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William Matis replied to D.O.S's discussion New Testament as proof (of anything) of Historical figures/events in the group Scriptural Criticism
"I don't think it's so much that they're taking the texts at face value, more they are trying to figure out what are the actual teachings of Jesus and what were later additions. Many argue that Jesus was real and there's a…"
May 31, 2013
William Matis commented on Michelle's group Ex-Mormon Atheists
"Debra, yes, Stuart Matis was my brother."
May 31, 2013
William Matis commented on Michelle's group Ex-Mormon Atheists
"I totally agree Annie. I would often hear, "Well I love the sinner, I just hate the sin," but it's how you act towards someone that truly shows how you feel. Otherwise, like you said, it's just lip service."
Feb 26, 2013
William Matis commented on Michelle's group Ex-Mormon Atheists
"Thanks Idaho Spud and Patricia. It's ironic that they say the anti gay legislation is to protect the family when my own experience is it has the opposite affect."
Feb 18, 2013
Grinning Cat replied to William Matis's discussion This is what it actually says in the teacher's gospel doctrine manual in the group Ex-Mormon Atheists
"The Rev. Jim Huber's description of how he came to "mystic atheism" might also be worth a look. He recalls feeling God's presence... (emphasis added)"
Feb 16, 2013
Grinning Cat replied to William Matis's discussion This is what it actually says in the teacher's gospel doctrine manual in the group Ex-Mormon Atheists
"The authors of religioustolerance.org actually designed a small study investigating whether people could assess the will of God through prayer, specifically whether God approved or disapproved of same-sex marriage. There were both conservative…"
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This is what it actually says in the teacher's gospel doctrine manual

So I came across something in the gospel doctrine manual for this year that I thought was interesting (they're teaching church history if you were curious).  In lesson 6 titled: I Will Tell You in Your Mind and in Your Heart, by the Holy Ghost" this is what it actually says in one part:Explain that it is important for us to discern whether a revelation is truly from God. Sometimes what we think is a revelation may be a projection of our own desires.  And sometimes false revelations may come…See More
Feb 16, 2013
William Matis commented on Michelle's group Ex-Mormon Atheists
"Thanks Kevin, it was a long time ago so it's easier to talk about.  Annie, I agree.  I minored in Near Eastern Ancient Studies and took Hebrew for two years so it was something I was really interested in even before I became an…"
Feb 16, 2013
William Matis replied to Mark Tulloss's discussion Alone and Adrift in a Hostile Universe in the group Life After Christian Fundamentalism
"I have to second the reading of books as a way of coping.  Here's a list of books I read that I really liked: Ehrman - Misquoting Jesus, Jesus Interrupted, God's Problem, Lost Christianities Elaine Pagels - Beyond Belief, Adam Eve…"
Feb 13, 2013
William Matis replied to Loren Miller's discussion The Archbishop of Dublin challenges the Church (CBS News - 60 Minutes) in the group Atheist News
"I read this book called "The Mormon Murders" and it was about the guy who forged the White Salamander documents.  He actually sold the church a bunch of things that were forged by him.  The interesting thing is the church thought…"
Feb 13, 2013
William Matis commented on Michelle's group Ex-Mormon Atheists
"I should probably add that I'm not saying the Bible is historically accurate, only that it gives insight into an ancient culture."
Feb 13, 2013
William Matis commented on Michelle's group Ex-Mormon Atheists
"I find it's human origins very interesting.  When you start peeling back all the textural layers and start examining what came from older source material and what came more recently you get an idea of the development of their…"
Feb 13, 2013
William Matis replied to Loren Miller's discussion The Archbishop of Dublin challenges the Church (CBS News - 60 Minutes) in the group Atheist News
"I'm an ex-Mormon as well except I got out when I was still in my early 20's.  There's no coverup like this but they do coverup a lot.  Very few members of the LDS church know that Joseph Smith translated the B of M by…"
Feb 13, 2013

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At 8:31pm on November 22, 2012, Lillie said…

Welcome, William.  It never ceases to amaze me how many exchurch-leaders there are on A/N.  If you really want to read an example of simplistic human origins of the Bible, read Good News for Modern Man.  This did more than anything to push me over the edge in becoming an atheist.

At 12:21am on November 22, 2012, Dr. Terence Meaden said…

Hi William 

Welcome to this world of rationality and peace, where pure common sense (and bible reading!) is enough to lead to the open freethinking wisdom of non-believers. 

We invite you to join the busy group "ORIGINS: Universe, Astronomy, Life, Earth, Humans, Religion, Gods, Atheism, Evolution, Darwin..." with 700 discussion topics and 3600 members.

http://www.atheistnexus.org/group/originsuniverselifehumankindanddarwin

Terry

At 12:18am on November 22, 2012, Steph S. said…

Greetings! Welcome to the site!

At 12:17am on November 22, 2012, Ruth Anthony-Gardner said…

Welcome, William! Glad you could join us. :D

Please consider joining a group to meet people and talk about anything that's on your mind, Hang With Friends. You might also like Refugees from the Bible Belt.

I also recommend Eco-Logical and Climate Concerns, since the climate is changing so drastically. Utah is especially vulnerable.

After you've searched for topics of interest in "Groups" above and in the "Forums", don't forget to look at recent activity which hides along the right margin of the page all the way at the bottom.

On a personal note, I've developed an animated gif technique, sort of “pull quote marries slideshow”. Samples are scattered across various groups, but you can find them easily by going to my twitter account. Each tweet has a link (after the description and before the hashtags) to a visually rich example here at Atheist Nexus. If you like them, please follow me

 

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