530: Impressions and Reflections on Changes to LDS Temple Ceremonies

Dan Wotherspoon Covenants, Faith Development, Marriage, Mythology, Ordinances, Religion, Spirituality, Temple, Women Leave a Comment

This is a quick turnaround podcast episode that was both recorded and released on the day after LDS temples around the world implemented and offered …

529: A Mystical Approach to the Christmas Story

Dan Wotherspoon Christianity, Faith Development, God, Jesus Christ, Mythology 3 Comments

This episode suggests layers of depth to the Christian Nativity story and the insights it has for our own individual spiritual paths. It features meditation …

527–528: (Encore) A Christmas Primer: Exploring the Nativity in Scripture, Legend, History, and Hearts

Dan Wotherspoon Christianity, God, Jesus Christ, Mythology, Scripture, Spirituality 1 Comment

This is an encore presentation of a December 2011 two-part Mormon Matters podcast episode examining the Christmas story as it traditionally gets told—looking closely at …

526: Reigniting My Christmas Fire

Dan Wotherspoon Christianity, Jesus Christ, Mythology, Personal Essays, Scripture, Spirituality Leave a Comment

In this episode, Mormon Matters host Dan Wotherspoon shares his experiences with the Christmas Nativity stories presented in the New Testament, moving from literal belief, …

503–504: Reflecting on Major Themes in 500-plus Mormon Matters Episodes

Dan Wotherspoon Community, Faith, Faith Development, God, Mentors, Mormon Culture, Mythology, Religion, Scripture, Spirituality, Truth 1 Comment

Earlier this month, Mormon Matters released its 500th episode. In this two-part podcast, host Dan Wotherspoon speaks about the show’s evolution, but mostly he re-introduces …

496-497: (Encore) Mormonism As a “Religion”

Dan Wotherspoon Community, Mythology, Spirituality 1 Comment

This is an encore presentation of a two-part Mormon Matters episode first recorded in March 2015.  Of course, we all know that Mormonism is a …

487: Exclusivism

Dan Wotherspoon Confidence, Faith, Faith Development, Mormon & Gospel Teachings, Mythology, Spirituality, Testimony, Truth 4 Comments

This episode wrestles with exclusivist claims in religion, including Mormonism, as well as in our psyches. How does the idea of chosenness, specialness, uniqueness, and …

427: (Encore) “Living” Stories

Dan Wotherspoon Mythology, Theology Leave a Comment

This is an encore presentation of a fantastic May 2014 episode by the same name. In it, philosopher-theologian Adam Miller and narrative studies specialist Stephen Carter join Mormon Matters …

312–313: The Positive Spiritual Effects of Disenchantment and Demythologizing

Dan Wotherspoon Mythology 1 Comment

Throughout our life cycle, we are all called to reexamine the truths, values, beliefs, and stories that suggest key purposes for living and give meaning …

227: “Living” Stories

Dan Wotherspoon Mythology, Theology, Top 10 51 Comments

In this episode, philosopher-theologian Adam Miller and narrative studies specialist Stephen Carter join Mormon Matters host Dan Wotherspoon to explore the many and varied ways …

192: The Hero’s Journey

Dan Wotherspoon Mythology 7 Comments

Joseph Campbell spent a lifetime studying myths and stories from around the world, especially the ones that related to life’s biggest questions: Where did everything …

140–141: A Christmas Primer: Exploring the Nativity in Scripture, Legend, History, and Hearts (Encore Presentation)

Dan Wotherspoon Jesus Christ, Mythology 7 Comments

This is an encore presentation of a December 2011 podcast episode examining the Christmas story as it traditionally gets told—looking closely at what the scriptures …

81-82: Mormonism and Transhumanism

Dan Wotherspoon Mythology, Science 93 Comments

Technological advancements in recent decades have drastically altered human experience, with computing power and many other technologies growing at exponential rates. Our lives will continue …