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The Book of Mormon is a fascinating work of literature, teeming with stories of prophets, kings, and warriors on the pre-Columbian American continent. Is it a holy writ of ancient history and Christian theology, or did it come from a more recent source. On this podcast, we aim to find out if there are books out there similar to the Book of Mormon that were produced prior to 1830 when the Book of Mormon was released.

Glass Box Podcast Bryce Blankenagel

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.6, 74 Ratings

The Book of Mormon is a fascinating work of literature, teeming with stories of prophets, kings, and warriors on the pre-Columbian American continent. Is it a holy writ of ancient history and Christian theology, or did it come from a more recent source. On this podcast, we aim to find out if there are books out there similar to the Book of Mormon that were produced prior to 1830 when the Book of Mormon was released.

    Ep 51 - Is Mormonism A Cult?

    Ep 51 - Is Mormonism A Cult?

    A lot of people have debated this question for decades. We sit down with some work from Steven Hassan, Margaret Singer, and other cult experts to discuss what makes a cult a cult. Short answer, yes. Longer answer, yes and it's complicated. Longest answer, yes and listen to the show. Now that I have your attention, reader, here’s a fun activity: send a Facebook message to Braden Hamm and ask him “if the players were required to be drunk, what would be the funniest sport to watch?” But don’t tell him why! I want to know who reads these show notes. If you do, send me a direct message to nakedmormonism@gmail.com with your physical address. After that we talk about The Life of Brian and some happy news about New York building up its electric automotive infrastructure.
     
    Cult resources:
    BITE model https://freedomofmind.com/bite-model/
    Steven Hassan on LDS Church https://freedomofmind.com/the-church-of-jesus-christ-of-latter-day-saints/
    The Cult of Trump https://freedomofmind.com/the-cult-of-trump-media-page/
    Ethical concerns of Steven Hassan https://medium.com/@cults/ethical-concerns-raised-on-steven-hassans-book-on-cults-1f6133f63d9f
    Steven Hassan “responds” to critics https://freedomofmind.com/the-truth-about-steven-hassan/
    Cults in Our Midst by Margaret Singer (2003) https://www.semanticscholar.org/paper/Cults-in-our-midst%3A-The-continuing-fight-against-Singer/99e864eba1383e84c40d36a6aba62d8c11fd6041
    Cults and the Law https://www.ncjrs.gov/App/Publications/abstract.aspx?ID=136681
     
    Happy news:
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-autos-electric-new-york/new-york-to-invest-750-million-to-expand-electric-vehicle-infrastructure-idUSKCN24H3DD?utm_source=reddit.com
     
    Show Links:
    Website http://www.glassboxpodcast.com/index.html
    Find us on Facebook and Twitter @Glass Box Podcast

    • 2 hr 25 min
    Ep 50 - Ethical Non-Monogamy; The Naked Communist Pt. 1

    Ep 50 - Ethical Non-Monogamy; The Naked Communist Pt. 1

    This episode begins with a panel discussion with Marie D’Elephant and Marissa McCool about navigating ethical non-monogamy. Open relationships/marriages can be a taboo topic and uncomfortable for some; Marie and Riss help us by giving a 101 discussion to introduce us to the subject, uncover some common pitfalls, and provide resources for further reading should non-monogamy be a topic which interests you. After that Braden and I debrief from the interview before jumping into part 1 of reading through The Naked Communist by W. Cleon Skousen. We wrap with some good news about black-owned businesses experiencing a spike amid the current protests and a little bit of listener mail.
     
    Marie D’Elephant
    https://www.facebook.com/mariedelephant/
    https://mariedelephant.com/
    https://everyonesautonomous.com/
     
    Marissa McCool (The Purple Amazon)
    https://www.facebook.com/RisMcCool
    https://centerforinquiry.org/speakers/mccool_marissa/
    https://www.amazon.com/Marissa-Alexa-McCool/e/B075NQV56B%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share
    https://www.spreaker.com/show/the-cis-are-getting-out-of-hand
    https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/alexander-goodlive/inciting-incident
     
    Ethical Slut by Dossie Eaton, Janet W. Hardy
    https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/ethical-slut-dossie-easton/1100528572
     
    Happy news https://apnews.com/5738fc904a6b29118e63a5d762f48791
     
    Show Links:
    Website http://www.glassboxpodcast.com/index.html
    Find us on Facebook and Twitter @Glass Box Podcast

