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Faith and Reason 58: Mesoamerican Warfare

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here. http://media.blubrry.com/mormonfaircast/p/blog.fairmormon.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Mesoamerican-warfare-and-seasonality.mp3 Podcast: Download (13.8MB) Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Critics of the Book of Mormon contend that not only were many Book of Mormon weapons unknown in early Mesoamerica, but that war itself was virtually unknown. Recent studies have […]

Bamboozled by the “CES Letter”

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here. In April 2013 Jeremy T. Runnells published a pdf booklet entitled, “Letter to a CES Director.” This booklet, which is now typically referred to as the “CES Letter,” catalogues Runnells’ concerns and reasons why he left The Church of Jesus […]

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Faith and Reason 57: New World Temples and Towers

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here. http://media.blubrry.com/mormonfaircast/p/blog.fairmormon.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Temples-and-Towers.mp3 Podcast: Download (6.1MB) Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS From the book: Of Faith and Reason: 80 Evidences Supporting the Prophet Joseph Smith by Michael R. Ash The word tower in the Book of Mormon relates to a concept […]

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Faith and Reason 56: Tumbaga

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here. http://media.blubrry.com/mormonfaircast/p/blog.fairmormon.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Tumbaga.mp3 Podcast: Download (12.9MB) Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS From the book: Of Faith and Reason: 80 Evidences Supporting the Prophet Joseph Smith By Michael R. Ash According to Joseph Smith,  the Book of Mormon was “engraven on plates […]

Data, Doctrines, & Doubts: Improving Gospel Instruction

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here. This post originally appeared at Times and Seasons and is reposted here with permission. By Walker Wright I’m grateful for the invitation and excited to participate here at Times & Seasons. The following is a talk I gave in our recent Stake General […]

Book Review: “Schooling the Prophet: How the Book of Mormon Influenced Joseph Smith and the Early Restoration”

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here. Click to enlarge A number of writers from both naturalistic and faithful backgrounds (Fawn Brodie and Terryl Givens serve as two immediate examples that represent the competing paradigms) have asked what, if any, environmental factors (e.g. contemporary writers, movements, intellectual currents, […]

Faith and Reason 55: New World Writings

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here. http://media.blubrry.com/mormonfaircast/p/blog.fairmormon.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/New-World-Writings1.mp3 Podcast: Download (11.8MB) Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS From the book: Of Faith and Reason: 80 Evidences Supporting the Prophet Joseph Smith by Michael R. Ash One reason that LDS scholars believed Book of Mormon events transpired in […]

A Simple Hypothesis on Book of Mormon Translation

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here. This post originally appeared at Mormon Puzzle Pieces and is reposted here by permission with some revisions. By Ryan Larsen Translation is interwoven with the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. Ancient prophets kept records containing a fullness of the Gospel which […]

Fair Issues 94: Moroni and the Hill Cumorah

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here. http://media.blubrry.com/mormonfaircast/p/blog.fairmormon.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Fair-Issues-94-pod.mp3 Podcast: Download (11.0MB) Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS The Book of Mormon model for a Mesoamerican geography has – like virtually all scholarly models – a handful of anomalies or potentially problematic issues.  One of those areas of […]

Fair Issues 93: Mesoamerican model: Evidences and anomalies

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here. http://media.blubrry.com/mormonfaircast/p/blog.fairmormon.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Fair-Issues-93-Pod.mp3 Podcast: Download (11.6MB) Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS In this installment brother Ash discuss why most LDS scholars believe that ancient Mesoamerica was the home for most Book of Mormon events. As Mesoamerican ethnohistory specialist Brant Gardner explains, it’s […]

Faith and Reason 54: The Marketplace

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here. http://media.blubrry.com/mormonfaircast/p/blog.fairmormon.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/The-Marketplace.mp3 Podcast: Download (5.2MB) Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS From the book: Of Faith and Reason: 80 Evidences Supporting the Prophet Joseph Smith by Michael R. Ash In Helaman 7:10 we read that Nephi went to pray on a […]

Church Development in Florida

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here. The news that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints plans to develop some of its ranchland in Florida for commercial and residential use has prompted the incorrect story that the Church is “building a city.” The implication is that the […]

Fair Issues 90: True scholarship vs. wishful thinking

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here. http://media.blubrry.com/mormonfaircast/p/blog.fairmormon.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Fair-Issues-90-Pod.mp3 Podcast: Download (11.6MB) Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS In this installment brother Ash introduces the Mesoamerica model as a possible location for at least some of the Book of Mormon geography along with how an authentic ancient text […]

On The Record

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here. [embedded content] This presentation will cover the role of Church Public Affairs and how it interacts with the Church and the press. Brother Otterson will also discuss many of the issues and misconceptions he deals with, as well as respond […]

Best of FairMormon Conference 2015: Michael Otterson – On The Record

This post is brought to you by the FairMormon Blog. View the original post here. http://media.blubrry.com/mormonfaircast/p/blog.fairmormon.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/BestOfFairMormon-Michael-Otterson.mp3 Podcast: Download (74.0MB) Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS On the Record – (audio only) Fair Mormon conference Aug 6-7, 2015 This is a wonderful conference, full of bright people asking and answering great questions. The list of speakers […]