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The Foundation for Apologetic Information and Research


LATIN - apologeticus GREEK - apologetikos

Apologetics: "The branch of theology that is concerned with

defending or proving the truth of Christian doctrines" (The American

Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition, Houghton

Mifflin Company, 2009).


FAIR is a 501©3 non-profit organization and relies on donations to

accomplish its work. If you are in the United States, your donation

is tax deductible. All contributions are greatly appreciated. To

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FAIR can be contacted through the internet or the U.S. Postal




PO Box 491677

Redding, CA 96049-1677


* Message from the President * Promoting FAIR

* Donating to FAIR * FAIR Konferenz

* The European Mormon Studies Association * FAIR Wiki

* FAIR YouTube *FAIR Blog

* FAIR-Cast, The New FAIR Podcasts * FAIR FaceBook

* Mormon Scholars Testify * FAIR's 'Front Page'

* FAIR Bookstore * Ask the Apologist

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The Foundation for Apologetic Information & Research (FAIR) is

pleased to announce the Thirteenth Annual Mormon Apologetics

Conference, August 4-5, 2011, and for a limited time you can

register at the discounted Early Bird price.

To register for the conference you can choose a "lunch included"

ticket here:


If you prefer, you can choose a "lunch not included" ticket here:


You can also register for a single day option:


When you register, please list the names of all people attending and

their home city and state. This can be done in the comments section

of your checkout. You will not receive any "tickets," so you may

want to print out your receipt as proof of purchase. We will also

have your name on a list when you check-in at the registration


The cost of registration will increase on June 1, so be sure to

register now. All the ticket options are visible here:


The conference will be held at the South Towne Exposition Center,

9575 South State Street, Sandy, Utah 84070.

If you need a place to stay, the official hotel for the FAIR

Conference is the Best Western CottonTree, just minutes away from

the South Towne Exposition Center. Rooms are available for only $84

per night (plus tax), which includes high-speed wireless Internet

access; a great breakfast of eggs, hash browns, waffles, French

toast, etc.; and free shuttle to the conference. This special FAIR

Conference room rate is only available through July 15, 2011.

To make your reservations, contact the hotel at 800-662-6886 or

801-523-8484. Use the confirmation number 902508.

The week of the conference is one of the biggest weeks of the year

for conventions in the Salt Lake area, so you will want to book your

room and your rental car early.

Our Webpage with all of the conference details is still under

construction and all of the details will be put online soon.

Some of the speakers include Chris Watkins speaking on "Excavating

the Text: Archaeological Expectations for Book of Mormon Peoples,"

Steven C. Harper speaking on accounts of the First Vision, Newell

Bringhurst speaking on the 2012 U.S. presidential race & "the Mormon

question," Roger Nicholson speaking on the Wikipedia wars, Don

Bradley speaking on new perspectives on the Kinderhook plates,

Valerie Hudson speaking on plural Marriage, Paul Fields speaking on

wordprint studies, and more!

Those who have attended in the past can attest to the wealth of

information shared, and the quality of the presentations. I look

forward to seeing you there and hope I get a chance to talk with you

face to face.

--Scott Gordon

President of FAIR



In order for FAIR to be ranked highly enough in the search engines

to make a difference, lots of people have to link to it. We find

that many people of other faiths link to the counter-cult ministry

pages, which makes them show up high in the search engine rankings

when someone searches for information on Mormonism. So we ask all of

you to link to FAIR on your Websites, and social network pages such

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move forward.

Please link to FAIR at www.fairlds.org and to the FAIR Wiki at




FAIR is labor of love. We are a group of volunteers who spend many

hours trying to research and publish information to help members

respond to critics. We try to price our conferences to be accessible

to as many as possible. But, providing this information does cost

money. In all of your charitable giving, please consider donating to

FAIR. It is only through your donations that we are able to stay in


If you can donate $10, or $10,000, every dollar helps us.


