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Turn a spotlight on all the newest thought and scholarship in Mormon studies. Hosted by John Larsen.

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Turn a spotlight on all the newest thought and scholarship in Mormon studies. Hosted by John Larsen.

    E104: The Real Reason the LDS Church Doesn’t Apologize

    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.

    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.

    E102: Three Lesson I’ve Learned Giving My Kids a Foundation After My Faith Transition.

    E102: Three Lesson I’ve Learned Giving My Kids a Foundation After My Faith Transition.

    Most discussions about faith transitions center on adults. But what about the children of these parents? After his own faith transition, Jon Ogden wrestled with how he and his wife could best raise their kids — particularly while living in Utah County. In this episode, recorded at the 2021 Sunstone Summer Symposium, Ogden shares lessons he and others have learned while building a new community and curriculum for their children.

    E101: The Sexual “What-if” Syndrome

    E101: The Sexual “What-if” Syndrome

    Many people who transition from orthodox Mormonism to either post or nuanced positions often look back on their sexual journey and feel that a lot of their decisions were co-opted by the Church. And now they’re dealing with grief, anger, feelings of betrayal, and the “what if?” syndrome. This episode addresses some of the common “what if’s?” that people deal with and how to move into healthier paradigms. Presenters include Natasha Helfer, Sara Hughes-Zabawa, Jennifer White, and Jenny Elledge. This episode was recorded at the 2020 Sunstone Digital Symposium.

    E100: Joining a Cult Is Fun to Do, Fun to Do, to Do to Do.

    E100: Joining a Cult Is Fun to Do, Fun to Do, to Do to Do.

    To believe is to be human. But belief has a price—one that has risen higher and higher in recent years. Can we afford it anymore? That's the question Stephen Carter asks as he explores Amanda Montell's book "Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism."

    E99: Queer Polygamy: A Conversation with Taylor Petrey and Blaire Ostler.

    E99: Queer Polygamy: A Conversation with Taylor Petrey and Blaire Ostler.

    "Queer polygamy" is probably one of the most provocative phrases you could throw into an LDS conversation. But Blaire Ostler thinks it can open up constructive new ways of reimagining the ways we relate to each other. In this episode, Ostler and professor of religion Taylor Petrey unpack this phrase and explore its possibilities.

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
135 Ratings

135 Ratings

Aubrey Chaves ,

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!

The Eighteen Letters ,

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Stephen Carter is a genius.

hopequest ,

Thanks

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.

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