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Mormon Scientists Need to Emulate the Historians of Mormonism

Historians of Mormonism have done a lot to bring more “truth” to LDS history.  Their efforts, coupled with the global impact of the Internet, have had a lasting impact on our understanding of our past.  Mormon history has evolved from “faith-promoting … Continue reading

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LDS Ensign: Mixing Myth with Fact

The Ensign magazine has a disturbing habit of mixing doctrine and history with allegory.  For most non-fundamentalist Christians, much of the Old Testament, particularly the Book of Genesis, is considered to be myths.  The Torah doesn’t work on any level, be it archaeological, … Continue reading

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Mormonism and Science, How Close Should They Be?

Historian Richard Bushman, in a recent presentation at the Mormon Transhumanist Association 2013 annual conference, presented two possible approaches to defining the relationship between Mormonism and science. The first approach is the one proposed by Parley P. Pratt.  He and his like-minded successors–B.H. … Continue reading

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Richard Bushman, Transhumanism, and the State of the LDS Church

I recently attended the afternoon session of the Mormon Transhumanist Association annual meeting.  The concluding speaker was historian Richard L. Bushman.  Before I comment on his presentation, just a side note.  Its become increasing difficult for me to hear, I’m slowly … Continue reading

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John Henri Moser, Utah Impressionist/Fauvist

My grandfather, Dr. George LeRoy Rees, collected paintings by Utah artists.  One of his favorites was a fellow resident of Cache County, Loganite John Henri Moser (or as he signed his work . . . Henri Moser).  Grandfather purchased (or was … Continue reading

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Elder Nelson and the Big Bang

In his April 2012 conference talk, Elder Russell M. Nelson refers to the “big bang”: Yet some people erroneously think that these marvelous physical attributes [of the human body] happened by chance or resulted from a big bang somewhere.  Ask … Continue reading

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“Seek Ye Out of [All] the Best Books”

There is an an oft-quoted scripture from the LDS Doctrine and Covenants (88:18) that reads “. . . seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom.”  I think it is currently being misread by the leaders and membership of the … Continue reading

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