    • 2 hr 26 min
    Ep 49 - Defund Politics

    Ep 49 - Defund Politics

    Lots of interlocking stories to discuss this week. We jump right in with a discussion about the most recent headlines sparked by the protests following George Floyd’s death. A lot of legislation has been crafted in response to the protests, including an executive order from President Donald Trump. We examine the organizations he listed during the signing to determine the intent of the order, followed by looking at the text of the order itself. Once created, tools can be used for good and evil. Then we discuss CHOP, the occupation movement in Capitol Hill, Washington. The Seattle City Council crafted resolutions in response to the leverage held by the CHOP protestors joined by protests across the nation. Seattle chose to ban the use of chokeholds, riot control weapons, and officers covering their badge numbers. We weigh in on #DefundPolice and how useful it can be in sparking a conversation, but why does the “defunding” stop at police? Then we finally tackle the Mormon angle by examining the recent rulings in the Supreme Court concerning churches being “non-essential” services and LGBTQ+ people actually being people with Title VII protections. We wrap the episode with some great media for understanding racism in America as well as coming out as gay to your family.
     
    Links:
     
    Trump’s Executive Order on Police Reform
    https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/executive-order-safe-policing-safe-communities
     
    Orgs mentioned during EO signing
    Federal law enforcement officers association https://www.fleoa.org/news.aspx?id=19
    Fraternal order of police https://www.fop.net/CmsPage.aspx?id=39
    Internal ass of chiefs of police https://www.theiacp.org/
    Intl union of police association; “The Voice of Law Enforcement Officers” https://iupa.org/
    Major county sherrifs of am ass https://mcsheriffs.com/
    Natl Ass of police orgs http://www.napo.org/
    Natl District attorneys ass https://ndaa.org/
    Sergeants benevolent ass https://sbanypd.nyc/
     
    Who wasn’t at the Exec Order signing? https://fundersforjustice.org/organizations/
     
    Atlanta, GA Police Walkout
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/06/18/atlanta-rayshard-brooks-walkout/
     
    Seattle just expelled the Police Union from the city’s labor group. https://apnews.com/7267abcb991ec5210f85aa03eb7ed433#:~:text=SEATTLE%20(AP)%20%E2%80%94%20The%20largest,address%20racism%20within%20its%20ranks.&text=Local%20elected%20leaders%20are%20reluctant,150%20unions%20and%20100%2C000%20workers
     
    Seattle City Council on Police reform bills
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spGMa6-Xu1U
     
    BYU formed a committee to “examine race and inequality at BYU”. https://news.byu.edu/announcements/committee-formed-to-examine-race-and-inequality-at-byu
     
    Donate to groups working or advocating for racial justice and end of racism
    https://secure.actblue.com/donate/fre...
    https://justiceforbreonna.org
    https://www.joincampaignzero.org
    https://www.naacp.org/
    https://www.aclu.org/
    https://blacklivesmatter.com/
     
    Show Links:
    Website http://www.glassboxpodcast.com/index.html
    Find us on Facebook and Twitter @Glass Box Podcast

    • 2 hr 46 min
    Ep 48 - The Negro: A Proclamation to the World; Case for BoM Final

    Ep 48 - The Negro: A Proclamation to the World; Case for BoM Final

    Racial tensions and police brutality in America have caused protests, riots, and citizens becoming the victims of war crimes committed by our military-police force. How did we get here? Where do we go? How can we effectively reform policing in America? It’s a complicated issue and a couple of white guys are going to do their best to introduce you to the topic and form a basic foundation on which to build a base of knowledge about these subjects. We also take a look at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints angle of race, as this is a Mormon-centric podcast. We encourage you to use the resources and further reading below. We wrap the episode with the final installment of Case for the Book of Mormon, a tool of genocide and racial supremacy which shaped American history.
    Links:
    First Presidency statement https://newsroom.churchofjesuschrist.org/article/president-nelson-shares-social-post-encouraging-understanding-and-civility
    Church’s social media post: https://twitter.com/Ch_JesusChrist/status/1268233951719510016
    The Negro: A Proclamation to the World
    https://www.missedinsunday.com/memes/race/proclamation-1949/
    Resources:
    SISTAS in ZION Twitter
    Blacks and the Priesthood by 3 Mormons https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UN5Gp07zaZE
    Our Enemies in Blue by Kristian Williams https://www.akpress.org/our-enemies-in-blue.html
    Read the Stanford Prison Study https://www.simplypsychology.org/zimbardo.html
    @Mica_McGriggs presentation June 15, 2020 “Racial Equity & Social Impact” weekly classes https://www.eventbrite.com/e/racial-equity-social-impact-tickets-104768040028
    Mormon Stories #630 Black Lives Matter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgViT0zuSrk
    Black and Mormon by Darron Smith https://books.google.com/books/about/Black_and_Mormon.html?id=lSvRnQgJAx8C
    https://8cantwait.org/ for police reform
    The Dollop - Furgeson Episode 19 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yp1uF67UeyY
    Ibram X. Kendi How to be an Antiracist https://www.ibramxkendi.com/how-to-be-an-antiracist-1
    Donate: https://www.joincampaignzero.org
    Joanna Brooks Mormonism and White Supremacy https://global.oup.com/academic/product/mormonism-and-white-supremacy-9780190081768?cc=us&lang=en&
    Moroni and the Swastika by David Conley Nelson https://www.oupress.com/books/14220363/moroni-and-the-swastika
    Tiananmen Square Massacre 1989 in China https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SeoMn1DeUek
    Watch: Just Mercy, released free on all platforms by Universal
    Killer Mike speech about George Floyd and protests https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSWasOhArfM
    Stand By Me by Liesa (Lisa) Rodger https://www.thebeehive.com/stand-by-me/
    Check your blindspot BYU diversity project https://www.checkyourblindspot.org/
    Historian’s take on police brutality against Black people https://www.reddit.com/r/AskHistorians/comments/gvu38i/george_floyd_was_murdered_by_america_a_historians/
    Talking to kids about this:
    https://www.amazon.com/Belle-Last-Mule-Gees-Bend/dp/0763687693/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNw8V_Fkw28
    https://www.amazon.com/Juneteenth-Mazie-Fiction-Picture-Books/dp/1479558206/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1591332700&sr=1-1
    Donate to groups working or advocating for racial justice and end of racism
    https://secure.actblue.com/donate/fre...
    https://justiceforbreonna.org
    https://www.joincampaignzero.org
    https://www.naacp.org/
    https://www.aclu.org/
    https://blacklivesmatter.com/

