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My Column in "Mormon Times"

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I suppose that a certain degree of vanity and attention-seeking is essential in those who take it upon themselves to write for publication. So here's a link to today's column by . . . moi!

http://www.mormontimes.com/article/19194/Tissots-art-captures-life-of-Christ

Do you have these on file from previous debates? If not where do you find the time? Also thanks for the defending the faith that I love! I know we have different approaches, but I think we have the same goal in mind. Keeping in mind only 2 or 3 see what I ramble and 1,000

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Do you have these on file from previous debates?

No. I typically write them each Monday.

If not where do you find the time?

It's easy. I just neglect my wife.

Also thanks for the defending the faith that I love!

I'm much more than happy to try.

Dan, does BYU online courses have classes for those of us who did not pay attention in High School to improve writing skills? If not where can someone go online to learn these lessons? I doubt BYU with it

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Which California mission is he headed to? How much longer will he be in the MTC?

Roseville (Near Sacramento)...leaves on Tuesday Fed 1st. If you go see him, give him a good book (one that approved)and send me a bill. Put your testimony in it. Oh Elder Caleb Lee

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Sorry, Pa Pa. I actually thought that I might get a chance to do something for your son. But then our basement flooded.

I still wrote a column, though. I had to.

This week's column:

http://www.mormontimes.com/article/19592/A-more-generous-view-of-salvation

He left on Tuesday...we don't know what city he is in yet. :P

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This week's column, on God and "other gods":

http://www.mormontim...gnize-his-voice

This was especially touching to me. I'm not even entirely sure why. The inclusion of the Arabic Article of Faith and C.S. Lewis did it for me. Thanks.

I think I will link to both it and your most recent (and incredibly thoughtful) article in my email responses to questions from my interfaith dialogue in December.

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For what it's worth: Today's iteration of my weekly newspaper column:

http://www.mormontim...storical-events

Not a bad article, until we hit this textbook example of question-begging,

Mormonism declares that the original Christian church fell into apostasy. What is the best evidence for that claim? The fact that there was a restoration.

and circular logic,

The historical evidence for an apostasy is, in my judgment, excellent. But God's restoration of the church and the gospel proves it.

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Not a bad article, until we hit this textbook example of question-begging,

and circular logic,

Not a bad response, until it demonstrated that you had missed the point of the article.

I know what question-begging is, and what circular logic is. And this wasn't.

Try to figure out why. It will be a good exercise.

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Not a bad response, until it demonstrated that had missed the point of the article.

I know what question-begging is, and what circular logic is. And this wasn't.

Try to figure out why. It will be a good exercise.

Mortal Man missed the point!?! I'm shocked!

I, on the other hand, got the point. (That is, if the point I got was the one you intended. Which I'm sure it was.) And it was a very good point.

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I know what question-begging is, and what circular logic is. And this wasn't.

Try to figure out why. It will be a good exercise.

Oh, I get it! You're talking about The Sealed Plates!

Nemelka declares that the original Mormon church fell into apostasy. What is the best evidence for that claim? The fact that there was a restoration of the sealed portion.

The historical evidence that revelations ceased with the martyrdom of JS is, in my judgment, excellent. But Joseph's restoration of the 116 pages and the sealed portion proves it.

Bill! Why didn't you tell me?

This part has me especially excited.

The Lord promised that one day the plates would be given back to mortal man...

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Mortal Man missed the point!?! I'm shocked!

BTW Bill, could you please call me "a human dung heap" and/or "one of the most evil and degenerate people ever produced"?

Dan's got more trophies than me and it's making me jealous.

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And the inevitable flock of "fans" that come with each Dr. Peterson article:

http://www.deseretne...xperiences.html

Got to wonder where they are getting their info from that they appear to think tells 'the rest of the story' and yet is missing some crucial details.

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Mormonism does rely on historical events, because there is good (excellent?) evidence for an apostasy.

And, the Restoration seals it (makes it even moreso, because it is an historical event, as well..for believers, anyway)...is the point of the article, I think?

I liked the beginning, about how Mormonism solves a lot of the problems. That was one of the things that, originally, attracted me to it. Everything just seemed to make so much more sense, within the context of Mormonism, than in mainstream (to my eyes and way of thinking back then). Some things still do make more sense, but there are also things that don't make sense, to me, like the whole progression of gods and how that happens, and that the universe is eternal (which I don't think it is, to the best of my understanding), not physically, anyway.

I don't know. I find problems with most religious systems. I have stopped leaning on others for understanding and try harder to have a more direct relationship with God.

I do enjoy reading about various viewpoints, though.

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Actually, in rereading, the point in that article has to do with revelation. That is the core of Christianity and it is ongoing. Revelation is alive and current. Creeds are philosophical conclusions drawn by man...and a sort of "box" that you probably can't put God in. Hmmm...yes. Interesting. There is a lot more in that article than I initially perceived.

http://www.mormontimes.com/article/19759/Mormonism-relies-on-historical-events

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Got to wonder where they are getting their info from that they appear to think tells 'the rest of the story' and yet is missing some crucial details.

Indeed. See my sig line (the statement in red type).

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