You can also mail a check to our address:


PO Box 491677

Redding, CA 96049-1677



On March 26, we had the pleasure of sponsoring a "FAIR Konferenz" in

Frankfurt Germany. Our speakers were: Daniel C. Peterson who spoke

on a Mormon's view of Islam, Gerd Skibbe spoke on Constantine and

the apostasy, Johann Wondra spoke on his personal experiences in

doing church work behind the iron curtain, Rene Krywult spoke on

grace, Ronan Head spoke on bees in the Orient and by the Jaradites.

Peter Wöllauer spoke on the difficulty with translating religious

texts, and Scott Gordon spoke on the Mormon image problem.

We had people attending the conference from as far away as Denmark

and Norway. The only difficulty we experienced was me slaughtering

some of the introductions in German. Otherwise, everyone seemed to

enjoy the "Konferenz."



The European Mormon Studies Association is not affiliated with FAIR,

but they are working to support the academic study of Mormonism in

Europe. They are having a conference at Durham University in England

on August 4-5. You may not be able to attend because you will be at

the FAIR conference in Sandy Utah on that date, but those of you who

prefer the English location can find more information about their

conference here:




Recently, several newspaper articles have appeared that discuss

homosexual aversion therapy performed at BYU in the mid-1970s.

During this period, a graduate student at Brigham Young University

conducted a clinical study in the use of aversion therapy to treat

ego-dystonic homosexuality. Ego-dystonic homosexuality is a

condition where an individual's same-sex attraction is in conflict

with his idealized self-image, creating anxiety and a desire to

change. At the time, the American Psychiatric Society considered

ego-dystonic homosexuality to be a mental illness, and aversion

therapy was one of the standard treatments. Experiments were run on

a volunteer basis adhering to the professional standards of the

time. FAIR examines the history of this aversion therapy in the

following FAIR Wiki article: Aversion therapy performed at BYU in

the 1970's


Recently FAIR responded to yet another set of questions posed by an

anti-Mormon ministry that has appeared on a variety of critical

websites. The alleged "facts" about Mormonism given by Macgregor

Ministries contain so much hyperbole that they will greatly amuse

most Latter-day Saints. Nevertheless, we respond to each of these

"facts" here. Facts Mormons Won't Tell You When They Call at Your





Every year we are honored to hear from Dr. Daniel C. Peterson at the

FAIR conference. In the 2008 conference, Dr. Peterson gave an

excellent talk titled "Humble Apologetics." It is a talk that every

apologist should listen to.

Lawrence Poulsen also gives an excellent talk on Book of Mormon

geography. He discusses directions, and some amazing convergences

which explains Book of Mormon stories as to why they did what they




Our FAIR blog is getting active with several articles and Podcasts:


"Having" a testimony?

by Louis Midgley on April 1st, 2011

In what can be called "Mormon Speak," we typically talk about

"getting" and then "having" what we call a "testimony." None of this

kind of talk can be found in our scriptures, which testify to us

about faith and then tell us to testify about its contents and

grounds--that is, to give an apologia (or defense). Read more here:




The FAIR Podcast is growing. It will now include episodes comprised

of recordings of various FAIR Conference presentations from the

past, as well as shorter apologetic vignettes for your listening

enjoyment. The FAIR Podcast will thus be divided into categories

including "Best of FAIR" and "FAIR Issues."

Blair Hodges will continue hosting lengthier interviews on religious

issues with a variety of scholars. His episodes will now be called

"FAIR Conversations." All of these categories will fall under the

new umbrella name for the FAIR Podcast: "The FAIR-Cast." The details

are subject to change, but this is the overall gist of the direction

we're headed to provide a more frequent and diverse offering of

podcast episodes.

Tell your friends about the FAIR-Cast. Share a link on your Facebook

page and help increase the popularity of the FAIR-Cast by rating it

in iTunes.

With this change, we have several new Podcasts up which you will

want to hear. You can access them all on the FAIR Blog at

http://www.fairblog.org/ or find them directly on iTunes.

