540: Millennial Mormons—Beliefs, Practices, and Authority Structures

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In the brilliant and fascinating new book, The Next Mormons: How Millennials Are Changing the LDS Church, Jana Riess, with collaboration from Benjamin Knoll shares …

484: Robert Kirby: Mormonism’s Lampoonist Extraordinaire

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Were there an official calling within Mormonism of “Church and Culture Lampoonist” (and there should be!), Robert Kirby would be magnifying the heck out of …

401–402: The Uncontrolling Love of God—Talking Theology and Community, and Meeting a Fellow Traveler in Thomas Jay Oord

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This two-part episode features a wonderful conversation with Thomas Jay Oord, an author, teacher, theologian, and elder in the Church of the Nazarene. Jim McLachlan …

390–392: Mormon Women Gaining Spiritual Confidence within a Patriarchal Church

Dan Wotherspoon Women 8 Comments

The title of this three-part episode says quite a bit about it. Several weeks ago, Mormon Matters released a conversation, “Gaining Spiritual Confidence,” featuring three men sharing …

319: Is There Good News for Faith in Today’s Mormon Crises?—Part 2

Dan Wotherspoon Faith 8 Comments

This episode is the second part of a co-released (with Gina Colvin and A Thoughtful Faith podcast) podcast discussion with Patrick Mason and Boyd Petersen …

317: Is There Good News for Faith in Today’s Mormon Crises?—Part 1

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In his recent book, Planted: Belief and Belonging in an Age of Doubt, Patrick Q. Mason offers an optimistic vision for the future of Mormonism, …

282: Baptism

Dan Wotherspoon Baptism 7 Comments

What seem to be very simple rituals and teachings become, under sustained reflection and a reflective spiritual walk, immensely rich. This is the case with this …

226: The “Best Thing” About Mormonism

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This episode strays from Mormon Matters’ typical panel discussion format, featuring instead four one-on-one conversations between host Dan Wotherspoon and wonderful friends of his who …

165: Mormon Women Sharing Their Lives

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This past week saw the publication of a book, Mormon Women Have Their Say (Greg Kofford Books), which is comprised of essays drawn from research …

122: Challenges in Making Church “Work” For Everyone

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In this episode, sociologist Jim Smithson talks of the LDS Church and all of its programs and organizational systems as a vehicle for delivering the …

96–97: Mormonism and Its History—Past, Present, and Future

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Every religion has many dilemmas when it comes to its history. How does a group incorporate the idea of a God or Universal force or …

Matters of the Heart 2: On “Masturbatory Rage”: A Theatrical Call to Repentance

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ON “MASTURBATORY RAGE”: A THEATRICAL CALL TO REPENTANCE  By Allan Davis In this episode of Matters of the Heart, Allan Davis shares a short meditation …

83-84: Creating Spaces for Non-Traditional Latter-day Saints

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This episode explores both the difficulties of creating more comfortable spaces for unorthodox Mormons in wards, stakes, and families, as well as the benefits. What …

34: Self-Identifying as “Mormon”

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Mormonism has always been a home to members with many different religious temperaments, levels of belief, attitudes toward authority, and commitment to and comfort within …