Do Science and Religion Really Contradict?

By Roger S. When people say they don’t believe in religion because it contradicts science, I think it is because of erroneous interpretations of divine truths. Yes, there is a lot of misguided religion in the world, but don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater. God’s truths are much more compatible with science than are the dogmatic beliefs dictated by some religionists’ misinterpretation of scripture. A great example is the insistence by some that ‘God created the world in seven days, ...
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What Did My Departed Loved One Teach Me?

By Patricia P The phone rang early that morning in our Japanese hotel room. My husband said a few words to the caller and then handed the phone to me. Who could be calling so early? Who could be calling at all? We were halfway between our temporary home in Asia and our permanent home in the US, on our way to a wedding, and our first reunion with Dad in almost five years.  And then the phone conversation filtered in to my confused brain, “Your father has died.” My father died? That can’t be...
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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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Is There a Heaven?

By Logan Earlier this month I posted some thoughts about the Mormon perspective on the existence of Hell. My thoughts were inspired by a NY Times article that decried the increasing belief in heaven without hell. The author argued that the notion of good without evil and its consequences strips human beings of their agency and robs mankind of any moral victories he may hope to claim. I think the author’s claims were valid. If you believe in one, justice necessitates the other. But what if we ...
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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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Truth

Like Brigham, I also have a friend struggling with the question of whether or not God exists. This has caused me to think about faith as well, but most of my thoughts have been about the even more general topic of truth. I have a few friends who have for some reason decided to make their “beliefs” field in their facebook profiles say “Truth”. This is probably partly to create conversation, partly to make themselves come across as somewhat pretentious stoic philosopher-types, and partly because t...
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