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|5 December 2008 -:- Latter-day Saints and California Proposition 8. FAIR documents LDS involvement in California’s Proposition 8 campaign and the aftermath of the election.
30 November 2008 -:- Is There a “Priesthood of All Believers”? John Tvedtnes discusses the necessity of priesthood ordination as opposed to authority derived from baptism or profession of belief.
3 September 2008 -:- Reviews of DNA Evidence for Book of Mormon Geography. A collection of FAIR reviews of the DVD presentation published by Rodney Meldrum related to Book of Mormon geography and DNA.
1 September 2008 -:- Mormons and Homosexuality: A Book Review. S. Brent Scharman reviews Dean Byrd’s new book related to homosexuality and the LDS Church.
16 August 2008 -:- The Message of the Joseph Smith Translation: A Walk in the Garden. In this PDF file you’ll find Jeffrey Bradshaw’s 2008 FAIR Conference presentation. Dr. Bradshaw proposes that Joseph Smith’s translation of the Bible, and specifically the book of Moses, served as tutoring for the Prophet in temple covenants.
15 August 2008 -:- Mormon’s Editorial Method and Meta-Message. Brant Gardner’s 2008 FAIR Conference presentation concerning how Mormon compiled the Book of Mormon and how it affects the message we receive from the book.
24 July 2008 -:- The Joseph Smith Papers Project. A short introduction to the ongoing Joseph Smith Papers Project. The first volume of this important project will be published later this year.
30 June 2008 -:- Misguided Zeal and Defense of the Church. Many people have asked FAIR to examine and evaluate a new Book of Mormon evidences DVD, DNA Evidence for Book of Mormon Geography. This is a full-length overview of the DVD, with more detailed information to come later. (A PDF version of the full overview is also available.)
30 June 2008 -:- Misguided Zeal and Defense of the Church (Executive Summary). Many people have asked FAIR to examine and evaluate a new Book of Mormon evidences DVD, DNA Evidence for Book of Mormon Geography. This is a short executive summary of our overview of the DVD, with more detailed information to come later. (A PDF version of the executive summary is also available.)
31 May 2008 -:- Horses in the Book of Mormon. Based on a talk and PowerPoint presentation given to the Book of Mormon Lands Conference, Mike Ash examines different theories concerning horses in the Book of Mormon.
30 April 2008 -:- Will the Real Martin Luther Please Stand Up. John Tvedtness examines several beliefs and teachings of Martin Luther that seem to be more compatible with LDS beliefs than traditional Protestant theology or doctrine.
31 March 2008 -:- Spiritual Experiences as the Basis for Belief and Commitment. Blake Ostler’s 2007 FAIR Conference presentation on “Spiritual Experiences as the Basis for Belief and Commitment” is now online.
29 February 2008 -:- Debating the Foundations of Mormonism: The Book of Mormon and Archaeology. In their 2005 FAIR Conference presentation, John E. Clark, Wade Ardern, and Matthew Roper examine how the Book of Mormon is faring in light of new discoveries.
29 February 2008 -:- Apologetics 101. Wayne Arnett reviews the hows and whys of apologetics in his 2006 FAIR Conference presentation.
29 February 2008 -:- Book of Abraham 201: Papyri, Revelation, and Modern Egyptology. This 2006 FAIR Conference presentation by Mike Ash delves into a range of criticisms against the Book of Abraham.
29 February 2008 -:- A Black Man in Zion: Reflections on Race in the Restored Gospel. In this 2006 FAIR Conference presentation, Marcus H. Martins discusses the problems and progress of blacks in the Church.
29 February 2008 -:- As Far as it is Translated Correctly: The Problem of Tampering with the Word of God in the Transmission and Translation of the New Testament. In his 2007 FAIR Conference presentation, John F. Hall discusses the transmission and exegesis of the New Testament.
18 December 2007 -:- Answers to 50 Anti-Mormon Questions. A handy article on the FAIR wiki that provides quick answers to fifty common anti-Mormon questions.
14 December 2007 -:- MormonFAQ.org Launched. FAIR has launched a resource site for journalists and authors writing about the Church. Solid information from a trusted source!
30 November 2007 -:- The Fallacy of Fundamentalist Assumptions. Blake Ostler compares LDS and orthodox Christian beliefs about God in his 2005 FAIR Conference presentation.
30 November 2007 -:- When Souls Had Wings: What the Western Tradition Has to teach Us About Pre-Existence. Terry Givens discusses extracanonical references and traditions about human premortal existence in his 2007 FAIR Conference presentation.
30 November 2007 -:- Is the Church Archives Closed? In his 2007 FAIR Conference presentation, Steven Olsen reponds to charges that the Church hides damaging information and documents by closing the Church Archives.
31 October 2007 -:- Uncovering a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing? A Brief Review of “Statements of the LDS First Presidency: A Topical Compendium.” A. Dean Byrd and Daniel C. Peterson review this recently published reference work.
30 August 2007 -:- Reviews of “September Dawn.” Take a look at the FAIR wiki for the latest information on the release of this historical exploitation film.
16 July 2007 -:- Review of “No More Goodbyes.” Dr. Dean Byrd reviews “No More Goodbyes” by Carol Lynn Pearson and examines its views on homosexuality from his professional vantage point.
24 March 2007 -:- Jesus Christ/Joseph Smith. FAIR releases a point-by-point response to a new anti-Mormon DVD being released on 25 March 2007.
7 March 2007 -:- Apologetics by the Numbers. In a humorous review of ranting on an ex-Mormon web site, Daniel Peterson examines the powerful arguments and relentless logic of certain critics of the Church.
1 February 2007 -:- The Testimony of Eight. Scott Gordon examines the testimony of the Eight Witnesses to the Book of Mormon.
31 December 2006 -:- Revised or Unaltered? Joseph Smith’s Foundational Stories. Matthew Brown responds to criticism of Joseph Smith’s First Vision and Book of Mormon accounts.
29 November 2006 -:- “O that my voice could reach the ears of those uninformed and misinformed.” Suzanne Armitage provides an introduction for the proceedings of an 1886 women’s conference on polygamy.
