momma
  -  For the first time in forever…they were noticed by someone! (Feel free to sing along.)...

Simple FHE Ideas: Bullying @ Mormon Momma
  -  Seven years after I wrote Bullying in Church, the post came screaming back to life. That...

How to Stream Clean Flicks with VidAngel @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  Did you ever hear of ClearPlay? Our family had one, and we loved it. It's a DVD player...

What the family proclamation doesn’t say about stay-at-home mothers @ Our Thoughts
  -  You’ve probably seen that The Family: A Proclamation to the World has received a lot...

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...

Will we have belly buttons when we’re resurrected? @ Our Thoughts
  -  Since belly buttons are technically scars, will we all be belly button free after we’re...

Easy and FREE Family Internet Filter (for PC, Mac, Android, iPhone, iPad, and everything else) @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  THE PROBLEM AND THE SOLUTION You can install an internet filter on your family computer....

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

Family Before Phone – Behaviorally-Sound New Years Resolutions @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  I've read a lot of posts and seen a lot of videos and other things encouraging people to...

Humiliez-vous et persévérez dans la prière vers lui. @ Our Thoughts
  -  I was reading my French copy if the Book of Mormon tonight. I’m in Alma 34, and as...

Republic Wireless Review: Cheapest Smartphone Family Plan @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  I originally posted this on my personal blog (http://blog.jwashburn.com ), but I'm...

LDS plays @ Our Thoughts
  -  Does anyone know of a good repository of LDS themed plays. I’m looking for something...

More merciful or more just @ Our Thoughts
  -  We had a couple of baby blessings at church today. For one of the babies, some of the...

Use Discretion: Joseph Fielding Smith Manual 2014 @ The Pierian Spring
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I have fought my way thru @ Our Thoughts
  -  Oh, that each in the day of his coming may say, “I have fought my way thru; I have...

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

Joseph Smith, the seer stone, and a hat @ Our Thoughts
  -  During a seminary morningside this morning, a stake president relayed the experience of...

Honesty, according to For The Strength of Youth @ Our Thoughts
  -  In Gospel Doctrine class today, we split into small groups to discuss six principles in...

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...

Review of the Republic Wireless Beta Phone (Moto Defy XT) & Service @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  Republic Wireless is a revolutionary (in the disruptive-innovation sense) new phone...

Tithing Settlement In 2 Days (Share This Gift With Your Bishopric) @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  If you're not a member of a bishopric, please share this with a member of yours. The gift...

LDS Symbol Cards on Kickstarter @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  These make me excited—like I'm risking my life on an adventure with Robert Langdon (the...

What Tom Clancy Had to Say About Mormons & the Temple @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  I used to read a lot of fiction. In Jr High and Highschool, my favorite author was Tom...

Women, the Priesthood, and the Temple @ Temple Study
  -  There has been a lot of media attention in recent days over a small group of Latter-day...

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...

Homeward Bound: Interpretations of Marta Keen Thompson’s Music @ Temple Study
  -  Cover of album “Homeward Bound” by Deutsche Grammophon This past Sunday...

Upcoming Sperry Symposium Focuses on the Temple @ Temple Study
  -  Click to see the flyer with schedule The 42nd Annual Sidney B. Sperry Symposium this year...

Schedule and Abstracts Posted for “The Lady of the Temple” Conference @ Temple Study
  -  The Academy for Temple Studies has posted a detailed schedule, including abstracts of the...

Video: An Introduction to the LDS Mormon Temple @ Temple Study
  -  Several new videos have just been published by the Church, including this one about the...

“Mormonism and the Temple” 2012 Conference Proceedings now available in PDF @ Temple Study
  -  PDF of proceedings book The temple conference that was held in Logan, Utah, on October...

The Gardener and the Currant Bush: Adversity, Rebuke, and Happy Endings – Part Three @ The Pierian Spring
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The Gardener and the Currant Bush: Agency, Divine Will, and Love – Part Two @ The Pierian Spring
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The Gardener and the Currant Bush: Rethinking a Modern Parable @ The Pierian Spring
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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...

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

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

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...

Hoard of Hidden Gems @ His Grace is Sufficient
  -  I have no idea how many times I have read the Book of Mormon and the Book of Isaiah, but...

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...

Do We See Christ Today? @ His Grace is Sufficient
  -  Today, when our modern-day prophets teach us, do we see Christ in their words? This...

Emotionally Prompted God Connections @ PASG Works!
  -   I am continually surprised how many different emotions I can feel now that I’m...

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...

Three Days Until Christmas – The Incomprehensible Gift @ His Grace is Sufficient
  -  Only three days until Christmas and I missed ten days of my Twenty Days Until Christmas...

Twenty Days Until Christmas – Day 9 @ His Grace is Sufficient
  -  Today I want to share an early Christmas gift from a friend of mine. She shared a song...

Twenty Days Until Christmas – Day 8 @ His Grace is Sufficient
  -  Todays’ Christmas song “What Child Is This,” by Sissel penetrates my soul with...

Twenty Days Until Christmas – Day 7 @ His Grace is Sufficient
  -  Is Celebrating Christmas An Illusion? As we “cheerfully” greet each other with,...

Twenty Days Until Christmas – Day 6 @ His Grace is Sufficient
  -  For me, Christmas now always includes the angelic music of Celtic Woman. I hope you enjoy...

Twenty Days Until Christmas – Day 5 @ His Grace is Sufficient
  -  Christmas without Christ is just another day, and today’s song powerfully...

Twenty Days Until Christmas – Day 4 @ His Grace is Sufficient
  -  On Day 4 of Twenty Days Until Christmas I found on YouTube an older video of the Nativity...

Twenty Days Until Christmas – Day 3 @ His Grace is Sufficient
  -  It is now Day 3 of Twenty Days Until Christmas. No you did not miss Day 2, because it did...

Phone Calls Help. @ PASG Works!
  -  I would like to put in a word for using one of the most powerful (yet under-utilized)...

My Story of Addiction Recovery So Far. @ PASG Works!
  -  My story began similar to many of us in addiction. It started at an early age for me....

The 6 Month Challenge @ PASG Works!
  -   I'm a recovering addict to pornography, masturbation, lust, and a slew of other...

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

Women Struggle Too... @ PASG Works!
  -  We recently received a message from a young woman in recovery from pornography addiction....

Golfing For Recovery @ PASG Works!
  -   3 Nephi 14:25 And the rain‍ descended, and the floods came, and the...

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...

Redeemer of My Soul, Subject of My Sentences @ PASG Works!
  -  Early in my recovery, I was doing everything I could think of to battle lust, but nothing...

There Hath No Temptation Taken You... @ PASG Works!
  -  There hath no temptation taken‍ you but such as is common to man: but God is‍...

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...

The Nephite Pride Cycle and Addiction @ PASG Works!
  -  I once heard that you can take the addiction recovery program and replace “addiction”...

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...