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Critical Questions. Faithful Answers.

“No one knows anything about Christ’s work simply by being born a member of the Church, and often he knows little about it after years of unmotivated exposure in meetings or classes. He must learn. And learning involves self-investment and effort. The gospel should be studied ‘as carefully as any science.’ The ‘literature of the Church’ must be ‘acquired and read.’ Our learning should be increased in our spare time ‘day by day.’ Then as we put the gospel truth to work in daily life, we will never find it wanting. We will be literate in the most important field of knowledge in the universe, knowledge for lack of which men and nations perish, in the light of which men and nations may be saved”

—Elder Marion D. Hanks, First Council of the Seventy, “Theological Illiterates”, Improvement Era (September 1969): 42

Featured articles...

Current Features

Current events...

Hot Topics
  • "Big Love" and the temple— Errors and mistakes in the HBO series Big Love. FAIR looks at a high profile attempt by non-Mormon screenwriters at creating Mormon dialogue. (Don't worry—Latter-day Saints take their temple covenants seriously. We won't discuss details about temple ordinances, but we can certainly talk about everything else that was wrong with the episode.)
  • Latter-day Saints and California Proposition 8— The passage of California Proposition 8 during the November 2008 election has generated a number of criticisms of the Church regarding a variety of issues including the separation of church and state. FAIR examines this event and how it relates to Latter-day Saints.

Critics on the Web...

Analysis of LDS-related Wikipedia Articles
  • Mormonism and Wikipedia. FAIR regularly receives queries about specific LDS-themed Wikipedia articles with requests that we somehow "fix" them. Although some individual members of FAIR may choose to edit Wikipedia articles, FAIR as an organization does not. Controversial Wikipedia articles require constant maintenance and a significant amount of time. FAIR prefers to respond to claims in the FAIR Wiki rather than fight the ongoing battle that LDS Wikipedia articles sometimes invite. From FAIR’s perspective, assertions made in LDS-themed Wikipedia articles are therefore treated just like any other critical (or, if one prefers, "anti-Mormon") work.

Old Favorites...

Old Favorites

Responses to anti-Mormon questions...

Lists of questions from anti-Mormon ministries

Countercult ministries love to have people ask questions about us. Rather than being sincere attempts to understand Latter-day Saints, these questions are designed to provoke a response. Here are FAIR's responses to some of the more popular lists.

Critical Media...

A FAIR Response to Critical Films and Videos
  • Search for the Truth DVD—Although the producers of this video state that it was produced out of love, the numerous mischaracterizations, misrepresentations, errors, and outright falsehoods found on the DVD make it difficult for believing Latter-day Saints to see that expression of love as sincere. But that didn't stop the purveyors of this "love" from leaving a copy on your doorknob...
  • September Dawn—"When an independent film company produced a grossly distorted version of the Mountain Meadows Massacre two years ago, the Church ignored it. Perhaps partly as a result of that refusal to engender the controversy that the producers hoped for, the movie flopped at the box office and lost millions." (The Publicity Dilemma, LDS Newsroom, March 9, 2009.)
  • The God Makers—This classic 1982 film represents an appeal to ridicule, by taking beliefs or doctrines of the church and presenting them in a manner which makes them appear so strange and bizarre that nobody could possibly accept them...unless, of course, you really do aspire to become an "eternally pregnant goddess." Notable for one of the cheesiest cartoon sequences ever viewed on YouTube.
A FAIR Analysis of Critical Works

Is a particular book "anti-Mormon"? FAIR analyzes and responds to critical works that attack the Church. Our current featured analysis is:

  • An Insider's View of Mormon Origins by Grant Palmer. The book, written by a former CES instructor, attempts to explain many otherwise clearly described events of the restoration by reinterpreting them as spiritual rather than physical events. The book has become very popular among critics of the Church, since it concludes that Joseph Smith deliberately enhanced and added fabricated detail to his later accounts of events such as the First Vision, the Priesthood restoration, the Three and Eight Witnesses and the visit of the angel Moroni. Although the stated purpose of the book is to "increase faith," it is clearly intended to demonstrate the Joseph Smith employed dishonesty in order to secure his position as head of the church. See our detailed claim-by-claim examination of this book to find out more.
A FAIR Analysis of "Faith Promoting" Works

Occasionally "faith promoting" works attempt to defend the faith on the basis of faulty arguments. FAIR analyzes and responds to cases of "friendly fire."

Special features...

Special Features
  • FAIR Study Aids—Resources for Latter-day Saints interested in an apologetic and/or scholarly perspective on the Sunday School curriculum.

New articles and videos...

New and Updated Articles

New articles are added to the FAIR Wiki each week. Some of our recent additions and updates:

About FAIR

  • Sign up for the FAIR Journal—Receive our free monthly e-mail newsletter for defenders of the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. You can unsubscribe at any time.
  • Join & Support FAIR—FAIR is a volunteer organization. People become involved with FAIR because they want to. There are six ways you can join FAIR: Pick the level of involvement that is right for you.
  • Ask the Apologist—Have a question? This is the place to ask. One or more of our FAIR volunteers will respond. You may even find your answer added to the FAIR Wiki.

Who are we? The Foundation for Apologetic Information & Research (FAIR) was formed in late 1997 by a group of Mormons in an attempt to defend their faith from detractors who frequented online message boards. Incorporated as a non-profit organization in November 1997, FAIR put up its first Web site in March 1998 and the FAIR Wiki in 2006.

FAIR is staffed completely by volunteers. It is not owned, controlled by, or affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. All research and opinions provided on this site are the sole responsibility of FAIR and should not be interpreted as official statements of LDS doctrine, belief, or practice.

If you would like to be a part of FAIR, we invite you to support FAIR in any way you are able. FAIR only succeeds through the efforts of our gracious volunteers. For more information about FAIR, visit the FAIR Web site.

Why are you apologizing?

We are not apologizing for our beliefs: Our objective is to defend the faith against those who would attempt to destroy it.

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