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“Bioshock Infinite can make you feel uncomfortable.” - Kevin VanOrd.  So will 2020.  We talk about civic religion in the video game Bioshock Infinite and how it relates to the apotheosis of Christopher Columbus and racism in the church. We end with a discussion of the current nationwide protests and affirm that #BlackLivesMatter.

We thank @BenjaminEPark for two twitter threads that inspired this episode and we cite him extensively.  See https://twitter.com/benjaminepark/status/1164696231634976768 and https://twitter.com/BenjaminEPark/status/1267489043840827392.

 

Bioshock infinite trailer: https://youtu.be/EsJ55BzIvkE

Bioshock infinite review by Kevin VanOrd review from GameSpot: https://youtu.be/jSA9AsdBh00

The Apotheosis of Washington vs. Bioshock Infinite’s Garden of New Eden

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Apotheosis_of_Washington

https://bioshock.fandom.com/wiki/Garden_of_New_Eden (see the Entryway to Eden)

 

Benjamin Park’s thread

https://twitter.com/benjaminepark/status/1164696231634976768

Land of Promise in The Book of Mormon, by Tyler Livingston (note, on the show I said Orson Hyde added the footnote to 1 Ne 13:12, but it was Orson Pratt)

https://www.fairmormon.org/blog/2010/09/16/land-of-promise-in-the-book-of-mormon

Christopher Coloumbus

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Columbus

Visit of eminent spirits to Wilford Woodruff (include Ezra Taft Benson quote)

https://josephsmithfoundation.org/wiki/eminent-spirits-appear-to-wilford-woodruff

References for Book of Mormon commentary by George Reynolds

https://gospeldoctrine.com/book-mormon/1-nephi/1-nephi-13

George Reynolds: Loyal Friend of the Book of Mormon, by Bruce A. Van Orden

https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/ensign/1986/08/george-reynolds-loyal-friend-of-the-book-of-mormon

Columbian Exchange

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbian_exchange

Americapox: The Missing Plague, by CGP Grey

https://www.cgpgrey.com/blog/americapox

Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies, by Jared Diamond Ph.D.

https://amzn.to/36YaHLB

Protests thread by Benjamin Park

https://twitter.com/BenjaminEPark/status/1267489043840827392

David O. McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism, by Gregory A Prince and Wm. Robert Wright

https://amzn.to/36S59Ch

Mayflower: Voyage, Community, War Paperback, by Nathaniel Philbrick

https://amzn.to/3dnDsE0

The Book of Mormon for the Least of These, Volume 1, by Fatimah Salleh and Margaret Olsen Hemming

https://amzn.to/2Mmetow

The Lost 116 Pages: Reconstructing the Book of Mormon's Missing Stories, by Don Bradley

https://amzn.to/36QFBpa

Racism in the Church:

https://twitter.com/TaranTrinnaman/status/1267837998751776771 

Melodie’s request:

https://twitter.com/Kid_melodie/status/1267209095028891654

We love the Fall. Adam, Eve, fruit, the whole thing.  Today we talk about the LDS perspective on the Fall, including what LDS scriptures bring to understanding this monumental event. Nifty poetry too!

A Harmony of the Creation Accounts, from the Pearl of Great Price Student Manual

https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/manual/the-pearl-of-great-price-student-manual-2018/a-harmony-of-the-creation-accounts?lang=eng

The Pearl of Greatest Price: Mormonism's Most Controversial Scripture, by Terryl Givens

https://amzn.com/dp/B07WNK63SY

Aaron’s concordance between Genesis 3 and Moses 4

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1PsZXaUJ_hAbsGzhS0vC5s-UP4A94pf0V8oGci4ZSXQM/edit?usp=sharing

Adam and Eve (LDS movement, wiki)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adam_and_Eve_(Latter_Day_Saint_movement)

Gospel topic: Fall of Adam and Eve

https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/manual/gospel-topics/fall-of-adam-and-eve

The Fulness of the Gospel: The Fall of Adam and Eve, Ensign June 2006

https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/ensign/2006/06/the-fulness-of-the-gospel-the-fall-of-adam-and-eve

Gospel Classics: Adam’s Role in Bringing Us Mortality, by President Joseph Fielding Smith

https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/ensign/2006/01/adams-role-in-bringing-us-mortality

Perelandra, once again cited!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perelandra

The Redemption of Eve, by Jolene Edmunds Rockwood

http://www.mormonmonastery.org/PDF/TheRedemptionofEve.pdf

Moses 5:11

https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/scriptures/pgp/moses/5.11#11

“UTopia” by Laura Nielson Baxter, collected in “Fire in the Pasture: 21st Century Mormon Poets”

https://amzn.to/2xJs6dY 

What Was Left of the Stars, by Claire Åkebrand

http://amzn.to/2wL1x5r

Eric’s comments on Claire Åkebrand’s poem, “‘First Actors”, from the above collection

https://motleyvision.org/2017/09/05/claire-akebrands-what-was-left-of-the-stars/#more-12058

Witchy Eye, by D. J. Butler

https://amzn.to/3cGwLMy

We take a break from our LDS miscellany to discuss the current pandemic using the recent conference as a backdrop. Please note the upcoming world-wide fast on Good Friday.

