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 […]
Jack Naneek explores literalism, authority, and how some Mormons wish the LDS Church really was a cult. Stories of the Old Testament are examined, foundational history reconsidered, and the writings of Mark Twain mentioned. In the end, we learn Huck Finn might have been right when he decided to stay on the raft with Jim!
Jack Naneek discusses the second half of life. It’s as different from the first half as day is to night. Piano lesson are mentioned, and teaching those in the first half of life is discussed. In the end, we realize our institutions are stuck in the first half of life because they’re supposed to be […]
Orthodox members of the Church constantly point at progressive Mormons as falling off the path, as inappropriately raising a critical voice, as having done something contrary to the path Jesus had set. Today we revisit the life of Jesus. We examine his interaction with his religious leaders. We examine his behavior within his True and […]
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, […]
Today we discuss at length the Temple Lot Case. Why the RLDS (Community of Christ) and Hedrickite (Church of Christ) branches were bickering and fighting, why the LDS branch got involved, How the case got resolved, and most important what we learn about Mormonism from those who testified. Fake Deeds, Cease and Desist Orders, Dodged Questions, […]
Today we have a vulnerable discussion about Miracles vs Myths. We tackle what is the reality in our present day with verifiable history vs the magical supernatural that God did when history wasn’t verifiable. We talk about what that means and where that takes us. We end talking about deconstruction and taking control of what […]
Today we read an incredible blog post written by “Thinker of Thoughts“. Faith crises are all the rage. Everybody’s talking about them. Okay, well not everybody. Mainly the people who have gone through them. Most other people are probably wishing that the people who keep bringing them up would just go away. They are like the […]
Today we delve into the theological conundrum of Satan. We show that it is LDS theology that Satan is the opposition in the Plan of Salvation. That he could thwart the plan simply by ceasing his participation. The Apologetic response would argue that Satan is so pride driven that he can’t help himself but to […]
Today we hit on Boundaries. Healthy boundaries and more specifically unhealthy boundaries. We use the example of a Bishop’s interview with a youth. We directly talk about the distorted boundaries in this interaction but we also speak about how distorted boundaries travel with us through life and set up a relaxed and blind trust in […]
Today We cover the general topic of ascertaining God’s will both from our perspective and all the way to the top of how leaders have done it. We use the specific issue of theology surrounding valiancy in the Pre-mortal life to make the point. The question is simply this. If Church leaders have taught theology […]
Jack Naneek examines the little discussed topic of grace. A fictional stake president’s death is used as an illustration. Two churches and two brothers are discussed as are the unexpected roads leading to the celestial kingdom. In the end, the law is seen for what it is: a signpost to deeper experiences of grace.