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Engaging Gospel Doctrine provides supplementary resources for Latter-Day Saint Sunday School.

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Engaging Gospel Doctrine provides supplementary resources for Latter-Day Saint Sunday School.

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Where is God?

By ClayMeisman - Feb 17 2020
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Very interesting! It’s enjoyable! But it’s like a well prepared history/ethics/psych class on the BOM without any insights into acquiring spiritual knowledge from God. After hours of listening, I didn’t hear anything about the grace, mercy, and mind of God. He goes into the “how”, “when”, “where”, and “who” of the BOM beautifully. But he tries to explain “the why” using academics and rationalizations...in place of Christ. I’m honestly not sure what to think of it.

Excellent

By mattrhwrd - Apr 18 2016
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The balance of academics and faith make this podcast a real gem.

iTunes Ratings

141 Ratings
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118
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10

Where is God?

By ClayMeisman - Feb 17 2020
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Very interesting! It’s enjoyable! But it’s like a well prepared history/ethics/psych class on the BOM without any insights into acquiring spiritual knowledge from God. After hours of listening, I didn’t hear anything about the grace, mercy, and mind of God. He goes into the “how”, “when”, “where”, and “who” of the BOM beautifully. But he tries to explain “the why” using academics and rationalizations...in place of Christ. I’m honestly not sure what to think of it.

Excellent

By mattrhwrd - Apr 18 2016
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The balance of academics and faith make this podcast a real gem.
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Engaging Gospel Doctrine

Latest release on Feb 14, 2020

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Rank #1: 308.3: Bigger Tents (OT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 40, Study Notes)

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“Enlarge the Place of Thy Tent”

These final chapters of Isaiah give us much more to think about than the name of our Stake Centers. This lesson discusses the need for community, how we can both feel comfortable within and foster our communities. These chapters make challenging points about insiders, outsiders, points that lead to the promise of a new creation. This section covers the historical context of these chapters and explores the psychology of us/them psychology.

Class Member Reading: Isaiah 54; 55; 56; 63; 64; 65; Alma 32:28

Additional Reading: None

Other Reading: None

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Resources

Home Teaching, A Divine Service, President Monson

Ye Are No More Strangers, Bishop Caussé

Strength in the Savior, President Chieko Okazaki

To Please Our Heavenly Father, President Hinckley

The Net Gathers of Every Kind, Elder Maxwell

No Man is an Island, Elder Winkel

Concern for the One, Elder Wirthlin

Come, Join with Us, President Uchtdorf

Why the Church is as True as the Gospel, Eugene England

“Respect”, LDSThoughtfulQuotes

Life, Inc

Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community

Love Sense: The Revolutionary New Science of Romantic Relationships

The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion

Moral Roots of Liberals and Conservatives, TED

Religion and Self-Transcendence, TED

Thanks as always to Steven Nelson for the bumper music.

Nov 03 2018

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Rank #2: 282.1: Deliverance (OT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 13, Updated)

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Bondage, Passover, and Exodus

We like to focus on the dramatic stories of deliverance, but the story of Moses and the Exodus has much more to teach us about the ways that we grow and change during challenges, the role we have to play in our own deliverance, and how we remember both deliverance and those times trials “pass over” us. In addition, from the burning bush we can learn how to awaken to the reality that everything in life is sacred.

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Class Member ReadingExodus 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 14; Matthew 26:19, 26-28; D&C 20:75-79

Additional ReadingExodus 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 15

Other Reading: None

You can access the Lesson Notes here (or PDF).

Thanks to Trent Oliphant for updating and reissuing the episode.

Apr 13 2018

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Rank #3: 284.3: Choosing Life (OT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 15, Study Notes)

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“Look to God and Live”

In this section we cover:

II: Scholarship:

  • Struggles of authority: Aaron and Miriam vs. Moses; the Korahites
  • Context of the conquest of Canaan
  • Meaning of the Bronze Serpent

III: Study Notes:

  • The portrayal of God in these chapters
  • Balance of personal and institutional revelation
  • Brain chemistry and optimism/pessimism
  • In addition to God, where can we “look at live”?

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Class Member Reading: Numbers 11; 12; 13; 14; 21:1-9; Alma 37:46-47; Helaman 8:13-15

Additional Reading: John 3:14-16; 1 Nephi 17:41; Alma 33:18-22

Other Reading: Look through the rest of Numbers.

Jennifer and Jacob continue the discussion.

