1 Nephi 1-5: why Nephi killed Laban

. Chapter 1: 1 Nephi 1- 5 . Mormonism saw itself involuntarily drawn into the wider debate of fundamentalism and religious motivated violence by Krakauer’s book “Under the Banner of Heaven: the Story of a Violent Faith” published in 2003. At the core of Krakauer’s argument lies the double murder committed in 1984 by Ron … Continue reading

To the Sound of Guns: LDS Apostle on Civil Rights

Dallin H. Oaks, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, gave an address on religious freedom yesterday at Brigham Young University – Idaho. One of his remarks attracted wide media attention because he compared voter-intimidation of African-Americans during the civil rights movement in the South with the harassment some LDS church members experienced following a … Continue reading

The Nonviolence of Early Followers of Christ

The 6th nonviolent article of faith says: We believe in the same nonviolence that existed in the Primitive Church: “And to those who inquire of us whence we come, or who is our founder, we reply that we are come, agreeably to the counsels of Jesus, to cut down our hostile and insolent swords into … Continue reading


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