Category: Podcasts

Confessions of an Aging, Hypocritical Ex-missionary

By Wayne C. Booth   Can it be good—even spiritually essential—to be a hypocrite? This professor of rhetoric thinks so. Wayne Booth shares the fruits of his life-long interior discussion between his boyhood Mormon religion fundamentalism and his adult “faith.” All of it, the direct result of his two years as a conflicted, intellectual LDS …

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Arnold Lobel and Me

By Martha Taysom Martha Taysom is a retired scholar of American intellectual history and the mother of five children, of whom Matt is the fourth.     When Matt was young, we often read Arnold Lobel’s Frog and Toad stories together. His head would rest against my arm as he followed these simple but wise …

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Low and the Hermeneutics of Silence

By Jacob Bender Jacob Bender recently completed a Ph.D. in English at the University of Iowa. He has previously published in Dialogue, Sunstone, Peculiar Pages, West Trade Review, and WLN, and has articles forthcoming in American Indian Quarterly and Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association.     The veteran indie-trio Low, when they are …

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Rejecting Dogma By Embracing Paradox

Christ focused his teachings on subverting the letter of the law in order to pursue its spirit. In other words, he pointed us away from the known toward the unknown. Mormonism has evolved into a rigid and dogmatic group dominated by authority. Its members frequently focus on the importance of ideology, often leading them toward …

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The Spiritual Brain

Brain science has matured to the point where it is beginning to subsume the philosophical discipline of religious phenomenology. In this session, Dr. Michael Ferguson will lead attendees through an exciting spiral of divine ascent, complete with detailed mechanisms for the cognitive and neural dynamics of theosis (i.e., divine imitation). The best of contemporary science …

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Quantifiably Stranger Than Fiction

In the gerentocracy of the LDS Church, actuarial tables can be (and have been) used to forecast leadership a few decades in the future. Though these predictions are generally quite accurate, surprises happen. Using historic actuarial tables, this presentation demonstrates four time periods where reality deviated most from the statistically most likely path, then presents …

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