Jack Naneek discusses contagions. Ideas are contagious, which is great if the ideas are great, but terrible if the ideas are terrible. We compare two essays. In the end, we shouldn’t fear new ideas, as long as we handle them carefully. Otherwise, they just might blow up in our faces!
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 […]
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 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 […]
Bill Reel joins Jack Naneek for a discussion about seeking validation, the institutional church and where to find peace when no one around you seems able or willing to give it. Is anger a necessary step towards greater understanding, or, is it a stumbling block? And just who has the final say at the end […]
Jack Naneek discusses a monk’s enlightenment as he walks through the market. Our binary world is examined and compared with the less binary views of the East. Maybe the atonement represents a transition between the two? In the end, we realize we might be able to understand life as more than just a series of […]
The episode starts with sharing upcoming events we are planning then dives into the episode “Rabbit Holes” Alice was encouraged into the rabbit hole but once she entered there was no turning back. In Mormonism too there are rabbit holes and they too never end where we expected. As we look at the question of […]
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 […]
****Episode Warning**** : This episode discusses in a raw way the trauma and abuse in Mormonism. For those who feel triggered by such a conversation please avoid or at least avoid listening to this alone. This episode should be listened with others who honor and validate your faith journey. People whom you can press pause […]
Richard Bushman recently said “The dominant narrative is not true”. Essentially that the story Mormonism has told about itself is not holding up to scholarship and critical thinking. One has to wonder what Bro. Bushman meant. Today I wanted to venture to guess both exploring what I think are the greatest contradictions in Mormonism’s narrative […]
Today Chris Bloxham sits down with Bill Reel for a little turn of the tables. Bill is asked directly What his Mormonism looks like after having reconstructed it. Bill tackles the tough questions and holds nothing back. You want to meet Mormonism’s Historical Reality face to face and make it work, here’s one framework with […]