“We will conquer the coronavirus, apostle Holland says”

https://www.sltrib.com/religion/2020/04/05/latest-sundays-lds/

April 2020 World Report

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSqT1bPmYb8

Mosiah 4:16-19

https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/scriptures/bofm/mosiah/4.16-19#16

Crowd-fight COVID-19: an initiative from the scientific community to put all available resources at the service of the fight against COVID-19:

https://crowdfightcovid19.org/

President Nelson Invites World to Participate in Fast on Good Friday

https://newsroom.churchofjesuschrist.org/article/president-nelson-invites-world-to-participate-in-fast-on-good-friday

Spoilers ahead!  We welcome David, a fellow Berkeley Wardian, as guest to the show today to talk about the final episode of the Good Place and its parallels with LDS views on redemption and exaltation

The Good Place

https://www.nbc.com/the-good-place

Sacred time vs. profine time

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eternal_return_(Eliade)

The Seven Deadly Heresies, by Bruce R. McConkie

https://speeches.byu.edu/talks/bruce-r-mcconkie/seven-deadly-heresies/

Fair mormon question

https://www.fairmormon.org/answers/Question:_Do_Mormons_believe_that_there_is_there_progression_between_the_three_degrees_of_glory%3F

Eternal Misfit, by Roger Terry

https://www.dialoguejournal.com/wp-content/uploads/sbi/articles/Dialogue_V43_N03_188.pdf

Gospel Principles, Exaltation (includes President Joseph Fielding Smith quote)

https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/manual/gospel-principles/chapter-47-exaltation

Apotheosis

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apotheosis

Michael Schur: “As long as you’re trying, you’re on the right path.”

https://io9.gizmodo.com/the-good-places-moral-message-changed-as-much-as-the-ch-1837096810

Stormlight archive

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Stormlight_Archive

No exit

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No_Exit

Nothing in Heaven Functions as It Ought, by X.J. Kennedy

https://www.poemtree.com/poems/NothingInHeavenFunctions.htm

He was lookin’ for a podcast to steal. He was in a bind, ‘cause he was way behind, but we wouldn’t accept him as a sponsor for this episode, so neener neener.

Here’s some references!

Gospel topics article

https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/manual/gospel-topics/satan

Wiki!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Satan

Recency bias

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cognitive_biases

LDS General Conference Corpus

https://www.lds-general-conference.org/

Huckabee Is Not Alone in Ignorance on Mormonism, by Laurie Goodstein

https://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/14/us/politics/14mormon.html

Twitter thread from Eric

https://twitter.com/thmazing/status/1217670280069279744

Michael Ballam 4 lyfe!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Ballam

BD: devil

https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/scriptures/bd/devil

The Screwtape Letters

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Screwtape_Letters

There must needs be opposition in all things

https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/scriptures/bofm/2-ne/2.p11#p11

Perelandra

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perelandra

The Tragedy of King Leere, Goatherd of the la Sals, by Steven L. Peck

https://www.amazon.com/Tragedy-King-Leere-Goatherd-Sals/dp/1948218011

1 Corinthians 10:13

https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/scriptures/nt/1-cor/10.p13?lang=eng#p13

2.5 Doubt

Doubt and skepticism is a recurring theme on Face in Hat. Today we look at President Uchtdorf’s 2013 talk, “Come, Join with Us”, which includes the now famous phrase “doubt your doubts.”  What does this mean and how do different people in the church interpret it?

“Come, Join with Us”, by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, Oct 2013 General Conference session

https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/general-conference/2013/10/come-join-with-us

Heisenberg uncertainty principle

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uncertainty_principle

The Next Mormons: How Millennials Are Changing the LDS Church, by Jana Reese

https://www.amazon.com/dp/0190885203

The Crucible of Doubt: Reflections On the Quest for Faith, by Tera and Fiona Gibbons

https://amzn.to/35Tt1DD

Jane & Emma

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt8581198/

https://amzn.to/30pN2jM

My Testimony is My Life, by The Star-Eater

https://www.arch-hive.net/post/my-testimony-is-my-life

2nd Isaiah and the Book of Mormon

https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/ensign/1984/10/i-have-a-question/how-do-we-explain-material-from-isaiah-in-the-book-of-mormon?lang=eng

A very little bit on doubt, by Eric Jepson

https://thmazing.blogspot.com/2007/09/very-little-bit-on-doubt-svithe.html

When Doubts and Questions Arise, by Adam Kotter

https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/ensign/2015/03/when-doubts-and-questions-arise

(cited scriptures)

https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/scriptures/bofm/morm/9.27

https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/scriptures/dc-testament/dc/6.36

2.4 Thou Shalt Maybe

Mormons have interesting proscriptions. Some are more open to interpretation than others, and how they are interpreted has changed over our history. We look at the Word of Wisdom, rated R movies, and the Sabbath day as three examples.

