A Visit with a Mormon Apologist
Mike Ash will be my guest to discuss his new book: Shaken Faith Syndrome: Strengthening One's Testimony in the Face of Criticism and Doubt. His approach is the presentation of source material and logic to answer, from a faith promoting perspective, many issues which lead some to doubt their LDS faith. He deals with such topics as: Revelation, prophets, scripture and historical issues. Some of the specifics include, changes in scripture, response to the insistence that prophets must be infallible and omniscient, challenges to Book of Mormon histority and similar challenges to the Book of Abraham, the first vision issues and many others.
Major Issues which trouble LDS who study points raised by critics.
Polygamy Godhead Book of Mormon historicity Book of Abraham historicity Differences in First Vision accounts Differences between scientists and some events in our scripture
LDS attitudes which lead to doubts
Belief that the Church and its leaders are infallible LDS in their testimonies declare that they know, rather than that they believe
Positions which dispell many arguments of critics
Prophets are not infallible Prophets are not omniscientThe Church is not perfect Scriptures are not perfect There is much to learn about God, salvation, mysteries which will not be learned in this life LDS prophets have differed in their beliefs on various doctrinal points God gives revelations which are unexpected Belief that parts of scripture are not to be taken literally There is very little mandatory doctrine Recognition of the shotgun approach of many critics
The Church does not believe in civil rights A caller claimed that my guest and I are cultural Mormons who believe that the Church and its leaders are infallible. He claimed I am a liberal. I declared that he was correct; that I am a disciple of Joseph Smith, and by virtue of my belief in his teachings, I am a liberal. Literal interpretation of Noah's Flood
Discussion of a panel at the Sunstone Symposium which reviewed Mike Ash's book
Discussion of the recent FAIR Conference and the FAIR organization
This is the 17 August 2008 episode of the Mormon Miscellaneous Worldwide Talk Show, now in its 29th year.
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