You can access the Annotated Reading here (or PDF)

You can access the Lesson Notes here (or PDF)

Resources 

President Monson, In Search of Treasure (about living in the moment)

President Uchtdorf, Grateful in Any Circumstances 

Elder Scott, To Heal the Shattering Consequences of Abuse 

Elder Oaks, Good, Better, Best 

Elder Holland, Look to God and Live 

Martin Seligman, Positive Psychology 

Overview of PERMA

TED talk on the psychology of time 

TED talk about happiness in the moment 

TED talks about happiness in general 

Thanks to James Estrada for postproduction, and as always to Steven Nelson for the beautiful bumper music.

Apr 28 2018

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Rank #4: 302.1: Fidelity (OT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 34, Updated)

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“I Will Betroth Thee unto Me in Righteousness”

The core message of Hosea is fidelity: fidelity to God, which extends to fidelity to each other and ourselves. At it’s core, fidelity is about congruence between our values and our actions, and congruence between our relationship to ourselves and our relationship to others. There is much of value in Hosea, but first we need to wrestle with the primary analogy of an abusive relationship between God and Israel.

Class Member Reading: Hosea 1; 2; 3; 11; 13; 14

Additional Reading: Hosea 4; 5; 6; 7; 8; 9; 10; 12

Other Reading: None

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You can access my Lesson Notes here (or PDF).

Thanks to Trent Oliphant for editing the updated and reissued episodes.

Sep 16 2018

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Rank #5: 296.1: Still Small Sacredness (OT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 28, Updated)

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“After the Fire a Still Small Voice”

Sometimes God manifests in miracles. Sometimes God manifests in earth-shaking wonders. But every day, every moment, God manifests in the small details of our lives. By focusing our divine consciousness on those every day moments, we make them sacred.

Class Member Reading: 1 Kings 16:33; 17; 18; 19

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Additional Reading: None

Other Reading: None

You can access my Lesson Notes here (or PDF).

Thanks to Trent Oliphant for updating and reissuing the episode.

Jul 28 2018

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Rank #6: 353: Understanding the Book of Mormon (Gospel Doctrine Lesson 0)

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I am reissuing the wonderful conversation I had four years ago with Grant Hardy and McArthur Krishna about the nature of and relationship to the Book of Mormon.

Before we begin the Book of Mormon Sunday School year, I sit down (virtually) with Grant Hardy and McArthur Krishna (In North Carolina and India respectively) to review topics important to Book of Mormon Study.

We discuss: 

  • Personal experience reading the Book of Mormon
  • Approaches to the Book of Mormon
    • Devotional
    • Theological/Doctrinal
    • Literary
    • Historical
  • Reading the Book of Mormon from different perspectives
  • How did we get the Book of Mormon?
    • Translation process
    • Discernable sources
  • What is scripture?
  • What is inspiration?
  • Suggestions for teaching Book of Mormon in Sunday School
  • What is most important as we study the Book of Mormon?

Resources

Reader’s Edition of The Book of Mormon

Understanding the Book of Mormon, Grant Hardy (or the Kindle edition for $3!)

Girls Who Choose God Set: Stories of Strong Women from the Bible; from the Book of Mormon (Deseret Book)

Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Course by Dr. Christine Hayes, Open Yale Courses

Thanks to Jonathan Cannon for helping with the discussion outline and to Trent Oliphant and William Newman for audio editing.

Dec 27 2019

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Rank #7: 333: May 19: Was Jesus Married? (New Testament Week 20)

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Most of our stories have to do with relationships, usually relationships that end “happily ever after”. In reality, marriage is much more complicated! This episode explores the idea, ideal, and history of marriage, as well as what makes a good marriage on earth as it is in heaven. And yes, I have a compelling answer to the question of whether Jesus was married.

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You can access my Lesson Notes here (or PDF).

Resources
Stephanie Coontz, Marriage: A History
Related Episodes
253:1: Marriage on Heaven and Earth (Update)
253.2: Marriage on Heaven and Earth (Sunday School)
279.1: Family Systems (Update)
279.2: Family Systems (Sunday School)

Thanks to Trent Oliphant for postproduction and to Marshall McDonald for the bumper music! Thanks to Lisa Salisbury for donating our beautiful logo.

May 18 2019

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Rank #8: 305.1: Of God and Wonders (OT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 37, Updated)

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“Thou Hast Done Wonderful Things”

Wonderful sounds really nice, but I’m sure I’m not the only one who sometimes wonders if God knows what They are doing! The assigned chapters prove baffling, but do invite exploration of how the unexpected in life often leads us to repentance and transformation.

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You can access my Lesson Notes here (or PDF).

Thanks to Trent Oliphant for a wonderfully quick turnaround editing the updated and reissued episodes.

