While the word “apologetics” means to defend one’s beliefs, FAIR strives for “educative apologetics.” We’re not going to argue someone back into the Church, but we can help inoculate members against LDS-critical arguments through better education.
My primary purpose today, necessarily too brief, is to portray a few insights from the extant documentary record that must be considered in any appraisal of Joseph Smith and his claims as an authentic prophetic figure. This essay is part of a chapter from a book I am writing on Joseph Smith and his prophetic style.
Today it is my honor to introduce these four women and participate in the discussion about how we can address and reconcile the tensions that exist among us in our conversations about Mormon women.
We normally like to keep religion and politics separate, and this is understandable. The separation makes sense for political reasons...
“All you Mormons do is talk about Church! Don’t you ever talk about anything else?” I laughed, of course, because while my friends comment was hyperbolic and good-natured ribbing, there was a lot of truth behind his words.
I titled my remarks “Disenchanted Mormonism.” This is a bit of wordplay. I am not a disenchanted Mormon; Nor am I disenchanted with Mormonism. But I am interested in thinking about a “disenchanted Mormonism” — that is, a way of living as an engaged Latter-day Saint even if one lacks a strong spiritual sensibility, as I do.
Joseph Smith’s First Vision is the foundational event of the Restoration, and the model for our personal experiences of revelation. Yet no explicit accounts of the event were recorded until some dozen years later, in 1832. For this reason, critics have argued that Joseph Smith crafted the First Vision narrative in the 1830s, rather than experiencing it...
I want to say right up front that that doesn’t mean that I think apologetics thus far has been a failure. Even good things can improve. Everything must adapt. Surely, Darwinist naturalists can sense that. So it seems to me there’s always room to make something better.