Greg Prince spoke at Sunstone in a talk titled “Own Your Religion”. I highly recommend paying $5 to get access to the audio at the Sunstone website. And hopefully Dr. Prince will release the transcript of the talk, but for those that weren’t in attendance, here is a summary of the talk with selected quotes. […]

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  This past Sunday, the LDS Church put together an interesting program, aimed for youth worldwide. The event was held in Nauvoo and featured Elder Cook with historians Dr. Matthew Grow and Dr. Kate Holbrook. I respect Grow and Holbrook as “straight shooters” when it comes to explaining LDS history and defending the tough issues […]

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  BYU professor Nick Frederick is doing excellent research on showing from a faithful perspective the how, what, and why of Book of Mormon and New Testament intertexuality. I highly recommend this excellent podcast interview with Laura Hales, which I will review here in this post. Dr. Frederick has found 650 phrases from the New […]

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John Dehlin shared a post to the ExMormon Reddit forum. Here’s the link to the original post and the replies. He prefaced it: As of late, I have been spending some time studying the core arguments of several Mormon neo-apologists including Richard Bushman, Terryl and Fiona Givens, Patrick Mason, Thomas McConkie, Spencer Fluhman, Adam Miller, […]

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  Happy Father’s Day. I love this day. Here are a few thoughts in my head this morning written to honor all the fathers out there but most importantly to honor my children who for me make being a father so great. The scripture from the Proclamation on Family might be my favorite in scripture. […]

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  The most controversial statement Pres. Oaks made in his Be One talk was the following.   I studied the reasons then being given and could not feel confirmation of the truth of any of them. As part of my prayerful study, I learned that, in general, the Lord rarely gives reasons for the commandments […]

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  President Dallin H. Oaks spoke at the “Be One” celebration of the 40th anniversary of ending the priesthood and temple ban for black LDS. In his pre-general-authority life, Pres. Oaks graduated from University of Chicago law school in 1957, clerked for the US Supreme Court for two years, and worked in corporate litigation and […]

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  I finally got a copy of Adam Miller’s An Early Resurrection: Life in Christ Before You Die. Advanced copies are available at Writ & Vision bookstore in Provo.   I’m really getting inspired by Miller’s way of mixing Mormon Christianity with what I’ve been learning from Buddhism. Following Christ by living with him in the present […]

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A new podcast I’ve been listening to from time to time is the Naked Bible Podcast hosted by Bible Scholar Mike Heiser. I don’t quite yet understand Heiser’s views exactly, but I guess he is conservative relative to Bible scholars and liberal relative to Evangelicals, which he self identifies as.   Naked Bible 217: Authorship […]

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