FAIR Podcast, Episode 7: Brian M. Hauglid p.1

Brian M. Hauglid joins us in this two-part episode of the FAIR

Podcast to discuss his brand new book, A Textual History of the Book

of Abraham. He received a BA in Near Eastern Studies from Brigham

Young University and an MA and PhD from the University of Utah in

Arabic and Islamic Studies. He is currently an associate professor

of Ancient Scripture at BYU. Along with John Gee, Hauglid is both

principal investigator and general editor of the Studies in the Book

of Abraham Series.

The Book of Abraham seems like one of the most difficult subjects to

get an academic grip on in Mormon studies. Brian Hauglid tries to

untangle some of the knots while situating his new book within the

ongoing conversation about the Book of Abraham. Listeners might also

be interested to check out the 2004 FAIR Conference presentation by

Michael Ash and Kevin Barney, "The ABCs of the Book of Abraham" on


The link to the Podcast is here:


FAIR Podcast, Episode 8: Brian M. Hauglid p.2

by bhodges on March 12th, 2011

Brian M. Hauglid discusses more about his brand new book, A Textual

History of the Book of Abraham in part two.

The papyri Joseph Smith used when he translated the BoA went missing

for decades, but were reacquired by the LDS Church in 1967. The

papyri were quickly swept up in a tornado of research. In this

episode Professor Hauglid talks about criticisms and controversies

surrounding the Book of Abraham. Hauglid also describes how the BoA

became part of the LDS canon. In addition to some of Hauglid's

favorite devotional bits of the text, he discusses a few interesting

ancient parallels.

Cosmology, astronomy, ancient parallels, parallelomania, and

Doritos. All these things and more in this episode of the FAIR


Incidentally, the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious

Scholarship currently provides the chapters from Hauglid's

Astronomy, Papyrus, and Covenant online for free. Check them out



The link to the Podcast is here:


"FAIR Conversations," Episode 9: Kevin Christensen

by bhodges on April 11th, 2011

This episode of FAIR Conversations features Kevin Christensen.

Kevin, a technical writer in Pensylvania, is a good representative

of what Hugh Nibley acclaimed as "the day of the amateur." Kevin has

published over twenty articles in the FARMS Review and other

journals from the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious

Scholarship. He's also presented at numerous Sunstone conferences

and published works in Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought.

Recently he co-authored a piece on the Book of Mormon in Oxford

University Press's book, Joseph Smith, Jr: Reappraisals After Two

Centuries, edited by Reid L. Neilson and Terryl L. Givens.

Kevin joined host Blair Hodges via Skype to talk about his

experiences with LDS apologetics.


Best of FAIR, Episode 1: Apologetics 101

by SteveDensleyJr on April 20th, 2011

The "Best of FAIR" episodes of the FAIR-Cast will feature recordings

of various FAIR Conference presentations. In this 2006 FAIR

Conference address, Wayne Arnett discusses apologetics and what it

means to be an "apologist." He says: "An apologist is one who

defends or justifies a doctrine, policy or institution." The

missionaries of our church, in one sense, are apologists as they

seek to teach the truthfulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. In

this regard, all members of the Church ought to be apologists. As

Joseph Fielding Smith said: "Every member of the Church ought to

know that it [the Book of Mormon] is true, and we ought to be

prepared with an answer to all of those critics who condemn it."

The text of this address is available here.


Brother Arnett's pamphlet, "Defending the Church of Jesus Christ of

Latter-day Saints, A Reference Guide," can be purchased at the FAIR

Bookstore here.


The link to the podcast is here:


FAIR Issues, Episode 1: Challenging Issues and Keeping the Faith Pt1

by SteveDensleyJr on April 22nd, 2011

FAIR Issues is a program on the FAIR-Cast that will feature a brief

look at an issue in the world of apologetics. In this, the first

episode of FAIR Issues, Michael Ash asks why some people leave the

Church. The full text of this episode can be found at


Brother Ash is author of the book Shaken Faith Syndrome:

Strengthening One's Testimony in the Face of Criticism and Doubt, as

well as the book, of Faith and Reason: 80 Evidences Supporting the

Prophet Joseph Smith. Both books are available for purchase online

through the FAIR Bookstore:


Listen to this podcast here:


FAIR Issues, Episode 2: Challenging Issues and Keeping the Faith Pt2

by SteveDensleyJr on April 30th, 2011

Is it a sin to have doubts? What if we hold some beliefs that are

out of line with the views of most members of the Church? Michael

Ash raises these questions in this episode of FAIR Issues. The full

text of this episode can be found at Mormon Times.


