The New Atheist’s Guide to Not Being a Total Asshole: Episode 7 (The Grand Inquisitor)

Listener Essay

Posted December 4th, 2016

Infant buddy Sage Turk is back to talk with Heather about one of her favorite things.

From wikipedia:

The Grand Inquisitor” is a poem in Fyodor Dostoyevsky‘s novel The Brothers Karamazov (1879–1880). It is recited by Ivan, who questions the possibility of a personal and benevolent God, to his brother Alyosha, a novice monk. “The Grand Inquisitor” is an important part of the novel and one of the best-known passages in modern literature because of its ideas about human nature and freedom, and its fundamental ambiguity.

 

    Heather

    The Definitive Meaning of Life. Period.

    Panel Discussion

    Posted November 27th, 2016

    Now that you all have a few days of Thanksgiving leftovers digesting away away in your guts, maybe it’s time to reflect on “why” we are so thankful instead of just “what” we are so thankful about.   So tune in to Brothers Snyder and Hamer (Randy & Jimmy and John & Ben) and Sister Craw (Heather) and a few clips from our wannabe totem spirit beasts (The Pythons) for the end-all and be-all of Meaning of Life discussions.  Spoiler Alert: This one says it all.  The Definitive Meaning of Life.  Period.

     

      Heather

      John

      Randy

      Infant Mannequin Challenge

      Lightmindedness

      Posted November 21st, 2016

      Listen in as all nine Infants hold HILARIOUS poses for the current all-the-rage Mannequin Challenge.  You’ll never believe who shows up to pose along with us!

       

        Bob

        Glenn

        Heather

        Jake

        John

        Matt

        Randy

        Scott

        Tom

        Post Trump Morality

        Interview

        Posted November 20th, 2016

        Michael Adam Ferguson joins Jake and Glenn to talk about the moral mind. And tastebuds.  Can’t we all just get along?

         

          Glenn

          Jake

          Secular Buddhism

          Interview

          Posted November 12th, 2016

          Take a break from all the post-election fallout.  Calm your mind.  Breathe.  And then listen in as Noah Rasheta delivers a talk to the Nautilus Community in Mesa, Arizona.  Noah is the host of the Secular Buddhism podcast. He addresses meditation practice, philosophy, how to break up 3 patterns (implied), and of course and secular buddhism.

           

            Scott

            Religious Freedom Smackdown Pt 2

            Panel Discussion

            Posted November 6th, 2016

            Heather, Jake, Matt, and Glenn finally circle back to finish the smackdown they started with Religious Freedom Pt 1. Jerks of various shapes take place.

             

              Glenn

              Heather

              Jake

              Matt

              I Don’t Belong Here: The Movie

              Lightmindedness

              Posted November 6th, 2016

              A year ago today, the LDS Church enacted a policy placing restrictions on the membership of children living in same-sex households. The year since has been one of anguish for those affected, those that love them, and the membership as a whole as they try to grapple with these messages from their leaders. Listener Jeff Burr volunteered to help us make the following video in commemoration of the policy and its effects, based on Heather’s recent minisode/song on the latest Infant General Conference.

               

              Music: “Creep” by Scala and Kolacny Brothers (Radiohead Cover)

              Quote References (in order of appearance):

              “…and this is about family, this is about love and especially the love of the savior.”

              “…on November the fifth, the church made some changes to its handbook in relation to same sex marriage and its policy towards the children of same sex married partners.”

              “…we regard same sex marriage as a particularly grievous sin.”

              From “Elder Christofferson Provides Context on Handbook Changes Affecting Same-Sex Marriages”

              Todd Christofferson, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and Michael Otterson, Managing Director, Church Public Affairs

              11/6/2015

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEEMyc6aZms

              “…so called intellectuals”

              From “Fortify Your Homes Against Evil”

              Given By Spencer W. Kimball, President of the Church

              LDS General Conference, April 1979

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2-LfMSx_Ec

              “…these so called alternative lifestyles”

              From “Trying to Serve the Lord Without Offending the Devil” BYU Devotional

              Given By James E. Faust, Second Counselor in the First Presidency

              BYU Devotional, 11/15/1994

              https://speeches.byu.edu/talks/faust-james-e_trying-serve-lord-without-offending-devil/