30 August 2006 -:- Adam in Ancient Texts and the Restoration. In his 2006 FAIR Conference presentation, Matt Roper examines the ways in which Adam has been viewed in various ancient texts, as well as in the documents of the Restoration.
30 August 2006 -:- DNA and the Book of Mormon. David Stewart, a medical doctor, examines the issues surrounding DNA studies used to condemn the Book of Mormon. Presented at the 2006 FAIR Conference.
30 August 2006 -:- Legal Trials of the Prophet: Joseph Smith’s Life in Court. Joseph had many legal troubles in his lifetime, as documented by Joseph Bentley in this presentation from the 2006 FAIR Conference.
30 August 2006 -:- The Lives of Mormon Women. Claudia Bushman, in this presentation from the 2006 FAIR Conference, discusses women, feminism, and the Church.
30 August 2006 -:- Zina and Her Men: An Examination of the Changing Marital State of Zina Diantha Huntington Jacobs Smith Young. In his 2006 FAIR Conference presentation, Allen Wyatt examined the changes in marital status for Joseph Smith’s first polyandrous wife.
30 June 2006 -:- Christ, The Firstfruits of Theosis. In his 2002 FAIR Conference presentation, Roger Cook looks at the LDS view of theosis in light of ancient Jewish and Christian views.
30 June 2006 -:- Black Latter-day Saints: A Faith-FULL History. In her 2003 FAIR Conference presentation, Margaret Blair Young shares stories of faithful black Latter-day Saints from the early days of the Church.
30 June 2006 -:- The ABCs of the Book of Abraham. During the 2004 FAIR Conference, Michael Ash and Kevin Barney gave a session to help Latter-day Saints understand some of the issues and controversies related to the Book of Abraham.
30 June 2006 -:- The Message and the Messenger: Latter-day Saints and Freemasonry. Greg Kearney discusses the relationship between Freemasonry and the LDS faith in his 2005 FAIR Conference talk.
30 June 2006 -:- A Joseph Smith Miscellany. In his 2005 FAIR Conference presentation, Richard Bushman discusses portions of Joseph Smith’s life that have been traditionally difficult to understand and looks at how these can be understood better from the point of view of the Prophet.
31 May 2006 -:- Changes in the Book of Mormon. In his 2002 FAIR Conference presentation, Royal Skousen relates some fascinating discoveries coming out of the Book of Mormon critical text project.
30 April 2006 -:- The John D. Lee Lead Scroll. Steve Mayfield looks at the lead scroll discovered in 2001 and gives his reasons for considering it a fake.
30 April 2006 -:- Agency vs. Predestination. John A. Tvedtnes responds to the TULIP formula and related beliefs by giving an LDS response based on teachings in the Bible and in latter-day scripture.
31 March 2006 -:- FAIR’s Eighth Annual Conference. Slated for August 3 & 4, 2006, this year’s conference promises to be an exciting time for all.
31 March 2006 -:- FAIR Wiki Announced. Great resources and a chance for all to contribute. Check out the FAIR wiki today!
28 February 2006 -:- Evolution and Latter-day Saint Theology: The Tree of Life and DNA. Trent D. Stephens addressed issues relating to evolution, Adam and Eve, and the Garden of Eden in his 2003 FAIR Conference presentation.
28 February 2006 -:- Autobiographical Notes on My Testimony. In his 2004 FAIR Conference presentation, Daniel C. Peterson discusses how he came to be involved in apologetics and why the Gospel is so important.
2 February 2006 -:- Behind the Mask, Behind the Curtain: Uncovering the Illusion. Brant Gardner’s excellent review of the anti-Mormon video The Bible vs. the Book of Mormon from Living Hope Ministries.
31 January 2006 -:- The Book of Mormon vs. the Critics: Nit-Picking for Fun and Profit. Don Neighbors looks at attacks against the Book of Mormon based on language, grammar, and corrections to the translated text.
31 December 2005 -:- George Q. Cannon and the Apostates. Davis Bitton summarizes President George Q. Cannon’s statements on why people apostatize and how apostates should be viewed.
31 December 2005 -:- Shining New Light on the Mountain Meadows Massacre. In his 2003 FAIR Conference presentation, Gene Sessions discussed the Mountain Meadows Massacre and how the story of the horrific event is often distorted by anti-Mormon authors.
30 November 2005 -:- Polygamy, Prophets, and Prevarication: Frequently and Rarely Asked Questions about the Initiation, Practice, and Cessation of Plural Marriage in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Gregory Smith takes a thorough look at many of the issues relating to polygamy that are used by anti-Mormon critics.
30 November 2005 -:- Education, Scholarship, and Mormonism. Scott Gordon examines various statistics relating to how educational level relates to Church activity and belief.
30 November 2005 -:- The Children of Lehi: DNA and the Book of Mormon. D. Jeffrey Meldrum addresses many of the issues relating to the recent DNA controversy about the Book of Mormon in this presentation at the 2003 FAIR Conference.
31 October 2005 -:- Anti-Mormon protesters at the October 2005 LDS General Conference. See the most recent photo essay of anti-Mormon protesters at General Conference.
31 October 2005 -:- Archaeological Evidence and the Book of Mormon. Michael Ash examines the anti-Mormon criticism about the availability of archaeological evidence supporting the Book of Mormon.
30 September 2005 -:- Do We Have the Potential to become Like God? Michael Fordham identifies Biblical evidence that supports the LDS view of deification.
30 September 2005 -:- Historic Archaeology and the Geographic Imperative. John Tvedtnes examines the role of geography in Biblical archaeology and discusses its importance for Book of Mormon archaeology.
30 September 2005 -:- As Things Stand at the Moment: Responding to Martha Beck’s Leaving the Saints. Boyd Petersen gave the 2005 FAIR Conference attendees an update on some issues surrounding Beck’s book.
31 August 2005 -:- What I Learned about Life, the Church, and the Cosmos from Hugh Nibley. Boyd Petersen shares life’s lessons learned through the life of Hugh Nibley, from the 2005 FAIR Conference.
