Even More Islands and Atolls

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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The Spirit of the Game (Mormon Yankees) Movie @ LDS Media Talk
  -  60 years ago, in the far away land of Australia, the incredible true story of the Mormon...

Manual Mórmon Remove Escritura Machista @ Vozes Mormons
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Personal Boundaries & Religious Hostile Environment Laws @ Wheat & Tares
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What about Doubts and Questions? @ Things of My Soul
  -   Now, the next issue. What about doubts and questions in principle? How do you find out...

Conferência Geral Abre Expondo Medos da Liderança @ Vozes Mormons
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Music Video OKAY by The Piano Guys @ LDS Media Talk
  -  We’ve all received bad news. We’re all struggling with something or someone we love...

When “Forever Families” weren’t @ Wheat & Tares
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Temple Work for the Mentally Disabled @ Wheat & Tares
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Sacerdócio para Condenar? @ Vozes Mormons
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Desafio de História Mórmon: Edifício @ Vozes Mormons
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Apóstolo Mórmon Condena Mutilação Genital @ Vozes Mormons
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The One vs the Ninety and Nine @ Wheat & Tares
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8 Ways to Access LDS General Conference @ LDS Media Talk
  -  The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints invites people around the world to...

Libertarianism is to Conservatives, what Socialism is to Liberals @ Wheat & Tares
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Mormonismo É Uma Seita? @ Vozes Mormons
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When God Is Our Only Physician @ Things of My Soul
  -  I know a man who is from South America. He and most of the people he knew growing up...

Music Video: You Can “Hit Undo” @ LDS Media Talk
  -  Sometimes we are told that change isn’t possible. And sometimes we actually believe...

Brigham Young: Reforma Mórmon @ Vozes Mormons
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Elder Cook: Internet & Social Media ­­Contribute Much Good, But Can Also Distract @ LDS Media Talk
  -  Elder Quentin L. Cook recently said that the internet and social media ­­contribute...

Visualizando Evolução Orgânica [Vídeo] @ Vozes Mormons
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Teaching the Gospel in a Digital World @ LDS Media Talk
  -   LDS leaders have prophesied for decades about inspired advancements in technology and...

Eros Templário @ Vozes Mormons
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Religious Tourism @ Wheat & Tares
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The Measure of our Christian Conversion: How We Treat Others @ Things of My Soul
  -  At this time of extreme contention and lack of civility, particularly in our political...

Brigham Young: Mulheres Choramingam Demais @ Vozes Mormons
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Joseph Freeman: In the Lord’s Due Time @ Wheat & Tares
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A Facelift @ Wheat & Tares
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Video: Refuge from the Storm @ LDS Media Talk
  -  Watch this Mormon Message video “Refuge from the Storm.” Tens of millions of...

Music Video “If You Could Hie To Kolob” by Nick Sales @ LDS Media Talk
  -  LDS musician Nick Sales has released this music video of “If You Could Hie To...

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...

Gender & Employment at BYUs @ Wheat & Tares
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“Tellin You Y” Video by Jamesthemormon @ LDS Media Talk
  -  Whether you are a BYU fan or not, I think you will enjoy this new song and music video...

LDS Online Exhibit “Behold My Beloved Son” @ LDS Media Talk
  -  The Church History Museum has created a new online exhibit titled “Behold My Beloved...

No Spirit Birth @ Wheat & Tares
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The Scripture Study Habit That Changed My Life – Part 2: the Doctrine @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  This is post 2 of 2 in the series “Extraction Method Scripture Study” I...

The Prison of Other People's Opinions @ Things of My Soul
  -  A friend with whom I graduated from high school is Buddhist, and he posts regularly on...

Letting Go of "Should" @ Things of My Soul
  -   At some point, you just have to let go of what you thought should happen and live in...

My Friend Just Baptized Jesus: An Astounding, Beautiful Reflection on the Atonement @ Things of My Soul
  -  I wrote something once that addressed how much I love having paradoxes in life, which...

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

Self-Respect Is Manifested Individually @ Things of My Soul
  -   Today's Vocabulary Lesson:  Self-respect means acting in a way that allows you to...

How to Watch BYU Football Without Cable or Satellite (2016 Edition) @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  Okay, this year’s guide isn’t going to be as detailed as last year’s....

My Favorite View of the Garden of Eden Narrative @ Things of My Soul
  -  I love the idea that the garden narrative is an allegorical telling of the pre-existent...

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

Pornography: My Personal Story; A Plea to Change the Conversation @ Things of My Soul
  -  I was exposed to pornography for the first time when I was a young teenager.  It was...

