Learning from Academics Who Left Mormonism

Most of my readers know my personal connection to Mormonism; I have six half-brothers and sisters who were raised in the Mormon faith. When I first become interested in Christianity, I investigated the claims of the gospels simultaneous to my investigation of the Book of Mormon. While the gospels passed the test I typically apply to eyewitnesses, the Book of Mormon did not. My journey led me to trust the Jesus of Christianity but reject the Jesus of Mormonism. As a result, I’m interested in the stories of others who have become similarly convinced Mormonism is evidentially false. That’s why a recent book, Leaving Mormonism: Why Four Scholars Changed Their Minds, caught my attention. I had the chance to interview one of it’s authors, Corey Miller, to see what motivated him to write the book.

J. Warner:
Corey, I know your work quite well, but there may be some in my audience who aren’t as familiar with you. Tell us about your current position with Ratio Christi and a bit about your ministry journey.

Corey:
I’m the President/CEO of Ratio Christi, which is a campus apologetics evangelism ministry. We desire to see lives transformed by thoughtful Christianity from campus to culture. I served on staff for several years at various churches, but have always had a passion for evangelism and a strategy to reclaim the voice of Christ in the university. I suppose you could say that this passion developed shortly after I left Mormonism and became a Christian. I was challenged in my newfound biblical faith and I encountered a short stint of skepticism. This led me into a trajectory to study philosophy and comparative religions and make an impact on the most influential institution of western civilization, The University.

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J. Warner Wallace is a Cold-Case Homicide Detective, and the author of Cold-Case Christianity: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of the Gospels. J. Warner’s professional investigative work has received national recognition; his cases have been featured repeatedly on NBC’s Dateline, Court TV and Fox News. He’s also been awarded the Police and Fire Medal of Valor “Sustained Superiority” Award. J. Warner is also a contributor to the Apologetics Study Bible for Students, and has written several articles for Christian publications including the Christian Research Journal and SALVO. J. Warner is an Adjunct Professor of Apologetics at BIOLA University. Find him on the web at www.coldcasechristianity.com.

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