Religion Today

Issues of faith and spirituality that matter to LDS, Mormons, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
2020-11-22 Religion Today – Answers to Listener’s Questions about the Book of Abraham, LGBTQI, Book of Mormon Archaeology, temples and Near-death Experiences   (19:58) November 20, 2020
Martin Tanner answers listener questions on why the Book of Abraham has not been disproven by Egyptologists, how archaeology supports the Book of Mormon like it supports the Bible, evidence for something like the Temple Endowment during Jesus’ lifetime, how near-death experiences support Joseph Smith’s account of The First Vision, and other questions.
2020-11-15 Religion Today – The future of the United States, the Constitution and the LDS Church   (20:00) November 15, 2020
Martin Tanner provides scriptures, prophetic statements and other information about the future of the United States, the U.S. Constitution, and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  Time may be difficult, but the future looks bright if we will read the Constitution, understand it, teach it, and seek freedom rather than security.
2020-11-08 Religion Today – The Sermon on the Mount in Today’s English   (20:00) November 07, 2020
The “Sermon on the Mount” gets its name from the Latin Vulgate Bible’s heading for Matthew 5 “Sermo in Monte.”  Perhaps it should be called the hill-side sermon.  According to tradition, it was given on a hill-side at the North-West end of the Lake Galilee.  Delivered early in Jesus’ ministry, this sermon contains the essence […]
2020-11-01 Religion Today – The Early Life of Jesus, Calling the Apostles and Sermon on the Mount   (19:59) October 31, 2020
The Gospels tell us almost nothing of Jesus life from when his mother and step-father lost track of him, when he was talking with the elders in the temple.  We do know he was a “craftsman” or tekton in Greek.  Carpenter is too narrow a definition.  We can surmise he had known the future Apostles […]
2020-10-25 Religion Today – Three forgeries – the Archko Volume, Book of Jasher and Urantia Book   (19:59) October 25, 2020
The Archko Volume, the Book of Jasher, and Urantia Book are all available online and at many book stores.  The problem is the Archko Volume and Book of Jasher are forgeries and Urantia Book is a fake (made up, and not what it purports to be).  In this episode of Religion Today, Martin Tanner explains […]
2020-10-18 Religion Today – Revelation – What is It and How to Get It   (20:00) October 18, 2020
What is Revelation?  How does one get Revelation?  How do you know if you have received Revelation?  How do you know your prayers are being answered?  The short answer is this:  If you have prepared, studied, done what you can, but still lack knowledge, wisdom or ability, prayer is how to get help from God.  […]
2020-10-11 Religion Today – An Account of the Lost 116 Pages of The Book of Mormon   (19:59) October 11, 2020
An account of how the first 116 pages of The Book of Mormon manuscript were lost.  When lost, Joseph Smith finished the translation, through the end of the Book of Moroni.  Only then did he re-translate the same events that had been lost, originally translated from the Book of Lehi, replaced with an account on […]
2020-10-04 Religion Today – God and Jesus Say We May Become Like Them   (20:00) October 04, 2020
General Authorities of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are wise, good, kind and loving.  They desire that everyone reach the full measure of their creation or abilities, which is to become like our Savior Jesus, and our Father in Heaven.  Joseph Smith expressed the same idea in his last Conference address, on […]
David Herard’s Near-death Experience in Vietnam   (20:00) September 27, 2020
Martin Tanner describes the Near-death Experience of his friend David Herard who passed away a few months ago.  David was severely wounded in Vietnam.  He went from agnostic or perhaps atheist, to believer in God and a Christian.  David was horribly wounded when a Viet-Kong rocket landed about 20 feet behind him.  David briefly visited […]
2020-09-20 Religion Today – How Joseph Smith Translated the Book of Mormon.Part 2   (20:00) September 20, 2020
The second of a two part series on how Joseph Smith translated The Book of Mormon.  The translation was not by reading sentences or letters, but by literally seeing and comprehending the events described in The Book of Mormon, something like seeing a movie.  Joseph Smith told Joseph Knight, Sr. the Nephite Interpreters or Urim […]