D&C 89: The Word of Wisdom

https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/scriptures/dc-testament/dc/89

Word of Wisdom gospel topic

https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/manual/gospel-topics/word-of-wisdom

Thomas G. Alexander, "The Word of Wisdom: From Principle to Requirement", Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 14:3 (1981) pp. 78–88.

http://www.dialoguejournal.com/wp-content/uploads/sbi/articles/Dialogue_V14N03_80.pdf

Handbook 2 on Word of Wisdom (21.3.11)

https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/manual/handbook-2-administering-the-church/selected-church-policies-and-guidelines/selected-church-policies

“Vaping, Coffee, Tea, and Marijuana,” New Era article, Aug 2019

https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/new-era/2019/08/vaping-coffee-tea-and-marijuana

Eric’s Twitter conversation about green tea

https://twitter.com/thmazing/status/1161372166127902720

Wow there is a lot of research about the comma in vs. 13 of the Word of Wisdom.  This article especially is great: A. Jane Birch (2014). “Questioning the Comma in Verse 13 of the Word of Wisdom.”  Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture 10: 133-149

https://journal.interpreterfoundation.org/questioning-the-comma-in-verse-13-of-the-word-of-wisdom/

Hello Internet episode including discussion of The Game Changers, a documentary “about plant-based eating, protein, and strength”

http://www.hellointernet.fm/podcast/130

https://www.netflix.com/title/81157840

Kurzgesagt: Why Meat is the Best Worst Thing in the World

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NxvQPzrg2Wg

Word of Wisdom Wiki

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Word_of_Wisdom

To the “Youth of the Noble Birthright” - President Ezra Taft Benson, Spring 1986 General Conference, Priesthood session

https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/general-conference/1986/04/to-the-youth-of-the-noble-birthright

For the Strength of Youth

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For_the_Strength_of_Youth

https://www.docdroid.net/eVNYkuG/1990-for-the-strength-of-youth-lds-standards-of-conduct.pdf#page=12

Gospel topic on the sabbath day

https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/manual/gospel-topics/sabbath-day

Decisions for Which I've Been Grateful by Clayton M. Christensen (specifically the fourth decision about basketball on Sunday)

http://www2.byui.edu/Presentations/Transcripts/Devotionals/2004_06_08_Christensen.htm

Kim Ho Jik: Korean Pioneer, by Denny Roy (starting with “Brother Kim also made a memorably bold statement of dedication to his faith..”)

https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/ensign/1988/07/kim-ho-jik-korean-pioneer

Church Updates Temple Recommend Interview Questions

https://newsroom.churchofjesuschrist.org/article/october-2019-general-conference-temple-recommend

2.3 Evomolution

Albert Einstein, C. S. Lewis, Carl Sagan, Paul.  Talking about evolution, Adam and Eve, death, and the March of Progress takes us on quite the journey!

Wiki on Mormon views on evolution

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mormon_views_on_evolution

Meanwhile, in Ohio… https://local12.com/news/local/ohio-house-passes-bill-allowing-student-answers-to-be-scientifically-wrong-due-to-religion

Paul’s teaching about faith

https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/scriptures/nt/heb/11.1-40

See also, Alma and the seed

https://churchofjesuschrist.org/study/scriptures/bofm/alma/32

Intro to evolution

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evolution

Peppered moth evolution

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peppered_moth_evolution

Antibodies

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antibody

Speciation

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Speciation

Carl Sagan

https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/954415-the-secrets-of-evolution-are-death-and-time-the-deaths-of

Carl Sagan - COSMOS - Evolution

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZpsVSVRsZk

Scriptures on death, Adam and Eve, and the fall

https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/scriptures/pgp/moses/6.48

https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/scriptures/bofm/2-ne/2.22

Joseph Campbell and The Power of Myth with Bill Moyers, Episode 3, The First Storytellers

https://amzn.to/2D9Myn4

Perelandra, by C. S. Lewis

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perelandra

QI, Season 15, episode 10, on the March of Progress (timestamp 26:13)

https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B078KJ8DKJ

Beyond the Block podcast, What God Hath Cleansed

https://beyondtheblockpodcast.com/episodes/what-god-hath-cleansed-s1!78d3b

Einstein’s quote, “God does not play dice with the universe”

https://www.businessinsider.com/god-does-not-play-dice-quote-meaning-2015-11

Scopes Monkey Trial

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scopes_Trial

Drunk history: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tyD8qtB4xE

Summer for the Gods by Edward J. Larson https://amzn.to/37yEmuS

1911 Brigham Young University modernism controversy

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1911_Brigham_Young_University_modernism_controversy

Ark Baby by Liz Jensen

https://amzn.to/2XHNMzL

Evolving Faith by Steven L. Peck

https://amzn.to/2O3bgfc

Origin of species

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/On_the_Origin_of_Species

How do LDS works get canonized?  Should the King Follet Discourse be scripture?  What about other teachings of Joseph Smith or more recent prophets?  Lots of references in the show notes for this one. Check them out!

