Mormon Awakenings: Episode 026: Don’t Be Illogical

Jack Naneek discusses the human mind’s use of heuristics.  We use shortcuts to save time and mental capacity, but, sometimes such shortcuts lead to illogical conclusions.  The bad serves a purpose too, pointing us towards all that is good in life. In the end, we realize Lehi might be right: it’s all about learning from […]

Mormon Awakenings: Episode 024: Heidegger’s Revenge

Jack Naneek mixes some philosophies of men with a little scripture. Heidegger’s philosophical text Being and Time is discussed.  How we interpret the world, and break free from it,  are examined.  Maybe the echo chamber needs a window or two opened.  In the end, we consider whether new wine really does need new bottles, or, […]

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 […]

Mormon Awakenings: Episode 019: Not Invented Here!

Jack Naneek tackles failure and criticism, pointing out that it’s usually the source of the our greatest learning.  More important, however, is the stepping back to decide whether any criticism from the outside is even worth considering.  A Research and Development Department for the Church is suggested.  In the end, we realize Joseph Smith just […]

Mormon Awakenings: 008: Points vs Grace

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.  

Mormon Awakenings: 007: The Old Guard

  Jack Naneek reviews the tension between the old guard and the young upstarts. The old guard is smarter than we give them credit for being, and the young upstarts are often not as prepared as they should be. Literalism is compared with the power of metaphor. In the end, we learn that mastery of […]

Mormon Awakenings: 006: A Technological Awakening

Jack Naneek explores the technological hijacking.  Awakening from the grip of our devices isn’t so different, in turns out, from a more general awakening.  Street signs are explored and our worship of them is discussed, as well as some of the sacred cows inside our own religion! In the end we learn the difference between […]

Mormon Awakenings: 005: Being “Supposed to” Driven

Jack Naneek explores the mind, and how it reconciles the “should be” with the “actually is.”  The iron rod, enduring to the end, and life as a test of wills is discussed, but we learn eternal progress trumps all.  So whether you’re an orthodox perfectionist, or a disillusioned malcontent, hopefully you’ll realize in the end […]