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Froback Friday – Who Wrote the Book of Mormon

Interview

Posted May 5th, 2017

Come back with us to October 2013 for our 3-part series “Who Wrote the Book of Mormon.”  John Hamer, Craig Criddle, and so much more.

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Heather

Jake

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Tom

Why Can’t We Be Friends?

Smackdown

Posted March 27th, 2017

UPDATE: When Mormon Stories took this episode down, our site experienced a spike in traffic which caused our website to crash. The only solution was to remove the file. We will re-release the episode in three smaller parts later today.

Do facts matter? Is validation possible when faith conflicts with reason? Is Jeremy Runnells really the leader of the Anti-Mormon religion? What about the Book of Abraham? Book of Mormon Geography? The role of prophets? The Proclamation on the Family? So many tits and tats, but can’t believers and non-believers just get along? Can’t we all be friends?

Glenn and John Hamer join Lindsay Hansen Park and John Dehlin for an Infants on Mormon Stories smackdown of a recorded conversation between Trevor (a doubting Mormon) and an LDS General Authority and an LDS church historian as they attempt to address Trevor’s mounting concerns with Mormon history and doctrine.

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Apologetics in the Raw

Minisode

Posted August 19th, 2015

Jake geeks out over an exchange of blog posts between Baylor historian Philip Jenkins and Mormon apologist Bill Hamblin that gets at the heart of Book of Mormon apologetics. Hold on to your Scotch-taped glasses, folks–it’s gonna be a bumpy ride.

Blogs referenced:
Outliers and Iconoclasts
How Consensus Changes
Mormons and New World History
Centrality of Hermeneutics
Epistemology and Nihilism

Jake

Praise to the Stone

Posted August 6th, 2015

Matt, Kristin, and Jake sing their praise to the world’s bestest magic seer stone. Thanks to Andrew Ainsworth for the lyrics.

New LDS Hymn: Praise to the Stone
VERSE 1
Praise to the stone that was found by the Prophet!
For treasure seeking it first was employed
Though to the buried loot it never did lead him
The stone aided Joseph in a greater ploy

CHORUS:
Hail to the seer stone that glowed like a Lite Brite!
Wizards and Hobbitses, now seek it in vain!
Magically guiding the Prophet’s dictation
Released from the vault now enjoys worldly fame

VERSE 2
Praise to the stone that made the gold plates superfluous!
No record needed, the words just appeared
Nephi and Mormon their labors were wasted
The stone bore their words when Joseph into it peered
(CHORUS)

VERSE 3
Praise to the stone in the hat of our Seer!
Rock-solid proof that folk magic is real
Scrying we now know is pow’red by the Priesthood
True version of Saruman’s Palantir
(CHORUS)

VERSE 4
Praise to the stone chocolate-colored and egg-shaped!
Who now can deny Brother Joseph’s great claims?
How could our Prophet make up such a story?
God wants our faith not the use of our brains
(CHORUS)

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Matt

Cagelessbird

Interview

Posted August 2nd, 2015

Jake leads a discussion with Glenn, Tom, and Zach (aka “Cagelessbird” from reddit) about Zach’s interaction with several top Mesoamerican and Egyptian scholars, and their responses to his question about Book of Mormon and Book of Abraham historicity.

https://pay.reddit.com/r/exmormon/comments/1k57o6/after_emailing_sixty_professors_receiving/

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Tom

The Lost Book of Mormon

Panel Discussion

Posted April 21st, 2015

Randy, Matt, John and Glenn review Avi Steinberg’s “The Lost Book of Mormon: A Journey Through the Mythic Lands of Nephi, Zarahemla, and Kansas City, Missouri” – a playful look at Joseph Smith as a prolific American author. Sorry, no singing this time.

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Hobbit Gospel Truths

Minisode

Posted March 18th, 2015

Glenn shares a blog written by a believing member all about the AWESOME parallels between “Lord of the Rings” and the Mormon Gospel.

Spoiler alert: there are parallels. And they are AWESOME.

Click here to read along.

Who Wrote the Book of Mormon – Part 2

Interview

Posted October 14th, 2013

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.

Who Wrote the Book of Mormon – Part 1

Interview

Posted September 30th, 2013

Who wrote the Book of Mormon? Did Joseph Smith really translate an ancient record from golden plates through the power of God? Did he simply make up the story himself? Or did he collude with other men and plagiarize a mysterious unpublished novel? In part one of this three part series, Glenn and Randy interview historian John Hamer to discuss the theory of Joseph Smith as sole author.