Sep 27 2018

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Rank #9: 308.1: Bigger Tents (OT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 40, Updated)

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“Enlarge the Place of Thy Tent”

We can use the fertilizer of past and present grief and difficulty to tend future Edenic gardens in our lives. In these Isaiah chapters God consoles a suffering Israel and promises a covenant of steadfast love and eternal peace, and promises growth beyond what they can imagine. How can we clean out and stock our individual tents, in preparation for goodness we cannot now conceptualize?

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You can access my Lesson Notes here (or PDF)

Deep appreciation to Trent Oliphant for an insanely quick turnaround on editing!

Nov 03 2018

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Rank #10: 349: Nov 10, 17. A Better Covenant (New Testament Weeks 45-46)

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Hebrews urges us to face the future with faith, not slide into the mistakes of the past, and above all, relationship with the ever-present living God. I hope this eloquent book will inspire us to move beyond “types and shadows” and improve our relationship to God and true principles.

Reading: Hebrews 1-6 (Nov 10); Hebrews 7-13 (Nov 17)

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You can access the Annotated Reading here
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Related Episodes and Resources
163: Jesus, the Great High Priest (Hebrews)

Nov 15 2019

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Rank #11: 294.2: Wisdom and Foolishness (OT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 26, Sunday School)

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King Solomon: Man of Wisdom, Man of Foolishness

Solomon is known as a “man of wisdom”, but if so, why did he make so many mistakes? This lesson explores Solomon and his gifts in historical context. This section covers:

  • Our gifts
  • Solomon: Man of wisdom
  • Solomon: Man of foolishness
  • The temple

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Class Member Reading: 1 Kings 3; 4:29; 5; 6; 7; 8; 9; 10; 11; Jacob 2:18-19; D&C 97:15-17

Additional Reading: 1 Kings 2:1-12; 4:29-34; 7:13-51; 1 Chronicles 29; D&C 46

Other Reading: None

You can access the Annotated Reading here (or PDF)

You can access the Lesson Notes here (or PDF)

Thanks to James Estrada for audio post-production. As always, thanks to Steven Nelson for the bumper music!

Jul 15 2018

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Rank #12: 286.3: Farewell to Moses (OT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 17, Study Notes)

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“Beware Lest Thou Forget”

This episode continues by discussing the historical background of Deuteronomy and then exploring the science of memory, importance of commemoration, and the way stories can change us. The class also addresses the distinctions between law, commandment, and morality.

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Class Member Reading: Deuteronomy 681132Helaman 5:12Matthew 7:24-27D&C 50:44

Additional Reading: Deuteronomy 47:1-413:1-834

Other Reading: Look over the rest of Deuteronomy

Sheldon guest hosts and Dorothy, Jeff and Ben continue the discussion.

You can access the Assigned Reading here (or PDF)

Resources

Memory and Forgetting, RadioLab

How our memory works

Authoring the Old Testament (This topic comes up since Moses could not have narrated his own death)

Thanks to Sheldon Greaves for guest teaching and hosting, to James Estrada for working post-production MIRACLES, and as always to Steven Nelson for the beautiful bumper music.

May 06 2018

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Rank #13: 289.3: Women of Valor (OT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 20, Study Notes)

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“All the City … Doth Know That Thou Art a Virtuous Woman”

The little book of Ruth, one of the masterpieces of Biblical literature, teaches profound and challenging principles. Themes include not overlooking those we consider outsiders and the power of steadfast love to restore that which is lost. This portion of the episode covers:

  1. Scholarship
  1. Discussion of the Israelite Redeemer (Go’el), Levirate Marriage, and Nazirites
  2. Historical Context of Ruth

III. Study Notes

  1. Ruth’s questionable behavior on the threshing floor
  2. Working within suboptimal social situations
  3. Parallels to Hannah’s consecration of Samuel

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Class Member Reading: Ruth 1, 2, 3, 4; 1 Samuel 1; 2:1-2, 20-21

Additional Reading: None

Other Reading: None

Amy and Kelsey contribute an engaging discussion.

You can access the Annotated Reading here (or PDF)

You can access the Lesson Notes here (or PDF)

Resources

President Monson, My Personal Hall of Fame

President Uchtdorf, Providing in the Lord’s Way

Dan Ariely, Predictably Irrational (or the great TED talk)

Malcom Gladwell, Outliers

Nudge (the book about “Libertarian Paternalism”)

Stop the Hunger, with some sobering real time stats

Caring for the Needy, D&C Lesson 38

 Segullah article on the women in Matthew’s genealogy

Thanks to James Estrada for performing some serious post-production magic, and as always to Steven Nelson for the beautiful bumper music.

