Mormon Awakenings: 001: The Lone Villager

Guest host Jack Naneek shares with us a podcast episode titled “The Lone Villager”.  This episode seeks for us to not only recognize and validate that there are issues in Mormonism but that there are issues in life.  That we can either put those issues in a backpack and carry this heavy load everywhere putting […]

Mormon Primer On Belief: The Examination Of The Controversial Issues Of Mormonism From An Objective Position

CLICK HERE FOR MORMON PRIMER Introduction: The major aim of writing this article is to display various perspectives on Mormonism’s most controversial issues.  Herein, we share the Orthodox, Apologetic, Critical, and Progressive viewpoints together with resources helpful to the reader at the end of each chapter, that the reader may explore each issue further.  This […]

Ward or Stake Resource: Help Thou Mine Unbelief

STAKE HANDOUT HELP THOU MINE UNBELIEF BY STUDY AND BY FAITH: Suggestions and Resources to Work Through Questions Related to LDS Church History, Doctrine, and Social Issues In the Church, we value truth and we value those who seek after it. Joseph Smith once said, “Mormonism is Truth.” He encouraged the Saints to let truth […]

232: Jon Ogden – When Mormons Doubt

Today I sit down with Jon Ogden, author of “When Mormons Doubt: A Way To Save Relationships And Seek A Quality Life”.  We talk about his own journey as well as the book.  We discuss his premise that Truth and Beauty are different and that truth is often confused for beauty and that each has […]

182: Perspectives – Richard Bushman

In a new “Perspectives” series, Bill Reel from Mormon Discussion Podcast sits down with various LDS Authors and Scholars to ask them each the same questions of how they frame their belief in the gospel.  What does it mean that the Church is true, that the Book of Mormon is true, what is scripture, and […]

164: Blake Ostler: Wise Pearls

Today we sit down with LDS philosopher Blake Ostler.  His is the author of many books including his newest “Fire On The Horizon” Blake Ostler has published widely on Mormon philosophy in professional academic philosophy journals such as Religious Studies (Oxford, England), International Journal for the Philosophy of Religion (Netherlands), and Element: The Journal of […]

159: Steven Garff: Gottman’s Ratio

Today we sit down with Steven Garff, a listener to the podcast, and discuss why people leave the Church.  We examine the age old reasons and dismiss them one by one as unsatisfactory as a overarching explanation.  We then delve into a theory that does explain the whole and how it impacts the question of why […]

154: Apocalypse Of Adam

Why do I believe you ask? What keeps me in when I am aware of so many issues? Well besides my deep faith in the Savior and deep love and testimony of his gospel, I also have many other items in my bucket of faith. Today We talk about one of those. Today we talk […]

142: The Flood and its Barriers to Faith

Today we talk about the Flood.  Noah, the Ark, the animals, etc….  The trouble with this topic is that a Global Flood seems so unreasonable and full of problems and a local flood is full of deep glitches as well.  We attempt to talk about both sides, sift through the problems and contradictions and see if we […]

136: Margaret Placentra Johnston: Faith Beyond Belief

Today I sit down with Faith Development Author, Margaret Placentra Johnston.  We discuss here book, Faith Beyond Belief: Stories of Good People Who Left Their Church Behind.  Margaret hits on so many points of faith transition that will ring familiar to your journey.  Taking beliefs more allegorical, dealing with tension, Trusting your truth over the […]

121: Steve Gregg and The Narrow Path

Today I sit down with Steve Gregg,  Host of the radio program “The Narrow Path”.  He has a two radio programs, a website, and is also the author of two books.  He is a minister within Evangelical Christianity and graciously gives us some of his time.   We talk about shifting paradigms, faith crises, The historical […]

103: Fiona & Terryl Givens: Crucible of Doubt

Today we sit down with LDS Scholars, Authors, and rolemodels within Mormonism, Terryl and Fiona Givens.  We talk about their book “The Crucible of Doubt”.   More specifically we speak about the themes of their book which is an effort to adjust paradigms and assumptions.  As they testify of, this is the crux of the […]

095: Julie Willis: Asking Questions

Today I take a look at a recent talk at BYU Idaho by Julie Willis.  The talk titled “Gaining Light through Questioning”  speaks of several concepts that we speak of often here on Mormon Discussion and which would benefit those struggling in a difficult faith transition.  So sit back as we dissect this talk and hit […]

039: Bushman helps others on Faith Transitions

http://rationalfaiths.com/bushman-babies-bath-water/ This was the first in a proposed long list of firesides held by Richard Bushman and Terry & Fiona Givens.  The effort was made to assist those in faith crisis so that they might make it through their dark night of the soul to the other side where peace can be found and do […]