"I don't think it's so much that they're taking the texts at face value, more they are trying to figure out what are the actual teachings of Jesus and what were later additions. Many argue that Jesus was real and there's a…"
"I totally agree Annie. I would often hear, "Well I love the sinner, I just hate the sin," but it's how you act towards someone that truly shows how you feel. Otherwise, like you said, it's just lip service."
"The authors of religioustolerance.org actually designed a small study investigating whether people could assess the will of God through prayer, specifically whether God approved or disapproved of same-sex marriage.
There were both conservative…"
So I came across something in the gospel doctrine manual for this year that I thought was interesting (they're teaching church history if you were curious). In lesson 6 titled: I Will Tell You in Your Mind and in Your Heart, by the Holy Ghost" this is what it actually says in one part:Explain that it is important for us to discern whether a revelation is truly from God. Sometimes what we think is a revelation may be a projection of our own desires. And sometimes false revelations may come…See More
"Thanks Kevin, it was a long time ago so it's easier to talk about. Annie, I agree. I minored in Near Eastern Ancient Studies and took Hebrew for two years so it was something I was really interested in even before I became an…"
"I have to second the reading of books as a way of coping. Here's a list of books I read that I really liked:
Ehrman - Misquoting Jesus, Jesus Interrupted, God's Problem, Lost Christianities
Elaine Pagels - Beyond Belief, Adam Eve…"
"I read this book called "The Mormon Murders" and it was about the guy who forged the White Salamander documents. He actually sold the church a bunch of things that were forged by him. The interesting thing is the church thought…"
"I find it's human origins very interesting. When you start peeling back all the textural layers and start examining what came from older source material and what came more recently you get an idea of the development of their…"
"I'm an ex-Mormon as well except I got out when I was still in my early 20's. There's no coverup like this but they do coverup a lot. Very few members of the LDS church know that Joseph Smith translated the B of M by…"
Welcome, William. It never ceases to amaze me how many exchurch-leaders there are on A/N. If you really want to read an example of simplistic human origins of the Bible, read Good News for Modern Man. This did more than anything to push me over the edge in becoming an atheist.
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