Future of Mormonism

Mormonism is one of the fastest growing religions in America. Some scholars say it will be the next great world religion. Others predict it will merge into the Christian fold as another Protestant sect. Still others see it fading away as the world changes over time. Is the Second Coming just around the corner as Mormons believe? How will they adjust in the future to growing fundamentalism, secularism, technological trends, ecological change & population growth? This site is sponsored by LDS scholars who are or have been members of the World Futurist Society and are currently actively thinking about and discussing alternative future trends and developments in American society and the Mormon Church.

The Future of Mormonism
Five Scenarios
This paper explores 5 possible futures for the LDS faith and examines social, economic and technological trends affecting them. It is not an attempt to predict the future of the faith, but rather to explore alternative directions in which it could evolve.
The Book of Mormon
History or Metaphor?
A comparison of ancient writing and numerical systems in the Americas to those of other world civilizations with a special focus on beliefs of the Mormons and includes a commentary on how the Church can move away from seeing it as a historical document and yet still accept it as a revelation.
Three Geneticists on DNA
And the Book of Mormon
In this Mormon Stories podcast, three geneticists respond to the LDS Essay “Book of Mormon and DNA Studies,” and to Apologist Michael Ash’s article entitled “The DNA Challenge to the Book of Mormon that Fizzled.”
New Order Mormons
The LDS and the Future
The author reflects on the new type of more spiritual and less dogmatic Mormon that is slowly spreading throughout the Church and what the means for the future of the Church and the world.
The Big Questions of Life
An LDS Exchange of Ideas
Two LDS scholars discuss a new online course that shows the irrationality of believing in the supernatural and then a new book by a British scholars who explains why we all do anyway.
Being Gay and Mormon
How one LDS Missionary Changed
This video is an interview with an LDS returned missionary who struggled with being Mormon and Gay. He tells how his family, his Bishop, his Mission President, and even how the BYU dealt with it, and how he has now moved on in his life.
Member Discussions of the
LDS Church Policy on Gay Marriage
This paper documents an email exchange between LDS members and their adult children the two days following the announcement of the LDS Church to excommunicate anyone in a gay marriage and refuse to allow their children membership in the church until they have moved out of their home at age 18 or above and disavowed the lifestyle of their gay parents.
The Paradox of the Faithful
The LDS have millions of stalwart members with firm testimonies that Jesus is the Savior and that Joseph Smith restored the ancient gospel. There are other members of the church who disbelieve some, or all, of these things. It's possible that such members were sitting in front of you last week in sacrament meeting.
How to Stay Active LDS
After Challenges to Your Faith
This essay is intended for LDS Church members who encounter a major trial of their faith, are contemplating leaving the church, or are trying to figure out what options for church engagement are still available to them given their circumstances.
An LDS Missionary Story
Why some leave the Church
This is a personal account of how one young LDS man was sent on a mission to Germany, but as a result, came to doubt many LDS doctrines and eventually became inactive after returning home. Social statistics show that as many as 25% or more of returned missionaries become inactive within 6 years after returning home. This story shows why this is the case for many of them.
An LDS Letter to Big Brother
With questions for Jesus
This is a personal letter addressed to Jesus by an LDS father that first reviews the letters others have written to the Savior, and then directly asks Him a series of pertinent questions that have haunted the author for most of his life.
The Evolutionary Manifesto
Our role in the future evolution of life
Dr. John Stewart (The Free University of Brussels) is author of Evolution's Arrow. He argues that "a completely new phase in the evolution of life on Earth has begun.  It will change everything.  In this new phase evolution will be driven intentionally, by humanity." The result, if true, will have a huge impact on the future of Mormonism and religion. 
Why the Future Doesn't Need Us! This fascinating article was written by Bill Joy in 2000, co-founder and Chief Scientist of Sun Microsystems, and published in Wired Magazine. He is concerned that automation, robots and other coming technologies may make humans obsolete.
Mormon Transhumanism
Is this where the LDS Faith is headed?
There is a growing movement in Mormonism to merge theological concepts in the LDS faith with growing scientific knowledge. "Our generation is not the first to question the compatibility of religion and science, and our generation would not be the first to reconcile the two." Here you can also watch recordings of the 2015 Conference of the Mormon Transhumanist Association on topics at the intersection of technology, spirituality, science, and religion.
Predictions about the
Future of Christianity
This series of papers and comments explore a wide range of thought on the future of religion in America. It includes the thoughts of such well known writers as Harold Bloom, Rowland Croucher, James Dobson, and Cardinal Francis Arinze.
The World Network of
Religious Futurists
This site is dedicated to uniting people who want to explore the future of religion. It not only suggests answers to some of the most fundamental questions, but also proposes meaningful ways to search for answers.
Thoughts On
The Meaning Of Life
This is a short article written by an elderly LDS gentleman who thinks back about his life and its meaning in the context of what he has learned over a lifetime. 
What is Reality? This short paper explores the nature of reality and how the Mormon concept of God compares to that of other Christian and world religions, as well as to atheism.
Estimates of Future Membership
in the LDS Church
It is said that worldwide Church membership, at about 14 million members in 2011, will grow to almost the population of the United States within 100 years. These projections are sure to fuel the imaginations and testimonies of Latter-day Saints, but the real question is, where do these projections come from and are they accurate? Here the Church makes predictions about its own growth in the future.

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