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284: Our Heritage – Fabricated Faith Promoting Stories

Today I sit with my friend Chris Bloxham and using the recent Elder Holland retraction as a springboard to discuss just how much of Mormonism’s faith promoting narrative is untrue and deeply built on myth and fable. We tackle stories like the Brigham Young transfiguration, Lorenzo Snow seeing Jesus in the Temple, Seagulls and Crickets, […]

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PREMIUM: Cognitive Dissidents: 009: Doubt and the Internet

Today on the Cognitive Dissidents Podcast, Host Bill Reel tackles the religious mechanism of faith leaders discouraging research into their faiths claims and history from outside sources.  Whether that is asking a church member to not trust the internet, not trust unauthorized sources, or even asking them to disassociate from friends and family who ask […]

Mormon Awakenings: Episode 023: God Magic, Spiritual Experiences and the Paranormal.

Jack Naneek and Bill Reel sit down to discuss spiritual experiences, telepathy, healing, and precognition.  Priesthood, truth claims, and exclusive rights to wield God magic are considered.  The first half of life is compared with the second half of life.  Literalism, symbology, and personal spiritual guidance are analyzed.  Yes.  It’s a long episode!  But, in […]

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PREMIUM: Lucy Walker and Spiritual Experiences

Today we tell the story of Lucy Walker, plural wife of the prophet Joseph Smith.  We tell her story and then spend time exploring who has spiritual experiences, whether they can be trusted specifically when one us under stress, pressure, and sleep deprivation.  Then we explore the spiritual experiences of those of other faiths and […]

283: Special Halloween Edition 2017

Mormon Discussion Halloween Edition.  Today we sit down with Zach Derr and discuss ghost and spirit stories within Mormonism.  We talk about how some of these are explainable but that others seem to be beyond explanation.  We talk of myth and our need to give explanations for things we otherwise can’t explain.  We talk about […]

Mormon Wellness Project: 006: Saints & Seances

Today is the Halloween special from the Mormon Wellness Project!!!  Today’s Episode “Saints & Seances” is a goulish way to kick off our Halloween Themed Episodes.   Wendy takes us into some of the history of Seances and how it applies to Mormonism and shares a scary story to leave us with the heebie jeebies. Wendy […]

Cognitive Dissidents: 006: Sower And His Soil

Today on the Cognitive Dissidents Podcast, we discuss Jesus’ parable of the sower and the seed and the various types of soil.  The idea that each ground represents the context in which we are developing and have the space and resources to accept new truth and to develop and grow.

Cognitive Dissidents: 005: Getting Out of The Boat

Today on the Cognitive Dissidents Podcast we talk about when it is a good time to get out of the boat.  Using Mathew chapter 14 from the new testament as our backdrop we talk about why churches or religious institutions are useful and what purpose they serve and then turn our time to understanding that […]