207: Teaching the Old Testament to Latter-day Saints

Dan Wotherspoon Scripture, Teaching 13 Comments

One of the most difficult but important things we can do as Mormons who are alerted to the complexities of cultural differences and sacred writings …

73: “And the Survey Says…!”: Reflections on Mormon Disaffection, Marlin Jensen’s Remarks, Recent Articles on Mormonism’s Challenge in Better Facing Its History

Dan Wotherspoon Disaffection 30 Comments

This episode is an attempt to aid in processing the current moment in which various Mormon-watching communities are beginning to digest the preliminary results that …

58: Obedience and Agency

Dan Wotherspoon Doctrine, Theology 37 Comments

Mormonism teaches the importance of being obedient to God and God’s will while at the same time emphasizing the bedrock fact of our individual agency. …

53: Mormonism and Capital Punishment

Dan Wotherspoon Theology 30 Comments

The recent execution of Troy Davis brought to the front once more the issue of capital punishment, especially arguments about the very real possibility of executing …

48: Mormonism and Evolution

Dan Wotherspoon Science 74 Comments

This year marks the one hundredth anniversary of the controversies over the study and teaching of evolution at Brigham Young University that resulted in the …

42: Pros and Cons of Keeping Mormonism “Weird”

Dan Wotherspoon Mormon Culture 86 Comments

Recent decades have seen a decrease in emphases of and public and internal discussions of many of Mormonism’s most distinctive doctrines and practices–especially some that …

32: Heavenly Mother in Today’s Mormonism

Dan Wotherspoon Doctrine 82 Comments

The most recent issue of BYU Studies features the article, “ ‘A Mother There’: A Survey of Historical Teachings about Mother in Heaven,” co-written by …

Cultural Doctrines: The Unsaid Sermon

Clay Whipkey Doctrine, Missionary Work 13 Comments

In 1991, Dr. Robert F. Bohn gave this great talk at the Sunstone Symposium titled “Cultural vs. Gospel Doctrine and the ‘Unsaid Sermon Phenomenon’”. I …