Cognitive Dissidents: 012: Elevation Emotion

Today on the Cognitive Dissidents Podcast we discuss Elevation Emotion which is the idea that  Elevation is an emotion elicited by witnessing virtuous acts of remarkable moral goodness. It is experienced as a distinct feeling of warmth and expansion that is accompanied by appreciation and affection for the individual whose exceptional conduct is being observed. […]

Mormon Awakenings: Episode 032: Maybe You’re Not Alone

Jack Naneek shares stories of worry and grief.  Most of us experience loneliness.  Most of us experience anxiety.   But, people from all places and across all cultures also share stories of comfort, healing and help from beyond.  Maybe something bigger is watching us, helping us, and loving us.  And that’s comforting indeed!

Mormon Awakenings: Episode 023: God Magic, Spiritual Experiences and the Paranormal.

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 […]

283: The Prophet Will Not Lead The Church Astray

Today we take the phrase “The Lord will not permit the prophet to lead the Church astray” and dissect it.  What do orthodox members believe that means?  What does history tell us?  What have leaders said?  And in the end Can we have confidence and trust in the answers we get from Prophets, from our […]

Radio Free Mormon: 016: Make Way For Dodos

Today Radio Free Mormon, finds himself deep behind enemy lines, as he tackles the recent retraction of the faith promoting story told by Elder Jeffrey R Holland about one brother finding his long lost sibling while on his mission.  Take a deep breath, grab your ice cold herbal tea, and enjoy an intellectual walk though the […]

243: Lesson On Obedience

Today’s episode is my Gospel Essentials lesson on Obedience (Chapter 35 in the Gospel Principles Book).  We talk about Obedience as the First Law of Heaven, Fowler’s Stages of Faith, Exceptions to the Rule, and most importantly our Inner Authority and that authority as the ultimate source of truth.  I offer these as examples of […]

238: The Holy Ghost Conundrum

Today we talk about the gift of the Holy Ghost.  The question is have we defined a theology that can be defended in terms of those who have the gift of the Holy Ghost having an increased access to spiritual connection over the rest of the world?  Is the Gift of the Holy ghost discernibly […]

009: Receive the Holy Ghost

Have you received him?  There’s more to it then hands on your head! Might you consider the following talks as you go through this podcast and study what it takes to truly receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost. Elder Bednar -“Ye Must Be Born Again” – http://www.lds.org/general-conference/2007/04/ye-must-be-born-again?lang=eng&query=born+again+(name%3a%22David+A.+Bednar%22) Elder D. Todd Christofferson – “Born Again” […]