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123: True Believing Atheist Mormon

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Today we sit down with Mike B. who shares with us that he is both an atheist and a Believing Mormon.  How is that?  How can one both disbelieve God and testify of the restoration?  Today we find out.  You won’t want to miss this as Mike gives us a paradigm and framework that might work for many who have lost faith and can’t seem to find it.  He shows us how one’s personal disbelief should not stand in the way of ultimate faith.

Mike B.’s online Post explaining how we can see our faith through his framework

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5 thoughts on “123: True Believing Atheist Mormon

  1. This is amazing. I came across this same mathmatical paradox in College (at UVU with Chris Foster) about 4 years ago, and came to the same conclusion. That there is no empirical evidence that Deity exists. In fact it is impossible that it will exist before the test ends (either through death or another method) I know that though I do not have empirical evidence, I do have other evidences, but those can be doubted as to whether or not they are real.

    I however just look at myself, not as an athiest, but as a person grounded in reason that chooses to believe regardless of knowledge that I have.

    • “I however just look at myself… as a person grounded in reason that chooses to believe regardless of knowledge that I have.”

      This gives me another way to express what I’m doing. I *don’t* look at myself as a person grounded in reason. I see myself as a fundamentally irrational being that can nonetheless say/affirm rational things. Our disagreement is in regarding belief as a rational choice, rather than as an irrational affect. This is why I choose to emphasize at the end of the podcast that the crucial moment of faith, in Alma 32, isn’t coming to believe that the word is good, but saying that the word is good.

  2. I was an atheist before, but I prefer to live my life believing in God. I understand atheist arguments, but I’m more comfortable now believing than doubting.

  3. If we feel like we can’t choose our beliefs, sounds like an addictive state of mind set where even when we try we reset to default disbelief setting. However, overtime and acknowledging that belief may be a better choice, we can often fake it till we make it.

    We shouldn’t also leave the Holy Ghost absent from the entire process which entices us to do good.

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