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#009: Naked Mormon History (feat. Bryce Blankenagel) | A Leap of Doubt

In this episode, we return to the subject of the weird and fascinating world of Mormonism. My guest for this episode is ex-Mormon Bryce Blankenagel, who joins me to dive even deeper into the history of the Mormon religion and its founder, nineteenth-century con man Joseph Smith. Bryce hosts the Naked Mormonism podcast, a historical podcast in which he brings his skills as a researcher to a chronological exploration of just how fascinating and convoluted Mormon history and doctrine really is.

We discuss his transition out of Mormonism and into atheism, what inspired him to create a serial podcast that provides a critical history of Mormonism without the rose-tinted glasses of official church accounts, and some of the highlights of what his critical research has uncovered about Mormonism’s history and key players.

Links:

Naked Mormonism podcast: http://www.nakedmormonismpodcast.com/index.html

Naked Mormonism on Twitter: https://twitter.com/NakedMormonism

Join the official discussion group of this podcast at https://www.facebook.com/groups/alopdiscussion/

Consider supporting me Patreon if you enjoy the show: www.patreon.com/aleapofdoubt. Thanks to Jeff Prebeg, Jeanne Ikerd, and Torsten Pihl for being my patrons!

Follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/TheNatheist

The opening clip is an excerpt from the audiobook “God is Not Great” by Christopher Hitchens, courtesy of Hachette Audio. Text Copyright 2007 by Christopher Hitchens. Audio production copyright 2007, Hachette Audio. Used with permission.

The opening and ending music is “Jade” by Esther Nicholson and is used under license.

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#005: Leaving Mormonism | A Leap of Doubt

“Why would Coca-Cola have a better marketing strategy than God?” ~ Ami

In this episode I am joined by Ami, one of the hosts of the Secular Souppodcast, as she shares her story of growing up in the Mormon church and what eventually prompted her to question Mormonism and religion in general and quietly take leave of that faith tradition.

We talked about how Mormonism views women in the church, the racist beliefs written into Mormon doctrine, the pseudoscientific and magical worldview of Mormonism’s founder Joseph Smith, the bizarre cosmology of the religion, family life and civic habits of Mormonism’s members, the secret “sacred temple” initiation rites, and the submarines featured in the Book of Mormon (yes, you read that right), and why Coca-Cola has a better marketing strategy than God.

Relevant links:

Secular Soup podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/show/secular-soup

Recommended reading

Paul Kurtz, The Transcendental Temptation (Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 2013; first published in 1986), chapter 10. [https://tinyurl.com/y7koo435]

Ernest Taves, Trouble Enough: Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon(Buffalo, NY: Prometheus Books, 1984). [https://tinyurl.com/y9gns7s8]

 

Join the official discussion group of this podcast at https://www.facebook.com/groups/alopdiscussion/

Consider supporting me Patreon if you enjoy the show: www.patreon.com/aleapofdoubt. Thanks to Jeff Prebeg and Jeanne Ikerd for being my first two patrons!

Follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/TheNatheist

The opening clip is an excerpt from the audiobook “God is Not Great” by Christopher Hitchens, courtesy of Hachette Audio. Text Copyright 2007 by Christopher Hitchens. Audio production copyright 2007, Hachette Audio. Used with permission.

The opening and ending music is “Jade” by Esther Nicholson and is used under license. Audio edited by Callie Wright of The Gaytheist Manifesto podcast and Answer Media LLC.