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Ep 501 – On Death and Truth and Why Some Stay
Glenn, Tom and Randy sit down with Christian Braithwaite, author of “Open Letter to Mormonism” and 2nd place winner in the most recent Listener Essay contest to discuss his essay, how to deal with tragedies like death after rejecting a belief in an afterlife, and how to define things like “truth.” We also talk with Christian’s wife Cassandra, a licensed social worker, about her experience with Christian’s faith crisis, some of the problems she sees in the Mormon church, and the reasons why she chooses to stay.
Ep 497 – Contest Winners and (sorta) “Best Of” Minisodes of Yore
Glenn announces the winners of the May 2018 Listener Essay contest and then breathes new life into six fantastic Infant minisodes of the past.
Ep 496 – The Trouble with God, P2
Glenn and Randy finish their conversation with Chris Matheson about his new book, The Trouble with God, where the God of the Old Testament takes a satitical stroll through The Book of Mormon.
Ep 495 – The Trouble with God, P1
Glenn and Randy sit down with Chris Matheson, author of “The Story of God: A Biblical Story of Love (and Hate)” and its follow-up “The Trouble with God: A Divine Comedy about Judgment (and Misjudgment). In this episode, we discuss his general interest in religion, his career in film starting as co-creator of Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, and the comedy gold he first found in the Bible for “The Story with God” and The Book of Mormon for his newest book, “The Trouble with God.”
Chris’s new book can be purchased here: The Trouble with God
Ep 483 – Meet the Remarkably Remarkable Liz
What does it mean to be remarkable? Randy and Glenn sit down with Liz, reigning champion of our February 2018 Listener Essay contest, to talk about what it is like to search for meaning in life after leaving the Mormon church.
Ep 482 – Meet the Incredulous Pete Nixon
Randy and Glenn sit down with Pete Nixon, 3rd place winner of the last essay contest, to talk about Pete’s experience with families and homeschooling and leaving the Mormon church.
Ep 480 – Seven Deadly Heresies: The Smackdown, Part 3
Have you ever thought that getting married/sealed in the temple guarantees your salvation? WRONG! What about the thought that baptisms for the dead give sinners a second chance at redemption? WRONG AGAIN! Don’t get complacent! Don’t start thinking you are doing just fine!! Don’t ever ever ever ever think that you don’t need the CHURCH or the BIG AND IMPORTANT leaders (ever)! Listen in as Glenn, John, Randy, Bob, and special guest Mike Tannehill smack down the 3rd and 4th most deadly of heresies as outlined with absolute certainty by an infallible apostle of Jesus Christ. (Irony? Hyperbole? Facetiousness? Where???)
Ep 476 – Week of Tannehill – Noah’s Ark and the Intentional Literalist
The last frock in the Week of Tannehill series, this was originally published in March 2014. Mike Tannehill joins us once again for this unofficial follow-up to The Unintentional Racist to discuss the recent LDS.com essay on Noah’s Ark with Randy, Scott, Jake, Erica, and Glenn.
Here is the link to the Meridian article in defense of Noah’s Ark.
And here is the LDS.org essay Noah.
Ep 475 – Week of Tannehill – The Unintentional Racist
Mike Tannehill (love him or hate him) is fighting the good fight against the Mormon church. Or at least against the influence of those liberal academic types trying to re-write church history — more specifically those authors of the recent essay Race and the Priesthood on LDS.org who would have us believe that church doctrine is nothing more than the “theories” of racist men influenced by a racist time who simply could not call down a revelation from God until 1978. Listen in as Mike explains how he remains True to the Faith. When the enemy assaileth, shall he shirk or shun the fight? NO!!!
Ep 472 – Week of Tannehill – The Apostasy
Glenn takes you back to the 4th episode of Infants on Thrones, originally published in September 2012. It is a surprisingly good Radio Lab styled episode, centering on the narrative structure of “loss and restoration” found both in and out of the Mormon church. Mike Tannehill also provides some criteria by which one may determine if a church is in apostasy. (Be careful Mike. This was recorded pre-essays on LDS.com, buddy!)