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Aaron sits down with Eric to discuss some oddities and intricacies of the history, culture, and practices of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Face in Hat Aaron Brewster and Eric Jepson

    • Religion & Spirituality
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Aaron sits down with Eric to discuss some oddities and intricacies of the history, culture, and practices of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

    2.10 The Columbian Exchange, Wilford Woodruff, and #BlackLivesMatter

    2.10 The Columbian Exchange, Wilford Woodruff, and #BlackLivesMatter

    “Bioshock Infinite can make you feel uncomfortable.” - Kevin VanOrd.  So will 2020.  We talk about civic religion in the video game Bioshock Infinite and how it relates to the apotheosis of Christopher Columbus and racism in the church. We end with a discussion of the current nationwide protests and affirm that #BlackLivesMatter.
    We thank @BenjaminEPark for two twitter threads that inspired this episode and we cite him extensively.  See https://twitter.com/benjaminepark/status/1164696231634976768 and https://twitter.com/BenjaminEPark/status/1267489043840827392.
     
    Bioshock infinite trailer: https://youtu.be/EsJ55BzIvkE
    Bioshock infinite review by Kevin VanOrd review from GameSpot: https://youtu.be/jSA9AsdBh00
    The Apotheosis of Washington vs. Bioshock Infinite’s Garden of New Eden
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Apotheosis_of_Washington
    https://bioshock.fandom.com/wiki/Garden_of_New_Eden (see the Entryway to Eden)
     
    Benjamin Park’s thread
    https://twitter.com/benjaminepark/status/1164696231634976768
    Land of Promise in The Book of Mormon, by Tyler Livingston (note, on the show I said Orson Hyde added the footnote to 1 Ne 13:12, but it was Orson Pratt)
    https://www.fairmormon.org/blog/2010/09/16/land-of-promise-in-the-book-of-mormon
    Christopher Coloumbus
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Columbus
    Visit of eminent spirits to Wilford Woodruff (include Ezra Taft Benson quote)
    https://josephsmithfoundation.org/wiki/eminent-spirits-appear-to-wilford-woodruff
    References for Book of Mormon commentary by George Reynolds
    https://gospeldoctrine.com/book-mormon/1-nephi/1-nephi-13
    George Reynolds: Loyal Friend of the Book of Mormon, by Bruce A. Van Orden
    https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/ensign/1986/08/george-reynolds-loyal-friend-of-the-book-of-mormon
    Columbian Exchange
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbian_exchange
    Americapox: The Missing Plague, by CGP Grey
    https://www.cgpgrey.com/blog/americapox
    Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies, by Jared Diamond Ph.D.
    https://amzn.to/36YaHLB
    Protests thread by Benjamin Park
    https://twitter.com/BenjaminEPark/status/1267489043840827392
    David O. McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism, by Gregory A Prince and Wm. Robert Wright
    https://amzn.to/36S59Ch
    Mayflower: Voyage, Community, War Paperback, by Nathaniel Philbrick
    https://amzn.to/3dnDsE0
    The Book of Mormon for the Least of These, Volume 1, by Fatimah Salleh and Margaret Olsen Hemming
    https://amzn.to/2Mmetow
    The Lost 116 Pages: Reconstructing the Book of Mormon's Missing Stories, by Don Bradley
    https://amzn.to/36QFBpa
    Racism in the Church:
    https://twitter.com/TaranTrinnaman/status/1267837998751776771 
    Melodie’s request:
    https://twitter.com/Kid_melodie/status/1267209095028891654

    • 1 hr 17 min
    2.9 The Fall of Adam and Eve

    2.9 The Fall of Adam and Eve

    We love the Fall. Adam, Eve, fruit, the whole thing.  Today we talk about the LDS perspective on the Fall, including what LDS scriptures bring to understanding this monumental event. Nifty poetry too!
    A Harmony of the Creation Accounts, from the Pearl of Great Price Student Manual
    https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/manual/the-pearl-of-great-price-student-manual-2018/a-harmony-of-the-creation-accounts?lang=eng
    The Pearl of Greatest Price: Mormonism's Most Controversial Scripture, by Terryl Givens
    https://amzn.com/dp/B07WNK63SY
    Aaron’s concordance between Genesis 3 and Moses 4
    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1PsZXaUJ_hAbsGzhS0vC5s-UP4A94pf0V8oGci4ZSXQM/edit?usp=sharing
    Adam and Eve (LDS movement, wiki)
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam_and_Eve_(Latter_Day_Saint_movement)
    Gospel topic: Fall of Adam and Eve
    https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/manual/gospel-topics/fall-of-adam-and-eve
    The Fulness of the Gospel: The Fall of Adam and Eve, Ensign June 2006
    https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/ensign/2006/06/the-fulness-of-the-gospel-the-fall-of-adam-and-eve
    Gospel Classics: Adam’s Role in Bringing Us Mortality, by President Joseph Fielding Smith
    https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/ensign/2006/01/adams-role-in-bringing-us-mortality
    Perelandra, once again cited!
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perelandra
    The Redemption of Eve, by Jolene Edmunds Rockwood
    http://www.mormonmonastery.org/PDF/TheRedemptionofEve.pdf
    Moses 5:11
    https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/scriptures/pgp/moses/5.11#11
    “UTopia” by Laura Nielson Baxter, collected in “Fire in the Pasture: 21st Century Mormon Poets”
    https://amzn.to/2xJs6dY 
    What Was Left of the Stars, by Claire Åkebrand
    http://amzn.to/2wL1x5r
    Eric’s comments on Claire Åkebrand’s poem, “‘First Actors”, from the above collection
    https://motleyvision.org/2017/09/05/claire-akebrands-what-was-left-of-the-stars/#more-12058
    Witchy Eye, by D. J. Butler
    https://amzn.to/3cGwLMy