              “…so called same gender marriage”

              From “No Other Gods”

              Given By Dallin H. Oaks, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

              LDS General Conference, October 2013

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4Fvxg-FmF8

              “…so called freedom of the sexes”

              From “The Time to Labor Is Now”

              Given By Spencer W. Kimball, President of the Church

              LDS General Conference, October 1975

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43TERITPxHQ

              “…so called experts”

              From “We Are Children of God”

              Given By Russell M. Nelson, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (at the time)

              LDS General Conference, October 1998

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YB4U0H6Eck

              “…there are no homosexual members of the church”

              From “Questions and answers with Elder David a. Bednar”

              Given By David A. Bednar, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

              Chile, 2/23/2016

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQ4_wTGv8Ao

              “…that we wouldn’t go forward with these ordinances”

              “…we don’t want the child to have to deal with…”

              “…issues that might arise where…”

              “…the parents feel one way and the expectations of the church are very different.”

              From “Elder Christofferson Provides Context on Handbook Changes Affecting Same-Sex Marriages”

              Given By D. Todd Christofferson, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

              11/6/2015

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEEMyc6aZms

              “…there are some things we do not accept or tolerate”

              From “Questions and answers with Elder David a. Bednar”

              Given By David A. Bednar, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

              Chile, 2/23/2016

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQ4_wTGv8Ao

              “…the church, of course, doesn’t attempt to practice mind control.”

              From “Elder Christofferson Provides Context on Handbook Changes Affecting Same-Sex Marriages”

              Given By D. Todd Christofferson, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

              11/6/2015

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEEMyc6aZms

              “…but he is confirmed a homosexual?”

              “…the homosexual agenda”

              “…is he gay?”

              From Leaked Video: “WikiLeaks” Meeting

              Given By M. Russell Ballard, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

              1/12/2011

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CpVh24_wGoY

              “On this issue,

              we will not budge”

              “We will fight”

              From Leaked Video: Religious Freedom

              Given By Boyd K. Packer, President, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

              5/16/2012

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zd9PcLeSdpM

              “…I’m so furious with people who leave this church…”

              From “The Tempe Rescue”

              Given By Jeffrey R. Holland, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

              4/26/2016

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4_LcENySzQ

              “…what kind of patty cake, taffy pull…”

              From “The Tempe Rescue”

              Given By Jeffrey R. Holland, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

              4/26/2016

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4_LcENySzQ

              “…in anything but a marriage between a man and woman”

              “…my wife is afraid I’m going to hit her with a bottle of water…”

              “…there is a divinely designed difference…”

              “…between a female spirit and a male spirit”

              From “Questions and answers with Elder David a. Bednar”

              Given By David A. Bednar, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

              Chile, 2/23/2016

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQ4_wTGv8Ao

              “…so called same gender marriages”

              From “Beware of False Prophets and False Teachers”

              Given By M. Russell Ballard, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

              LDS General Conference, October 1999

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZKo9rIVjD0

              “…so called intellect”

              From “Truth Is the Issue”

              Given By F. Enzio Busche, First Quorum of the Seventy

              LDS General Conference, October 1993

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYGJbAu6Q38

              “…as if none of this ever mattered, as if nothing in our contemporary life mattered, as if this is all supposed to be just exactly the way I want and answer every one of my questions.”

              From “The Tempe Rescue” devotional.

              Given By Jeffrey R. Holland, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

              4/26/2016

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4_LcENySzQ

               

                Heather

                Infants on SHONE Pt.1

                Minisode

                Posted November 4th, 2016

                Glenn pitches an idea for reviewing the book “A Short History of Nearly Everything.”  Tell us what you think.  Is this something you’d like to hear more of, or not?

                 

                  Stoicism

                  Panel Discussion

                  Posted October 31st, 2016

                  Trick or Treat?  Jimmy joins Randy, Heather, and Glenn to talk about stoicism.

                   

                    Glenn

                    Heather

                    Randy

                    The NEW Book of Abraham: Chapter 3

                    Minisode

                    Posted October 27th, 2016

                    Glenn dazes into his peep stone for yet another far out translation of Chapter 3, man. Seriously.  This is totally real, you guys.   And this time it’s all about… time.

                     

                      Glenn