31 August 2005 -:- Reflections on Secular Anti-Mormonism. Daniel Peterson’s 2005 FAIR Conference presentation looks at the new wave of anti-Mormonism that is currently most popular with antagonistic critics.
31 August 2005 -:- ‘Believest thou…?’: Faith, Cognitive Dissonance, and the Psychology of Religious Experience. Wendy Ulrich presents a profound look at how we use our emotional, intellectual, and spiritual experiences to build our faith in God. (From the 2005 FAIR Conference.)
31 July 2005 -:- Miraculous Events in Early Church History. David Ferguson recounts a number of miracles, fulfilled prophecies, and “marvelous events” in LDS Church history.
31 July 2005 -:- Explaining Away the Book of Mormon Witnesses. Richard Lloyd Anderson discusses the strength and consistency of the Book of Mormon witnesses and responds to common criticisms of their testimonies. (2004 FAIR Conference presentation.)
31 July 2005 -:- The Apostasy. Roger Keller explains the apostacy as the loss of authority in the Church and analyzes some misconceptions some Latter-day Saints hold about God’s work outside the Church. (2004 FAIR Conference presentation.)
31 July 2005 -:- The God of Abraham, Isaac and Joseph Smith: Defending the Faith. David L. Paulsen looks at the LDS view of diety relative to other Christian faiths and in light of some early Christian statements on the issue. (2004 FAIR Conference presentation.)
14 July 2005 -:- A Slippery Slope that Limits the Atonement. A frank and compelling review of In Quiet Desperation: Understanding The Challenge Of Same-gender Attraction.
30 June 2005 -:- Steel in the Book of Mormon. William Hamblin responds to the frequent anti-Mormon complain about references to steel in the Book of Mormon.
30 June 2005 -:- Families and Anti-Mormon Issues. A response by Allen Wyatt to a reader who asks how to integrate apologetics into his family and church relationships.
31 May 2005 -:- The King Follett Discourse in the Light of Ancient and Medieval Jewish and Christian Beliefs. In this transcript of his 2004 FAIR Conference presentation, John Tvedtnes looks at the King Follett discourse in light of ancient Jewish and Christian texts.
31 May 2005 -:- Answering Shotgun Anti-Mormonism. Allen Wyatt, in this “Ask the Apologist” column, explains how to deal with friends who present you with a cornucopia of anti-Mormon materials all at once.
30 April 2005 -:- Historical or Hysterical: Anti-Mormons and Documentary Sources. Matthew Brown demonstrates how anti-Mormon attacks on Joseph Smith are contradicted by the historical evidence.
30 April 2005 -:- The Grace of Apologetics. In his 2003 FAIR Conference presentation, Roger Keller spoke on how it is important to look beyond apologetics to dialog, teaching, and true missionary work.
31 March 2005 -:- The Place of Mormon Women: Perceptions, Prozac, Polygamy, Priesthood, Patriarchy, and Peace. In her 2004 FAIR Conference presentation, Andrea G. Radke discusses common stereotypes of LDS women and how these misconceptions are not supported in actual studies.
31 March 2005 -:- Jesus: Lord of the Old Testament. David Ferguson shows the extensive scriptural support for the LDS belief that Jesus Christ is the God of the Old Testament.
31 March 2005 -:- The Case for Historicity: Discerning the Book of Mormon’s Production Culture. Brant A. Gardner looks into the historicity of the Book of Mormon by separating the production culture into its original and translation layers.
15 March 2005 -:- Response to Leaving the Saints. Hugh Nibley’s son-in-law and official biographer, Boyd Petersen, responds to Martha Beck’s Leaving the Saints.
27 February 2005 -:- Fantastic Fiction. Tom Kimball reviews Martha Beck’s latest book, Leaving the Saints.
27 February 2005 -:- Loss and Sadness Among the Saints. Allen Wyatt provides an in-depth review of the inconsistencies and inaccuracies in Leaving the Saints.
27 February 2005 -:- Leaving the Saints or Leaving Reality? Scott Gordon takes a look at Martha Beck’s new book, as well as some of the hoop-la surrounding its release.
27 February 2005 -:- Dealing with Demographics. Tim Heaton’s 2002 FAIR Conference presentation, focusing on demographics and the Church, is now available.
27 February 2005 -:- Monotheism, Messiah, and Mormon’s Book. Brant Gardner’s 2003 FAIR Conference examines monotheism in Israelite theology during Old Testament times.
31 January 2005 -:- Nephi’s Neighbors: Book of Mormon Peoples and Pre-Columbian Populations. Matthew Roper evaluates the evidence and arguments critics use to reject the presence of non-Lehites in the New World.
23 December 2004 -:- Rejection of Priesthood Leaders as a Cause of the Great Apostasy. John A. Tvedtnes argues that the primary cause of the Great Apostasy was not the Hellenization of doctrine or the introduction of corrupt practices, but rather the rejection of authorized Church leaders.
23 December 2004 -:- Is God Only a Spirit? John A. Tvedtnes looks at the scriptural and extra-canonical evidences that support the LDS interpretation of John 4:24.
30 November 2004 -:- Did B.H. Roberts Abandon His Faith in the Book of Mormon? McKay V. Jones exposes the erroneous assertion by anti-Mormon critics that B. H. Roberts, General Authority and scholar, lost his testimony of the Book of Mormon.
30 November 2004 -:- Did Brigham Young Say that He Would Kill an Adulterous Wife with a Javelin? Mike Parker examines Brigham Young’s often-quoted statement to show how anti-Mormons have pulled it out of its original context and ignored its biblical reference.
30 November 2004 -:- Ask the Apologist: Why Did Joseph Smith Choose the Wording He Did in the Joseph Smith Translation? Kevin Barney responds, with particular emphasis on the various renditions of Matthew 6:13.
31 October 2004 -:- Old Themes and Stereotypes Never Die: The Unchanging Ways of Anti-Mormons. Craig Foster’s 2003 FAIR Conference presentation discusses how lurid, anti-Mormon literature follows the historical patterns for other similar street literature, and modern anti-Mormon writers have continued in the same vein.
