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Radio Free Mormon: 59: The Crying Game Part 2

President Eyring…. No Not the LDS Apostle but his son Henry J Eyring, recently gave an address at BYUI titled “Gaining and Strengthening a Testimony” where he lays out logical fallacy after logical fallacy in order to justify belief in the Book of Abraham specifically and to deal with the criticisms of the Church collectively.  Combine that with his having seemingly developed the same habit of reeling you in with his tears as he cries at the drop of a hat like his father and you can sense why Grandpa Eyring the Scientist is almost assuredly shaking his head in the grave.


Audio of the Eyring Talk


9 thoughts on “Radio Free Mormon: 59: The Crying Game Part 2”

  1. RFM and Bill-

    My husband and I were visiting the BYU campus this week to listen to a friend speak. We also visited the brand new Engineering building where we ran into the Chemical Engineeeing Dept chair. My husband graduated from that dept in ‘77 and just retired. The chair mentioned that the new complex didn’t ad any square footage to the college—they’re tearing down other buildings because the board of trustees won’t allow BYU Main Campus to grow but they’re allowing BYUI to grow. So, yes, Hinckley knew they needed the larger building because that’s been the plan for years.

  2. Thank you for reminding the listeners that Henry B Erying’s father who was Henry Erying was an esteemed and highly scientific chemist who was a chemistry professor at Princeton University and UofU.

  3. Henry j. Eyring Is a clone of his father . The church is full of these emotional religious savants. I have never believe any of their emotional stories,however both science and religious people are similar in their belief systems.

    1. “. . . both science and religious people are similar in their belief systems.”

      That makes no sense. The sciences are based on measurable, demonstrable evidence and testable hypotheses. When new evidence arises, our understanding of the world is revised.

      Religion, and faith, by their very nature, are not based on measurable or demonstrable evidence, much less testable hypotheses, and are notoriously resistant to revision based on facts.

  4. Thank you for reminding the listeners that Henry B Erying’s father “Henry Erying” was an esteemed chemistry professor at Princeton University and the UofU.

    The beauty of chemistry is that it does not rely on any human emotions whatsoever to cause a reaction.

  5. That talk: SSDD. “People doubt because they want to not feel guilt when they sin.” Yawn. Heard it a million times but with a whole lot less blubbering. What is with guys these days? First Kavanaugh and now HE 3.0. I remember when women’s emotions were used as a justification for not being allowed to lead. On a more positive note. Once again your closing music didn’t disappoint! It’s getting so I’m tempted to fast forward to the end to hear it!

  6. I’m grateful to testify of the truthfulness of Santa Claus. I was blessed to gain my testimony of Santa Claus when I was very young. I vividly recall talking with my mother one Sunday night as she sat next to the bathtub in which my younger brother Stuart and I were bathing. That tells you how young I must have been because I didn’t mind sharing my bath with Stuart.

    Earlier in the day, a teacher had taught me about Santa’s gifts. Somehow, I got the idea that getting Santa’s gifts would be very difficult. That made me worry that I might not get Santa’s gifts. Sitting there in the tub that night, I looked up and asked my mother, “Will I get Santa’s gifts?” I remember her serious, confident look as she said, “Yes, you will.”

    Mother responded so surely that it made me wonder if getting Santa’s Gifts was easy. I decided to test her on this point. I asked, “Will Stuart get Santa’s gifts?” “Yes,” she replied, “Stuart will too.”

    Mother was right about Stuart. He now teaches other’s about Santa Claus and is a wonderful husband and father. Stuart is on track for the Santa’s gifts.

    I am trying to stay on track as well. My testimony of Santa hasn’t faltered since Mother first told me that it is true. Yet I have not been immune to challenges and have at times struggled to defend my faith. A particularly unsettling challenge came when I was a young man.

    A supervisor who knew of my belief in Santa Claus told me that new research had invalidated that reindeer could fly I was shaken by that accusation. But I felt confident in a secret weapon. My father had recently been called to work in Santa’s Workshop. I was sure that he would have arguments to counter those I faced at work.

    It was in such a state of confidence that I called my father on the phone. I described my situation and eagerly awaited his answer. I was sure that he would refute the accusations about that reindeer couldn’t fly. But his answer surprised me. He simply asked, “Have you read the story of Santa Claus”

    “Yes,” I replied.

    He asked, “How do you feel when you read it?”

    “Good,” I admitted.

    “What else do you need to know?” he asked.

    Of course, that phone conversation didn’t help me much at work. But for the last thirty years, it has caused me to reflect on my testimony of the reindeer and the other works of Santa Claus.

    I cannot prove to other people the truth of Santa Claus. But, as I read them, they repeatedly prove themselves to me, through a warm feeling that first came as my mother read them aloud while Stuart and I snuggled next to her in bed.

    As I grew older, I discovered another source to affirm my belief in Santa Claus. Thanks to Mother, I knew stories about people who had repented and received Santa’s Gifts.

    Following the Christmas Spirit, I followed the examples of other’s, praying for forgiveness and peace. When those feelings came to me, as they had to them, I knew in both my heart and my mind that those stories are true. I could not deny the Easter Bunny or the Tooth Fairy were real stories had been inspired by Santa and revealed to my teachers.

  7. Stupidest is a word! I agree it is a stupid talk, but let’s not forget To Young Men Only by Boyd K Packer (Little factories) and Self-Inflicted Purge by Vaughn J Featherstone.

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