    • 1 hr 5 min
    2.8 General Conference and the Good Friday fast

    2.8 General Conference and the Good Friday fast

    We take a break from our LDS miscellany to discuss the current pandemic using the recent conference as a backdrop. Please note the upcoming world-wide fast on Good Friday.
    “We will conquer the coronavirus, apostle Holland says”
    https://www.sltrib.com/religion/2020/04/05/latest-sundays-lds/
    April 2020 World Report
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSqT1bPmYb8
    Mosiah 4:16-19
    https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/scriptures/bofm/mosiah/4.16-19#16
    Crowd-fight COVID-19: an initiative from the scientific community to put all available resources at the service of the fight against COVID-19:
    https://crowdfightcovid19.org/
    President Nelson Invites World to Participate in Fast on Good Friday
    https://newsroom.churchofjesuschrist.org/article/president-nelson-invites-world-to-participate-in-fast-on-good-friday

    • 42 min
    2.7 The Good Place Finale

    2.7 The Good Place Finale

    Spoilers ahead!  We welcome David, a fellow Berkeley Wardian, as guest to the show today to talk about the final episode of the Good Place and its parallels with LDS views on redemption and exaltation
    The Good Place
    https://www.nbc.com/the-good-place
    Sacred time vs. profine time
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eternal_return_(Eliade)
    The Seven Deadly Heresies, by Bruce R. McConkie
    https://speeches.byu.edu/talks/bruce-r-mcconkie/seven-deadly-heresies/
    Fair mormon question
    https://www.fairmormon.org/answers/Question:_Do_Mormons_believe_that_there_is_there_progression_between_the_three_degrees_of_glory%3F
    Eternal Misfit, by Roger Terry
    https://www.dialoguejournal.com/wp-content/uploads/sbi/articles/Dialogue_V43_N03_188.pdf
    Gospel Principles, Exaltation (includes President Joseph Fielding Smith quote)
    https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/manual/gospel-principles/chapter-47-exaltation
    Apotheosis
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apotheosis
    Michael Schur: “As long as you’re trying, you’re on the right path.”
    https://io9.gizmodo.com/the-good-places-moral-message-changed-as-much-as-the-ch-1837096810
    Stormlight archive
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Stormlight_Archive
    No exit
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No_Exit
    Nothing in Heaven Functions as It Ought, by X.J. Kennedy
    https://www.poemtree.com/poems/NothingInHeavenFunctions.htm

    • 53 min
    2.6 The Devil went down to Berkeley

    2.6 The Devil went down to Berkeley

    He was lookin’ for a podcast to steal. He was in a bind, ‘cause he was way behind, but we wouldn’t accept him as a sponsor for this episode, so neener neener.
    Here’s some references!
    Gospel topics article
    https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/manual/gospel-topics/satan
    Wiki!
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satan
    Recency bias
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cognitive_biases
    LDS General Conference Corpus
    https://www.lds-general-conference.org/
    Huckabee Is Not Alone in Ignorance on Mormonism, by Laurie Goodstein
    https://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/14/us/politics/14mormon.html
    Twitter thread from Eric
    https://twitter.com/thmazing/status/1217670280069279744
    Michael Ballam 4 lyfe!
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Ballam
    BD: devil
    https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/scriptures/bd/devil
    The Screwtape Letters
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Screwtape_Letters
    There must needs be opposition in all things
    https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/scriptures/bofm/2-ne/2.p11#p11
    Perelandra
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perelandra
    The Tragedy of King Leere, Goatherd of the la Sals, by Steven L. Peck
    https://www.amazon.com/Tragedy-King-Leere-Goatherd-Sals/dp/1948218011
    1 Corinthians 10:13
    https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/scriptures/nt/1-cor/10.p13?lang=eng#p13

    • 53 min
    2.5 Doubt

    2.5 Doubt

    Doubt and skepticism is a recurring theme on Face in Hat. Today we look at President Uchtdorf’s 2013 talk, “Come, Join with Us”, which includes the now famous phrase “doubt your doubts.”  What does this mean and how do different people in the church interpret it?
    “Come, Join with Us”, by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Oct 2013 General Conference session
    https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/general-conference/2013/10/come-join-with-us
    Heisenberg uncertainty principle
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uncertainty_principle
    The Next Mormons: How Millennials Are Changing the LDS Church, by Jana Reese
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/0190885203
    The Crucible of Doubt: Reflections On the Quest for Faith, by Tera and Fiona Gibbons
    https://amzn.to/35Tt1DD
    Jane & Emma
    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8581198/
    https://amzn.to/30pN2jM
    My Testimony is My Life, by The Star-Eater
    https://www.arch-hive.net/post/my-testimony-is-my-life
    2nd Isaiah and the Book of Mormon
    https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/ensign/1984/10/i-have-a-question/how-do-we-explain-material-from-isaiah-in-the-book-of-mormon?lang=eng
    A very little bit on doubt, by Eric Jepson
    https://thmazing.blogspot.com/2007/09/very-little-bit-on-doubt-svithe.html
    When Doubts and Questions Arise, by Adam Kotter
    https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/ensign/2015/03/when-doubts-and-questions-arise
    (cited scriptures)
    https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/scriptures/bofm/morm/9.27
    https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/scriptures/dc-testament/dc/6.36

    • 59 min

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