Even More Islands and Atolls

Temple Workers Needed @ Wheat & Tares
  -  For those interested in seeing the new Payson Utah Temple, the open house will open to...

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 #4 of 4 in the series “Enhance Your Scripture Study” General...

Facebook and LinkedIn (Weekend poll) @ Wheat & Tares
  -  How do you handle Friend Requests from people you don’t know on Facebook or...

My Sacrament Meeting Talk: Faith in the Lord, Jesus Christ @ Things of My Soul
  -  I spoke in a small branch today, and a sister in my ward was the other speaker. I asked...

Dan Vogel takes on Mormonism Unvailed @ Wheat & Tares
  -  Mormon scholar Dan Vogel and Signature Books have teamed up to produce a scholarly update...

Mother, Where Art Thou? @ Mormon Momma
  -  Missing in Theme Proving again our oddity, Mormons proudly proclaim an...

Real Faith Cannot Be Built by Using Borrowed Light @ Things of My Soul
  -  Faith is built on what is hoped but can't be seen. Unfortunately, that can lead some...

Tell Me the Stories of Jesus @ Wheat & Tares
  -   This is a guest post from Ryan Lane. We are often told that Jesus died to pay the price...

The Fallacy of "God Wouldn't Let Me (____________)" @ Things of My Soul
  -  There are two basic ways we can try to avoid responsibility for our actions, and they are...

Life Isn't about God Reaching out to Us @ Things of My Soul
  -  As a history teacher by training, I am convinced that the world has been the world and...

Paid Menopause Leave – Because I Deserve It @ Mormon Momma
  -  #LeadOnLeave Is Sooooo Darn Awesome! Recently I’ve seen flurry of sharing of a...

Desafio de História Mórmon: Carta de Joseph Smith @ Vozes Mormons
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Sarcasm @ Wheat & Tares
  -  I’m addicted to exercise.  And by exercise, I mean sarcasm. An article about...

Dealing with the Storms of Life: I Hope We Dance @ Things of My Soul
  -  I heard a somewhat cheesy statement years ago, one that perhaps everyone else here has...

The Givens Test @ Wheat & Tares
  -  Give Your Ward a Pop Quiz I’ve listened to a few podcasts with Terryl and Fiona...

Why Don’t They Say God Loves All His Children? @ Outside the Book of Mormon Belt
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"Called of God" vs. "Inspried of God" or "Leading of God" or "Acting for God" or "Being Godly" @ Things of My Soul
  -  I think whether or not a particular leader (or anyone serving in any calling) is "called...

How often do you attend the temple? @ Wheat & Tares
  -  In some areas of Utah, such as where I live, a person can drive to 5 temples within 30...

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...

Super-herói Mórmon: O Jovem Guerreiro @ Vozes Mormons
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Amazing Grace @ Wheat & Tares
  -  BEDNAR: That’s it, we’re arm wrestling over this...

What Is "the church"? Listening to Others Is Important @ Things of My Soul
  -  I have had nearly innumerable conversations, over a long period of time, in which someone...

What is it about Vocal Prayer? @ Wheat & Tares
  -  Do you pray out loud in private? And why? That’s one of the things I was left...

Romancing the Shadow: Taming Our R-Rated Nature @ Wheat & Tares
  -  When I was about 14 years old, my father angrily chased me out of the house and down the...

Famoso Cantor Mórmon Pede Desculpas @ Vozes Mormons
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Sustaining Leaders Includes Helping Them Know When They Are Wrong @ Things of My Soul
  -  First, I think it generally is impossible to "fully" sustain each and every person in...

Minha religião me aproxima de Deus? @ Vozes Mormons
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Desafio de história mórmon: gravatas borboletas @ Vozes Mormons
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What Does It Mean to Sustain Our Leaders? @ Things of My Soul
  -  I have had quite a few conversations over the years with people who ask what it means to...

God Bless America @ Vozes Mormons
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Jesus Won't Save People from Mortal Hell. That Is Our Responsibility. @ Things of My Soul
  -  This is an incredibly powerful, important post.  I hope anyone who reads it doesn't get...

Vozes Mórmons Versão Internacional @ Vozes Mormons
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Aniversário: Ano 4 @ Vozes Mormons
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How I Stay Sane when Dealing with People Who See Things Differently than I Do @ Things of My Soul
  -  I was asked once how I stay sane when dealing with people, especially in church but also...

AO VIVO: 185a Conferência Geral (Sessão de Domingo à Tarde) @ Vozes Mormons
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AO VIVO: 185a Conferência Geral (Sessão de Domingo da Manhã) @ Vozes Mormons
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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...

"I know the Church is true, even when I wish it wasn't." @ Things of My Soul
  -  One of my local church leaders some time ago shared the following quote from a...

Being Mormon is Hard @ Things of My Soul
  -  Being Mormon is Hard - Adam Greenwood (Junior Ganymede)  Adam and I don't see...

Personal Growth Hacking: Track Your Christlike Attributes @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  Learning the hard way I recently discussed a personal accountability failure that...

Not an April Fool's Joke, but So Visually Stunning It Almost Seems Fake: Seriously Amazing @ Things of My Soul
  -  As a hardcore marching band geek, I've always know Ohio State's matching band is...

Extraordinary People Do Extraordinary Things - on Both Sides of the Line @ Things of My Soul
  -  I believe much of the wonder of humanity is found at the extremes (both good and bad),...

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...

Did We Choose Our Mortal Trials in the Pre-Existence? @ Things of My Soul
  -  I have a friend who said once: "We are all put in the right place for the best possible...

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,...

Remembering Robes @ Mormon Momma
  -  I’ve written about Robes before. He comes up in blogging and social media and...

