Reason #107: The Silliness of Tapir Warfare

Mormon apologists, such as those at FAIR, sidestep the complete lack of scientific evidence for the horses mentioned in the Book of Mormon by saying that perhaps they were tapirs. (The book that mentions cureloms and cumoms called a boar-like animal a horse? —  Just redefine the word.) I found particularly interesting that the author of the hyperlinked article from FAIR actually uses as evidence a Mayan carving of a man sitting on a pig. Here’s an article from a newspaper about the temperament of a tapir when riled: Tapir Bites Off Zookeeper’s Arm November 21, 1998 A tapir pulled an Oklahoma City zookeeper into its cage and bit her arm off at mid-biceps as she tried to feed the animal before the zoo opened, authorities said. The woman, whose...

Reason #106: LDS Membership, Conversion and Retention Numbers in Question

I have been hearing from both people who have recently left the LDS Church as well as some who attend meetings but are considering leaving that they perceive that the number of local ward members who are actually active seems to be declining.  Others report that missionary conversion rates are declining.  Others speak of the high percentage of missionary companions who have left the LDS Church. Here’s an interesting quote from the Mormon Social Science Association– “. . .regarding retention rates…  the LDS Church does not release this information.  But there are ways to estimate this and several researchers have done so, giving us our current best estimates.  For instance, Rick Phillips (2006), using census data for a variety of...

Reason #105: Joseph Smith’s Jupiter Talisman

A symbol of the occult that Joseph Smith owned was a “Jupiter talisman.”  Read about it and see a drawing of it at the Tanners’ site here. For more information, see The Mormon Mirage 3rd Edition:  A Former Member Looks at the Mormon Church Today(Zondervan, 2009). Also available as an audiobook and as an expanded-text E-book for Nook, Kindle and other reading...

Reason #104: The Lost Symbol Shows Mormonism Connections with Masonry

I imagine that many Christians have wriggled uncomfortably as they read Dan Brown’s new book, The Lost Symbol. Scattered through the book are disparaging references to Christianity (and not a few barefaced prostitutions of Bible verses taken out of context). But imagine the reaction of some Mormons who have been through the secret LDS temple ceremonies when they read, in the first pages of the book, of Masonic oaths whose penalties are “Throat cut from ear to ear. . .tongue torn out by its roots. . .bowels taken out and burned . . .scattered to the four winds of heaven..” Elderly Mormons may have said nearly word for word those same things.  Even Mormons who prior to 1990 participated in LDS temple ordinances would have pantomimed those actions,...

Wondering about The Mormon Mirage

Zondervan and Harper-Collins have provided an easy way for you to browse inside my book, The Mormon Mirage:  A Former Member Looks at the Mormon Church Today (Zondervan, 2009.) Just click on this image. Or order an autographed copy here: The Mormon Mirage 3rd Edition:  A Former Member Looks at the Mormon Church Today(Zondervan, 2009). Also available as an audiobook and as an expanded-text E-book for Nook, Kindle and other reading...