long ago ideas

“When we are tired, we are attacked by ideas we conquered long ago." - Friedrich Nietzsche. Long ago, Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery conquered false claims that the Book of Mormon was fiction or that it came through a stone in a hat. But these old claims have resurfaced in recent years. To conquer them again, we have to return to what Joseph and Oliver taught.

Thursday, July 11, 2024

Podcast with Backyard Professor

I've been on several podcasts in the last year. I'm happy to have conversations with anyone about any topic because conversations are one way we can pursue clarity, charity and understanding.

Some podcasters, both believers and nonbelievers, don't welcome faithful views that differ from their own agendas. Such podcasters focus on confirming their biases. They seek conformity instead of encouraging their listeners and viewers to make informed decisions by considering multiple working hypotheses.

Fortunately, other podcasters are interested in clarity, charity, and understanding. Those are the ones I enjoy having conversations with.

For example, I recently had a conversation with the "Backyard Professor."


The Backyard Professor, Kerry Shirts, was one of the founders of FAIR (FAIRLDS) and their director of research. Then he came to disbelieve the truth claims. He knows lots about the Restoration, although he sees it through the FAIR lens (M2C, SITH), a lens that many people find difficult to believe.

That's why I offer reframes in my book The Rational Restoration.

Kerry and I disagree about lots of things, and that's fine. As I always say, I'm fine with people believing whatever they want. Kerry and I are more interested in understanding one another than in trying to change one another's minds. I'd like to see more of that everywhere.

In this video, we discussed the FAITH model (Facts, Assumptions, Inferences, Theories and Hypotheses), as well as the recent Tyler Griffin interview with Pastor Jeff and other topics.

We'll probably have more conversations in the future.


And who knows? Maybe someday even our scholars at the Interpreter, Scripture Central, and their allies would be interested in having a conversation.

So far, they've declined when I've offered. But hope springs eternal...



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