518: Looking at Joseph Smith through Fresh Eyes

Dan Wotherspoon God, Joseph Smith, Mormon & Gospel Teachings, Mormon Culture, Prophets, Spirituality 4 Comments

This episode features two wonderful and creative thinkers and religious souls whose lives have been deeply influenced by Joseph Smith. But here is the kicker: …

433–435: Revelation

Dan Wotherspoon Doctrine, Holy Ghost, Prophets, Revelations, Scripture 3 Comments

Mormonism hangs its hat, so to speak, on the reality of revelation. It claims that God the Father and Jesus Christ visited a teenage boy …

403–406: Revelations of Joseph Smith and Others: A Naturalistic Hypothesis

Dan Wotherspoon Revelations 6 Comments

In her very important new book, Revelatory Events: Three Case Studies of the Emergence of New Spiritual Paths, historian and religion scholar Ann Taves offers a naturalistic framing for …

371: New Perspectives on Joseph Smith and Translation

Dan Wotherspoon Joseph Smith 5 Comments

As Richard Bushman mentions in this podcast episode, one of the very first things Joseph Smith did in announcing himself to the world was to …

336: The Ghost of Eternal Polygamy

Dan Wotherspoon Polygamy 36 Comments

In this episode, author Carol Lynn Pearson joins Mormon Matters host, Dan Wotherspoon, for a one-on-one conversation about her new and extremely powerful book, The …

292: The Landscape of Mormon Theology: Terryl Givens at the Rockwell Museum

Dan Wotherspoon Theology 5 Comments

On 7 March 2015, Terryl Givens gave a wonderful lecture and was interviewed at the Rockwell Museum in Corning, New York. The occasion was a …

287–288: Joseph Smith’s Use of a Seer Stone in Bringing Forth the Book of Mormon

Dan Wotherspoon Joseph Smith 29 Comments

On Tuesday, August 4th, the LDS Church in conjunction with the Community of Christ held a press conference announcing the newest volume in the ongoing …

236: Encountering Other Traditions, Part 1: Freemasonry

Dan Wotherspoon Freemasonry 75 Comments

Mormon Matters is launching a new series that focuses on Latter-day Saints who, in addition to their Mormonism, are intimately familiar with another religion or …

213–214: The Book of Abraham as Scripture

Dan Wotherspoon Joseph Smith, Revelations 55 Comments

For many struggling Latter-day Saints, a pivotal moment in their transitioning faith comes when they are confronted with the mismatch between traditional teachings about the …

209: New LDS Statement on Book of Mormon Translation

Dan Wotherspoon Joseph Smith 19 Comments

The LDS Church has recently published on its website, lds.org, a short article titled “Book of Mormon Translation” that lays out in greater detail than …

199: Untangling Faith, Belief, and the Expectation to “Know”

Dan Wotherspoon Faith, Joseph Smith 17 Comments

We think we know what it means to “believe” or to “have faith.” But do we? Has the current ways we use these terms remained …