Mormon filmmaker's journey helps him make peace with religious critics

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  • Mahonri Albuquerque, 00
    Nov. 21, 2012 7:57 a.m.

    Until a devout Muslim can get elected POTUS or Supreme Court Justice, then all this will continue to be unresolvable.

    What makes us Americans is the notion that we can agree to disagree, but our civil government is based on the principle of separation of church and state. Until the majority of the voting citizens can have an assurance that devoutly faithful adherents of a non-traditional christian religion will not be influenced by their non-traditional doctrines and practices, when serving at those high levels, it will continue to be an unresolvable problem.

  • WRK Riverton, UT
    Nov. 14, 2012 7:53 a.m.

    To Hutterite and others that say religion is what tears apart:

    Religion definition 2) Details of belief as taught or discussed.

    Therefore I contend that it is your religion that is tearing us apart not mine. Your religion (atheism) has become the government religion and does not allow any freedom of religion in our world today.

    You hide behind the masses with your religion and watch as it kills people in other nations (Russia and China come to mind), and say nothing about that, but when morals of others are involved you become very vocal.

    Please let me worship how I wish and stop pushing your religion on me...

  • LValfre CHICAGO, IL
    Nov. 13, 2012 4:09 p.m.


    "It is in the Sunday Schools that we learn that kindness matters more than what kind of color your skin is"

    Is that what you were always taught?

    "The greatest threat to our nation is not religion, but the absence of it."

    Tell that to the middle east. Try living a day in their religious shoes.

  • sharrona layton, UT
    Nov. 8, 2012 6:57 p.m.

    To: very concerned, he wrought a perfect atonement, suffering pain and death .
    Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we
    ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.(1John 3:16)God on the cross.

    I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not
    that* I(ego) am(eimi) he, ye shall die in your sins.(John 8:24Or (Mosiah 2:39)
    …therefore hid final doom is to endure a never ending torment.
    In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was
    God.(John 1:1) The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among vs. V. 14.).
    *references,(Ex 3:14). Jesus is God

  • very concerned Sandy, UT
    Nov. 8, 2012 5:15 p.m.

    @ Sharrona,

    I submit that the definition of “Christian” would include those who believe in Christ as the promised Messiah. That he condescended to come to earth where he wrought a perfect atonement, suffering pain and death so we could live with our Heavenly Father again. He asks us to repent of our sins and have faith in Him. He is the only way back to Heaven. There are many things we disagree on, but I hope we can agree on that.

    This is what I believe and what is taught at my LDS church. He expects us to love one another as a condition of discipleship. Please see John 13:35. His redemptive atonement for our sins and His resurrection are the core basic doctrines that give us hope and sets us apart as Christians. We love Him because He loved us first. We are indeed unprofitable servants. Please see Luke 17:10 and Mosiah 2:21 in the Book of Mormon.

    The greatest commandment is to love Him and His Son. These are some of the foundation principles of being Christian.

  • morpunkt Glendora, CA
    Nov. 8, 2012 4:39 p.m.

    Although this article has some comforting data, such as the fact that those of the Evangelicals who did voted overwhelmingly for Romney, we need to know of the very disconcerting data. Most of them didn't vote for that perceived "cult" member. And that's the sad fact. I place the bulk of the blame on them. We will have face their consequences now.

  • John Morehead Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 8, 2012 3:24 p.m.

    Thank you for raising this issue, discussing the new documentary FRD, and helping navigate a way forward beyond uncritical religious relativism and religious combat. I am pleased to be a part of the Evangelical Chapter of the FRD.

  • Randall Paul Highland, UT
    Nov. 8, 2012 2:56 p.m.

    Thanks to the Deseret News and Matt Brown for getting a complex story so right.

  • sharrona layton, UT
    Nov. 8, 2012 10:41 a.m.

    RE: BrentBotMormons’ theology is based on N.T. Christianity, not Fourth Century Creeds. The (LDS)views on Pre-Existence.
    Mormonism is quite different in its cosmology, claiming that God fashioned the universe out of preexisting material. God is eternal in some forms of LDS theology, but so is preexisting matter, including the material used by God to create human beings.

    Christians, and Jews believe that God created all that exists ex nihilo (out of nothing).

    (Ecc 12:7)… the spirit shall return unto God who gave it)

    In (2Tim 1:9 & Titus 1:2)God existed before time, implying he created time.

    … God who gives life to the dead and Calls into Being things that were not.(Romans 4:17 NIV)
    For in him we live and move and have our Being...(Acts 17:28)Creation is dependent on God for it’s very existence.

    Col 1:16, For in him all things( including angels) were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him

  • BrentBot Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 8, 2012 7:19 a.m.

    How can a religion based on New Testament Christianity be labelled a "Fourth Abrahamic Religion"? Mormons’ theology is based on New Testament Christianity, not Fourth Century Creeds. The Church of Jesus Christ (LDS) views on Baptism, Lay Ministry, the Trinity, Theosis, Grace vs. Works, Pre-Existence, the Divinity of Jesus Christ are closer to Early Christianity than any other Christian denomination.

  • raybies Layton, UT
    Nov. 8, 2012 5:59 a.m.

    Religions is the glue that keeps our nation cohesive, and gives live to men's good will. It is in the Sunday Schools that we learn that kindness matters more than what kind of color your skin is, or how much money you have in your bank account. It gives hope to those who should give up from the beginning, and holds wealthy men accountable to a force outside their own means.

    It feeds the hungry, clothes the naked, and reaches out to all people. It speaks to the conscience, and makes a man more precious than gold.

    Sure there are disagreements and conflicts, but most religions that survive today see the idea of killing a nonbeliever for God is blasphemy of the highest calibre and that free will and freedom of belief is a necessary component for the free exercise of faith. Those who fear religion, have created a boogeyman imagining a world when all was the "Crusades".

    The greatest threat to our nation is not religion, but the absence of it. Humanity's baser nature has not changed, our potential for cruelty still remains, but religion keeps that nature in check. And has for centuries.

  • Heart and Mind BUENA VISTA, VA
    Nov. 8, 2012 5:46 a.m.

    This is the kind of reporting that represents the future of media--leading us to stories and innovative ideas that we might not otherwise have noticed nor understood without the reporter's guidance. These two ideas were especially mentally-stimulating: “Land now describes it as a fourth Abrahamic religion along with Judaism, Islam and Christianity.” and "What will happen when an atheist or a pagan runs for president?" Keep on enlightening us, Mr. Brown.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Nov. 7, 2012 10:32 p.m.

    Religion is the poison that gets stock by tearing this nation limb from limb. The very fact that there is 'interreligious diplomacy' is a testament to this. If we're going to succeed as a nation and society, we need to separate much of ourselves and our society from whatever evidence free supernatural veneer anyone can choose to apply over reality.