44 episodes

LDS Miscellany through a Berkeley Lens

Face in Hat Aaron Brewster & Eric Jepson

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.7 • 15 Ratings

LDS Miscellany through a Berkeley Lens

    4.7 Joshua and Jericho

    4.7 Joshua and Jericho

    A fun primary lesson led to a deeper discussion of historicity and truth in the book of Joshua.

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    What Do We Mean When We Say that the Scriptures Are True?  By Michael Austin

    https://bycommonconsent.com/2021/05/23/what-do-we-mean-when-we-say-that-the-scriptures-are-true/

    Wiki: the conquest of Caanan

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Book_of_Joshua#Entry_into_the_land_and_conquest_.28chapters_2.E2.80.9312.29

    Come follow me: Joshua

    https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/manual/come-follow-me-for-individuals-and-families-old-testament-2022/22

    On Writing Heike’s Void, by Steven L. Peck

    https://www.associationmormonletters.org/2022/06/on-writing-heikes-void-by-steven-l-peck/

    Heike’s Void, by Steven L. Peck

    https://www.amazon.com/Heikes-Void-Steven-Peck/dp/1948218550

    Wiki: Battle of Jericho

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Jericho

    Song of solomon footnote

    https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/scriptures/ot/song/1?lang=eng#note

    Americapox: The Missing Plague, by CGP Grey

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEYh5WACqEk

    Ada Palmer and the Weird Hand of Progress, by Gregory Barber

    https://www.wired.com/story/ada-palmer-sci-fi-future-weird-hand-progress/

    Thoughts to Keep in Mind: The Historical Books in the Old Testament

    https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/manual/come-follow-me-for-individuals-and-families-old-testament-2022/22-thoughts

    Mormon Literature at the 57th Annual MHA Conference, by Liz Busby

    https://www.associationmormonletters.org/2022/05/mormon-literature-at-the-57th-annual-mha-conference/

    • 45 min
    4.6 Critical reading and the Divine Feminine

    4.6 Critical reading and the Divine Feminine

    Reading scientific papers requires a critical mindset, but often ‘critical’ has a negative connotation. How can we apply critical reading to scriptures and conference addresses? This is especially relevant in the context of recent conference addresses and discourse in the Mormon community on Heavenly Mother (see especially Dialogue’s spring issue, “Heavenly Mother in Critical Context”).

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    Infographic: How to read a scientific paper, by Natalia Rodriguez

    https://www.elsevier.com/connect/infographic-how-to-read-a-scientific-paper

    Answering Gospel Questions

    https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/manual/gospel-topics/answering-gospel-questions?lang=eng

    How to Tell a True War Story, by Tim O’Brian

    https://www.ndsu.edu/pubweb/~cinichol/CreativeWriting/323/OBrienWarStory.pdf

    The things they carried, by Tim O’Brian

    https://www.amazon.com/Things-They-Carried-Tim-OBrien/dp/0618706410

    Your Divine Nature and Eternal Destiny, By Elder Dale G. Renlund (see footnote 10)

    https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/general-conference/2022/04/36renlund

    Dialogue, Spring 2022. “Heavenly Mother in Critical Context.”

    https://www.dialoguejournal.com/issues/spring-2022/

    In Defense of Heavenly Mother: Her Critical Importance for Mormon Culture and Theology, by Margaret Toscano

    https://www.dialoguejournal.com/articles/in-defense-of-heavenly-mother-her-critical-importance-for-mormon-culture-and-theology/

    Abbott & Costello 7 x 13 = 28

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzxVyO6cpos

    Queer Mormon Theology: An Introduction, by Blaire Ostler

    https://www.amazon.com/Queer-Mormon-Theology-Blaire-Ostler/dp/1948218410

    Mother's Milk, by Rachel Hunt Steenblik 

    https://www.amazon.com/Mothers-Milk-Rachel-Hunt-Steenblik/dp/0998605220

    Finding Mother God: Poems to Heal the World Hardcover, by Carol Lynn Pearson 

    https://www.amazon.com/Finding-Mother-God-Poems-World/dp/1423656687

    Dove Song: Heavenly Mother in Mormon Poetry.  Edited by Tyler Chadwick, Dayna Patterson, and Martin Pulido

    http://www.peculiarpages.com/books/dove-song/

    • 55 min
    4.5 Universalism and Heresy

    4.5 Universalism and Heresy

    Dr. Eugene England and Elder Bruce R. McConkie really didn’t agree on many points regarding the nature of God and the destiny of souls. For today’s show, we highly recommend Rebecca England’s essay linked in the show notes!  We cover it briefly but it’s worth your time!