Brother Ash is author of the book Shaken Faith Syndrome:

Strengthening One's Testimony in the Face of Criticism and Doubt, as

well as the book, of Faith and Reason: 80 Evidences Supporting the

Prophet Joseph Smith. Both books are available for purchase online

through the FAIR Bookstore.


Tell your friends about the FAIR-Cast. Share a link on your Facebook

page and help increase the popularity of the FAIR-Cast by rating it

in iTunes.




We hope you will check out the FAIR Facebook page and click "Like."

The more that click "Like" the better we do.




Mormon Scholars Testify now has 256 testimonies, representing 124

schools or organizations. There are new testimonies added every

week. Many of them have very interesting stories that are uplifting

and testimony building. Check out the Website and read the

testimonies here:


If you like the testimonies, link to them from your Facebook or

other social network.



Receive daily updates containing news clippings about how the LDS

Church is represented in the media. FAIR's Front Page (FFP) is a

free service; you can un-subscribe at any time. To receive this

service just click on the link below, enter your email address in

the white box, and push the "Sign-Up" button.




Come to the FAIR Bookstore to find the Internet's best selection of

materials for LDS apologetics. Whether you are looking for books,

study aids, DVDs, or audio products, the FAIR Bookstore has what you

need. You can begin your browsing by going to our main site.


Be sure to check out the Clearance Section. We have many older books

and some new books with slightly damaged covers that offer great

deals to buyers.


Clearance Special:

>> Jerusalem, The Eternal City

(Limited to stock on hand)

David B. Galbriath, D. Kelly Ogden, Andrew C. Skinner. Salt Lake

City, Utah: Deseret Book Company, 1996. Softbound, 6x9", 592 pages.

Latter-day Saints are well aware of the significance of the great

city of Jerusalem in our theology and in the history of God's

dealings with his people. Here is a unique contribution to the

literature of the Church prepared by three professors who have a

combined total of thirty-five years residence and experience in

Jerusalem. Jerusalem, the Eternal City studies the Holy City from

2000 B.C. to A.D. 2000 -- from Melchizedek to the Millennium. It is

the first treatment of the significance of Jerusalem from an LDS

point of view. Through the disciplines of theology, history,

geography, anthropology, archeology, linguistics, and political

science, the book is a comprehensive analysis of Jerusalem's

multifaceted influence on world history through forty centuries.

Retail Price: $24.95

Special FAIR Price: $14.95 (40% Discount)

>> Legacy of the Brass Plates of Laban

(Limited to stock on hand)

H. Clay Gorton, Bountiful, Utah: Horizon Publishers, 1994 First

Edition, 6x9" hardbound, 298 pages.

Since the brass plates of Laban were in existence prior to 600 B.C.,

the Book of Mormon Isaiah is the most ancient scriptural record of

Isaiah's writings in existence. It is taken in this work as the

standard from which the biblical accounts are evaluated.

In this work the author makes a meticulous word-by-word comparison

of the 404 verses in the 20 Isaiah chapters, identifying each

instance where the wording is not identical. The comparison clearly

demonstrates that the Book of Mormon Isaiah is, as it claims to be,

a copy of an ancient manuscript which predates all the other

manuscript versions of Isaiah. This comparison provides convincing

evidence that the Book of Mormon is a true historical document and

that the Prophet Joseph Smith was inspired in its translation.

The differences between the Book of Mormon and King James versions

are compared with English translations of the Greek Septuagint, the

Latin Vulgate and the Hebrew Masoretic texts. The author has found

that 115 of the 348 differences between the Book of Mormon and Bible

texts actually alter the meaning of the passages. These differences,

far from being random variations resulting from inadvertent scribal

errors, clearly indicate that the King James and other Bible

versions contain intentional deviations from the original meaning -

deviations designed to justify Israel in its apostate beliefs and

practices. A number of chiasma common to the two accounts give clear

evidence of Book of Mormon supremacy, as they are found degraded in

the King James version.

