Mormons in America, the White House & on Evangelical Radio with Jana Riess [podcast 170]

What would a PhD in American Religious History who converted to Christianity as a teen and then to Mormonism while at Princeton Seminary have to say about Romney’s run for the White House?  Well guess what?  Jana Riess is here to chat about it.

We discuss much more than the election including a number of rumors I picked up off evangelical talk radio, bits of Mormon history, and the faith’s changing relationship to America and Christianity.  Buckle Up!

Jana is the author, co-author, or editor of nine books, including Flunking Sainthood: A Year of Breaking the Sabbath, Forgetting to Pray, and Still Loving My Neighbor; What Would Buffy Do? The Vampire Slayer as a Spiritual Guide; Mormonism for Dummies; and The Writer’s Market Guide to Getting Published. Jana is an awesome blogger for Religion News Service.

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5 comments
JeffStraka
JeffStraka

It's good to hear from a progressive/emerging Mormon. I just really wonder how realistic it is to reform this stream (and even if it is worthy of reformation?). In the last few months, I've focused on learning about Mormonism (I'm a theo-nerd!) and it really opened my eyes to the sketchy nature of it's history and the way the leadership tries to spin and control it. I would be curious as to Jana's thoughts on the Kinderhook plates and the Book of Abraham papyrus for starters (and maybe Joseph's polyandry).  A few sights I found interesting in learning the "unspun" history (note that I did NOT use any evangelical sources - I thought it best to learn from current and former Mormons):

http://www.iamanexmormon.com/

http://exmormonfoundation.org/

http://mormonexpression.com/

http://mormonexpositor.com/

http://mormonstories.org/

http://mormonmatters.org/

But I will say the book I learned the most from is "Standing For Something More: The Excommunication of Lyndon Lamborn" by Lyndon Lamborn. Prior to my study of Mormonism, I had been on the trajectory towards an agnostic/naturalist/skeptic position. This book helped me clinch it. Mormonism has a recent, U.S, made history that makes it quite easy to verify with news accounts, etc, much unlike the 2,000+ year old history of Christianity and Judaism. Let me just say the "house of cards" that I believe Mormonism is built on (http://youtu.be/4ac_fLUHiBw) made me realize how essentially ALL institutional religions are man-made creations bent towards coercion and power. I WILL say I don't think Jesus came to start a religion but to teach us how to live into a full humanness and a higher non-dual consciousness that our heart-brain evolution offers (as other contemplative forms of religion teach). But my point here is how the Roman Empire Church spun and controlled and funneled the composition of Christianity to fit its story is EXACTLY what the Mormon church seems to have done throughout its history and continues to do today.

On a more light-hearted note, I leave you with this "Mr. Deity" video: http://youtu.be/0U17Qs5nyRo

SimonNashJsy
SimonNashJsy

@trippfuller lining up a Brewdog Punk IPA and a St Austell Tribute for new @HomebrewedXnty sweet theological goodness, + relisten LuvApoc .

JonathanWiedel
JonathanWiedel

@leadfromfringe @HomebrewedXnty Looking forward to it.

trippfuller
trippfuller

.@SimonNashJsy @HomebrewedXnty that sounds like a seriously awesome idea.