31 October 2004 -:- Anti-Mormon protesters at the October 2004 LDS General Conference. Once again, Allen Wyatt has put together a collection of pictures taken at General Conference, with responses to the issues raised by the protesters.
30 September 2004 -:- Where Did Book of Mormon Events Take Place? Michael Ash has added a new brochure to the FAIR library that summarizes the case in favor of assuming Book of Mormon events occurred in Mesoamerica.
30 September 2004 -:- Were the Lehites Alone in the Americas? In another FAIR brochure, Michael Ash gives evidence that the Lehites were a small part of a pre-existing cultural mix.
30 September 2004 -:- Who Are the Lamanites? In this FAIR brochure, Michael Ash looks at how the Book of Mormon term “Lamanite” is used to describe different groups of non-Nephites.
30 September 2004 -:- Is an Historical Book of Mormon Incompatible with DNA Science? Michael Ash has produced yet another FAIR brochure, this one summarizing the flaws in claims that recent DNA evidence shows the Book of Mormon to be non-historical.
30 September 2004 -:- A Summary of Five Reviews of Grant Palmer’s “An Insider’s View of Mormon Origins” (with a Few Comments of My Own). George Cobabe summarizes five reviews from FARMS Review volumes 15 and 16, each dealing with a different aspect of Palmer’s attack on the divine origins of the restored Gospel.
31 August 2004 -:- Ask the Apologist: How Does One Explain Similarities between Masonic and Temple Ritual? Greg Kearney responds to a questions about an anti-Mormon website comparing the LDS temple endowment to Masonic ceremonies.
31 August 2004 -:- Negative Questions in the Book of Mormon. Negative Questions in the Book of Mormon. Ben Spackman looks at the presence of a specific Hebraism, negative rhetorical questions, in the Book of Mormon.
31 August 2004 -:- Adding Up the Book of Mormon Peoples. Steven Danderson responds to the common anti-Mormon attack that argues that the population sizes reported in the Book of Mormon are unrealistic given the size of the Lehi’s family and the chronology of the Book of Mormon.
31 August 2004 -:- How to Debunk a Fake News Story. Greg Kearney describes the process he used to determine that a recently circulating news release targetted at Latter-day Saints is really a hoax.
31 August 2004 -:- Ask the Apologist: By Grace Alone? Michael Fordham responds to a website visitor’s questions about the roles of grace, faith, and works in salvation.
22 August 2004 -:- Born That Way? Facts and Fiction about Homosexuality. Researcher, scholar, and medical expert A. Dean Byrd examines common myth and reality concerning homosexuality. This was a presentation at the 2004 FAIR Conference.
20 August 2004 -:- I Don’t Have a Testimony of the History of the Church. Historian Davis Bitton, in this presentation from the 2004 FAIR Conference, examines the proper place of history in the Church.
31 July 2004 -:- DNA and the Book of Mormon. David Stewart, a medical doctor, take a fresh look at the issues raised by critics regarding DNA and the Book of Mormon.
30 June 2004 -:- The Charge of “Racism” in the Book of Mormon. In his 2003 FAIR Conference presentation, John Tvedtnes examines the accusation that the Book of Mormon contains racist ideology and comments.
30 June 2004 -:- Accusations Against the Articles of Faith. Matthew B. Brown looks at four common attacks made against the Articles of Faith. This handy brochure is great for printing and passing out to others.
30 June 2004 -:- Random Reflections on the Passing Scene. In this transcript of Dan Peterson’s 2003 FAIR Conference presentation, Peterson looks at recent events and trends in anti-Mormon treatment of the LDS Church.
30 May 2004 -:- The Tanners on the Hereafter: A Case Study in ‘Studied Ignorance.’ Barry Bickmore examines one chapter of the Tanners’ magnum opus, “Mormonism–Shadow or Reality,” and finds that a grossly flawed methodology and approach has produced only a caricature of Latter-day Saint beliefs.
30 May 2004 -:- Is the Bible Complete? A simple brochure you can use to respond to questions or concerns about the LDS acceptance of extra-Biblical scripture.
30 May 2004 -:- Ask the Apologist. Ben McGuire responds to a query about the Kinderhook plates and Joseph Smith’s supposed translation.
30 April 2004 -:- The 1826 Trial of Joseph Smith. In his 2002 FAIR Conference presentation, Russell Anderson responds to critics who attempt to use the 1826 “trial” to impugn the reputation and character of Joseph Smith.
30 April 2004 -:- The Protean Joseph Smith. Dan Peterson looks at the history of the theories of how the Book of Mormon came to be. In this 2002 FAIR Conference presentation, Peterson concludes that nothing the critics have offered is as believable as Joseph Smith’s own explanation.
17 April 2004 -:- Anti-Mormons gather at the 2004 Mesa Easter Pageant. A photo essay of anti-Mormon efforts and street preachers at the annual Mesa Easter Pageant, outside the Mesa Arizona Temple.
17 April 2004 -:- Anti-Mormon Protesters at the April 2004 General Conference. A photo essay of some of the claims made by anti-Mormons protesting at General Conference.
29 March 2004 -:- Hard Questions and Keeping the Faith. In this FAIR Paper, Michael Ash gives an excellent explanation for why responses to Church critics are needed, and when and how such responses should be made. In addition to providing the rationale for apologetics, Ash gives some excellent “how tos” and points to resources available to people needed to search out or create intelligent responses to our critics.
29 March 2004 -:- Problems with One Nation under Gods. When Richard Abanes released his anti-Mormon book, One Nation under Gods, it became immediately apparent that there were numerous, serious problems with the references and footnotes. In this article, Michele Ladouceur points out one such problem with Abanes’ use of a 1961 quote from Elder Levi Edgar Young.
29 March 2004 -:- Dispelling the Black Myth. As a black Latter-day Saint and former anti-Mormon, Olson has a unique perspective on the issues relating to black members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In her humor-laced, 2002 FAIR Conference presentation, Olson educated attendees on the history of the priesthood ban, race issues that still exist in the Church, and ideas of how and where we should go from here.