A Conversation We Have Far Too Infrequently in the LDS Church @ Things of My Soul
  -   "As I have loved you, love one another." Jesus actively spent his time serving...

The humanity of Jesus @ Our Thoughts
  -  This month’s First Presidency Message from President Uchtdorf highlights an experience...

Evaluating the Book of Mormon: The Power of 1 Nephi and Ether @ Things of My Soul
  -  I believe that the best evaluation of the Book of Mormon has to include a careful...

When a Missionary Returns Home Early: So This Is What Zion Is Like @ Things of My Soul
  -  A friend of mine shared the following experience with me.  I wish it was true in every...

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...

The Heart of the Gospel, Especially for Those Who Feel Broken or Different @ Things of My Soul
  -  'Mr. Spock goes to church': How one Christian copes with Asperber's syndrome - CNN Belief...

People Will Flow to Zion: Service Should Be Unconditional, Not a Means to Conversion @ Things of My Soul
  -   I believe the greatest "missionary work" we can do is to devote more time and effort to...

Speed Read the Book of Mormon @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  This is post #3 of 4 in the series “Enhance Your Scripture Study”...

The Importance of Trying to Understand People in the Scriptures as Real People @ Things of My Soul
  -  Too often, I have heard people in our scriptures described almost as caricatures, with...

"The Church" Is Different Things to Different People - and to the Same Person at Different Times @ Things of My Soul
  -  I think it's important to determine (at any given time) what "The Church" is to each of...

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....

Conversion Is an Individual Experience We Should Never Limit Based on Our Own Experiences @ Things of My Soul
  -   I believe strongly that God speaks to each of us in our own language and according to...

Violating One's Conscience @ Things of My Soul
  -  I draw a distinction between something that is in opposition to my conscience and to...

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...

Book Review: Mormons Say and Do the Darndest Things @ Mormon Momma
  -  As a child I poured over my parents copy of The Devil’s Dictionary. The older I...

Emotional Labor – The Injustice of It All @ Mormon Momma
  -  Hear ye, hear ye, there’s a new injustice in town! Forget the war on women, white...

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...

You Need A Budget for Your Family Finances @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  YNAB stands for “You Need a Budget.” This should be an obvious goal for most...

Church Supports Religious and LGBTTQQIAAPFPOC* Rights – Sort Of @ Mormon Momma
  -  The Post That Is Better Than This Post This morning I intended to write a post about the...

Church Asks for Feeback on Temple Garments @ Mormon Momma
  -  Now is your chance! The church has created a survey and is asking for feedback and...

BYU Should Take a Clue from GoDaddy @ Mormon Momma
  -  In 2007 I completed the arduous task of moving over 100 domains from GoDaddy to my new...

Feminism and Logic: a Primer @ Mormon Momma
  -  Dictionaries and Other Nice Things At the risk of breaking the second commandment of...

The Salvation Equation @ Mormon Momma
  -  Evangelical and Mormon Grace In Perils of Grace by Robert L. Millet (BYU Studies...

My Two Greatest Gifts @ Mormon Momma
  -  Caleb (11): Mom, there are two things I’m really good at: Hiding things in cunning...

Create New Year’s Systems, Not Goals @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  It’s that time of year again: the end of the old year, and the beginning of the...

Happy New Year to You and Happy 12th Anniversary to Mormon Momma @ Mormon Momma
  -  Today we celebrate the first day of 2015 and the 12th anniversary of Mormon Momma. We...

4 Unusual Ideas for Your New Year’s Resolutions @ Mormon Momma
  -  Goal setting is a dangerous proposition. Productivity is of great interest to me and,...

Dealing with Negativity About Temples and Garments @ Mormon Momma
  -  Question Emily from Provo, Utah, wrote: Hello sisters. I am going on a mission in March...

Cheerleaders and Other Moral Outrage @ Mormon Momma
  -  Yesterday a friend posted to Facebook so repulsed by the NFL that he was threatening to...

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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Hibernating Disease and Other Reasons I Can Totally Play Wii on Thanksgiving But Not Be Able to Help with Dishes @ Mormon Momma
  -  Caleb (11): Mom, you know how people sleep for 12 hours and how people are ill? Mom: Yes....

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...

2-Day Tithing Settlement: How it Went @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  This is post #2 of 2 in the series “Tithing Settlement in 2 Days” Last year I...

To the Fence Sitters Regarding the LDS Gender Issues Survey @ Outside the Book of Mormon Belt
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Teach Children Phone Use Principles: A Response to the Phone Contract @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  This is post #2 of 2 in the series “Setting Boundaries for Children's Phone...

Women, Priesthood Authority, and the Holy Ghost @ Outside the Book of Mormon Belt
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Chromecast Videos, Presentations, & Pictures at Church @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  Editor’s note: you can always plug a laptop, tablet, or cell phone into a library...

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...

Use Screenwriting Tricks to Make Your NaNoWriMo Novel Awesome @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  Editor’s Note: this is a very-lightly edited repost of an article originally...

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....

Moving from Cause Warriors to Builders of Zion @ Outside the Book of Mormon Belt
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What Does Jesus Have to Do With Moving Violations? @ Our Thoughts
  -  The relationship between America and religion has been quite interesting to watch over...

Theology in Music: Opeth’s ‘Pale Communion’ @ Our Thoughts
  -   It’s no secret that modern heavy metal bands tend to be a theatrical lot. But while...

Hello, Readers! Please Allow Me To Introduce Myself @ Our Thoughts
  -  Kim was already kind enough to welcome me formally to Our Thoughts, but I wanted to take...

The Temple on Mount Zion 2014 Conference @ Temple Study
  -  The Interpreter Foundation has announced a forthcoming conference, the 2014 Temple on...

Empathy Without Works is Dead @ Outside the Book of Mormon Belt
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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...

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...

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...