Religion Today

Issues of faith and spirituality that matter to LDS, Mormons, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
2021-04-18 Religion Today – The War in Heaven, Freedom and the War Scroll of the Dead Sea Scrolls   (19:59) April 17, 2021
In this Religion Today show, Martin Tanner describes how the War in Heaven, in the pre-existence, described in Revelation 12:7-9 over free will, agency and freedom versus forced results, such as equity, cancel culture, forced compliance, socialism, communism, continues in the world today. The Dead Sea Scrolls, War Scroll, containing the battle of the Sons […]
2021-04-11 Religion Today – How We Got the Book of Commandments D&C and Articles of Faith   (20:00) April 10, 2021
In this episode of Religion Today Martin Tanner describes where the Book of Commandments, Doctrine & Covenants, and Articles of Faith of the LDS Church came from.  Little know details, such as, before the Church officially adopted Joseph Smith’s 13 Articles of Faith, various versions, some with as many as 16 articles were in circulation.  […]
2021-04-04 Religion Today – Easter Sunday, Jesus’ Resurrection and the Resurrection of Others   (19:59) April 04, 2021
In this Easter Sunday broadcast, Martin Tanner distinguishes between Biblical accounts of people brought back from the dead, like Lazarus, and resurrection accounts, like the New Testament accounts of Jesus’ resurrection, the account in Matthew 27:52, and others.  He also gives an overview of Jesus’ resurrection from the Gospels of Matthew and John.  He explains […]
2021-03-28 Religion Today – Was God’s Creation Out of Nothing or Out of Pre-Existing Matter and Energy – 13   (20:00) March 28, 2021
This week, as often happens, Religion Today host Martin Tanner received an email from an evangelical Christian ministry claiming Mormonism is heretical.  This time the evangelical ministry said Latter-day Saints are heretics for not believing God’s creation in Genesis Chapter 1 was ex nihilo, out of nothing.  Hebrew linguists have known for hundreds of years […]
2021-03-21 Religion Today – The Dead Sea Scrolls, John the Baptist, and Christianity – 12   (20:00) March 20, 2021
Several dozen new Dead Sea Scroll fragments, a 6,000 year old child’s grave and a 10,500 year old woven basket have just been found (March 2021) in one of the Dead Sea Scrolls caves (the Cave of Horror).  In this episode of Religion Today, Host Martin Tanner explains how Essene Jews practiced baptism, how John […]
2021-03-14 Religion Today – Netflix Film Murder Among the Mormons – The Rest of the Story – 11   (19:59) March 14, 2021
The recent Netflix film “Murder Among the Mormons” about the murder and forger Mark Hofmann hits close to home for Martin Tanner, host of Religion Today.  Martin Tanner and Mark Hofmann never met, but had several mutual friends.  In this episode of Religion Today Martin Tanner describes the time-line of Mark Hofmann, his forgeries and […]
2021-03-07 Religion Today – Book of Mormon Prophets Zenos and Zenock in Ancient Literature – 10   (19:59) March 07, 2021
Critics of The Book of Mormon and LDS Faith say that since Zenos and Zenock, two supposed prophets, are not mentioned outside the Book of Mormon, it is not an authentic ancient book.  But the Teacher of Righteousness is an example of an ancient Jewish prophet unknown until 1947 when the Dead Sea Scrolls were […]
2021-02-28 Religion Today – Why the Book of Mormon is Not Racist – 9   (19:59) February 28, 2021
The Book of Mormon has been called a racist book due to the reference in 2 Nephi 5:21 to a “skin of blackness[.]”  In this episode of Religion Today Martin Tanner explains why this reference is metaphorical rather than literal, citing 2 Nephi 26:33 which says “black and white, bond and free, male and female […]
2021-02-21 Religion Today – Witnesses Film Director Mark Goodman and Actor Lincoln Hoppe – 8   (19:58) February 21, 2021
The Interpreter Foundation’s new film “Witnesses” premieres this Wednesday, February 24, 2021, at the LDS Film Festival.  This feature length film tells with precise accuracy the stories of the well known formal witnesses of the Book of Mormon plates, the Three Witnesses, and the Eight Witnesses, along with the little known stories the informal witnesses, […]
2021-02-14 Religion Today – Understanding the Difficult Sayings of Jesus, Part 2 – 7   (20:00) February 14, 2021
Understanding the difficult to understand sayings of Jesus, part two.  In this episode of Religion Today, host Martin Tanner explains the likely meaning of Jesus’ hard sayings, including “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter into heaven” why Jesus said his […]
