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During President McKay’s tenure, the church tripled its membership. The reorganization of the church to handle this unprecedented growth was known as ‘correlation’. How did this process affect the church, its quorums and auxiliaries? What were some of the side effects? We again use David O. McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism as a reference for …
 
Welcome to season 3! We introduce our themes for the year, and after that take a deep dive on baptism. This year we’ll be focusing on change in the church, and how our expectations of true doctrine clash with the realities of a people-led church. Notes: “I’m coming to the conclusion that 1933 was the hinge upon which modern Mormonism pivoted: It wa…
 
“Bioshock Infinite can make you feel uncomfortable.” - Kevin VanOrd. So will 2020. We talk about civic religion in the video game Bioshock Infinite and how it relates to the apotheosis of Christopher Columbus and racism in the church. We end with a discussion of the current nationwide protests and affirm that #BlackLivesMatter. We thank @BenjaminEP…
 
We take a break from our LDS miscellany to discuss the current pandemic using the recent conference as a backdrop. Please note the upcoming world-wide fast on Good Friday. “We will conquer the coronavirus, apostle Holland says” https://www.sltrib.com/religion/2020/04/05/latest-sundays-lds/ April 2020 World Report https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSq…
 
Albert Einstein, C. S. Lewis, Carl Sagan, Paul. Talking about evolution, Adam and Eve, death, and the March of Progress takes us on quite the journey! Wiki on Mormon views on evolution https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mormon_views_on_evolution Meanwhile, in Ohio… https://local12.com/news/local/ohio-house-passes-bill-allowing-student-answers-to-be-scie…
 
How do LDS works get canonized? Should the King Follet Discourse be scripture? What about other teachings of Joseph Smith or more recent prophets? Lots of references in the show notes for this one. Check them out! The King Follett Discourse http://mldb.byu.edu/follett.htm Mormon Literature Online Anthology Sampler, Selections from various genres an…
 
What do mummies, papyrus, and a great fire have to do with modern scripture? Join us as we look at the broad meaning of the word translation and how it can be applied to Joseph Smith’s work and the Pearl of Great Price. Changes to the Lord’s Prayer https://www.ucatholic.com/news/pope-francis-approves-changes-to-lords-prayer-gloria-of-italian-missal…
 
Let’s talk about aliens! Our hosts discuss the Fermi paradox, Drake’s equation and SETI, and then cover how Mormon doctrines about many worlds relate to the possibility of extraterrestrial life. Wiki links! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fermi_paradox https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drake_equation https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mormon_cosmology https:/…
 
Our hosts discuss the book “The Ghost of Eternal Polygamy,” by Carol Lynn Pearson. The Ghost of Eternal Polygamy: Haunting the Hearts and Heaven of Mormon Women and Men, by Carol Lynn Pearson: https://www.amazon.com/Ghost-Eternal-Polygamy-Haunting-Hearts/dp/0997458208 Eric’s literary works: The Widower: https://www.dialoguejournal.com/wp-content/up…
 
The 2019 Association for Mormon Letters conference was excellent. Our hosts use some of the panels as a means to discuss Mormon literature in general, focusing on the work of Carol Lynn Pearson, and on the new church history book, Saints. Authors mentioned: Brandon Sanderson, Orson Scott Card, and DJ Butler. Favorite books by them: Mistborn: https:…
 
Secret or sacred? Taboo or simply uncomfortable? Important or trivial? With the temple ceremony changes in the news lately, our hosts discuss why Mormons don’t go into the ceremony specifics, what kinds of venues are appropriate for difficult subjects, and when it’s appropriate to espouse the virtue of silence. Also, awesome 80’s comics apparently …
 
Aaron and Eric introduce the podcast! Our hosts discuss critical thinking and its application to LDS miscellany and they describe their Berkeley influences. Also a magic card comes up, but it feels natural. Magic card! http://www.magicspoiler.com/mtg-spoiler/skewer-the-critics Wikipedia on critical thinking https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Critical_th…
 
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