Turn a spotlight on all the newest thought and scholarship in Mormon studies. Hosted by John Larsen.
E108: Your Faith Journey’s Hidden Agenda
Most people see their faith journey as taking them away from religion. But, using The Matrix, The Hobbit, and Star Wars, Stephen Carter uncovers evidence that faith journeys have something completely different up their sleeves.
E107: What Don’t the Prophets Say Anymore?: Analyzing General Conference.
It seems like every general conference is the same, but data analytics tells us otherwise. Quentin Spencer talks about the surprising things the prophets have stopped talking about during the past 80 years. This episode is a recording from the 2020 Sunstone Summer Symposium.
E106: In Search of a Larger God
Susan Meredith Hinckley used to feel like she needed a bigger church, but behind that need was a more fundamental one: the need for a larger God. Regaining her spiritual footing after her children left Mormonism has required a new kind of faith: a turning away from the confines of what she had been taught and toward what she has seen and lived for herself. This episode is a session from the 2020 Sunstone Summer Symposium.
E105: Mormons and Native Americans: Myths vs. Realities
What is it like to grow up as a "Lamanite" in the LDS Church? Sarah Newcomb talks about her complicated history as a seventh-generation Native American Mormon in this recording of a 2020 Sunstone Summer Symposium session.
E104: The Real Reason the LDS Church Doesn’t Apologize
The LDS Church has an actual policy of never apologizing. Is it just to ward off lawsuits, or is there something deeper going on? In this episode, Stephen Carter uncovers the roots of this policy and its surprising consequences.
E103: A Brief History of LDS Church LGBTQIA+ Teachings.
In 2019, Kyle Ashworth released the “On the Record” project (lattergaystories.org/record), a detailed chronology of quotes and messaging about LGBTQIA+ issues from the LDS Church. In this episode, Ashworth takes us on a whirlwind tour of that history. Recorded at the 2021 Sunstone Summer Symposium.
Loved the “culting” episode!
Loved Stephen Carter’s take on high stakes causes. This feels like such a useful paradigm to ensure we’re interacting with groups and causes in a healthy way. Thank you!
Stephen Carter is a genius.
The Sunstone History of Mormonism is excellent. It is enlightening, refreshing, informative to hear truths from other points of view and to deal with white supremacy.