    D&C 1:30


    https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/scriptures/dc-testament/dc/1?lang=eng&id=30#p30


    The vision: D&C 76


    https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/scriptures/dc-testament/dc/76


    “The Vision”, by Matthew McBride (includes quote from Brigham Young and his brother Joseph)


    https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/manual/revelations-in-context/the-vision?lang=eng#p12


    D&C 19:11-19


    https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/scriptures/dc-testament/dc/19?lang=eng&id=11-19#p11


    So Ask No More…, by Mario R. Montani. Translated by Gabriel González.


    (Spanish) https://irreantum.associationmormonletters.org/y-no-preguntes-mas/


    (English) https://irreantum.associationmormonletters.org/so-ask-no-more/


    A Professor and Apostle Correspond: Eugene England and Bruce R. McConkie on the Nature of God, by Rebecca England


    http://www.eugeneengland.org/a-professor-and-apostle-correspond-eugene-england-and-bruce-r-mcconkie-on-the-nature-of-god


    The Seven Deadly Heresies, by Bruce R. McConkie


    https://speeches.byu.edu/talks/bruce-r-mcconkie/seven-deadly-heresies/


    Stretching the Heavens: The Life of Eugene England and the Crisis of Modern Mormonism, by Terryl L. Givens


    https://www.amazon.com/Stretching-Heavens-Eugene-England-Mormonism/dp/146966433X


    Here’s a direct link to the quote that blew Aaron away, from Articles of Faith by, James Talmage, pg 421


    https://www.gutenberg.org/files/42238/42238-h/42238-h.htm#Page_421


    Printed vs. audio version of The Seven Deadly Heresies


    https://www.fairlatterdaysaints.org/answers/Primary_sources/Bruce_R._McConkie/Seven_deadly_heresies

    • 54 min
    4.4 Billions of quick hits

    4.4 Billions of quick hits

    Happy new year!  We revisit older shows, adding updates on finance (billions of dollars worth), the Provo temple, the Devil in church meetings and certain prophecies about the color of horses. 


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    More about the deseret alphabet and Unicode by Kenneth R. Beesley:


    https://www.unicode.org/L2/L2002/02169-deseret.pdf


    https://uofupress.lib.utah.edu/an-1860-english-hopi-vocabulary-written-in-the-deseret-alphabet/


    https://www.tug.org/TUGboat/tb25-0/beesley.pdf


    Original whistleblower article, by Jon Swaine, Douglas MacMillan and Michelle Boorstein:


    https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/mormon-church-has-misled-members-on-100-billion-tax-exempt-investment-fund-whistleblower-alleges/2019/12/16/e3619bd2-2004-11ea-86f3-3b5019d451db_story.html


    Some Thoughts About Ensign Peak Advisers and the Church, by Sam Brunson


    https://bycommonconsent.com/2019/12/17/some-thoughts-about-ensign-peak-advisers-and-the-church/


    Let’s Talk About Money, by Sam Brunson


    https://bycommonconsent.com/2021/08/21/lets-talk-about-money/#more-115349


    Response to church’s response, by Sam Brunson


    https://twitter.com/smbrnsn/status/1208433565945487360


    The Good Shepherds musical:


    https://thegoodshepherds.net/about-the-show


    Provo temple pictures:


    https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/temples/photo-gallery/provo-utah-temple?lang=eng


    Irreantum issue: Joe Smith and the Devil


    https://irreantum.associationmormonletters.org/18_1_top/


    Sympathy for the “Devil”, by Roxy Rawson:


    https://irreantum.associationmormonletters.org/sympathy-for-the-devil/


    Film Theory: Star Wars, How The Mandalorian PROVES the Empire was Right!


