Are liberal Mormons good or bad for the Church? What kind of Mormon Church do the infant panelists want to see 20 years from now? In this episode Tom, Glenn, Bob, Jesse, and Randy try to answer these questions along with many more. See below for links to content discussed and shared.
If God is omni-everything — and especially omni-good — then how can we explain the existence of evil and suffering in the world? In the philosophy of religion, this is not a new question. It is commonly known as The Problem of Evil. It assumes that the God in question is in fact a benevolent God. But what if God were a malevolent God? Would we then have to explain The Problem of Good? This is the question asked by Sebastian Dick, the author of our second listener essay contribution. In this episode, Seb reads his essay and is joined by Glenn Ostlund and special guest panelist Brother Jake to discuss.
Bob discusses author Orson Scott Card’s influence on his life, and the concept of “Mormon Success” as he remembers it growing up in the Mormon Church. He is later joined by Logan for a review (don’t worry, spoiler free) of the movie Ender’s Game.
Randy shares a special message about fear just in time for Halloween.
The final segment in our Book of Mormon authorship series. In addition to a spirited (and at times argumentative) panel discussion with Bob, Glenn, Jesse, Matt, Randy, and Tom, we also include a segment filled with listener feedback from several contributors: Dave, Heather, Logan, Brandt, Carrie, Garen, and Dan.
Glenn shares a personal experience from his misguided youth and relates it to the power of fear.
Matt reflects an experience from his mission and how that has colored his feelings towards the LDS church and the Ordain Women movement.
Glenn and Randy continue the discussion on who wrote the Book of Mormon and are joined by Dr. Craig Criddle, a professor at Stanford University who believes the Book of Mormon had several authors. The discussion centers around the “Spalding–Rigdon theory” of Book of Mormon authorship.
Tom is joined by Randy and Bob to interview our first listener guest of the show, Mike, who submitted his audio essay entitled “The Last Ten Years.” Mike discusses his fascination with the Book of Abraham and its connection to the temple ceremony.
In the spirit of appreciation, gratitude, and satire, Glenn reads an open letter to President Uchtdorf in response to his recent General Conference talk.