2021-02-07 Religion Today – Understanding the Difficult Sayings of Jesus – 6   (19:55) February 07, 2021
In this episode of Religion Today Martin Tanner explains the most likely meaning of some of the sayings of Jesus that are difficult to understand, such as why he came not for the righteous, but for sinners, how the Law of Moses is fulfilled yet Jesus says not a single jot or tittle (dot of […]
2021-01-31 Religion Today – God’s Power Location and Knowledge, Omnipotence, Omnipresence and Omniscience – 5   (20:00) January 31, 2021
What is the nature of God’s power, knowledge and location?  Is God Omnipotent, all-powerful?  In the strict sense he is not, because God self-limits his power in that he will not do evil.  Is God Omnipresent?  Many Christians say yes, God is everywhere.  Latter-day Saints say God is a glorified man, located at only one […]
2021-01-24 Religion Today – New Archaeology Shows More of the Bible and Book of Mormon to be Historical – 4   (20:00) January 24, 2021
Host Martin Tanner relates how a satellite helped archaeologists find Gath, the Biblical city where Goliath lived, how DNA solved the puzzle of where the Philistines came from (Europe), how the burial stone box of a crucified man shows feet of those crucified were nailed to the cross from the side, just below the ankles, […]
2021-01-17 Religion Today – Four New Testament Verses Showing the Need for a Restoration – 3   (19:59) January 17, 2021
Four New Testament versus (among many others) demonstrate an apostasy and restoration were foretold by all the Old Testament prophets and also in the New Testament.  Acts 3:21 says Jesus the Messiah will not return before a “restoration of all things” or a “universal restoration.”  2 Thessalonians 2:1-3 says the Second Coming will not happen […]
2021-01-10 Religion Today – The Torah and LDS Book of Moses – 2   (20:00) January 10, 2021
The word “Torah” does not mean “law” it means “teaching” or “instruction.”  Thus Christians should not talk of the “law and the prophets” but of God’s “teaching and the prophets.”  Torah often refers to the first five books of the Bible.  Scholars question whether Moses had any input into them.  Conservative Jews and Christians believe […]
2021-01-03 Religion Today – The Meaning and Explanations of the Miracles of Jesus – 1   (20:00) January 02, 2021
Martin Tanner briefly describes the 39 miracles of Jesus in the New Testament.  A dozen or so others are found in extra-Biblical books of the first three centuries.  Martin Tanner asks, “What is a miracle?” and “Can something that can be explained still be a miracle?”  He suggests the miracles of Jesus helped those around […]
2020-12-27 Religion Today – The Second Coming and Why We Should Not Fear the Future   (20:00) December 27, 2020
Martin Tanner explains why the future is bright, even though many fear for the future of the United States and the world because of Covid-19, government debt, socialism and communism, the rise of China, taxes and regulations and the loss of freedom.  We should not fear because according to prophecy, the United States will not […]
2020-12-20 Religion Today – The Birth of Jesus from the New Testament – Good News Translation   (19:59) December 19, 2020
Religion Today Show host Martin Tanner tells the traditional Christmas Story, in modern English, from the Good News Translation of the New Testament, with side-bar explanations of certain passages.  Email Martin Tanner for a free, no strings attached, transcript of the Christmas Story.
2020-12-13 Religion Today – What Did Jesus Look Like During His Ministry On Earth   (19:59) December 12, 2020
Today’s popular artwork depicting Jesus is typically from the Byzantine or Renaissance showing him with handsome, idealized features, long hair past his shoulders, a beard and moustache, and a white, blue or red robe, to his wrists and ankles.  We know Jesus dressed as did other Jewish men, otherwise when Judas betrayed him, a hug […]
2020-12-06 Religion Today – What Was the Star of Bethlehem and Who Were the Wise Men   (19:59) December 06, 2020
The only natural phenomenon that fits the description of the Star of Bethlehem in Matthew is a comet.  Comets travel in elliptical paths and move fast enough that they often appear to change direction.  The Star of Bethlehem was visible for about two months.  The Wise Men followed it from East to West, from Babylon […]