536: God, Evil, Faith

Dan Wotherspoon Abuse, Christianity, Evil, Faith, God, Grief and Suffering, Theology 8 Comments

The classic theological puzzle known as the “problem of evil” arises when we assert the existence of an all-powerful God who is also perfectly loving, …

365: More on the Mormon God (with help from Process Theology)

Dan Wotherspoon Theology 32 Comments

In somewhat of a continuation of our previous episodes (363 & 364), Jim McLachlan and Mormon Matters host Dan Wotherspoon are joined by David Ray Griffin, a world-renowned philosopher and theologian …

142–143: Process Theology and Mormonism

Dan Wotherspoon Theology 6 Comments

The term “process theology” refers to a system of thought that emerged in the early twentieth century and is based primarily upon the reflections of …

111: Healthy Approaches to Supporting LGBT Latter-day Saints and Family Members

Dan Wotherspoon LGBTQ 47 Comments

This podcast episode is timed to coincide with recent activism among many faithful straight, gay, and allied Latter-day Saints who marched and will march in …

72: Effecting Change in the Church

Dan Wotherspoon Theology 29 Comments

This episode features panelists who all are deeply involved with the LDS Church, yet from their position of involvement in, and love and affection for, …

61: Mormon Views on Satan and the Origins of Evil

Dan Wotherspoon Doctrine, Theology 35 Comments

Most religions, cultures, and philosophies contain stories or theories about human evil and its origins. Some, including Mormonism, place a major portion of the blame …

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. …

55: Cult Claims and the Media

Dan Wotherspoon Politics 54 Comments

This week’s Mormon Matters episode discusses two stories from the past week: (1) The dust-up over and media slam-down of remarks made by Texas mega-church …

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 …

45: The Mormon Practice of Bearing Testimony

Dan Wotherspoon Testimony 39 Comments

In this episode, Mormon Matters host Dan Wotherspoon and panelists Brent Beal, Brian Johnston, and Jana Riess explore various aspects of one of Mormonism’s most …

29: David Brooks, The Book of Mormon Musical, and Rigorous Religion

Dan Wotherspoon Mormon Culture, Theology 33 Comments

New York Times columnist David Brooks very much enjoyed the Broadway musical “The Book of Mormon,” but, as he articulates in his 21 April 2011 …

28: Racism in Honor Code Enforcement for BYU Athletes?

Dan Wotherspoon Theology 19 Comments

On 13 April 2011, Deadspin.com published a fast-trending article, “The Truth about Race, Religion, and the Honor Code at BYU,” that highlights possible racial factors …