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Ep 459 – Explaining Mormonism to Other Religions

Panel Discussion

Posted March 4th, 2018

Bob joins Eiynah (an ex-Muslim) and Al (an ex-Catholic / ex-Neo-Pagan) to discuss the intersection of tech and religion. But Bob also ends up representing Mormonism for a new audience and gets to explain “basic” doctrines like resurrection, polygamy, Kolob, baptisms for the dead, and more.

If you are interested in hearing more from Eiynah, check out her excellent interview with Sam Harris:

https://soundcloud.com/politeconversations/episode-17-sam-harris

Bob

Ep 441 – Of Weeds and Bats and Unicorns, P2

Panel Discussion

Posted February 5th, 2018

Glenn, Heather, Jake, and Erica conclude their discussion about the fascinating story of Josh and Lolly Weed, the faithful LDS mixed orientation couple (she’s straight, he’s gay) who announced very publicly five years ago that they were going to make this thing work, dammit!  And then announced last week that they are now getting a divorce — along with a number of other fascinating admissions.

Wow — another episode of Infants on Thrones that actually talks about mostly-Mormon-stuff almost pretty much the entire time.  We’re Bat-men!

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Ep 440 – Of Weeds and Bats and Unicorns, P1

Panel Discussion

Posted February 4th, 2018

Glenn, Heather, Jake, and Erica discuss the fascinating story of Josh and Lolly Weed, the faithful LDS mixed orientation couple (she’s straight, he’s gay) who announced very publicly five years ago that they were going to make this thing work, dammit! And then announced last week that they are now getting a divorce — along with a number of other fascinating admissions.

Wow — an episode of Infants on Thrones that actually talks about sorta-Mormon-stuff the entire time. A unicorn sighting indeed!

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Heather

Jake

Ep 437 – Spiral Dynamics (Infant Stylz)

Panel Discussion

Posted January 22nd, 2018

Glenn joins forces with John Dehlin, Gina Colvin, Lindsay Hansen Park, and Jamie Hanis-Handy to discuss Spiral Dynamics, a data-based, psychological theory of how human consciousness adapts and changes. Spiral Dynamics can help us better understand the way we view religion and the way we view the world.

This is a slight different version of the conversation that is being cross-published on Mormon Stories and A Thoughtful Faith. Cuz this one was edited Infant Stylz.

Glenn

Ep 436 – The Religion of Science? – Part 2

Panel Discussion

Posted January 18th, 2018

Randy, Glenn, John, Lindsay, and Matt conclude their discussion of Rupert Sheldrake’s 2012 “Banned Ted Talk” about the 10 dogmas of a Scientific Materialist Worldview.

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Ep 435 – The Religion of Science? – Part 1

Panel Discussion

Posted January 16th, 2018

What does it mean to be open-minded vs. closed-minded?  We experienced some kind of “open vs. closed” clash of ideologies when we challenged and deconstructed the dogmas of Mormonism, right?  So what do we do with that now?  And what about the accusations that some of us simply substituted the cultural dogmas of Mormonism for the cultural dogmas of Science?

Listen in as Randy totally keeps his cool (eh hem…) while joining Glenn, John, Lindsay, and Matt in a discussion of Rupert Sheldrake’s 2012 “Banned Ted Talk” about the 10 dogmas of a Scientific Materialist Worldview.  And don’t miss the special easter egg parody about the press conference announcing the new LDS Prophet at the end.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKHUaNAxsTg&t=611s

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Ep 432 – #NotMyProphet

Panel Discussion

Posted January 4th, 2018

LDS Prophet Thomas S. Monson recently passed away. Bob, Jake, Heather and Tom get on to discuss his passing.

 

And according to Bob, he wasn’t no Gordon B. Hinckley… #NotMyProphet

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Ep 431 – Sapiens: More Fiction about Fictions – Part 2

Panel Discussion

Posted December 31st, 2017

Could a scientific mythology could bring balance to the force and peace & harmony to the galaxy? Listen in to Part 2 of this panel discussion of the book Sapiens with some responses to listener comments about “fiction” and “myth.”

A source about the common characteristics of mythology:

https://faculty.gcsu.edu/custom-website/mary-magoulick/defmyth.htm

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Ep 429 – Sapiens: The Fiction about Fictions – Part 1

Panel Discussion

Posted December 24th, 2017

Glenn shares a piece of the previously unpublished Sapiens discussion with Heather, Jake, Randy, John Dehlin, and Andrew Evans to talk about the question of fiction. What is a fiction? What is a myth? How does the Mormon “War in Heaven” story function in Mormon culture? How does the “Big Bang” story function in secular culture? Are they both fictions? Are they both myths? Listen in as the Infants discuss, and then weigh in yourself on the debate by filling out the following brief survey:

https://proprofs.com/survey/t/?title=8ipem

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Ep 425 – 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.

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