It is further conclusively shown that the Book of Isaiah was an

intact writing prior to 600 B.C., which forcefully negates the

claims of the higher critics that the Book of Isaiah was a

compilation of multiple authors in post Isaianic times.

This book is a powerful aid to the understanding of the Isaiah

message and should be a welcome addition to the libraries of both

the serious student and the casual reader.

Retail Price: $19.98

Special FAIR Price: $9.99 (50% Discount)

>> Latter-day Saint Social Life

(Limited to stock on hand)

James T. Duke, Salt Lake City, Utah: Bookcraft Publishers, Religious

Studies Center/Brigham Young University Specialized Monograph

Series;, vol. 12, 1998, 6x9" hardbound, 535 pages.

Latter-day Saint Social Life collects, in one volume, the best

scholarship describing and analyzing the social conditions in which

Latter-day Saints live and how the values, beliefs, and practices of

the gospel affect their lives. This research portrays a growing

church with devoted members who enjoy a healthy and commendable


Retail Price: $24.95

Special FAIR Price: $12.47 (50% Discount)

May Specials:


>>The Bible vs. The Book of Mormon: A Closer Examination (DVD)

Foundation for Apologetic Information and Research. 2009. DVD. ISBN:


In 2006, Living Hope Ministries released a video entitled The Bible

vs. The Book of Mormon, which compares evidence for the two books of

scripture as authentic ancient religious texts. Citing what they

claim are ample evidences for the Bible, they find such evidences

lacking in the Book of Mormon. Thus, the producers conclude that The

Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ is not what it

claims to be. FAIR examined the video and found that it fails to

account for current LDS and non-LDS scholarship, does not properly

represent LDS scripture or doctrine, and contains other misleading


In response, the Foundation for Apologetic Information and Research

(FAIR) interviews anthropologist, linguists, semiticists, and other

scholars who correct the errors and misleading information presented

by Living Hope Ministries. As they do so, we also discover several

evidences supporting LDS claims that The Book of Mormon is an

ancient text, which strengthen the case for its divine authenticity.

Even so, LDS scholars conclude that the truth claims of both books

of scripture cannot be proven through scientific evidence. Rather,

the eternal truths taught in scripture must be revealed by God

through the power of the Holy Ghost.

Retail Price: $9.99

Special FAIR Price: $7.99 (20% Discount)

>> Joseph Smith and the Doctrinal Restoration, 34th Annual Sperry


Provo, Utah: Brigham Young University, 2005. Hardbound, 6.25x9.25",

422 pgs.

The Sperry Symposium is sponsored annually by Brigham Young

University and the Church Educational System in honor of Sidney B.

Sperry. In the course of his forty-five-year career as a religious

educator, Dr. Sperry earned a reputation for outstanding teaching

and scholarship. The symposium seeks to perpetuate his memory by

fostering continuing research on gospel topics.

Contributors include: Richard Lyman Bushman, Richard E. Turley jr.,

Scott C. Esplin, Mary Jane Woodger, and many more.

Retail Price: $24.95

Special FAIR Price: $19.96 (20% Discount)

>> In Harm's Way: East German Latter-Day Saints in World War II

Robert P. Minert. Provo, Utah: Brigham Studies Center, Brigham Young

University, 2009. Hardbound, 8.5x11", 545 pages.

This long-awaited, 545 page volume contains riveting stories of many

of the 7,600 members of the LDS Church in East Germany. These Saints

found themselves in a precarious situation when World War II broke

out in September 1939. They were compelled to live under the tyranny

of Nazi Germany and thus to participate in offensive and defensive

military actions. The story of how they lived--and died--under those

conditions has never been told.

In Harm's Way brings together the powerful accounts of hundreds of

Church members, preserved in personal interviews, journals, letters,

and photographs. Their stories of joy and suffering are presented in

this book against the background of the rise and collapse of the

Third Reich. Readers will be amazed at the faith and dedication

demonstrated by these Saints, young and old, military and civilian.

