Introduction and the Text & Context of Section 1
Laura and Brian are joined by Mormon Historian Devery Anderson. They begin by discussing the Explanatory Introduction to the Doctrine and Covenants and some of the differences in the several editions, followed by an examination of the circumstances behind Section 1, with emphasis on the phrase “the only true and living church” from verse 30.
Note: Text & Context will likely end up being a “miniseries” of episodes exploring the literary and historical context of the Doctrine & Covenants. As soon as we map out all the episodes we will put this in its own podcast stream.
Thanks to William Newman for doing the postproduction.
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We are pleased to launch the companion podcast to Engaging Gospel Doctrine, Text & Context. Since the Doctrine & Covenants curriculum is topical and selective (students are only assigned to read about 30% of the D&C, and over 50 sections are skipped entirely. A full 25% of assigned readings come from D&C 20 and 76!). Given all this, we have decided to supplement the EGD podcast with Text & Context, which will explore the entire Doctrine & Covenants in greater detail, both textual and historical.
In this inaugural episode, Laura discusses the vision and purpose of the podcast, and then Brian provides an overview of the history of the Doctrine & Covenants. John Hamer and Brian survey the 1876 revisions by Orson Pratt, and finally they discuss the usage of the D&C among various Latter-day Saint Churches including differences among versions. The conversation concludes by addressing the recent updates to the LDS canon. We hope you enjoy listening! The plan is to launch a new episode about once a week.
Many thanks to Devin Roth for the beautiful bumper music. Check out his arrangement of hymns and other work at DevinRothMusic!
Thanks to James Estrada of Oak Street Audio for his excellent work post production.
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In this Mormon Stories podcast-produced 5-part conversation with Brant Gardner about his new book entitled “The Gift and Power: Translating the Book of Mormon,” we discuss most of the major issues with the Book of Mormon including: Joseph Smith’s use of folk magic, the Book of Mormon translation process (including the peep stone in the hat), Book of Mormon anachronisms, DNA and race. This interview attempts to address many of the issues discussed in our interviews with Grant Palmer and Dr. Michael Coe. Read more »
We are in the process of producing twelve high quality audio-visual presentations on how the following disciplines and topics illuminate religion and Mormonism.
- Philosophy I
- Philosophy II
- Prophecy and Revelation
- Agency and Accountability
- Gender and Sexuality