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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  Adam Miller was at BYU previewing his book coming out this summer An Early Resurrection: Life in Christ Before You Die. They were selling advanced copies afterwards and they ran out right when I was next in line. Grrrr. Writ & Vision the book store on Center Street in Provo said they should have […]

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  This last week has been full of online drama for me personally, and I’m writing this post to apologize for some immature behavior and attempt to reset and restart in a different direction. I created this blog and started posting actively on Mormonism here and under a pseudonym Facebook account Randall Bowen about three […]

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  I criticized an LDS Living blog post on my facebook wall the other day, saying. LDS Living has had some surprisingly progressive articles recently, but this is another awful one. Bob Millet is best known for being one of the early leaders in the LDS grace movement of the 1990’s along with Bruce Hafen, […]

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  Thich Nhat Hanh is one of my new favorite spiritual voices. In one of his Q & A youtube videos, he’s asked by a young person if he needs to keep forgiving his father who emotionally abuses him. Thay tells him that he may think that by cutting off his father, he can remove […]

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