May 26 2018

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Rank #14: 311.3 Healthy Leadership (OT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 43, Study Notes)

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The Shepherds of Israel

Turns out when you are assigned to care for sheep as a shepherd, eating them instead is not the recipe for success. This episode discusses the attributes of good leadership, how to support leaders, and what to do in the case of shepherds who make mistakes. This section explores Ezekiel in historical and literary context and the nature of leadership in the LDS Church.

Nancy and George continue the conversation.

Class Member Reading: Ezekiel 18; 34; 37; Psalm 23; Alma 5:7-14

Additional Reading: Ezekiel 2

Other Reading: D&C 121

You can access the Annotated reading here (or PDF).

You can access the Lesson Notes here (or PDF).

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Resources

EGD Episode 104 on righteous leaders

Interpretation of the two sticks in Ezekiel 27, Kevin Barney at BCC
Thanks to James Estrada for postproduction and Steven Sharp for the bumper music.

Dec 02 2018

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Rank #15: 343.3: Grace is Not God’s Backup Plan (Part 1)

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In this bonus portion I read Adam Miller’s superb paraphrase of Romans, “Grace is not God’s Backup Plan” (Romans 1-9) .

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Buy the book here.

Aug 18 2019

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Rank #16: 307.1: Messengers of Peace and Wellness (OT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 39, Updated)

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“How Beautiful upon the Mountains”

These chapters present poignant contrasts… abandonment and misery shift into reclaiming and vindication. Desert wilderness becomes Eden. And most importantly, suffering can bring redemption.

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You can access my Lesson Notes here (or PDF).

Oct 28 2018

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Rank #17: 281.1: Trials and Providence (OT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 12, Updated)

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“Fruitful in the Land of My Affliction”

Joseph’s story has a bit of a fairy tale happy ending, but how do we apply it to our own stories, which have not yet ended? How do we put ourselves in the path of Providence, so to speak? This update reviews lessons from both Joseph and his family, and focuses on how we can dedicate ourselves to principles, process, and practice in a way that both maximizes the chance of success and maintains our wellness and growth no matter what happens.

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Class Member Reading: Genesis 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45; D&C 64:8-11

Additional Reading: 2 Nephi 2:2; D&C 122:5-9

Other Reading: Review Genesis 39

You can access my Lesson Notes here (or PDF).

Thanks to Trent Oliphant  for editing and reissuing the episodes.

Mar 24 2018

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Rank #18: 321: Feb 24; Inner Law and Integrity (New Testament Week 8)

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Jesus’ teachings get at the heart of the gospel: Be good. Be happy. Be whole. The tricky thing is, we humans are terrible at predicting what will make us happy and well, which is why it is so important to internalize the principles of the gospel. We become good as we practice goodness. When that goodness becomes who we are, we can’t lose.

Reading: Matthew 5; Luke 6

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You can access my Lesson Notes here.

Thanks to Trent Oliphant for postproduction and to Marshall McDonald for the bumper music! Thanks to Lisa Salisbury for donating our beautiful logo.

Apr 09 2019

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Rank #19: 306.3: Relationship with God (OT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 38, Study Notes)

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“Beside Me There Is No Saviour”

These chapters emphatically declare that there is no God but the God of Israel. Yet even in the Bible we have differing views on God, let alone throughout history, the world, and our individual lives. This section goes deeper into what we learn about God from these chapters, how our personal experiences with God differ, and the power of devotion to God.

Nathan and Paula continue the discussion.

Class Member Reading: Isaiah 40-49

Additional Reading: None

Other Reading: None

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You can access the Annotated Reading here (or PDF).

You can access the Lesson Notes here (or PDF).

Oct 13 2018

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Rank #20: 347: Oct. 13, 20. Challenge and be Challenged by (New Testament Weeks 41-42)

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How are you liking Church? The answer depends largely on your personality and context. One of the trickiest challenges about being human is that well-being exists beyond preference… Whether it’s going it’s exercising or serving our neighbor, it’s usually those things that we didn’t want to do that we are glad to have done! This lesson’s reading digs into proper relationships… how we should work with each other, and how God works within us.

Reading: Ephesians (Oct. 13); Philippians; Colossians (Oct. 20)

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You can access my Lesson Notes here
You can access the Annotated Reading here (and for Ephesians)

Related Episodes and Resources
166: Anything Praiseworthy (Philippians; Colossians; Philemon)
165: Ephesians
The Next Mormons, by Jana Reiss
Moral Roots of Liberals and Conservatives, Jonathan Haidt

Thanks to Trent Oliphant for postproduction and to Marshall McDonald for the bumper music! Thanks to Lisa Salisbury for donating our beautiful logo.

Oct 04 2019

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