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Tom Hardman
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Why I Believe
Science tells us that about 13.7 billion years ago, there was an unimaginably vast explosion of energy, out of which the universe emerged. In the course of time stars coalesced, then planets, then, about 4.5 billion years ago, one particular planet capable ...
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How Can We Do Better?
In an article in The Salt Lake Tribune, Peggy
Fletcher Stack writes that the recent disclosures about Joseph L. Bishop (JLB)
“and the perceived dismissals of alleged victims have spurred outcry online and
demands for reform,” including “a cultural shift tow...
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Doubting Materialism
Materialism is the theory that matter is all
that exists. From a materialist’s perspective, all aspects of mind and
consciousness — including our thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and intentions — are
believed to result from nothing more than electrochemical imp...
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A Compelling Portrait of Jesus, Aided by Scholarship
When their daughter returned from studying
abroad at the BYU Jerusalem Center, James and Judith McConkie found themselves
wanting to learn more about the actual, historical Jesus — the man who lived in
first-century Palestine. In response, they turned to so...
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Genetics & Scripture
I was previously aware that there is genetic evidence
indicating that humans descend from a population of several thousand
individuals (probably about 10,000) rather than just two. In Adam and the
Genome: Reading Scripture after Genetic Science, Dennis Vene...
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Genetics & Scripture
I was previously aware that there is genetic evidence indicating that humans descend from a population of several thousand individuals (probably about 10,000) rather than just two. In Adam and the Genome: Reading Scripture after Genetic Science , Dennis Ven...
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I believe that both conservative and liberal insights and commitments are necessary for the common good, and so I appreciate approaches to public policy that draw from both perspectives. This is what interested me in The Captured Economy: How the Powerful…
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Finding Common Ground With Richard Dawkins
Richard Dawkins is about as staunch of an atheist as there is. He sees religion and faith as destructive, and he actively seeks to convert people to atheism. Dawkins has called the Book of Mormon “an obvious fake” and Joseph Smith a “charlatan.”   Notwithst...
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Summary and Review of The Fractured Republic: Renewing America’s Social Contract in the Age of Individualism, by Yuval Levin Summary Our political discourse is, at present, exceedingly nostalgic. The Left wants to reinstate the economic arrangements of…
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Are a person’s basic qualities and characteristics more or less fixed? Or can they be developed through effort? For example, do you believe that a person can substantially change how good she is at math? Or soccer? Or a musical instrument? Or do you think…
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