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Priesthood Power and the Magic Worldview

Lightmindedness

Posted June 26th, 2016

John Hamer teaches Glenn, Randy, and Jake a thing or two about the LDS priesthood. And its origins. And its authority. And its power. And the magical-ness of the Mormon Worldview. And it is funny. And informative. And will tickle your ears, warm your hearts, and engorge your brains. Do not seek the treasure (we thought you was a toad).

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John C. Bennett and Early Mormon Audio

Interview

Posted September 8th, 2015

Have you ever wondered what John C. Bennett had to say about his time in Nauvoo, his excommunication from the church, or his relationship with Joseph Smith? Have you ever wanted to read all those testimonials about treasure digging and folk magic in “Mormonism Unvailed” but just found that old book too dense and long and daunting? Have you ever been interested in early Mormon speculative theology that tries to reconcile faith with science and ends up with far out sci-fi Battlestar Galactic type explanations for things?

Have you ever wished that someone would just read all those things for you and you could just listen along?

Well we have. And we finally decided to do something about it.

In this not-so-mini minisode, Glenn talks about his new side project Early Mormon Audio, and gives you a sneak peak into the first part of John C. Bennett’s 1842 “The History of the Saints -or- An Expose of Joe Smith and Mormonism.”

Enjoy.

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Joseph the Seer the Smackdown

Smackdown

Posted August 16th, 2015

Suffering from stone fatigue yet? Well… suffer no more (or suffer a lot more) as Jake, John, Matt, and Randy smack down the recent Mormon Ensign article “Joseph the Seer.”

(Spoiler Alert: they actually all thought the article was pretty good)

And if any of you are wondering “should I really listen to this episode?” John Hamer says yes.

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Who Is Mormon Genome Project?

Interview

Posted July 29th, 2015

Scott (the Infant who brought you Any Opposed) explains the Mormon Genome Project. Did Joseph Smith Father any children with any of his polygamous wives? You can help answer that question. Take a listen.

Check out The Mormon Genome Project for more information.

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Going Clear: Scientology vs. Mormonism

Review

Posted May 31st, 2015

How similar are Scientology and Mormonism? What do L Ron Hubbard and Joseph Smith have in common? How about Brigham Young and David Miscavige? And when is a cult not actually a cult? Infants Bob, Glenn, John, Randy, and Scott discuss these questions as they review the recent HBO documentary Going Clear.

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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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Free Will

Panel Discussion

Posted March 1st, 2015

Can people really choose what they believe?  Are any of us really “free” to choose anything at all?   We don’t know.  But we’re going to talk about it anyway.

So listen in as Randy, Jake, Glenn, John Hamer and El Tom Perry (aka “the Tom”) dance around and around in word circles. Cuz they are fun word circles. They just are.

The Sam Harris lecture on Free Will can be found here.

King Follett Re-visited

Panel Discussion

Posted November 18th, 2014

Glenn is joined by John Hamer, Chelsea Shields Strayer, and Brother Jake Frost to discussion The King Follett Discourse.

The King Follett Discourse

Minisode

Posted November 12th, 2014

No really.  This is the actual King Follett Discourse.  We actually, truly, beyond-a-shadow-of-a-doubt travelled back in time to record it.  (Yeah, deified Infants can travel through time.  Duh!  Where do you think we got our cool hover boards?)

Nauvoo Polygamy Smackdown

Smackdown

Posted October 23rd, 2014

John Hamer joins Glenn, Jake, Matt, and Randy to discuss the Mormon Church’s recent LDS.org essay “Plural Marriage in Kirtland and Nauvoo.”

https://www.lds.org/topics/plural-marriage-in-kirtland-and-nauvoo?lang=eng