Friday, November 18, 2016

Mormon, Moroni, Human Sacrifice, and Infant Baptism

Because infant baptism was a topic of discussion in the prophet Joseph Smith's day, critics of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Book of Mormon claim that revivalist America is where Smith got the idea to discuss infant baptism in the Book of Mormon.  I think that's a short-sighted claim, and in this article I explain how opposition to infant baptism likely came from the prophet Mormon, and why it could just as easily have been a topic of discussion in late Nephite society.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

World Peace Depends Upon the Book of Mormon

"For every battle of the warrior is with confused noise, and
garments rolled in blood; but this shall be with burning and fuel of fire." 

 Sounds about like right where we are in the world today, doesn't it? Refugee crises abound, due to the confused noise of despotic governments and the lust for power among terrorist groups.  As a result, refugees are spilling into Europe, causing anger there as it seems there are too many new-comers to assimilate.  The Zika virus, once a fairy tale that only affected other people, has now arrived in America.  Economies are either near or in tailspins all across the globe.  Angry Brits recently decided they weren't getting what they wanted out of the European Union, so they voted to leave, and that made other Brits angry.  In America, angry Donald Trump supporters vowed that they would not accept the election results until-shockingly and suddenly--they had won, which in turn caused angry Hillary Clinton supporters to take to the streets by the thousands with angry shouts of he's "not my president!"

It really does seem as though the world is filled "with confused noise".  Seemingly every newsnight we see the deaths of innocents whose "garments [are] rolled in blood" because they stepped into the crossfire of "burning" anger.  It can seem hopeless, until we realize that prophets have seen our day, and that there is a way out of the mess that we've gotten ourselves into.

Saturday, November 05, 2016

"The Sins of Scripture": Reducing Violence in the Name of Religion

In his book The Sins of Scripture, John Shelby Spong points out that Christianity has interpreted the Bible in ways that have allowed Christians to do much violence--to women, to children, to gays, and to nations and peoples in general.  In this article, I will talk about two lost doctrines that have actually resulted in what are misinterpretations of scripture in the name of violence.

Thursday, November 03, 2016

The Book of Mormon: Isaiah and Nephi Remind us of God's Love, Covenants, and Plans for Us

It's easy to make a superficial reading of the Book of Mormon and think that Joseph Smith made it all up. But please don't dismiss the power and authenticity of the Book of Mormon. It is far more intricate than most people imagine. For example, here's something interesting that shows why the witness of the biblical prophet Isaiah is so critical to the Book of Mormon.