Reason #146: It’s silly, but they baptized Jesus in proxy

The LDS church must be embarrassed by the fact that people keep submitting names for proxy baptisms. Helen Radkey, that burr under the Mormon saddle, has documented that recently someone was baptized in proxy for Jesus Christ. And someone else for Mary Magdalene. And then they were married for time and all eternity. Read the documentation 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 #145: The Doctrine in McConkie’s Mormon Doctrine

The dust is finally settling in yet another effort by the LDS Church to bury its past. Recently the church-owned Deseret Book publishers announced that, due to lack of sales, the classic Mormon Doctrine by the late LDS apostle Bruce R. McConkie. (There’s considerable controversy about the “lack of sales” part. See this article, especially the comments.) What’s the big deal about a book going out of print? My Mormon Mirage (1st and 2nd editions) stayed in print almost 20 years, but then went out of print. Almost all books do. McConkie’s book was extraordinary because it listed in encyclopedia form all the issues of LDS doctrine. It wasn’t McConkie’s own systematic theology, it was just the listing of Mormonism’s...

Reason #144: Refinements of DNA Studies Continue to Disprove the Book of Mormon

Dr. Simon Southerton, the former LDS bishop whose findings in molecular biology rocked the LDS Church when he released his groundbreaking book, Losing a Lost Tribe: Native Americans, DNA, and the Mormon Church says that there’s additional new research that supports his premise. LDS apologists argue that the 30 or so Jewish individuals whose progeny’s history make up the bulk of the Book of Mormon is such a “drop in the bucket” so to speak, as to be negligible. But Southerton argues that a drop of ink in a bucket may dissipate but will not disappear when looked at molecularly. I do not believe that any matter of faith is “settled” by scientific findings. However, Southerton’s comments, found here in their entirety, are...