Category: Mormon

205: Joseph Smith the Occultish Bricoleur: Sheldon Kent

Lancaster University PhD student, Sheldon Kent discusses the esoteric and mystical influences abroad during the early days of Mormonism.   In particular, he discusses Emmanual Swedenborg and the impact that this 18th-century philosopher and church man had on Joseph Smith’s…

201: Ministering to Those In Faith Crisis: Bishop Matt Jones

  LDS Bishops are at the front line as Mormons facing their own questions, concerns and doubts seek their counsel.   Too often these local leaders surmise that the person expressing doubt must have done something wrong to get there.…

194: Dancing Like No One’s Watching: John Bonner

John Bonner (clinical social worker, singer and grower of flowers) joins me to talk about his growth into manhood as young and gay in one of the most religiously conservative areas in the Mormon corridor.  He shares his story of…

193: God, the Image of God, Theosis, Sex and Godly Creation: Blaire Ostler

Blaire Ostler joins me to discuss God. God as feminine and masculine; God in Mormon theology; God as a plurality; God as a creator; God without the biological need to procreate; the God of our own imagination …and much more.…

187: ‘Translation’ and the Book of Mormon in this Historical Moment: Sam Brown

I catch up with Sam Brown (author and ICU physician) for a very quick chat about this cultural moment that sees us grappling with the question of the Book of Mormon as a ‘translation’. Sam presented at  the New Perspectives…

186: Mormon Studies: Attending to the Difficult Issues: Philip Barlow

Philip Barlow, Leonard J. Arrington Chair of Mormon History and Culture, and the 2017 fellow at the Maxwell Institute at BYU joins me to discuss the importance of Mormon Studies in the tradition.  We discuss the need for new conversations regarding…

180: Mormon Women and the Challenge of Assertiveness: Julie de Azevedo Hanks

Mormon women, particularly those from Utah, aren’t necessarily known for their assertiveness. Raised in a heavy patriarchy, too many women are socialized to accept that surrender to the authority of masculinity is necessary for their salvation.     Drawing from her extensive…

178 & 179: The Truths About Marital Intimacy: A Critique of Wendy Nelson’s Sex Talk: Helfer-Parker and de Azevedo-Hanks

Natasha Helfer-Parker and Julie de Azevedo-Hanks about Wendy Watson Nelson’s speech at the January 2017 Worldwide Devotional for Young Adults. Nelson’s address garnered some criticism for the unhealthy, purity-centred and confusing expectations that she constructed around sex.  She argued that…

177: The Mormon Tabernacle Choir at Trump’s Inauguration: International Voices Speak Up

Mormons from Australia, New Zealand, Belgium, the UK, Finland, Canada and Sweden share their objections to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s forthcoming appearance at President-Elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, in January 2017.

176: In Faithful Defiance: Peter Bleakley

Peter Bleakley has had an intriguing journey in Mormonism.  Born at BYU to British parents he grew up in England loving Mormon theology and enjoying an early life in the church that he treasures. Of late he’s less pleased with…