Jack Naneek discusses Mitt Romney’s campaign, the LDS origin story, and how none of it is really that exceptional. It turns out every group feels a little out of it, a little weird, a little abnormal. Turns out, this is totally normal.
It’s winter in New England, and so it’s very dark. Jack Naneek discusses the darknesses of life and our inability to predict when light will return. He reviews and discusses a certain sacrament talk given by a typical member who thinks he controls the universe through personal performance. Does he? And what is God teaching […]
Jack Naneek responds to three emails received this past week. The emails represent interesting and common issues raised with Jack over the past six months of podcasting. Jack does his best to answer these emails. But at the end of the day, everyone needs to answer their own questions for themselves.
Jack Naneek discusses the human mind’s use of heuristics. We use shortcuts to save time and mental capacity, but, sometimes such shortcuts lead to illogical conclusions. The bad serves a purpose too, pointing us towards all that is good in life. In the end, we realize Lehi might be right: it’s all about learning from […]
Jack Naneek mixes some philosophies of men with a little scripture. Heidegger’s philosophical text Being and Time is discussed. How we interpret the world, and break free from it, are examined. Maybe the echo chamber needs a window or two opened. In the end, we consider whether new wine really does need new bottles, or, […]
Jack Naneek and Bill Reel sit down to discuss spiritual experiences, telepathy, healing, and precognition. Priesthood, truth claims, and exclusive rights to wield God magic are considered. The first half of life is compared with the second half of life. Literalism, symbology, and personal spiritual guidance are analyzed. Yes. It’s a long episode! But, in […]
Jack Naneek explores literalism, authority, and how some Mormons wish the LDS Church really was a cult. Stories of the Old Testament are examined, foundational history reconsidered, and the writings of Mark Twain mentioned. In the end, we learn Huck Finn might have been right when he decided to stay on the raft with Jim!
Jack Naneek discusses the second half of life. It’s as different from the first half as day is to night. Piano lesson are mentioned, and teaching those in the first half of life is discussed. In the end, we realize our institutions are stuck in the first half of life because they’re supposed to be […]
Jack Naneek tackles failure and criticism, pointing out that it’s usually the source of the our greatest learning. More important, however, is the stepping back to decide whether any criticism from the outside is even worth considering. A Research and Development Department for the Church is suggested. In the end, we realize Joseph Smith just […]
Bill Reel joins Jack Naneek for a discussion about seeking validation, the institutional church and where to find peace when no one around you seems able or willing to give it. Is anger a necessary step towards greater understanding, or, is it a stumbling block? And just who has the final say at the end […]
Jack Naneek discusses a monk’s enlightenment as he walks through the market. Our binary world is examined and compared with the less binary views of the East. Maybe the atonement represents a transition between the two? In the end, we realize we might be able to understand life as more than just a series of […]