2018 Listener Essay Contest

Listener Essay

Posted December 10th, 2017

Do you have something you want to say on Infants on Thrones? Now is your chance to say it, and possibly win a cash prize for doing it.

This episode contains 4 example essays:

“Testimony” by Glenn Ostlund (from 2008)
“Obedience” by Tom Perry (from 2008)
“Tangled” by Scott Rowley (from 2009)
“Testimony Update” by Glenn Ostlund (Dec 2017)

Click here for more details about the essay contest.

Glenn

Scott

Tom

The Spiritual (sort of) Brain (kinda) Episode that Rocked the World of All Those Who’s World it Rocked

Review

Posted November 30th, 2017

Why do otherwise smart and intelligent people defend really bad ideas? How does our brain respond to perceived threats? What are mirror neurons? Glenn shares a kookie but fascinating video about the brain and tells a lot of stories along the way. Could this video possibly contain the seeds of answers to some of the biggest existential questions we still ask ourselves, even after a faith crisis?

This episode was produced as a video podcast first. You will get more out of it watching than you will listening. You can watch the video here:

https://www.patreon.com/posts/15643003

After watching the video, please also take a few moments to fill out this survey:

https://www.proprofs.com/survey/t/?title=v8jvs

A link to the original video, without Glenn’s commentary:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FbBA14Adydw

Glenn

Females on Sexual Misconduct

Panel Discussion

Posted November 26th, 2017

To send or not to send this dick pic? Heather and friends Kathleen, Angela, and Susan eventually (be patient) tackle these and other immortal issues such as giving feedback to unintentionial harassers, victim blaming, the relative hotness of Han and Leah, and the role of economic independence in sexual politics.

Heather

Weird Alma

Interview

Posted November 22nd, 2017

Tom and Matt are joined by Eric Herman, also known as Weird Alma. Eric talks about his journey from addiction, joining the church, and then eventually leaving. We also talk about some of the songs on his parody album, “Straight Outta Cumorah.” Eric is a musician who focuses on creating music for kids.

http://www.EricHermanMusic.com
http://www.WeirdAlma.com
http://www.EricEndres.com

Matt

Tom

Infants on Louis C.K., Sexual Misconduct, and Moral Panic

Panel Discussion

Posted November 19th, 2017

Bob is joined by Glenn, Tom, Matt, Randy, and friend-of-the-show Lindsay Hansen Park to discuss comedian Louis C.K.’s sexual misconduct in the context of “the reckoning,” the post Harvey Weinstein moment. See below for a couple of resources mentioned in the episode.

When Does a Watershed Become a Sex Panic?
https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-columnists/when-does-a-watershed-become-a-sex-panic

 

How We Can End Sexual Harassment at Work
https://www.ted.com/talks/gretchen_carlson_how_we_can_end_sexual_harassment_at_work

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Glenn

Matt

Randy

Tom

The Spiritual Brain – Part 2

Interview

Posted November 12th, 2017

What does it mean to be spiritual? Is “spirit” just a supernatural idea? A bedtime story parents tell to their children to make them believe in God? Or is there something physical, tangible, measurable to spirit?

Glenn is joined by Kevin & Campbell Oleson to discuss these questions with neuroscientist Dr. Michael Adam Ferguson, to preview Michael’s upcoming project “The Spiritual Brain Podcast,” and to better understand his scientific approach to spirituality.

A video of this conversation can be found here:
https://www.patreon.com/posts/spiritual-brain-15107895

The Spiritual Brain Podcast website:
https://www.spiritualbrainpodcast.com

Glenn

The Spiritual Brain – Part 1

Interview

Posted November 5th, 2017

What does it mean to be spiritual? Is “spirit” just a supernatural idea? A bedtime story parents tell to their children to make them believe in God? Or is there something physical, tangible, measurable to spirit?

Glenn is joined by Kevin & Campbell Oleson to discuss these questions with neuroscientist Dr. Michael Adam Ferguson, to preview Michael’s upcoming project “The Spiritual Brain Podcast,” and to better understand his scientific approach to spirituality.

A video of this conversation can be found here:
https://www.patreon.com/posts/spiritual-brain-15107895

The Spiritual Brain Podcast website:
https://www.spiritualbrainpodcast.com

Glenn

Me Too: Infants on Sexual Assault

Listener Essay

Posted November 3rd, 2017

In this Froback Friday hybrid, Glenn and Matt are joined by Nancy and Melissa to reflect on Nancy’s Listener Essay about Sexual Assault from Jan 2015.

Glenn

Matt

Masculine Manly Men: The Smackdown – Part 2

Posted October 29th, 2017

Mass shootings. Sexual assault. Why do men keep doing horrible things? Glenn, Matt, Jake, Lindsay, and Paige conclude their smack around of the article “Thoughts on Vegas, and Why Men Keep Doing This” by author Charlie Hoehn.

https://byrslf.co/thoughts-on-the-vegas-shooting-14af397cee2c

Glenn

Jake

Matt

Masculine Manly Men: The Smackdown – Part 1

Smackdown

Posted October 21st, 2017

Mass shootings. Sexual assault. Why do men keep doing horrible things? Glenn, Matt, Jake, Lindsay, and Paige smack around the article “Thoughts on Vegas, and Why Men Keep Doing This” by author Charlie Hoehn.

https://byrslf.co/thoughts-on-the-vegas-shooting-14af397cee2c

Glenn

Jake

Matt