Monthly Archives: November 2014

What Can Mormons (and Other Christians) Learn from Atheists?

In a Q&A session posted on, atheist author Sam Harris answered the following question:  What do you think the role of religion is in determining human morality? It is generally an unhelpful one.  Religious ideas about good and evil … Continue reading

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Incredible Tale of a Lowland Gorilla

“Tired Road Warrior” has a strong commitment to supporting activities that are trying to save the Great Apes.  The following story and video is truly incredible: Conservationist Damian Aspinal raised Kwibi, a lowland gorilla, since the day he was born. … Continue reading

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South Sudanese Refugees Flood into Northwestern Uganda

This year (2014) alone, it is estimated that over 150,000 South Sudanese refugees will flood south into northwestern Uganda (the area around Arua).  This is the result of the fierce tribal and ethnic warfare going on in South Sudan.  Analyses … Continue reading

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Suicide Among Mormon Church Members

Over the weekend, a long-time colleague, committed suicide.  As I look back, this is the sixth individual that I’ve known (none well) or been somewhat acquainted with that has done this.  Four were in their 30s and 40s, and 2 … Continue reading

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Comments About Mormon Missions, Part XV (Rocky Spiker)

by Heidi Hall, The Tennessean, Nov 19, 2014 NASHVILLE–Theatergoers here are getting a low-key dose of real proselytizing when they come for the sold-out Broadway tour of The Book of Mormon. Rocky Spiker–Elder Spiker to his colleagues–holds open the door as ticket … Continue reading

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Historian John G. Turner’s Take on Mormon Theosis

In a recent post at, historian John G. Turner provides some interesting background on Lorenzo Snow’s couplet:  that “as man now is, God once was.  As God now is, man may become.” Snow received a patriarchal blessing from Joseph … Continue reading

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It’s Time to Stop Trashing Hugh Nibley! Just Stop!

In Mormon circles, it’s de rigueur these days to trash Hugh Nibley.  We need to stop!  Instead of trying to have a debate with a scholar who cannot defend himself, we need to listen to his message.  His message may not be … Continue reading

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