How Joseph Smith Translated the Book of Mormon.Part 1   (20:00) September 12, 2020
How precisely did Joseph Smith translate the Book of Mormon?  We do not know every detail, but in this first of a two-part series, Martin Tanner explains what we do know.  Translation could only have been accomplished with divine influence, as Joseph Smith at age 22-23 would not have been able to dictate, in virtually […]
2020-09-06 Religion Today – Book of Mormon Geography Evidence   (20:01) September 06, 2020
On January 29, 2019 the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued an official statement available at on Book of Mormon geography which says there is no official Church position and there has never been any revelation on where the events in The […]
2020-08-30 Religion Today – Sayings of Jesus from The Nag Hammadi Library   (20:00) August 30, 2020
The Nag Hammadi Library, is a collection of 52 books bound into 13 volumes, which dates to the early 4th century AD.  It was found in 1945 near the small town of Nag Hammadi, in Egypt.  One of its books, the Gospel of Thomas, contains authentic sayings of Jesus, many of which are not found […]
2020-08-23 Religion Today – Misconceptions About Women in Early Christianity   (20:00) August 22, 2020
Women in Early Christianity owned about one-third third of all property, owned businesses, slaves, sometimes ruled the household and held positions of authority in the Early Christian Church.  While it is true, as long as a woman’s father was alive, she was subservient to him, the same is true of men.  1 Timothy 2:12 and […]
2020-08-16 Religion Today – Siege of Masada and The Secret Gospel of Mark   (19:59) August 16, 2020
Two significant discoveries of the last century pertain to the 72 AD (or CE) Siege of Masada and the Secret Gospel of Mark.  The Siege of Masada was previously known only through the Jewish-Roman historian Josephus.  But a Jewish archaeological team, led by Yigeal Yadin, 1963-65, excavated Masada, and discovered, among other things, the lots […]
2020-08-09 Religion Today – Was Bad Grammar in The First Edition of The Book of Mormon   (20:00) August 08, 2020
Critics claim the First Edition of the Book of Mormon contains “bad grammar” and hence cannot be from God, because God would not use bad grammar.  Martin Tanner’s guest, Stanford Carmack, Phd, J.D. Stanford University and PhD, U.C. Santa Barbara, a linguist and expert in Book of Mormon syntax demonstrates the supposed “bad grammar” in […]
2020-08-02 Religion Today – God Will Answer Your Prayers   (19:58) August 02, 2020
Joseph Smith’s experience following James 1:5 which says God will answer your prayers, is instructional for all of us.  My friend Lloyd, who passed away in 2012, had a similar experience with prayer.  In a situation where his personal strength and intelligence were not enough, Lloyd prayed and received an answer in a way anyone […]
2020-07-26 Religion Today – History of Christianity   (20:00) July 26, 2020
The first Christian meetings were held in homes of followers of Jesus, right after the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. Christianity was accepted when the Roman Emperor Constantine became a Christian.  The split between the Orthodox and Catholic churches occurred over whether the Church at Rome had authority over all other branches; and, over whether […]
2020-07-19 Religion Today – Earliest Writing, Bible and Other Religious Texts   (19:59) July 19, 2020
The earliest known writings are the Egyptian Temple Texts, which date to nearly 4,000 B.C.E.  “Hieroglyphics” comes from the Greek “Herios” (God’s) and “Glyphos” (inscriptions or writings).  Hieroglyphics are thus literally the writings God gave to humans.  Latter-day Saints have a similar idea in Moses 6:5-6.  The earliest Bible texts are the Nash Papyrus, the […]
2020-07-12 Religion Today – Jesus as Jew, Christian, Reformer and Messiah   (20:00) July 11, 2020
Christians see Jesus as the Savior, Messiah and Son of God.  Jews see Jesus as a heretic.  During his earthly ministry, the Apostles and his followers saw him as a Jewish reformer.  Nearly two millennia later, Christians see Jesus as Savior, Son of God and a Christian, sometimes forgetting his Jewish roots.  Many of Jesus’ […]