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Disavow Polygamy

  Reform Action #2 of 20   (see overview page) The church needs to come to grips with the fact that Joseph’s Polygamy was not of God. In this theological essay, I’d like to make a case for the idea that admitting Joseph screwed up with polygamy at the end of his life does not […]

Redefining the LDS (Protestant) View of the “Great Apostasy”

In this article I hope to unravel some of the confusion caused by the current LDS perspective on the “Great Apostasy“, which I believe is for the most part a popular protestant view adopted by church leaders during Joseph Smith’s time. Instead of universal apostasy, LDS scriptures seem to support a type of universalist and dispensationalist view of religious history. In this […]

Clearing up Misunderstandings in the LDS View of the Afterlife

  Perhaps more than any other area of religious theology, understandings of the afterworld have repeatedly been used by fundamentalist traditions and individuals to manipulate adherents into conformity with their assorted religious and cultural mores, laws and customs. From the practice of some Evangelical fundamentalists of condemning to Hell those who don’t “profess Jesus as […]

Re-examining what LDS scriptures say about the ‘Only True Church’ doctrine

67 Behold, this is my doctrine—whosoever repenteth and cometh unto me, the same is my church. 68 Whosoever declareth more or less than this, the same is not of me, but is against me; therefore he is not of my church (D&C 10:67–68). Introduction In this article I hope to show from numerous scriptures in the Book of […]

Animals in the Book of Mormon

  Many Book of Mormon critics try to show issues or anachronisms with the lists of animals found in its narrative; for example the wikipedia articles on Book of Mormon Archaeology and Book of Mormon Anachronisms. The Book of Mormon certainly has its issues.. but reading these attacks always seems strangely biased to me. In fact articles […]