“There is a God: How to Respond to Atheism in the Last Days”

Atheism and secularism threatens Latter-day Saints Robert D. Hales observed, “We live when the darkness of secularism is deepening around us.  Belief in God is widely questioned, and even attacked in the name of political, social and even religious causes.” (“Seeking to Know God,” Ensign, Nov. 2009) LDS Professor Hyrum Lewis declared: “Atheism has been … Continue reading “There is a God: How to Respond to Atheism in the Last Days”

“Grace” in the Book of Mormon

"We Don't Believe in Grace" Prominent BYU Religion Professor Robert Millet recalls: "I was reared in a Latter-day Saint home in Louisiana, where most of my boyhood friends were Protestant. Just before leaving on my mission, I asked my father -- a lifelong Southerner and member of the Church -- a few doctrinal questions. One … Continue reading “Grace” in the Book of Mormon

Book of Mormon Internal Evidence (22): Politics and Government

Interwoven throughout the Book of Mormon are references to governmental organization and political philosophy. Monarchy Decades after the arrival of Lehi’s family in the promised land, the population grew large enough that it became necessary to establish a formal government. Up until that time, Nephi had been their teacher and leader. The people wanted to make … Continue reading Book of Mormon Internal Evidence (22): Politics and Government

Book of Mormon Internal Evidence (19): Memorable Profound Verses – Alma

The Book of Mormon is filled with memorable verses that contain profound truths and rich doctrine. These verses are a powerful witness of the Book of Mormon divinity.  Every chapter includes verses and phrases worth highlighting. Each of these profound verses can, and have been, the basis for talks and lessons.  Some of these verses … Continue reading Book of Mormon Internal Evidence (19): Memorable Profound Verses – Alma

Book of Mormon Internal Evidence (19b): Korihor and the Modern Atheists

The four icons of the modern “new atheists” are Charles Darwin, Sigmund Freud, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Karl Marx. Charles Darwin (1809-1882) Darwin was the father of the theory of evolution and natural selection (survival of the fittest). His ideas gave birth to modern “materialistic empiricism.”  Most modern atheists are “materialistic empiricists”. To them, only the … Continue reading Book of Mormon Internal Evidence (19b): Korihor and the Modern Atheists

Book of Mormon Internal Evidence (12): Characterization

If the Book of Mormon is a work of fiction, how do the critics explain the brilliant and sophisticated use of literary characterization? Quality characterization is determined by diversity, consistency, and realism Characterization is the creation and use of fictional characters. The quality of characterization is measured in three major ways. The first is diversity. Do … Continue reading Book of Mormon Internal Evidence (12): Characterization

Book of Mormon Internal Evidence (10): Poetry

Prophets are poets.  When emotions overwhelm us, or when the spirit soars within us, our thoughts turn to poetry. Fully one-third of the Old Testament is written in poetry.  The New Testament also contains poetry. Likewise, the Book of Mormon is filled with poetry.   To truly savor and get the “feel” of poetry you should read it … Continue reading Book of Mormon Internal Evidence (10): Poetry