    Show Links:
    Website http://www.glassboxpodcast.com/index.html
    Find us on Facebook and Twitter @Glass Box Podcast

    • 2 hr 34 min
    Ep 47 - Haven’t We Done This Already?

    Ep 47 - Haven’t We Done This Already?

    Update on COVID-19 time! The Mormon church is taking steps to reopen wards around the globe while there’s no evidence that we’ve effectively flattened the curve. They’re also investing some resources into making PPE for medical workers in the form of masks and surgical gowns made from sacred-underwear cotton. Plenty to discuss. Then, Braden tells us about After Life starring Ricky Gervais. We wrap with some happy news about a vodka company based in Utah making hand sanitizer to combat the ‘Rona. Plus listener mail and an iTunes review!
     
    Angel's Trumpet:
    https://www.sltrib.com/religion/2020/05/20/lds-church-sells-exxon/
     
    https://www.sltrib.com/religion/2020/05/19/lds-church-unveils-plan/
     
    https://newsroom.churchofjesuschrist.org/article/global-sacred-clothing-production-facilities-temporarily-produce-masks-gowns
     
    https://newsroom.churchofjesuschrist.org/article/safe-return-church-meetings-activities
     
    Media of Great Price:
    After Life
     
    Happy News:
    Interesting contrast to the church. Church worries about stocks, while Utah vodka brand makes and donates sanitizer to the navajo nation: https://www.facebook.com/FiveWives/posts/2870931026289832

    Don’t miss Bryce’s guest spot on the most recent How 2 Heretic Podcast episode 140!
    https://howtoheretic.com/podcast

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Ep 46 - Broken Missionary plus Case for Book of Mormon pt. 4

    Ep 46 - Broken Missionary plus Case for Book of Mormon pt. 4

    We do something a little different this week. This show starts out with an interview of two elders in the mission field who no longer believe in Mormonism, yet are stuck on their mission during COVID lockdown. How do Elders A and B cope with being on a sales force for a product they know isn’t real? They offer a window into the day-to-day life of missionaries stuck in the world of lockdowns while trying to be good people in spite of being missionaries. After that we dive into part 4 of Tad R. Callister’s Case for the Book of Mormon: how to gain a personal testimony of the Book of Mormon. Can we be done with this book yet?! Then we get to some happy news about Germany banning gay conversion therapy for minors at the nationwide level.
     
    Follow Broken Missionary here:
    https://twitter.com/BrokenMissionay
     
    Happy news https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-52585162

    Show Links:
    Website http://www.glassboxpodcast.com/index.html
    Find us on Facebook and Twitter @Glass Box Podcast

    • 1 hr 42 min

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Fun podcast!

Love the podcast, just started listening a week ago, but it didn't take very long to get caught up. I appreciate all the research and information that goes into both history and current events. Can't wait for the next episode!

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Thoroughly entertaining

Love them both and heavily relate to their perspectives being bred into the church. Thanks for making me laugh while shining a light on the hard stuff 😅

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Research is outstanding

Bryce really goes the extra mile in his research. Love it!

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