29 March 2004 -:- Ask the Apologist: Satan and Lucifer. A FAIR website visitor recently challenged Joseph Smith’s prophetic calling based on the way he used the terms Satan and Lucifer. In this article Ben McGuire addresses the entire concept of Lucifer as a title, as well as Satan.
29 February 2004 -:- The Krakauer Journal. Thoughts and observations written, journal style, while reading Jon Krakauer’s 2003 best-selling book, Under the Banner of Heaven.
29 February 2004 -:- Is Baptism Essential for Salvation? An examination of New Testament support for baptism as an essential component of conversion and joining the ancient Christian Church.
29 February 2004 -:- Biblical Condemnations of Homosexual Conduct. A FAIR Paper that examines both biblical and extra-biblical sources and what they have to say about homosexual behavior.
29 February 2004 -:- Letter from a Youth Pastor: Four LDS Responses to Frequently Asked Questions. The FAIR Website frequently draws people seeking answers to specific questions. See how four FAIR volunteers responded to a query from a Presbyterian youth director.
31 January 2004 -:- FAIR’s Top 25 Articles for 2003. An analysis of the top 25 articles referenced on the FAIR Web site during 2003.
24 December 2003 -:- The White Horse Prophecy. The authenticity and interpretation of the so-called White Horse Prophecy has been eagerly debated since it was first reported in the mid 1850s. You can read George Cobabe’s analysis of this reported prophecy in a new FAIR paper.
24 December 2003 -:- Restoring the Ancient Church: Joseph Smith and Early Christianity. Barry Bickmore’s 1999 book can now be read online on the FAIR Website.
24 November 2003 -:- Defending the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Announcing a handy new reference guide written by Wayne Arnett. This book is great for use by apologists and anyone affected by anti-Mormon materials.
24 November 2003 -:- Anti-Mormons at Temple Square A cartoonist weighs in with his assessment of street preachers and their activity around Temple Square in recent years.
24 November 2003 -:- Feeding the Multitudes: Being Fishers of Men You can now read a transcript of Ross Baron’s popular 2001 FAIR presentation.
24 November 2003 -:- The Gadianton Robbers in Mormon’s Theological History: Their Structural Role and Plausible Identification This 2002 FAIR Conference presentation by Brant Gardner provided great insight into the probable Mesoamerican setting for the Book of Mormon.
24 November 2003 -:- The Mistakes of Men: Can the Scriptures be Error-Free? LDS critics are quick to point out “problems” in the Book of Mormon. In this 2002 FAIR Conference presentation, John Tvedtnes examines how those same types of problems exist in the Bible, as well.
23 October 2003 -:- Anti-Mormon Activity at October 2003 General Conference A photo essay of some of the claims made by anti-Mormons protesting at General Conference.
23 October 2003 -:- Without the Walls of Temple Square A first-hand account of anti-Mormon activitiy at the April 2003 General Conference, from the perspective of a sister missionary.
23 October 2003 -:- Why We Should Love the Street Preachers Reflections on activies by the ‘Street Preachers’ at the October 2003 General Conference.
23 October 2003 -:- How About Tolerance for All? Popular columnist and radio personality Bob Lonsberry weighs in on the behavior of the protesters at General Conference.
23 October 2003 -:- A New FAIR-Sponsored Web Site FAIR is sponsoring a new Web site designed to dispell myths related to blacks and the LDS Church.
23 October 2003 -:- Dealing with Difficult Issues When faced with new information that we don’t understand, we can feel that our faith is challenged and our testimony shaken. How can we deal with such ‘earth shaking’ moments in our lives?
23 October 2003 -:- Homosexuality and the Church of Jesus Christ An honest, forthright look at an intensely personal and very timely issue.
23 October 2003 -:- DNA and the Book of Mormon A very apt cartoon draws attention to the double-edged sword presented by criticisms of the Book of Mormon based on DNA studies.
29 September 2003 -:- An Imperfect History: A Review of The Mysteries of Godliness. Ben Spackman reviews a book that attempts to create a history of temple worship among the LDS.
29 September 2003 -:- The LDS Church and the Race Issue: A Study in Misplaced Apologetics. It has been twenty-five years since the 1978 revelation that extended the priesthood to all worthy males. In this 2003 FAIR Conference presentation by Armand Mauss, the apologetics of the race issue are effectively addressed.
29 September 2003 -:- A Tale of Two Marriage Systems: Perspectives On Polyandry and Joseph Smith. In this FAIR paper, Sam Katich examines the controversial marriages between Joseph Smith and women who were already married to other men at the time.
29 September 2003 -:- Take Heed That Ye Be Not Deceived. A classic LDS apologetics book makes its debut on the FAIR Web site.
29 September 2003 -:- Spotting an Anti-Mormon Book. How can you identify whether books, pamphlets, and articles that discuss the Church are anti-Mormon?
1 September 2003 -:- Radio West: FAIR on the Air. MP3 audio of 18 August 2003 Radio West program featuring Kevin Barney, Lance Starr, and Scott Gordon.
25 August 2003 -:- The Church’s Portrayal of Brigham Young. In an effort to prove that the Church whitewashes its history, critics jumped on the 1998 release of the instruction manual for priesthood and Relief Society classes. What is all the fuss about, and do the critics have a point here?
25 August 2003 -:- The Impact of Mormon Critics on LDS Scholarship. Mike Ash presents an examination of what effect the critics have had on the Church in general and apologetics in particular.
16 August 2003 -:- Their “Little Corner of Cyberspace.” Is tolerance really a guiding practice at the Recovery from Mormonism message boards?
2 August 2003 -:- Lucifer, the Brother of Jesus?. Do the LDS really believe that Lucifer and Jesus are brothers? This is a short one-page (two sided) brochure you can print out for your friends with questions.
28 July 2003 -:- Conference Presentations Online. All of the available past conference proceedings are now in one place. Check out this great resource.
