Category: Mormon theology

257: The Sins of Brigham: The granddaughters of Brigham’s wives speak out: Jacobs, Jensen & Chamberlain

While Mormons claim Joseph Smith as the founder of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, it is still very much Brigham Young’s church.  Brigham’s leadership was formative in shaping the LDS movements as it is today.   The husband…

254: When a Woman Leads the Church: Women’s Ordination in the USA: Benjamin Knoll & Cammie-Jo Bolin

Benjamin Knoll and Cammie-Jo Bollin discuss their new book, ‘She Preached the Word:  Women’s Ordination in Modern America.’ Their study uses novel survey data that reveals a surprising relationship between political orientation and an acceptance of women’s ordination.   This, of course,  raises…

252: ‘It wasn’t God’s Will’: Reflections on the 4th Anniversary of Kate Kelly’s Excommunication

In June 2014 Kate Kelly, the vocal spokesperson for Ordain Women was excommunicated from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for apostasy. Kate Kelly had led a high profile campaign including two actions on Temple Square in order…

248: What happened to the Cross?: Michael Reed on Free Masonry, Roman Catholics and Mormonism’s perplexing relationship with the Cross

Mormons don’t have a robust theology of the cross.  They are more inclined to say that, ‘We celebrate the Living Christ, not the death of Christ’.  Though Mormons claim to be Christian this defining sign of Christianity is missing, while…

247: Commentary: The Ministering Programme & President Nelson’s World Ministering Tour: Peter Bleakley

In Part One, Peter Bleakley (London) offers optimistic and enthusiastic commentary on the new ministering programme currently being rolled out to replace Home and Visiting Teaching. In Part Two the World Ministry Tour of President Russell Nelson, Sister Wendy Watson Nelson,…

245: Reading the Old Testament and Loving it: David Bokovoy

Let’s face it, the Old Testament can be a tad confusing. Biblical scholar Prof. David Bokovoy, joins Gina Colvin to discuss the things that are handy to know in order to really appreciate the Old Testament as a sacred text…

244: Uncovering a Doctrine of Black Priesthood Denial: Newell Bringhurst

Historian Newell Bringhurst discusses the background to his seminal work, “Saints, Slave and Blacks: The Changing Place of Black People Within Mormonism.” Originally published in 1980, Newell’s important contribution to racial politics in the LDS Church is being republished by…

243: Listening For God: Prof. Nancy Ross

“There’s no point at which we can say, ‘I’ve got it.’   Always and forever, mystery gets you.  Our searching for God is a search for symbols, analogies and metaphors.  All theological language is an approximation, offered tentatively in holy awe. …

239: Improving Women’s Ministry in the LDS Church: Dipadova-Stocks, Otteson, Hall

Laurie Dipadova-Stocks, a former Stake Relief Society President; Royleane Otteson, a former Ward Relief Society President, and Laurie Lee Hall a former Stake President and now an excommunicated transwoman attending Relief Society discuss women’s ministry in the LDS Church. They…

236: Hope and Change for the LDS Church: Is it all worth it? Jana Spangler and Peter Bleakley

In this episode, Jana Spangler (Salt Lake City) and Peter Bleakley (London) have a hard conversation about what is troubling the LDS Church and they seek to grapple with these questions:   Is there any hope for change in the LDS…