Even More Islands and Atolls

LDS Historical Commemorations: A maturing Church or killjoy? @ Wheat & Tares
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Keepy: The best app to organize family photos, artwork, and school papers (and it is FREE!) @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  Keepy is an intuitive app that lets you digitally store and organize special memories in...

More Men Needed to Seal @ Wheat & Tares
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259 days to read THE BOOK OF MORMON using “Moroni’s Quest” app @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  With scheduling, reminders, and question prompts, it's really a great way to do daily...

Igreja Mórmon Contra Trans @ Vozes Mormons
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What is the easiest way to record your life story and family history? Check out LIFEY.org @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  Follow us: @mormonlifehacker on Twitter | Facebook | YouTube   Personal...

LeVar Burton: The Magical Power of Story Telling (By Meridian Magazine) @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  From Meridian Magazine: LeVar Burton delivered this message at RootsTech 2017. Can there...

Parental Settings for Online and Social Accounts @ LDS Media Talk
  -  Did you know that about 90% of children by age 16 have seen pornography online—and most...

Announcing OPEN CASTING CALL for the new film “Little Women” (from the makers of “ONCE I WAS A BEEHIVE”) @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  The creators of "Once I was a Beehive" recently announced their next film, a modern...

59 Percent of Millennials Raised in a Church Have Dropped Out—And They’re Trying to Tell Us Why (via FAITHIT) @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  Only 4 percent of the Millennial Generation are Bible-Based Believers. This means that 96...

Touched by Suicide (LDS Daily) @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  Touched By Suicide is a series of interviews by LDSDaily.com. It features members of The...

The Mormon Melodaires: Proselitismo com Sertanejo e Bossa Nova, 1962 @ Vozes Mormons
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Movie: Tim Timmerman, Hope of America @ LDS Media Talk
  -   The movie Tim Timmerman, Hope of America opens in theaters in Utah on March 2. In this...

Encircle Open House: new project in Provo, Utah helps strengthen LGBT individuals and families @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  In the heart of Utah County, people are picking up the standard and moving it forward to...

Like to listen to scriptures, the Mormon Channel, or Audible in the shower? Check this out . . . @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  Are you one of those people (like me) who like to listen to scriptures, the Mormon...

Music Video: Love at Home @ LDS Media Talk
  -  When love and happiness fill your home, they fill your heart as well. Friends and...

Are you a sinner? @ Wheat & Tares
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Bitter Or Better? A Valentine’s Day Guide For Single Mormons @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  Here are 3 ways single Mormons can learn to love Valentine’s day! Read the rest on MLH...

How to Opt Out of FamilyTreeNow @ LDS Media Talk
  -   FamilyTreeNow.com bills itself as a free family tree and genealogy research site, but...

Videos: Touched By Suicide @ LDS Media Talk
  -   Touched By Suicide is a series of interviews by the folks at LDSDaily.com featuring...

Paul Reeve on Quakers, Mormon & Irish Races #BlackHistoryMonth @ Wheat & Tares
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Priesthood Authority in Temple @ Wheat & Tares
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Video: Broken (Original for Refugees) by Nadia Khristean, Shaun Barrowes, BYU Womens Chorus @ LDS Media Talk
  -   Nadia Khristean‘s mission is to uplift others through inspiring music. She writes...

Free E-book: Your Brain on Porn @ LDS Media Talk
  -   Sex is highly glorified in our culture. Between risqué ads and promiscuous characters,...

Changes to Family History Organization and Callings @ LDS Media Talk
  -   Today, the Church announced that all family history callings at the area, stake, or ward...

An Exercise in Humility or Grooming to Obey Orders? @ Wheat & Tares
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Can’t Attend RootsTech in Person? Participate Online! @ LDS Media Talk
  -   If you can’t attend RootsTech in person, don’t worry, some of the best of RootsTech...

New Book: Doubt Not, But Be Believing @ LDS Media Talk
  -   My friend David Marsh just published his book Doubt Not, But Be Believing: Supporting...

Spencer Kimball: Por que Pompéia foi destruída? @ Vozes Mormons
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The Self-Righteous Mind @ Wheat & Tares
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You Break It, You Bought It @ Wheat & Tares
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Not Better Off Dead: My BYU Rape Story @ Wheat & Tares
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Combating Racism #BlackHistoryMonth @ Wheat & Tares
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Manual Missionário e Ensinamentos Esquecidos @ Vozes Mormons
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We Can Be "Atoners" in This Life @ Things of My Soul
  -   We talk of an infinite Atonement, but I have seen an example of how powerful a mortal,...