The Religious Studies Center at BYU has printed a limited number of

copies of the book, so order early to ensure you get copies before

they are all sold out.

Retail Price: $29.95

Special FAIR Price: $23.96 (20% Discount)

>> Creation of the Earth for Man, Views of an LDS Geologist

Wade E. Miller. Highland, Utah: Miller Enterprises, 2010. Softbound,

6x9", 291 pages.


...rich in both scientific facts and simple faith. It reminds me of

the historical geology course I took from him as an 18 year old

freshman. Then as now, his teaching informs and encourages the

curious believer. I'm grateful that he has put into writing the

testimony that strengthened me and a host of fellow students. -Henry

J. Eyring, author of "Mormon Scientist: The Life and Faith of Henry


Calling upon his experience as both a professional Paleontologist and

a life-long member of the LDS Church, Dr. Miller helps students

navigate the complex interface between religious and scientific

truth. This book is an approachable, well-documented treatment of

the "big questions". - Dr. Scott M. Ritter, Chairman, Department of

Geological Science, BYU

...this book recounts a deeply personal search for a productive

accommodation of his science and faith. This book is broadly

informative and clearly written, and will be profitable to all

students of Latter-day Saint doctrine. - Dr. Duane E. Jeffrey,

Professor of Biology, BYU

Dr. Wade E. Miller is an internationally recognized scientist, and a

faithful Latter-day Saint. In this outstanding book Brother Miller

couples his deep knowledge of science and the scriptures to

demonstrate that faith in God and faith in science can be

harmonious. Whether you have a science background or not, this work

is an invaluable resource for those who wish to more fully

understand the mechanics as well as the spiritual significance of

the Creation. -Dale E. Miller, Retired Member of the Second Quorum

of Seventy

Retail Price: $19.95

Special FAIR Price: $15.96 (20% Discount)

>> The Obligation to do Apologetics (2010 FAIR Conference MP3)

Once purchased, the mp3 will be automatically sent your email

account. You will have 7 days to download.

Daniel Peterson, The Foundation for Apologetic Information and

Research 2010; Presentation from the 2010 FAIR Apologetics

Conference, in MP3 format.

Retail Price: $4.95

Special FAIR Price: $4.47 (10% Discount)

>> Joseph Smith and the Biblical Council of Gods (2010 FAIR Conference


Once purchased, the mp3 will be automatically sent your email

account. You will have 7 days to download.

David Bokovoy, The Foundation for Apologetic Information and

Research 2010; Presentation from the 2010 FAIR Apologetics

Conference, in MP3 format.

Retail Price: $4.95

Special FAIR Price: $4.47 (10% Discount)

>> How Americans View Mormonism and What We Can Do About It (2010 FAIR

Conference MP3)

Once purchased, the mp3 will be automatically sent your email

account. You will have 7 days to download.

Gary Lawrence, The Foundation for Apologetic Information and

Research 2010; Presentation from the 2010 FAIR Apologetics

Conference, in MP3 format.

Retail Price: $4.95

Special FAIR Price: $4.47 (10% Discount)

Thank you for shopping in our FAIR bookstore!



The public is invited to submit questions related to LDS

*apologetic* issues to "Ask the Apologist." This feature can be

accessed by clicking on the following link:


Mark the box labeled "Questions (for the FAIR apologists)." Then

fill in accurate information in the five white boxes and push the

"Send Comments" button. All inquiries will be shared with members of

the FAIR List and the questioner may receive multiple responses from

FAIR volunteers. All responses reflect the opinions of the

respondents only and not the official position of FAIR or The Church

of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.



Copyright © 2011 by The Foundation for Apologetic Information and

Research (FAIR). All rights are reserved. FAIR is not owned by,

controlled by, nor affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of

Latter Day Saints. All research and opinions provided in FAIR

publications are the sole responsibility of FAIR and the individual

authors who provide the information, and should not be interpreted

as official statements of Latter Day Saint history, doctrine,

practice or belief.

Foundation for Apologetic

Information and Research

PO Box 491677

Redding, CA 96049

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