14 July 2003 -:- Faulty History: A Review of Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith. LDS Church Historian Richard E. Turley, Jr., reviews Jon Krakauer’s new book that takes great liberties with LDS history.
26 June 2003 -:- Looking Through the Gates of Hell: Examining a Curious Linguistic Claim. Ed Decker claims that the word “Mormon,” in Chinese, means “gates of hell.” Author Steve Willoughby examines this claim and presents the truth.
26 June 2003 -:- The Corruption of Scripture in the Second Century. When were “plain and precious things” removed from scripture? John Gee presents an analysis of events in the second century A.D. helps to answer the question.
26 June 2003 -:- Up in Smoke: A Response to the Tanners’ Criticism of the Word of Wisdom. Do the Tanners’ criticisms of the Word of Wisdom hold up under scrutiny? This in-depth analysis by Michael Ash answers the question once and for all.
26 June 2003 -:- Right On Target: Boomerang Hits and the Book of Mormon. A great presentation by Matthew Roper that focuses on evidences first thought to disprove the Book of Mormon, but later serve to prove its truth.
29 May 2003 -:- Was Joseph Smith a Martyr or a Murderer? In this FAIR Paper, author Lance Starr examines an old anti-Mormon chestnut that Joseph Smith does not fit the definition of “martyr” because he did not die submissively.
29 May 2003 -:- A Social History of the Early Nephites. Learn about striking similarities between events in the Book of Mormon and during the same timeframe in Central America.
29 May 2003 -:- The Book of Mormon and the Fulness of the Gospel. How can the Book of Mormon “contain the fulness of the gospel” if there are important LDS doctrines that are not mentioned in it?
29 May 2003 -:- A Message of Friendship: Muslims and Latter-day Saints. Author David Stewart examines the many points that Muslims and LDS have in common in this FAIR Paper.
28 April 2003 -:- Critics in Wonderland: Through the Liberal Looking Glass. Author Juliann Reynolds examines the ironic way the term “liberal” has been co-opted by LDS dissidents.
28 April 2003 -:- Naturalistic Terms: Some Reflections on a Motto and Type of Historical Explanation. Originally presented at the 2001 FAIR Conference, this article by Louis Midgley examines the roots of the “New Mormon History” movement.
28 April 2003 -:- An Introduction to LDS Apologetics. A video recording of a fireside presented by Kevin Barney on the topic of apologetics.
28 April 2003 -:- Anti-Mormon Protesters at the April 2003 LDS General Conference. A photo essay of those who actively oppose the work of the Church. Includes three video clips of protesters in action.
28 April 2003 -:- Anti-Mormon Efforts at the 2003 Mesa Easter Pageant. A photo essay of anti-Mormon efforts at the annual Mesa Easter Pageant, outside the Mesa Arizona Temple.
28 April 2003 -:- Book of Mormon Anachronisms Part 1: Fauna, Animals. A short, pass-along brochure that addresses claims of anachronisms in the Book of Mormon. This brochure looks at anachronisms related to animals.
28 April 2003 -:- Book of Mormon Anachronisms Part 2: Flora and Textiles. A short, pass-along brochure that addresses claims of anachronisms in the Book of Mormon. This brochure looks at anachronisms related to plants and textiles.
28 April 2003 -:- Book of Mormon Anachronisms Part 3: Warfare. A short, pass-along brochure that addresses claims of anachronisms in the Book of Mormon. This brochure looks at anachronisms related to warfare and implements of war.
28 April 2003 -:- Book of Mormon Anachronisms Part 4: Metals and Metallurgy. A short, pass-along brochure that addresses claims of anachronisms in the Book of Mormon. This brochure looks at anachronisms related to the use of metals in the Book of Mormon.
28 April 2003 -:- Book of Mormon Anachronisms Part 5: Christianity in the pre-Christian Book of Mormon. A short, pass-along brochure that addresses claims of anachronisms in the Book of Mormon. This brochure looks at anachronisms related to how Christian concepts and terminology could appear in the Book of Mormon at a time before Christ was born.
28 April 2003 -:- Book of Mormon Anachronisms Part 6: Compass, Coins, and Other Miscellaneous. A short, pass-along brochure that addresses claims of anachronisms in the Book of Mormon. This brochure looks at a few miscellaneous anachronisms.
26 March 2003 -:- An Early Anti-Mormon Prediction. Author Matthew B. Brown examines the prophetic ability of early anti-Mormons.
26 March 2003 -:- Baptism for the Dead: The Coptic Rationale. This study was presented by John A. Tvedtnes at an international non-LDS scholarly conference in 1983, where it was warmly received.
26 March 2003 -:- The First Vision. Critics often complain that the First Vision couldn’t be true because there were multiple versions of it. An examination of this popular chestnut in a short pass-along brochure.
26 March 2003 -:- Book of Mormon Witnesses, Part 1: Motives. Critics often dismiss the first-hand testimonies of Book of Mormon witnesses by questioning their motives. A short pass-along brochure.
26 March 2003 -:- Book of Mormon Witnesses, Part 2: Oliver Cowdery. Because Oliver Cowdery had a falling out with Joseph Smith and left the Church for a time, should his testimony of the Book of Mormon be suspect? A short pass-along brochure.
26 March 2003 -:- Book of Mormon Witnesses, Part 3: Martin Harris. Martin Harris, a witness to the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon, has been maligned and dismissed by critics. What is the real story? A short pass-along brochure.
26 March 2003 -:- Book of Mormon Witnesses, Part 4: David Whitmer. David Whitmer left the Church and never rejoined. Did he recant his testimony of the Book of Mormon? A short pass-along brochure.
26 March 2003 -:- What is Official LDS Doctrine? How can someone determine what really qualifies as binding LDS doctrine? A short pass-along brochure.
26 March 2003 -:- Can Temple Ceremonies Change? Should we expect that ceremonies in LDS temples will never change? An examination of the facts.
25 February 2003 -:- A Brief Review of Murphy and Southerton’s “Galileo Event.” A review of an article on DNA and the Book of Mormon that appeared in Anthropology News.
