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The Doctrine of the Trinity:  Part I Note: The following is the material from which I taught the first two lessons on the Godhead to my Priest Quorum.   The purpose was not to criticize the doctrine of the Trinity, but to allow my Priests to better…
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"Many of us believe that we know when we are being influenced, and how it is affecting our behavior. The problem is that if we believe this, we are probably wrong." In today's podcast episode from Rational Faiths, Benjamin Knoll, Brian Kissell, and Brian Dillman discuss the topic of priming as it is related to Mormonism.

Going along with Brian Dillman’s previous announcement, this is the first episode from our new series “The Human Mormon Mind.” This is a series where we discuss topics related to psychology and self-deception science in general. Many of our topics will be…
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“Teach them that redemption cometh through Christ the Lord, who is the very Eternal Father. Amen.” (Book of Mormon, Mosiah 16:15). “Now Zeezrom saith again unto him: Is the Son of God the very Eternal Father? And Amulek said unto him: Yea, he is the very…
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Yesterday, W. Paul Reeve, author of Religion of a Different Color: Race and the Mormon Struggle for Whiteness (Oxford University Press, 2014) posted a short piece on By Common Consent about the ordination of Elijah Able[s], the first documented…
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". . . Her fellow fans questioned her loyalty, accused her of falling for misinformation propagated online, and wondered if her opinions meant she had secretly wanted to cheer for the rival school the whole time. . . ." Jeff Swift gets way more out of March Madness than anyone ever should:

A certain woman was a big fan of her Alma Mater’s basketball team. The team had many winning seasons and were regularly invited to participate in the post season. The woman loved the coach. She trusted him completely and supported him, even through the…
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"speaking on the reliability of sources we have to admit that human memory is much, much, much, less reliable than we might think..."

If it is in a history book you can trust it. Right? No. I’m afraid not friends, we can’t trust anything without qualification. Historians have been tasked to accomplish an impossible task of reconstructing the past. Once we shed the myth of actually…
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"...I have seen my name pop up many times and believe I might need to advise everyone that my first name is not “apologist” and my middle name is not Brian..." --- Brian Hales offers a defense of his research into Mormon polygamy.

Currently the issue of Joseph Smith and plural marriage is receiving a great deal of attention both in the media and on the blogosphere. As the author of a relevant trilogy, Joseph Smith’s Polygamy: History and Theology, coauthor of the newly released…
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--Geoff needs your help in studying Dr. Who, Mormonism, and the regeneration of all things.

I’m a big fan of Dr. Who. Yes, big surprise. The nerdy guy likes Dr. Who. I have considered writing out my thoughts of the similarities between Dr. Who and the so-called limited God of Mormonism. However, that will need to wait until another day. Right…
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TW: Miscarriage "... if you are female, gay, single, black, barren, or a thinker, then Mormonism can be a hard road."

Celebrating my son’s ninth birthday this year was extra fun. He decided to have a Star Wars birthday and I was beyond thrilled. While my wife spent the requisite hours searching Pinterest for Star Wars party ideas to entertain a crew of rowdy boys, my…
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"...Despite all of our best efforts to do things and buy things that are supposed to make us happy, the general planetary ratio is grossly imbalanced. To compensate, we invent justification for our unhappiness and even try to help others to be unhappy too..." Daniel Lewis tries to find a spiritual allegory in "The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy"

Adams was an atheist. I don’t know if he still is. In the book “The Salmon of Doubt”, published after his death, he advises: “If you imagine a puddle waking up one morning and thinking, ‘this is an interesting world I find myself in- an interesting hole I…
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"22% of Mormons agree that evolution is the best explanation for the origin of man, 26% below the national average...However, some of my recent research actually demonstrates that as knowledge of evolution increases, acceptance of evolution increases" Heath Ogden explains how education is key in changing Mormon minds about evolution

A recent article (here) concluded that “Mormonism is one of the least ‘evolution-friendly’ faith traditions in the United States. ” The conclusion is based off of data from a Pew Forum study from 2009 (here) depicting that only 22% of Mormons agree that…
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"...If it is in a history book you can trust it. Right? No. I'm afraid not friends, we can't trust anything..." Brian Dillman talks about the craft of History

If it is in a history book you can trust it. Right? No. I’m afraid not friends, we can’t trust anything without qualification. Historians have been tasked to accomplish an impossible task of reconstructing the past. Once we shed the myth of actually…
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"[Brigham], it is my church as much as it is yours" - Robert Gardner to Brigham Young
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The three Barker brothers would often engage in private e-mails  and phone calls with each other and their friends about Mormonism. The three decided it would be more fun to create a blog where all their friends and family could get  together and hammer out some of the idiosyncrasies of Mormonism. Here they hope to provide a safe, fair, and balanced space to discuss the complexities, difficulties, and beauty of their Mormon tradition.