They should be made to understand why they are dependent on the Spirit, and that it is not because they cannot do what God commands, but because they are unwilling; but that they are so unwilling that it is just as certain they will not repent without the Holy Ghost, as if they were now in hell, or as if they were actually unable.
The paper includes a discussion of how the views in Vitz's book relate to the views expressed in other words, as well as how they relate to the practice of counseling in Christian ministry.
As stated by Elder Turley in the Swedish Rescue, the Church doesn't want to create a website that lists the historical problems of the Church. Apparently the Church only wants members to look at the essays and apologetic defenses if they already know about the issues. It's likely that the Church doesn't want its every day members exposed to these issues, at least in depth, if they aren't already aware of the problems.
The first result of these essays will be to validate much of what many of the LDS critics have said for years. Things that many members were told were 'anti-Mormon lies' will now be validated as facts. However, the authors of the essays tell the facts in such a way as to not make the issues seem to be faith challenging.
So where does this leave FAIR, Maxwell Institute, the Interpreter, and other 'non-approved' apologetic sources? It's clear from the that the LDS members want official answers not apologetic opinions. If the Church essays are thorough then apologists would become obsolete. Unfortunately, the 'approved' answers given thus far are very incomplete and they are likely to stay that way unless the Church releases the '3rd tier' of the essays. We expect apologetics to become less relevant going forward.
Many historians have concluded that Mark was the first of the three gospels written and that Matthew and Luke used Mark as a source to their own gospels.
The Synoptic Gospels were first written in Greek, which would suggest to some ambiguity within Mark, Matthew, and Luke due to certain perceptions and translations within the Greek language....
Along with these similarities come some differences among the gospels, suggesting that each gospel was written for a specific audience and for a specific purpose....
These differences and similarities have caused observant Christians to wonder what could cause what appear to be a chronological difference in these Gospels and why do we have more than one Gospel.
While the free essays can give you inspiration for writing, they cannot be used 'as is' because they will not meet your assignment's requirements. If you are in a time crunch, then you need a custom written term paper on your subject ( synoptic gospels )
Here you can hire an independent writer/researcher to custom write you an authentic essay to your specifications that will pass any plagiarism test (e.g. Turnitin). Waste no more time!
On May 3, 2013 MormonThink announced on its website that we learned from several sources that the LDS Church will be releasing a series of 13 essays that will address troubling historical issues that are causing people to doubt and leave the Church. These essays started to be released in Nov 2013 and all but one [as of 2/3/15] have been released. Some comments on this page are based on inside sources that provided us with the advanced notice of the essays. The essays are listed in the The Church website has changed the location of the essays several times. Currently they are all located here: .
Church historian, Elder Marlin K. Jensen, held a question and answer session at Utah State University on 11 November 2011. Elder Jensen has been a general authority of the church since 1989. He currently is a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy. Since 2005, he also has been the Church Historian and Recorder of the church [released in 2012].
A questioner asked, "Has the church seen the effects of Google on membership? It seems like the people who I talk to about church history are people who find out and leave quickly. Is the church aware of that problem? What about the people who are already leaving in droves?"
In 2013, current Church historian Elder Steven E. Snow, did an interview with BYU's on the topic of Church history. In the interview, Elder Snow essentially admits that the church leaders have suppressed information about Church history. He also tacitly states that they would still be doing so were it not for the internet.