Religion Today

Issues of faith and spirituality that matter to LDS, Mormons, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
2021-12-05 Religion Today – Read the Gospel of Mark For Christmas and it Will Enhance Your Understanding of Our Savior   (19:57) December 04, 2021
In this episode of Religion Today, host Martin Tanner suggests that during the Christmas Season, reading the Gospel of Mark, all at once, which will take about 1 1/2 hours, will enhance your understanding of our Savior.  It was the first Gospel written, and it was written in “first person.”  For example God says “I […]
2021-11-27 Religion Today – Polygamy in the Old and New Testaments, in the LDS Faith in the 1800, and in Christianity Today   (19:58) December 04, 2021
In this Religion Today episode, host Martin Tanner puts polygamy in perspective.  At least 40 men in the Old Testament were polygamists, including Abraham, Moses, Jacob, Esau, David and Solomon.  What is less known is that polygamy was practiced in Judaism into the third and fourth centuries AD, according to Josephus, St. Augustine, Justin and […]
2021-11-21 Religion Today – Love and Gratitude and Thanksgiving are the Ways to Find Happiness During Life’s Trials   (20:00) November 21, 2021
In this Thanksgiving episode, host Martin Tanner provides real life experiences, scriptures and other insights into how to find happiness during difficult times in one’s life, and during troubles times in the world. 
2021-11-14 Religion Today – Prof. Kerry Muhlestein on his new Isaiah Commentary and Guide   (20:00) November 13, 2021
In this Religion Today episode, host Martin Tanner interviews Professor Kerry Muhlestein, MA, Ancient Near-Eastern Studies, PhD, Egyptology, past Visiting Fellow at Oxford, and current Director of the BYU Egypt Excavation Project.  Prof. Muhlestein has just published an excellent book on Isaiah “Learning to Love Isaiah.”  The 2022 Come Follow Me is the Old Testament.  […]
2021-11-07 Religion Today – How to Persuade Atheists and Agnostics in the Existence of God.Part 2   (20:00) November 06, 2021
In this second of a two part series, host Martin Tanner explains in easy to understand ways, some of the scientific evidence for God, including the astronomical odds against the finding water, oxygen, the right temperature range, the right gravitational pull, needed carbon and other nutrients, for the existence of life.  In addition, even the […]
2021-10-31 Religion Today – How to Persuade Atheists and Agnostics in the Existence of God   (19:59) October 31, 2021
Believers in God often try to persuade atheists or agnostics God exists by using scriptures such as the Bible or Book of Mormon.  Typically, arguments of faith do not work with atheists and agnostics, who see scriptures as faith based.  In this episode of Religion Today, host Martin Tanner provides an overview of some of […]
2021-10-24 Religion Today – The Impact of Anti-Mormon and Anti-Joseph Smith Publications on Joseph Smith and The Restored Church of Jesus Christ   (19:59) October 24, 2021
During the type-setting of the Book of Mormon, continuously to the time of his death Joseph Smith was faced with anti-Mormon and Anti-Joseph Smith publications, from newspaper publications, to pamphlets, to books.  In this episode of Religion Today, host Martin Tanner gives an over-view of the extraordinary opposition Joseph Smith faced and overcame during his […]
2021-10-17 Religion Today – How to Answer Difficult Gospel Questions – Martin Tanner’s Debate with a Former Latter-day Saint as an Illustration   (19:59) October 16, 2021
How do you find answers to difficult Gospel Questions?  In this episode of Religion Today Host Martin Tanner uses his 2018 debate with a former Latter-day Saint who left the Church over questions he could not answer in the Book of Mormon, to show how to be patient and how to look to find answers […]
2021-10-10 Religion Today – God Loves You No Matter Your Flaws and Imperfections – God’s Love is Always There for You No Matter What   (19:59) October 10, 2021
Many people have the idea, and have even been taught, that God’s love is conditional; that God loves the righteous more than the unrighteous; that he loves people with problems less and good people more.  In this episode of Religion Today, host Martin Tanner explains from the experiences of Joseph Smith, the teachings of Church […]
2021-10-03 Religion Today – Was there Baptism Before Christianity – Is Baptism in the Book of Mormon Before Christianity aa Error   (19:59) October 03, 2021
What was John the Baptist doing when he baptized people?  His baptism was not a Christian ritual.  After all, he was baptizing before Jesus’ ministry began.  Is Baptism in the Book of Mormon before the time of Christ an error and proof it is not of God?  In this episode of Religion Today, host Martin […]