Agende Já Seu Batismo @ Vozes Mormons
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God Loves His Children Even as They Toddle, Falter, and Fall @ Things of My Soul
  -   We have all seen a toddler learn to walk. He takes a small step and totters. He falls....

Igreja Mórmon Expressa Preocupação Com Refugiados @ Vozes Mormons
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O Oue Diz a Bíblia Sobre Acolher Refugiados @ Vozes Mormons
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Apóstolos Mórmons e Chelsea Manning @ Vozes Mormons
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Does God Really Direct Us Down "Wrong Roads" Sometimes? @ Things of My Soul
  -  Elder Holland gave a talk in General Conference a couple of years ago about what he...

Individual Exceptions Are between Each Person and the Lord @ Things of My Soul
  -   “There are exceptions to some rules. For example, we believe the commandment is not...

9 Gráficos Para Entender o Crescimento Mórmon no Brasil @ Vozes Mormons
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Anunciada Abertura de Terra do Templo do Rio de Janeiro @ Vozes Mormons
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Sometimes, Our Obsession with Proper Prayer Language Is Unhealthy @ Things of My Soul
  -  I have a friend who is convinced we are wrong to pray in modern formal...

Revelation As a Process of Sifting and Winnowing @ Things of My Soul
  -   “The Lord uses imperfect people…He often allows their errors to stand...

The Restoration Is On-Going, and We Can Be Restorers or Destroyers @ Things of My Soul
  -  According to Jacob 5, the tree will continue to be pruned right up until the end - and I...

We Must Be Open to People Outside Our Usual Circle of Friends @ Things of My Soul
  -   In this Church our wards and our quorums do not belong to us. They belong to Jesus...

Some Excellent, Practical Advice to Help Us Find Peace @ Things of My Soul
  -  I almost never share things here that I find being forwarded on Facebook or other...

The LDS Church Also Evolves in Its Understanding and Its Recognition of Past Mistakes @ Things of My Soul
  -   "Seventy years ago this Church was organized with six members. We commenced, so to...

Why Is the Gospel Sometimes So Hard to Find? @ Things of My Soul
  -  A friend of mine who has struggled mightily to figure out what the Gospel means to him...

Cannot Keep Track @ Mormon Momma
  -  Mom: How did your date go? Monica (19): Fine, but I almost called Tanner...

Partnership Is More Important than Rigid Roles @ Things of My Soul
  -   “The Church has nothing to fear from the strength of women. On the contrary, it...

The Danger of Living in the Past: A Principle for Personal Consideration @ Things of My Soul
  -  I was watching a TV show with one of my daughters a while ago, and the following was a...

It Is Important to Be Interested in Many Things - and to Understand Many Perspectives @ Things of My Soul
  -   "Suppose one man likes strawberries and another does not; in what respect is the...

The Samaritans in Our Lives: Some Might Be Surprising @ Things of My Soul
  -  I gave a talk in a ward years ago about charity in which I asked the congregation to...

The Ideal Is to Live in Your Own Best Way @ Things of My Soul
  -   “How . . . do we put the Savior first without putting down other people or their...

Now Is the Only Important Time in Our Eternal Lives @ Things of My Soul
  -  I believe strongly that now is the only important time in our lives, since every other...

Beauty through Suffering @ Things of My Soul
  -   The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known...

Personal Revelation Can Be Powerful Even When It Is Not Unique @ Things of My Soul
  -  I want to share something that I learned a while ago that has meant a lot to me since...

We Too Often Confuse Belief with Truth @ Things of My Soul
  -   The “truths” we cling to shape the quality of our societies as well as our...

Testimonies Don't Have to Be Provable - or Even Accurate - to Be Valid @ Things of My Soul
  -  Testimony has the same root as testament and testify - which are legal terms for an...

It's about Loving People, Not Solving Problems @ Things of My Soul
  -   Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be...

The Only Way I Can See Life As a Test @ Things of My Soul
  -  I have no problem with the idea that life is a test - but I define "life" as "eternal...

People Are More Important than Problems @ Things of My Soul
  -   Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be...

Spirituality and Spiritual Health, Like Physicality and Physical Health, Varies for Each Individual @ Things of My Soul
  -   Wisdom is to know when to take which kind of treatment. There is no one pill for all...

Why the church needs to be doing more in helping the elderly @ Our Thoughts
  -  This is a guest post written by Holly Whitman. Holly is a freelance writer and...

6 poems about faith crisis @ Our Thoughts
  -  I just found out yesterday that this month is #OctPoWriMo (October Poetry Writing Month),...

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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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...

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

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

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...

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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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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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...

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

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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Restore Honor to BYU’s Honor Code @ Outside the Book of Mormon Belt
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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...