Disrespecting Jesus of Nazareth by How We Treat Others @ Things of My Soul
  -   There are no qualifications, limitations, or disclaimers on the commandment to love...

Political Memes: Flaxen Cords and Itching Ears @ Things of My Soul
  -   When we allow ourselves to become outraged over little things, we lose our ability to...

Easy Outrage: When Hearts Grow Cold @ Things of My Soul
  -   We live in a society where people get outraged far too easily. Some things truly are...

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...

Reader Insights: How Much Can We Simplify Programs Without Jeopardizing Our Salvation? @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  This is a guest post from Joey Lyman, who blogs at Questions About Mormonism. In recent...

Beautiful Brokenness @ Things of My Soul
  -  Kintsugi: The Japanese art of finding beauty in broken things  (The link above shows...

The Scripture Study Habit That Changed My Life – Part 1: the Method @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  This is post 1 of 2 in the series “Extraction Method Scripture Study” Around...

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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Nonda ZUS: An Excellent Car Charger That Helps You Locate Your Car @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  I used to think the best place to get USB car chargers was at Ross or TJ Maxx....

Jesus Showed All Lives Matter by Focusing His Ministry on Specific Lives @ Things of My Soul
  -   This post is not a defense of Black Lives Matter. Seriously, it isn't, so please don't...

The Sacrament: Honoring the Literal or Metaphor through Symbol @ Things of My Soul
  -  In a Gospel Principles lesson recently, I mentioned the Catholic idea of...

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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It’s Time to Simplify Your Life… Elder Lynn G. Robbins Said So! @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  A major theme of MLH has been simplifying. When we simplify we make room for the most...

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...

When Jesus Said, "Love Your Neighbor" @ Things of My Soul
  -   When Jesus said, "Love you neighbor," he knew your neighbor would act, look, believe,...

Stream Edited “Clean Flicks” – A Review of VidAngel’s New Edited Movie Service @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  Originally Published June 9th, 2015. Updated & republished June 16th, 2016. We...

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

Learning to Hit the Curve Balls @ Things of My Soul
  -  Life is interesting, with opposition in all things. Much of my life can be encapsulated...

5 Great Gift Ideas for Techie Mormon Dads @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  One week until Father’s Day. If you want to get your Dad, husband, or other...

Help Kids Learn About Jesus From Other Children, With These Videos @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  Are your kids as sick of watching Prince of Egypt on Netflix each Sunday, as our kids...

Use LyricScanner to Find Out if a Song is Appropriate @ Mormon Life Hacker
  -  We all get words in songs wrong. We think we hear something that are not the actual...

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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Brother Matsby's Art Is Hilarious - This Perhaps Is His Best Ever @ Things of My Soul
  -  The Illuminated Matsby, Special World Cup Edition - Matt Page (By Common Consent)

Be a Light Others Want to Understand @ Things of My Soul
  -   We do not draw people to Christ by loudly discrediting what they believe, by telling...

Don't Avoid Life's Scars @ Things of My Soul
  -   "Maybe life isn't about avoiding the bruises. Maybe it's about collecting the scars to...

Restore Honor to BYU’s Honor Code @ Outside the Book of Mormon Belt
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A Tribute to My Wife during a Difficult Time for Her @ Things of My Soul
  -  I posted this originally a few years ago, and I came across it again today, while looking...

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...

What LDS Women Get? @ Our Thoughts
  -  When critics of a religion call out for change, one is tempted to question their...

Gender neutral bathrooms: a legal requirement, or will your church be exempt? @ Our Thoughts
  -  This is a guest post written by Holly Whitman and is American-centric. Holly is a...

A Beautiful Article That Explains Why I Reject the Prosperity Gospel re: Individuals @ Things of My Soul
  -  "Death, the Prosperity Gospel and Me"  (Kate Bowler, The New York Times)

Star Wars and Church Membership: Balance and Opposition @ Things of My Soul
  -  There is an interesting element of the Star Wars theology, if you will, that parallels...

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...

My Sacrament Meeting Talk on the Meaning of Christmas @ Things of My Soul
  -  I spoke yesterday on the meaning of Christmas. I started by sharing my daughter's quote...

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...

A Tribute to My Mother (and Father) on Her Passing @ Things of My Soul
  -  My mom passed away on Monday. It was completely unexpected, and nobody knows exactly why...

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...

Same Sex Marriage and the New Church Policies @ Mormon Momma
  -  Mormon Momma has 1,565 published posts and 347 drafts—most of them mine. Last night my...

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...