Reason #197: Count up the Book of Mormon Changes for Yourself

I’ve seen estimates as high as over 5,000, describing the number of changes in the Book of Mormon from its first “inspired wording” to recent editions. But don’t take my word, or anyone else’s for that. Look on this site and compare multiple digital versions for yourself: Facsimilies of Historic Book of Mormon Editions Very interesting! 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 devices. Also available by Latayne C. Scott, Latter-day Cipher: A...

Reason #196: Because It Goes Beyond Tallying Risks

I’ve often heard Christians express frustration with non-believers, offering this argument:  If Christianity is true, you should believe it to benefit from its advantages, not the least of which is eternal life. And if it’s not true and there is no eternal reward, they reason, what does one have to lose by living the Christian life? However, the same argument is used by Mormons — and has been used on me. If Mormonism is true, I (unlike the average “never-Mo” or someone who was never a Mormon) risk eternal damnation by continuing to reject Mormonism. The reasoning is this:  Just return to Mormonism. If it’s not true, what would I lose as compared to such a catastrophic loss? The issue is truth. This business of the gain and...

Reason #195: Incredible LDS Missionary Attrition Rates [edited for clarity]

One of the most knowledgeable ex-Mormons I know is Richard Packham. He is not the kind of person who makes extravagant statements about Mormonism (true, it’s usually not necessary to embellish it, right?)  He has these very interesting insights about how many Mormon missionaries leave the LDS church after serving full-time missions. Here are Packham’s words (reprinted with his permission): I first heard that 40% [of LDS missionaries eventually leave Mormonism] . . . from a post on an Internet discussion group dealing with Mormonism a few years ago by someone who had a relative working at the MTC [Missionary Training Center.] This relative told the poster that the staff at the MTC had been urged to do nothing to damage the new missionaries’...