The King Follett Discourse

http://mldb.byu.edu/follett.htm

Mormon Literature Online Anthology Sampler, Selections from various genres and periods of Mormon Literature

http://mldb.byu.edu/mlitsamp.htm

Wiki for the King Follett Discourse

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_Follett_discourse

Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, by Joseph Fielding Smith (1938)

https://scriptures.byu.edu/tpjs/STPJS.pdf

Gospel Principles, Ch. 47 Exaltation

https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/manual/gospel-principles/chapter-47-exaltation

Wiki standard works

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Standard_works

Wiki common consent

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_consent

Proclamations, declarations clarify, reaffirm LDS doctrine, by Julie Dockstader (includes quote from Edward J. Brandt)

https://www.thechurchnews.com/archives/1999-11-06/proclamations-declarations-clarify-reaffirm-lds-doctrine-121422

Proclamations of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, by Robert J. Matthews

https://eom.byu.edu/index.php/Proclamations_of_the_First_Presidency_and_the_Quorum_of_the_Twelve_Apostles

Closing Remarks, by President Russell M. Nelson, Sunday Afternoon session, October 2019 General Conference (includes information about upcoming Spring 2020 General Conference)

https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/general-conference/2019/10/57nelson

The Family, A Proclamation to the World

https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/manual/the-family-a-proclamation-to-the-world/the-family-a-proclamation-to-the-world

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Family:_A_Proclamation_to_the_World

Women across the globe hope to follow and change LDS Church, their families as they unleash their influence, by Karissa Neely (includes quotes by Melissa Inouye)

https://www.heraldextra.com/special-section/lds/fall2019/the-global-power-of-women-in-the-lds-church/article_80c77d5f-8712-5011-b255-db29a6473dd4.html

More by Melissa Inouye: Crossings: A Bald Asian American Latter-day Saint Woman Scholar's Ventures Through Life, Death, Cancer, and Motherhood (2019)

https://amzn.to/32BKVJp

David O. McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism, by Gregory Prince and Wm. Robert Wright (2005)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_O._McKay_and_the_Rise_of_Modern_Mormonism

“The perfect union of man and woman”: reclamation and collaboration in Joseph Smith’s theology making, by Fiona Givens

https://www.dialoguejournal.com/wp-content/uploads/sbi/articles/Dialogue_V49N01_99.pdf

Female Ritual Healing in Mormonism, by Jonathan A. Stapley and Kristine Wright.  Journal of Mormon History Vol. 37, No. 1, Winter 2011, pp 1-85 (see page 57)

https://mormonhistoryassociation.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Journal-of-Mormon-History-Vol.-37-Issue-1-2011.pdf

2.1 Millennial musings

For the start of season 2, Aaron and Eric chat about the Millenium, signs of the second coming, transhumanism, and what % of the world is going to what % of hell in what % of a handbasket :)

Gospel topics second coming/millennium

https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/manual/gospel-topics/second-coming-of-jesus-christ

https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/manual/gospel-topics/millennium

5 myths about the millennium by Robert L. Millet

http://www.ldsliving.com/5-Millennium-Myths-You-Thought-Were-True/s/76486

Gospel principles

https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/manual/gospel-principles/chapter-43-signs-of-the-second-coming

Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell

War

https://youtu.be/NbuUW9i-mHs

Parasites

https://youtu.be/qNWWrDBRBqk

Overpopulation

https://youtu.be/QsBT5EQt348

Our world in data

https://ourworldindata.org

D&C 19

https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/scriptures/dc-testament/dc/19

Transhumanism links

https://transfigurism.org/mormon-transhumanist-affirmation

Paradisiacal Glory by Katherine Cowley

https://lit.mormonartist.net/2019/07/paradisiacal-glory-katherine-cowley/

Brigham Young quote (from twitter :)

https://twitter.com/Keepapitchinin/status/1167127582489206785

Joel Pett climate summit cartoon

http://www.cartoonistgroup.com/store/add.php?iid=41786

Nephi Anderson’s novel Added Upon

https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/17249

Gospel of Thomas

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gospel_of_Thomas

Isaiah 64:4

https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/scriptures/ot/isa/64.4

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