2021-09-26 Religion Today – Touching Near-Death Experiences from a 6 year old boy and a 14 year old girl   (20:00) September 25, 2021
The near-death experiences of a 6-year-old boy and a 14-year-old girl are shared by host Martin Tanner in this touching episode.  Both saw Jesus and one saw Heavenly Father.  Both experiences will help listeners understand how all are loved by God, how all can be forgiven, what is important in life, and that the Second […]
2021-09-19 Religion Today – Race in Judaism, Christianity, and in the LDS Faith   (20:00) September 19, 2021
Several critics emailed to ask whether host Martin Tanner believes Brigham Young was racist.  In this broadcast, Martin Tanner answers and responds to a broader question by explaining why neither The LDS Church and Joseph Smith were ahead of their time in having Blacks, Native Americans and others treated like all other visitors and members, […]
2021-09-12 Religion Today – Radical Islamic Religious Beliefs Caused 9-11, Not Western Politics or Foreign Policy   (19:59) September 12, 2021
The day after the 20th anniversary of 9-11, Religion Today Host Martin Tanner explains why the interpretation of 109 verses in the Quran by Radical Muslims, like the Taliban, ISIS, Al Quada, etc. caused 9-11, not U.S. foreign policy or U.S. involvement in the Middle-East, as some erroneously claim.  Learn why 99% of all terrorist […]
2021-09-05 Religion Today – The Church Will Not be Led Astray, is Not Off Track, or In a State of Apostasy   (19:57) September 05, 2021
Recently Religion Today Show host Martin Tanner has received many emails concerned about the future:  Is the Constitution hanging by a threat?  Is the Church off track?  Is there a need for yet another restoration?  In this episode of Religion Today Martin Tanner explains from the Old and New Testaments, in clear language, why there […]
2021-08-29 Religion Today – Responding to Those Who Say Latter-day Saints Should Not be Considered Real Christians   (19:58) August 28, 2021
Religion Today host Martin Tanner explains how to respond to claims that members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe in a different God, a different Jesus and have a different view of salvation that is found in the New Testament.
2021-08-22 Religion Today – Humor in the Bible – Does God Have a Sense of Humor   (20:00) August 21, 2021
Have you wondered whether God and Jesus have a sense of humor?  In this episode of Religion Today, host Martin Tanner give some examples of the hundreds of places in the Bible where humor is appropriately used by God, Jesus, the Apostle Paul, Prophet Elijah and others to make an appropriate point.  Because we read […]
2021-08-15 Religion Today – The Greek Septuagint Bible, and How Jesus, the New Testament Writers and Early Christians Used It   (20:00) August 14, 2021
Did you know that Jesus, the Apostles and New Testament writers all read the scriptures the Greek (the Septuagint version of the Bible)?  In this episode of Religion Today, the host Martin Tanner explains why Jesus, the Apostles and Early Christians all read the Old Testament in Greek (the Septuagint Bible) and quotes from it.  […]
2021-08-08 Religion Today – Prayer, How to Overcome Doubts About it and How to Make it More Effective   (19:59) August 07, 2021
Prayer is communication with Heavenly Father.  If God knows all, why should we pray?  How can we overcome doubts about prayer and whether God listens?  In this Religion Today episode, host Martin Tanner answers these and other questions about prayer.  Prayer is important for everyone.,  If points us in the right direction, by re-orienting our […]
2021-08-01 Religion Today – Near-Death Experiences, LDS and other Religious Beliefs   (19:56) July 31, 2021
Religion Today host Martin Tanner explains why even though the first book on Near-death Experiences (NDEs) wasn’t published until 1975, a careful study shows NDEs have been known much earlier:  (1) in the 1800s in the LDS Faith, (2) in the Middle Ages, (3) in the first millennium after Christ, (4) in the New Testament, […]
2021-07-25 Religion Today – Baptism for the Dead in Early Christianity and as Restored in the LDS Faith   (19:57) July 24, 2021
In this episode of Religion Today host Martin Tanner explores the meaning of vicarious “Baptism for the Dead” by early Christians in Corinth as mentioned by the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:29.  Harvard scholar and professor Krister Stendahl, later head of the Lutheran Church in Sweden, and the New English Translation of the Bible […]