Category: Mormon History

190: On the Erasure of Native Americans from the Book of Mormon Conversation: Thomas Murphy

The Book of Mormon has been claimed by the LDS Church to be a history of Native Americans. While this proposition has been scaled back over the years it’s still somewhat present in a literalist view of the text. But…

189: The Book of Mormon as a 19th Century Political Commentary: Christopher C. Smith

Chris Smith is not LDS but has been fascinated with the tradition since he dated the local Mormon bishop’s daughter in high school.  His research as a religious historian has lead him to the conclusion that Joseph Smith sought to resolve 19th Century America’s…

188: “Exploiting Congruences”: Mormons in Nazi Germany: David Conley Nelson

David Conley Nelson has written an extensive account of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Nazi Germany in his book “Moroni and the Swastika’.  Desperate to keep the church alive during World War II  the Mormons exploited…

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…

182: LDS Inc. and the Commodification of Faith: Ron & Josh Madson

How did The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints become an over-bloated corporate bureaucracy?  What are the implications for the way in which the church practices religion, and for the way it inspires faith? Ron and Josh Madson address these…

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…

175: A 16-Year-Old’s Questions to a Sunday School Teacher: Abel Nelson

Recently 16-Year-Old Abel Nelson of Casstleton, North Dakota was asked by his teacher to submit a list of questions that he and her other students might have about the church, its history and its doctrine.  Abel took this opportunity to send…

170 & 171: Enmeshed Family Systems, Differentiation and Faith Crisis: A Discussion with Wendy Christian and Friends

In this two part episode we hear the powerful stories of three anonymous guests who reflect on their experiences in enmeshed family systems.  Enmeshed families characteristically lack boundaries with each other and experience the  faith crisis or differentiation (the point at which individuals begin…

165: Elise Boxer: The Dakota Access Pipeline and the Sacred Work of Environmental Protection

Dr Elise Boxer (Oceti Sakowin) joins me to discuss the Dakota Access Pipeline.  She provides the context for the issue and explains what is at the centre of the protest at Standing Rock including the environmental and cultural consequences should the…