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The Trinity Exposed

The LDS belief in the “Godhead” and our understanding of it’s nature isn’t based on any of the historical Church creeds. How could it be? They don’t make any sense. They aren’t found in the canon. All they amount to is an agreement that the nature of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost is a mystery beyond the understanding of the human mind. God is incomprehensible and so unlike us, that as mere mortals that it doesn’t even bear pondering. Continue reading

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Gladys Knight (McDowell…)

Gladys Knight’s troupe is everything the LDS missionary program isn’t, everything the LDS leadership doesn’t quite understand about the religion any more, and everything you’d expect when the best of African-American and Mormon worship traditions are merged. Continue reading

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Troubling Doctrines Part 3: Blood Oaths And Soul Theft

People universally hate anyone with a secret club they can’t join. That’s why Born-Again-types really hate Mormon temple worship. Continue reading

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WTF? (What the Fudge?) Deseret News

The Deseret News has been the official organ of the LDS church since its foundation in 1850. (I know it’s strange and antiquated nomenclature. I know it sounds a bit naughty–but’s it is indeed the proper use of the word folks.) That’s barely three years after Brigham Young dragged his sick and tired guts over the pass, sat up and leaned from the back of the wagon and said “This is far enough.” (Yes, that’s what he actually said friends.) Continue reading

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Mormon Wars Part 7: The Coming of Civilization

My Born-Again readers may be disappointed to find out that Brigham Young was not in the business of killing passing Christian settlers for vengeance or blood sport. That’s a very titillating fantasy for subsequent generations of foaming evangelicals to indulge while they sit around flattering themselves in Christian coffee houses perpetually waiting for the Rapture to come, and listening to Michael W Smith. Continue reading

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Mormon Wars Part 5: Rumors of Rumors of War

We don’t have to guess the purposes of the Utah Expedition. We have the smoking gun on James Buchanan. We have his version of the “Mob Manifesto” and it follows the same Christian pattern used by the “Regulator” committees in Missouri and Illinois. There was no Mormon rebellion. Brigham Young didn’t need a memo from Washington to explain the Utah Expedition. The Utah Expedition was the memo from Washington. There was very little to misinterpret in that message. Continue reading

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Mormon Wars Part 4: Politics, the Other Religion

The tragedy at Mountain Meadows was the direct result of America’s determination to destroy Mormonism, not vice-versa. Had a pack of Christian reformers, disgruntled federal appointees and contract-holders, not gone tattling back to Washington with the usual litany of grossly exaggerated tales of Mormon “outrages,” deliberately trying to provoke a federal assault upon the Mormon capital, there would have been no US invasion of Utah Territory. If there had been no invasion, the Mormon officials in southern Utah would have had no cause to hold up the Fancher’s wagon train, no cause to withhold basic provisions from them, and the Fancher Party would have passed, with only some slight complaining on both sides, peaceably through Utah without incident. Continue reading

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