I jokingly call this lesson “Apostates week”. The key exchanges this lesson are Alma vs. Korihor and then Alma and his companions vs. the Zoramites. We are going to push a bit in approach with this lesson, use these scriptures to challenge us a touch. Kind of like how so many enjoy likening ourselves to Nephi, but what can we learn by likening ourselves to Laman and Lemuel?
Key points in this lesson include:
- What compelling evidence is there for the existence of God? Is there anything that might be problematic about God debates?
- Sure it is easy to write off Korihor and Mormon wants us to, but what are the elements of his worldview?
- What are the Zoramites’ shortcomings? Is there anything we can learn from them, perhaps even see elements familiar in our own Church culture?
- What *is* the most productive way to interact with those who disbelieve?
Look forward to an engaging discussion with Jessica, Meredith, Sterling and Chris.
All Things Denote There Is a God, BYU Religious Studies Center
Pragmatic Arguments and Belief in God, Standford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Moral Arguments and Belief in God, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy