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…

006: Women’s Bodies, Motherhood, Sex and Oblivious Husbands: A Review of Tully: The Cheeky Mormon Movie Review

Derrick Clements and Gina Colvin get real about the price of motherhood in this somewhat Mormon flavoured review of Tully by Jason Reitman, starring Charlize Theron.

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,…

005: The Cheeky Mormon Movie Review: Love, Simon

Gina and movie reviewer Derrick Clements discuss Love, Simon. “Everyone deserves a great love story, but for 17-year-old Simon Spier, it’s a little more complicated. He hasn’t told his family or friends that he’s gay, and he doesn’t know the…

246: “There’s a world of ideas competing for access to human brains”: Souls, Brains and the Divine: Dr Michael Ferguson

Dr Michael Ferguson is a research fellow at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a teaching hospital for Harvard Medical School.  He works at the intersections of culture and brain.   His active research includes cognitive neuroscientific investigations of intelligence, memory, depression,…

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. …

242: Interrupting General Conference with a Reflection on Holy Week: Bob Rees

General Conference is often scheduled at the same time as Holy Week.  While there is much in LDS History to suggest that the formal organisation of the church occurred not coincidently with Holy Week of 1830, we are, according to…