The purpose of this post is to distribute a compilation of Latter-day Saint (Mormon) positions on organic evolution from the days it was introduced by Charles Darwin to the the present day. I can point to this topic as the one that began my faith transition out of Mormonism. As I read and compared what … Continue reading Mormon Theory of Evolution – My First Crack
The LDS Church is known for its emphasis on history and record keeping. Since its early days, official leaders and common members of the church recorded countless journals, essays, and first hand accounts of the context surrounding the critical beginnings of the now multi-million member worldwide religion. In its 180+ year existence there have been … Continue reading Saints and Orwell: The Rise of Newspeak and Doublethink
What is truth? Does utility, goodness, and flourishing equate to truth? What is real? How do we know something? Is there a scale of belief, from orthodox fundamental to ‘nuanced’ but believing that is 'valuable’ to work out? It has been a little over a year since my spiritual awakening. My views of the Mormon … Continue reading Truth, Postmodernism, Neo-Apologists
I recently had lunch with a good friend. For context this friend is not Mormon, but grew up in Utah. We spoke of the idea that atheism is not a kind of declaration of knowing there is not a god, but a lack of belief in a god or gods because of insufficient evidence. We … Continue reading I am Korihor
I thought I knew the reasons why people left the church. I had been taught from early childhood the ideas of why someone would abandon the glorious message that is the gospel of Jesus Christ. There was little mystery to this. My indoctrinated self could not conceive of a world in which the church was … Continue reading Vilify the Truth Seeker
How do you know the beliefs you hold are true? What are the methods that are utilized to come to the conclusion that a belief is true? Epistemology comes from the Greek words epistasthai - know, know how to - and episteme - knowledge. It is defined as the theory of knowledge, especially with regard … Continue reading How do you know?