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjWokxCfCvs


    Eric’s comment in twitter thread on the OT:


    https://twitter.com/thmazing/status/1476590787408252934

    • 46 min
    4.3 Liberal hair lengths

    4.3 Liberal hair lengths

    Starting off with the history of the People’s Park in Berkley, we segway into discussing Emily Kaplan’s article in the Washington Post, “The Rise of the Liberal Latter-day Saints.” It’s a great article and has generated lots of discussion, especially around LBGTQ issues. Join us! 


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    People's Park (Berkeley)


    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/People%27s_Park_(Berkeley)


    The Rise of the Liberal Latter-day Saints and the battle for the future of Mormonism, by Emily Kaplan


    https://www.washingtonpost.com/magazine/2021/09/27/rise-liberal-latter-day-saints/


    First Person: Berkeley's Matt Marostica on How to Make Progressive Change within a Conservative Church


    https://www.kqed.org/forum/2010101885956/first-person-berkeleys-matt-marostica-on-how-to-make-progressive-change-within-a-conservative-church


    Fireside podcast Ep. 6—No Compartments (David Dark)


    https://www.firesidepod.org/episodes/dark


    Life's Too Short to Pretend You're Not Religious, by David Dark 


    https://www.amazon.com/Lifes-Short-Pretend-Youre-Religious/dp/0830844465


    Human History Gets a Rewrite, by William Deresiewicz


    https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2021/11/graeber-wengrow-dawn-of-everything-history-humanity/620177/


    Garden of Enid: Enid vs. The Big Tent, by Scott Hales


    https://thegardenofenid.tumblr.com/post/94527291396/enid-vs-the-big-tent-8122014/amp


    Benjamin Park’s response to Emily Kaplan’s essay


    https://twitter.com/BenjaminEPark/status/1442616042627469312


    Prop 8 - The Musical


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_hyT7_Bx9o


    Stretching the Heavens: The Life of Eugene England and the Crisis of Modern Mormonism, by Terryl L. Givens


    https://www.amazon.com/Stretching-Heavens-Eugene-England-Mormonism/dp/146966433X

    • 51 min
    4.2 In our lovely alphabet

    4.2 In our lovely alphabet

    Brigham Young loved the Deseret alphabet, and so do we. It’s so cool looking and old and kinda weird. It’s perfect Mormon history and it’s forever enshrined in Unicode.  Let’s take a look!


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    Start here!


    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deseret_alphabet


    English Phonotypic Alphabet, developed by Sir Isaac Pitman and Alexander John Ellis


    ​​https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_Phonotypic_Alphabet


    George D. Watt


    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_D._Watt


    A Simplified Alphabet, by Mark Twain


    https://englishliterature.net/mark-twain/a-simplified-alphabet


    Monsters and Mormons


    https://www.amazon.com/Monsters-Mormons-Wm-Henry-Morris/dp/0982781245


    Quite Interesting, J series, ep 13, Jobs


    https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B084DL9FQC/ref=atv_dp_season_select_s10


    Making Peace: Personal Essays, by Eugene England, Chapter 4, On Bringing Peace To BYU, With The Help Of Brigham Young


    http://signaturebookslibrary.org/on-bringing-peace-to-byu-with-the-help-of-brigham-young/


    Dialogue Book Report #13: Kristine Haglund on Eugene England


    https://www.dialoguejournal.com/podcasts/dialogue-book-report-13-kristine-haglund-on-eugene-england/


    The Deseret Alphabet in Unicode, by Kenneth R. Beesley


    http://www.chem.ucla.edu/~jericks/Historical%20or%20Technical/History%20Looking%20Backwards/Ken%20Beesley/Deseret%20in%20Unicode.pdf


    The Stainless Steel Rat


    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Stainless_Steel_Rat

    • 52 min

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