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Gospel Topic Essays: 005: A look Back and A Look forward

We take a short break from our tour of the Gospel Topics Essays and spend this episode doing a short review of the ground we have covered thus far focusing on listener feedback and then end discussing the future direction of this project as we seek to add additional perspectives from diverse backgrounds, genders, and races.

Co-Hosts of this episode

Allan Mount is Co-host of the Marriage on a Tightrope podcast with his wife Kattie. After 35 faithful years in the church, it was the Gospel Topic Essays that acted as a catalyst to his faith transition. He is a sales director for a technology company in South Jordan Utah. Kattie and Allan have 4 children between the ages of 5 and 13.

Anthony Miller is an entrepreneur and education enthusiast in Billings, Montana, with Masters degrees in Business Administration and in Financial Services. After a lifetime of faithful membership in the church, he experienced a faith transition after he stumbled across the Gospel Topics Essays and similar materials in 2016, while he was searching for resources to support his adult gay son. Anthony blogs at and is a frequent contributor to post and progressive Mormon support communities.

Bill Reel is a media producer and Pawn Shop Broker and lives in Southern Utah.  Bill experienced a deep faith shift while serving as a LDS Bishop in 2012.  Since then has has worked to be a voice to help others reconcile the complex issues of Mormonism.  He is the the lead contributor of the Mormon Primer and host of Mormon Discussion Podcast


Fatimah Salleh’s 2015 Sunstone Address


12 thoughts on “Gospel Topic Essays: 005: A look Back and A Look forward”

  1. That’s what iced the cake for me, bible historicity study. I found that the bible was fabricated and changed much like the Mormon scriptures, doctrine and church. That did it; I no longer needed a “true church” or even a “good church.” Amen to BS to fit in.

  2. I’ve got to believe the first call you made was to Heather, right? A very thoughtful/well spoken person that needs more of a pulpit with her original group pretty much non-existent.

  3. This is a great insight. Offering unheard perspectives is what this is all about.

    Also Allan, since you are open to improvement. I would use less time in the introductions (maybe just once), but afterwards the bio can be left in the caption of the text intro of the podcast itself). This will cut sound time to further enjoy the actual content that was intended to hear.

    Hopefully the guest hosts are as knowledgeable, and insightful on the subjects as you guys have been.

    Another criticism has been that you sound like you are rushing through the analysis trying to squeeze in quantity over quality. Please take several episodes to cover in depth rather than speeding through each gospel essay topic.

    Thank you.

  4. Thank you for sharing Hilary’s message. I wanted to write the same one. Honestly I didn’t say anything. I’m well trained I guess to not even try to ask a man to hear my voice.

  5. Can we listen to these in a podcast app? I normally listen to them that way and I’m not seeing the gospel topic essay episodes in the Mormon discussion podcast line up.

    1. We changed the general podcast to explicit because some episodes have swearing. We are looking into correcting it as clean and only having specific episodes marked where swearing is present.

  6. Hi, In this episode (I think it was this one) reference was made by one of the hosts to a friend with an interest in biblical studies. A message from the friend was read in which it was stated that the Apostle Paul had never been to Jerusalem before the road to Damascus experience. However this is incorrect as Paul was sent as a young person to Jerusalem to continue his religious education.

    Some time ago I developed a concern for information presented in Mormon oriented podcasts to which I listen. Hosts have good intentions, are often well informed but of course can only be so well informed. Hosts are not biblical scholars, or experts in all the topics discussed. This concerns me as a passionate post graduate theology student. Hosts sre not in s position to evaluate sources, whether from a freind or the very heavily relied upon – Bart Ehrman.

    This was painfully evident on a recent podcast dealing in part with divinisation. Both the LDS essay and the hosts presented an entire lack of understanding of the topic.

    Unfortunately, many listeners will be unprepared to evaluate the presentations and will be influenced by incomplate or misunderstood informaiton presented.

    I enjoy the podcasts and appreciate the tremendous effort taken to produce them.

    1. Are you suggesting that Bart Ehrman has it wrong, and Paul visited Jerusalem 3 years before the Jerusalem Conference, after which he traveled the road to Damascus, and along the way, he had his vision of Jesus, prior to writing his first epistle?

      Are you suggesting that the very late, anonymous text of Acts, attributed to Luke, likely written after Paul’s death, is more accurate than Paul’s letters with regard to Paul’s conversion experience?

      Thanks for the feedback. We appreciate it.

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      1. Hi Anthony, I am stating that the Book of Acts specifically states that Paul as a young person was in Jerusalem continuing his education. I am not aware of BE suggeting that this is not true.

        I think it is worth noting that BE, while quite successful in promoting his work to non academic audiences, is not the last word in biblical studies.

        1. Sorry, I am at work and pushed send before I was ready. There is no reason to write off the account of Paul’s being educated in Jerusalem just because of the date of the writing of Acts compared to the date of the events it describes.

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