#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.


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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.