25 February 2003 -:- The Impact of LDS Temples on Local Property Values. In this FAIR Paper, author Steven Danderson examines whether the presence of an LDS temple in a community lowers surrounding residential property values.
25 February 2003 -:- Archaeology and the Book of Mormon. A short pass-along brochure that addresses the major criticisms of the Book of Mormon from an archaeological perspective.
25 February 2003 -:- Solomon Spaulding and the Book of Mormon. Did Joseph Smith plagiarize the writings of Solomon Spaulding to produce the Book of Mormon?
25 February 2003 -:- The Word of Wisdom, Caffeine, and Hypocrisy. Since Mormons won’t drink caffeinated beverages like coffee and tea, is it hypocritical that they eat chocolate and drink hot chocolate, colas, and other sources of caffeine?
20 January 2003 -:- The Tempest in a Teapot: DNA Studies and the Book of Mormon A review of what DNA studies can and, more importantly, cannot tell us about the Book of Mormon.
20 January 2003 -:- The Nature of Prophets and Prophecy How should we evaluate prophets? An excellent analysis of the topic of author John Tvedtnes.
20 January 2003 -:- Reconsidering Psalms 82:6: Judges or Gods? A Proposal An answer to Bill McKeever’s criticism of LDS interpretations of Psalms 82:6 and John 10. Author Ben McGuire examines the concept of whether the psalmist and Jesus Himself believed men can become gods.
20 January 2003 -:- Celebrating the Sabbath on Saturday Why don’t Latter-day Saints celebrate the Sabbath on Saturday like they did in the Bible? Marc Schindler examines the roots of celebrating the Lord’s Day on Sunday.
20 January 2003 -:- Did the Lord Reject the Fig Leaf Worn By Adam and Eve? A look at whether the LDS practice of wearing an apron in the temple is based on an act rejected by God.
28 December 2002 -:- Review of One Nation under Gods An examination of a new anti-Mormon book written by journalist Richard Abanes.
24 December 2002 -:- DNA and the Book of Mormon A free on-line video of Dr. Scott Woodward’s presentation at the 2001 FAIR Conference.
19 December 2002 -:- Motivation, Behavior, and Dissension An in-depth analysis of the motivation behind the news coverage concerning dissident LDS scholar Tom Murphy. In this FAIR Paper, author Allen Wyatt examines the public record and uncovers what really went on behind the scenes.
19 December 2002 -:- Mormon Missionaries, the Vatican, and Respect Does the LDS Church encourage disrespectful behavior by its missionaries at sacred sites of other religions?
19 December 2002 -:- Did Earlier LDS Leaders Understand the First Vision? Examining charges, originating with the Tanners, that early LDS leaders didn’t feel Joseph Smith was visited by the Father and Son in the First Vision.
19 December 2002 -:- FAIR’s 2002 Christmas Message.
24 November 2002 -:- Blacks and the Priesthood A talk presented by Marvin Perkins on September 8, 2002, in Los Angeles.
22 November 2002 -:- How Many Articles of Faith? Has the Church changed the number of Articles of Faith, thereby watering them down? Some anti-Mormons think so. This article examines the true history behind the Articles of Faith.
20 November 2002 -:- Does Mormonism Attack Christianity? Some anti-Mormons believe that the work they do is in response to a “first attack” on traditional Christianity by Joseph Smith. In this FAIR Paper, author Mike Ash examines the evidence for such a belief.
14 November 2002 -:- Celsus and Modern Anti-Mormonism. In this enlightening FAIR Paper, author Aaron Christensen examines how the tactics of modern anti-Mormons are not new. Indeed, they were used by anti-Christians shortly after the Apostolic period.
25 October 2002 -:- Moral Obligation and Mormonism: A Response to Francis Beckwith. Blake Ostler reviews Francis Beckwith’s contribution to The New Mormon Challenge. A fascinating examination of the question of ethical systems and God.
22 October 2002 -:- Salvation by Grace Alone? Using the Bible as a source, author John Tvedtnes examines the relationship between grace, faith, works, repentance, and baptism.
22 October 2002 -:- Did Lehi Use Egyptian? A minor criticism of the Book of Mormon is that no believing Jew, circa 600 B.C., would have used Egyptian to write anything–let alone a spiritual record! Author Ben McGuire examines the facts–biblical and secular–concerning Egyptian use in the seventh century B.C. in this FAIR Paper.
22 October 2002 -:- Anti-Mormons at Temple Square. A photo essay by Allen Wyatt concerning some of the “Christian” protesters at October General Conference.
22 October 2002 -:- Blind Faith and the LDS. Do Mormons blindly follow their leaders and simply do what they’re told? A thoughtful response using the words of LDS leaders.
22 October 2002 -:- Ross Baron Presentation. Ross Baron, an Institute of Religion Director from southern California, delivered a presentation at the 2001 FAIR conference reporting on and describing a Community Fireside implemented in a southern California Stake. See and hear Ross’ presentation for free.
23 September 2002 -:- The Truth About “The God Makers.” This classic LDS apologetic book is now available online. Written by Gilbert Scharrfs, the book critiques the anti-Mormon film, “The God Makers,” line by line. There is a HUGE amount of apologetic information here.
23 September 2002 -:- Must All Apostles Literally See Christ? An examination of an anti-Mormon argument that asserts that all apostles, to be such, must have a personal visitation from Christ.
4 September 2002 -:- Too Good To Be True: Questionable Archaeology and the Book of Mormon. This FAIR Paper, written by Brant Gardner, examines questionable scholarship and claims concerning the Michigan Mounds Artifacts and the Padilla plates.
21 August 2002 -:- Joseph Smith’s History Confirmed. This FAIR Paper, written by Craig Ray, discusses evidence that supports various of Joseph Smith’s claims concerning the First Vision.
21 August 2002 -:- The Bible and the Book of Mormon. Alma Allred takes an in-depth look at the verses in the Book of Mormon that sound like verses from the King James Version of the Bible.
21 August 2002 -:- Mormons–Can They Be Considered Christians? An examination of claims made by the Christian Research Institute (CRI) concerning the Christianity of the LDS. Written by Cooper Johnson.
