How Can I Know What Is True? (To Those Who Doubt, Part 3 of 6)

By Michael T. How do we come to knowledge and testimony of truth? As a former philosophy major, I cannot avoid the opportunity to talk about epistemology, which focuses on how one determines: What is knowledge? How is knowledge acquired? To what extent, and through what means, is it possible for a given subject or entity to be known? In brief, epistemology tries to answer the question, “How do we know what it is we think we know?”  As you understand, this is an important question f...
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Do Believers Doubt? (To Those Who Doubt, Part 1 of 6)

By Michael T. Doubt in a community of faith In a community of faith like the congregation of which I am part, it might seem that there is little understanding of, and allowance for, doubt or uncertainty.  Consequently, there are those among us who wonder if they are alone in the way they are feeling as they struggle with doubt. Admittedly, Mormons (at least many of us and our congregations) don’t typically do “doubt” or “uncertainty” very well or very publicly—making such experiences ev...
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Why Science and Religion are Like Quantum Mechanics and General Relativity

Some people feel that it is impossible to believe in God and to be an honest scientist who understands the scientific method. As a man of faith seeking to have a career as a researcher, I have pondered if this is really true. I would like to explore how I can sympathize with such concerns while disagreeing with the conclusion. A common criticism against combining science and religion is that believing scientists compartmentalize their life and thinking: for religious and ethical matters they ...
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Does Prayer Work?

My wife and (then) two-week-old son were settled in the taxi--meter already running--for the ride to the Budapest airport, the bags were stuffed in the trunk, and we were all set to fly to the States for grandparents and aunts and uncles and cousins to see our first-born after a year of living in Hungary. All set, except my passport was nowhere to be found. My job required a lot of travel, so I used my passport all the time, but of course now as we were about to fly half-way around the world it ...
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The Scientific Method

By Tim L. During my time as a Mormon missionary, I often had the chance to share my conviction that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true church of Jesus Christ on the Earth today. In response I was often asked, “How do you know?” How can we know anything of a spiritual nature? I think a lot of intelligent people are averse to religion because they perceive a lack of proof for the existence of God or the divinity of Jesus Christ. I understand this need for proof. Ever...
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