Tal Bachman — Recording Artist, Ex-MormonAfter many years of diligent research into why he believed what he believed, Tal came to the conclusion that the faith of his family was false. He was featured in Bill Maher's mocumentary, Religulous, as an ex-Mormon and now finds it hard to believe how anyone could go from "one set of lies to another". As the son of legendary guitarist Randy Bachman from The Guess Who and Bachman Turner Overdrive, "Takin' Care Of Business", Tal's self-titled debut scored a smash hit with "She's So High".
Tom Phillips — Ex-Mormon & Former Bishop & Stake PresidentTom Phillips was a lay minister with the Mormon Church for 33 years. Holding the same positions as Mitt Romney, Bishop and Stake President. He was one of relatively few Mormons who received a special, secret ordinance wherein he was ordained a King and to become a God and member of a Godhead. He has since left the Mormon Church and the only person to openly speak of this ordinance.
Tom & Tal will join us today to discuss:
The President of the Mormon Church, Thomas S. Monson, has been charged with fraud (by Tom Philips) and ordered to appear before a magistrate in England. He, and subsequently the Mormon church, are charged with procuring funds by lying about, in particular, these 7 Mormon teachings:i) The Book of Abraham is a literal translation of Egyptian papyri by Joseph Smith.
ii) The Book of Mormon was translated from ancient gold plates by Joseph Smith is the most correct book on earth and is an ancient historical record.
iii) Native Americans are descended from an Israelite family which left Jerusalem in 600 B.C.
iv) Joseph and Hyrum Smith were killed as martyrs in 1844 because they would not deny their testimony of the Book of Mormon.
v) The Illinois newspaper called the Nauvoo Expositor had to be destroyedbecause it printed lies about Joseph Smith.
vi) There was no death on this planet prior to 6,000 years ago.
vii) All humans alive today are descended from just two people who lived approximately 6,000 years ago.
Richard Rodriguez — Author of DARLING: A Spiritual AutobiographyIn the aftermath of 9/11, Richard Rodriguez became preoccupied with his relationship to the God of the desert and to men who kill in the name of God. In DARLING: A Spiritual Autobiography, Richard a Christian and a homosexual, writes with compassion of the Abrahamic religions that have shaped and excluded him. He portrays the life of a soul during a time of growing public atheism in America and religious violence worldwide. In the advent of the digital age, he regrets the loss of a sense of place and the diminished sense of the gravity of bodies. He mocks the sentimentality of the "green" ecology movement. He insists, paradoxically, that the God of the Jews and Christians and Muslims revealed Himself within an ecology of desolation. At the center of the book, Rodriguez recounts a fateful afternoon spent in Malibu with a woman he addresses only as "Darling." Over club sandwiches, a heterosexual woman and a homosexual man enter into a mock classical dialogue about women, the control of reproduction, and the future of patriarchal religion. DARLING is a work of literary brio, ranging as it does from Jerusalem to Las Vegas, from Adam and Eve to Ike and Tina Turner, from history to farce to pathos, loss, death, love. The book ends with the host of heaven assembling to welcome Mother Teresa into paradise.
** Richard Rodriguez is a journalist, essayist, and contributor to Harper’s Magazine, Mother Jones, the Los Angeles Times, and Time. He is the author of Hunger of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodriguez, Days of Obligation: An Argument with My Mexican Father, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and Brown: The Last Discovery of America, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. For many years he was an essayist on PBS NewsHour. He is currently a contributing writer and editor for New America Media, a nonprofit news network. He lives in San Francisco, CA.
Laura John — Author of Beauty For Ashes: Letters From A Mother's HeartAbandonment, alcoholism, divorce, rape, abortion, miscarriages, mental breakdown, drug abuse, teenage pregnancy, sexual assault, alcoholism, debt, depression, bereavement, heroin addiction, court orders, separation, autism... and in the midst of it all, Faith & Forgiveness? Laura says, “Why do ordinary intelligent and loving women end up having abortions or putting their own child in foster care? I did both and this is my story being told through a series of letters from the heart to all my children. The starting point is the abortion that I had in 1976 when I was 18. It is probable that I conceived my first child whilst being raped, by my so-called boyfriend of the time. In those days I had never heard the term ‘date rape’, but that is what it would be called today. The first letters are to that first child. The second set is to the children of my first alcoholic marriage, one of whom I put into foster care at age 14. The third set is to my stepson. The fourth is to the children of my second marriage and include letters to my youngest son who was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at the age of 5 in 2008. His letters are written using a mixture of line drawings and words, as he is a visual thinker. The final letters are addressed to all the living children and describe our re-union as a family. Of course we still face difficult situations and our journey is not over yet but the last few years have brought grace, mercy and hope into our lives. Here is a tale of despair that ends in hope, of disintegration and fear that ends in reconciliation and faith, of loss that ends in love."
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This Week's God Bloggers: Here to discuss this week's debate between television's Bill Nye The Science Guy & the President of Answers In Genesis (Creation Museum), Ken Ham.
Dr. James F. McGrath
www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix Clarence L. Goodwin Chair in New Testament Language & Literature, Department of Philosophy and Religion, Butler University
Jonathan Ryan is an author, columnist, blogger, and theologian. www.authorjonathanryan.com (He's also the one who coined the best description for this debate about whether Creationism is a viable model of origins = HAM on NYE!)
Drew & His Mates Crack Open A Few!Current affairs, pop culture, even touchy-feely-relational stuff! Listen in OR call and join us, as we crawl from topic to topic! (Got a topic you want the gang from the pub to crack open? Click here)
1/The abortion rate in the United States is at its lowest since 1973. It's estimated that there were about 1.06 million abortions in 2011, which is down from about 1.2 million in 2008. Ummm... Anyone else blown away by the fact that there are STILL over a million abortions in the United States alone?? And if one believes in God, and one believes in a soul, an afterlife, in Creation – is it reasonable to assume that this same person believes that life begins at conception? Or is that going too far? And if “God people” believe that life begins at conception, then why aren't they doing whatever they can to prevent over 1 million yearly homicides of the innocent? Has the abortion discussion been hijacked over the last few decades, by the “gay agenda”? It seems as though the majority of Christians aren't near as wound up about “gay stuff” as they used to be, so now that there's an opening at the top of the “what are we against” list, will there be a resurgence of “anti-abortion” campaigns? (My guess is that we'll be more focused on the projected 22 million cancer cases worldwide per year in the next two decades.)
2/Anyone else feel like boycotting the Olympics? Some are doing so because of Russia's anti-gay legislation, while others are doing so because of recent terrorist activities. However, maybe this needs to go a step further. What was going through the IOC's minds when they awarded RUSSIA the Olympics in the first place? Anyone who has ever done a cursory online search knows that “business ethics” is an oxymoron in this country, so is it any wonder they've spent an estimated $50 BILLION on the Sochi Olympics? In second place is China at $43 Billion! (Canada shelled out $2.9 Billion in 2010.) So let's take a second and think about what these two countries have in common? COMMUNISM, ATHEISM, TOTALITARIANISM, and a litany of human rights violations. In other words, the Chinese and the Russians have, will, and will continue to pay for the Olympic chest puffing of their greedy and corrupt leaders! (WHEW... that was like passing a kidney stone!) So, will you watch the Olympics this year?