21 August 2002 -:- What About the Holy Ghost? If it is one of the principles of LDS faith that embodiment is a necessary phase in exaltation to godhood, how is it that the Holy Ghost has apparently bypassed this phase? An examination of LDS doctrine and beliefs.
12 August 2002 -:- The Lost Book of Abraham: Investigating a Remarkable Anti-Mormon Claim. This FAIR Paper, written by Ben McGuire, presents a review of a new anti-Mormon film entitled The Lost Book of Abraham: Investigating a Remarkable Mormon Claim.
20 July 2002 -:- Past Issues of The FAIR Journal. All past issues of The FAIR Journal are now available for your reading pleasure.
20 July 2002 -:- A Contradiction Between Jacob 2:24 and D&C 132:39. If you listen to some LDS critics, you might believe that there is a contradiction between Jacob 2:24 and D&C 132:39. Do these scriptures refute or support the practice of polygamy?
7 July 2002 -:- Review of The New Mormon Challenge. Reviews and responses to essays appearing in The New Mormon Challenge.
5 July 2002 -:- Inverted Stars on LDS Temples. The next time someone claims that inverted stars on LDS temples are sure signs that Mormonism is Satanic, you can now set them straight. In this FAIR Paper, Matthew B. Brown discusses the historic Christian use of inverted stars.
18 June 2002 -:- Arabia and the Book of Mormon. Cooper Johnson takes a look at Dr. S. Kent Brown’s 2001 FAIR Conference presentation on Book of Mormon evidences discovered in the Arabian Peninsula.
18 June 2002 -:- What Is the Meaning of the Word Nauvoo? Some LDS critics have contended that the word ‘Nauvoo’ does not have a Hebrew origin, as Joseph Smith stated. Kevin Barney explains the truth, and even shows a page from the grammar used to teach Hebrew to Joseph Smith.
21 May 2002 -:- The Source of The Book Of Mormon: A Look at Alternative Explanations. During the 2001 FAIR Conference, Dr. Daniel Peterson examined alternative explanations for the coming forth of the Book of Mormon. J. Cooper Johnson takes a fascinating look at Dr. Peterson’s presentation.
19 Apr 2002 -:- To Add To or To Take From. Critics claim that the Book of Mormon is an attempt to “add to or take from” the scriptures contained in the Bible. A FAIR Paper written by Scott Gordon, President of FAIR.
19 Apr 2002 -:- Does the Bible Claim to Be “Inerrant?” An examination of claims that the Bible is without error. A FAIR Paper written by acclaimed author Barry R. Bickmore.
30 Mar 2002 -:- Doesn’t Matthew 22:23-30 Contradict the LDS Doctrine of Eternal Marriage? Anti-Mormons often claim that Jesus himself states that there is no such thing as eternal marriage. A one-page brochure, great for giving to others, examines this claim.
21 Mar 2002 -:- DNA and the Book of Mormon. During the 2001 FAIR Conference, Dr. Scott Woodward made a fascinating presentation on the state of DNA research in regard to determining ancient populations, particularly in regard to Book of Mormon research. This article, written by Cooper Johnson, is an excellent overview of Dr. Woodward’s presentation.
10 Mar 2002 -:- Does President Gordon B. Hinckley Understand LDS Doctrine? In 1997 President Hinckley gave an interview with Time magazine, and critics have complained about an answer he gave. A closer examination of the facts indicates a very different conclusion about the prophet.
09 Mar 2002 -:- Are Anti-Mormons Christian? An examination of the tactics and motivations of anti-Mormons.
09 Mar 2002 -:- What is FAIR, and Why Are You Apologizing? What is the purpose of FAIR and apologetics in general? A one-page brochure that can be easily distributed to others.
09 Mar 2002 -:- Tract Misrepresents LDS Stance Regarding Blacks. A review of one tract passed out at Temple Square during the 2002 Winter Olympics.
27 Feb 2002 -:- Anti-Mormon Efforts at the 2002 Winter Olympics. A visual sampling of anti-Mormon efforts outside Temple Square during the Olympics.
26 Feb 2002 -:- Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Teach that God Had Sex with Mary? The first in a series of one-page brochures on common anti-Mormon claims.
21 Feb 2002 -:- 2002 FAIR Conference Announced. Date, time, and place of the 2002 FAIR Conference announced. Space is limited; plan now to attend.
08 Feb 2002 -:- When the Prophet Speaks, Is the Thinking Done? An examination of an often-used criticism of the Church that is used to label LDS with blind obedience.
28 Jan 2002 -:- ‘The Seer:’ Reliable Source? A quick look at the validity of The Seer as a source of LDS doctrine. Author Lance Starr examines why so many anti-Mormons quote this publication.
14 Jan 2002 -:- Hebrew Names in the Book of Mormon. A new FAIR Paper by John A. Tvedtnes discusses the Hebraic roots of some of the names used in the Book of Mormon. This paper was first presented in Jerusalem, August 2001, at the Thirteenth World Congress of Jewish Studies.
17 Dec 2001 -:- They Lie In Wait to Deceive, Volume 2. You can now download Volume 2 of this apologetics classic for free!
30 Nov 2001 -:- Doctrinal Trends in Early Christianity and the Strength of the Mormon Position. First presented as a FARMS brown-bag seminar, this FAIR Paper by Barry Bickmore examines the shifting nature of doctrines in the early Christian Church.
30 Nov 2001 -:- Does the Book of Mormon Teach Mainstream Trinitarianism or Modalism? Barry Bickmore’s new FAIR Paper examines whether the Book of Mormon’s teachings about the Godhead can be classified as trinitarianism or modalism.
28 Nov 2001 -:- Apologetics Index Launched Find apologetics information quickly. Click on the Apologetics Index link at left side of any FAIR Web page
20 Nov 2001 -:- Are Latter-day Saints Christian? A new FAIR Paper by Michael Hickenbotham addresses this recurring question.
04 Aug 2001 -:- What do non-LDS Christian clergy think of Mormons? Find out in this fascinating survey recently conducted in California and Utah.