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Lawrence Krauss on the Nature of Reality

In many ways science is discovering the same insights as spiritual people do, that reality is much bigger than the subjective world that we ordinarily perceive and experience. In the Big Think video posted below, Lawrence Krauss, a theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author of the recent book The Greatest Story Ever Told—So Far: Why Are We Here?, tells us about the strange phenomena that we are encountering as we peer deeper into our universe. We are finding that reality is quite different than we usually perceive it to be. Continue reading “Lawrence Krauss on the Nature of Reality”

Missionary encounters with people who had divine interactions

On my LDS mission in El Salvador East (’00-02, the mission and country name translation meaning “The Savior”), I once taught a woman the first discussion, and after teaching about Joseph Smith’s First Vision she said “YES! I’ve seen the same thing!” And she proceeded to tell us her own experience of seeing the divine light. My companion and I rolled our eyes at each other and told her, “No, no… you see, Joseph was a prophet of God who saw God and Jesus Christ,” etc. She was insistent that she too had seen God in the light. We left, chuckling under our breath at her obvious delusion. Continue reading “Missionary encounters with people who had divine interactions”

The Mystical Core of Mormonism: A Very Brief Introduction

Bryce Haymond

Abstract: The experience and concept known as mysticism and its practitioners, mystics, are largely unknown today in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. What are these, and what relationship might they have with the Gospel and the Restoration, particularly with Joseph Smith and his First Vision? The case is made that they may be vital to our communion with God, and our ultimate goal of returning to God. Many perspectives and concepts are discussed including personal experience, neuroscience, psychology, transhumanism, computer science, philosophy, popular culture, history of religions, psychology of religion, and contemplative practices, offering tentative associations and insights with Mormon concepts of spiritual experience, atonement, salvation, exaltation, the Second Comforter, calling and election, and theosis or divinization, becoming like God. Continue reading “The Mystical Core of Mormonism: A Very Brief Introduction”