Category: Mormon Studies

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…

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…

185: Growing the Narrative and Speaking with Candor: Richard Bushman

Professor Richard Bushman’s contribution to contemporary Mormon Studies cannot be overstated.  In this interview we discuss the need for a refreshed understanding of the idea of the ‘translation’ of the Book of Mormon; the imperative for a more supple Mormon conversation, and  the urgency…

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…

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…

174: Richard Ostler: A Bishop Ministering to the Fringes of the Ward

Richard Ostler is a recently released bishop of a Young Single Adult Ward in Magna, Utah.  He reflects on his three years ministering to and seeking to be inclusive of the hundreds of young people who struggled to be fully…

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…

160 & 161: Carol Lynn Pearson: The Ghost of Eternal Polygamy with Lindsay Hansen Park and Gina Colvin

Join Gina and Lindsay Hansen Park (From a Year of Polygamy)  in this two part conversation with Carol Lynn Pearson, author of ‘The Ghost of Eternal Polygamy:  Haunting the Hearts and Heaven of Mormon Women and Men.’      …