Category: Mormon theology

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…