LDS Perspectives – Summer Podcasts

If you’re like us, you really enjoyed listening to the LDS Perspectives podcasts Laura Hales was cross posting here at Millennial Star. With summer upon us, Laura’s been focused on other things. And she probably expects most of us will have subscribed directly to LDS Perspectives by now.

In case you hadn’t yet subscribed, here are links to the episodes that have come out since mid-June. The thumbnails here are adapted from the LDS Perspectives summaries.

Episode 41: The Word of Wisdom – Jed Woodworth Jun 21, 2017

Historical context helps to shed light on the extent to which the Temperance Movement may have been an influence on Joseph Smith and the Saints at the time the Word of Wisdom was written. Nick Galieti and Jed Woodworth delve into what is often  referred to as the “Lord’s Law of Health.”

Episode 42: The Divine Council – Stephen Smoot Jun 28, 2017

Join Laura Harris Hales as she and Stephen Smoot discuss the divine council’s role in the religions of the ancient Near East and what references to the divine council in the LDS canon could mean for Latter-day Saint theology.

Episode 43: Discussing the Priesthood Ban with Members of the Genesis Group Jul 5, 2017

The Genesis Group was started in 1971 to address needs of the growing number of Black members at a time when the priesthood was witheld from some. The blessings of the priesthood were made available to all in 1978 under Church President Spencer W. Kimball. Yet the need for a specific ministry assisting Black members has persisted.

Nick Galieti talks with the current Genesis Group presidency and their wives about their lived experience with race and the LDS Church.

Episode 44: Mystery Solved: Who Wrote the Lectures on Faith? – Noel Reynolds Jul 12, 2017

In 1835 the Doctrine and Covenants incorporated seven theological lectures from the Kirtland School. The lectures remained in the Doctrine and Covenants until the 1921 edition.

It was common knowledge in the 19th century that the lectures were written by Sidney Rigdon, but by the mid-twentieth century many came to believe the Prophet Joseph Smith had penned them. Noel Reynold discusses new historical evidence that proves Sidney Rigdon was the author of the Lectures on Faith.

Episode 45: Misunderstanding the Bible – Benjamin Spackman Jul 19, 2017

Historical accuracy is actually a modern concept. Biblical writers often fashioned history to teach a higher purpose. If some of the historical details were fudged, then that was regarded as acceptable if done to make a point.

Laura Harris Hales talks with scholar Ben Spackman about the different genres of literature found in the Bible.

Episode 46: The Delicate Art of Critical Judgment with George Handley Jul 26, 2017

Handley suggests criticism, compassion, and charity must work together to create a quality intellectual and spiritual life.

Critical judgment allows us to analyze a situation deliberately and calmly. But it is compassion and charity for those within the church that helps people who struggle make the decision to stay within the LDS faith.

2 thoughts on “LDS Perspectives – Summer Podcasts

  1. These are some of the best interviews I’ve ever heard. I subscribed long ago, but I must say I do miss the cross-posts here and the ability to discuss the episodes on this forum. I may be just missing it (I’m on my phone), but I don’t see a comments feature on the podcast’s website.

  2. It would be fun to see these come in on Wednesdays. I agree that it’s nice to be able to discuss these.

    I’ve only listened to the Word of Wisdom one so far, but I liked the context about the very different view people of that era had of physical health. But though some aspects of the Word of Wisdom aligned with that day, there is a lack of the chatter that would justify those aspects based on 1800’s era medicine. And there are other elements that went counter to some opinions of that day, and yet others that only make sense in our day.

    For example, we are advised to eat food in season. In the 1830s I don’t know that there was much of an alternative. In our day, choosing to eat foods that are not locally in season fuels the number of “miles” our food travels to get to us – I think on average food travels over 2000 miles to get from farm to plate.

    A diet featuring primarily fruits, vegetables, and grain (D&C 89:10-11 & 16), and minimizing meat (D&C 89:12-15) is consistent with reducing the amount of resources required to feed each individual – important as the earth is stretched to produce food for so very many people.

    Anyway, I’m looking forward to listening to the rest of the episodes I’ve missed since mid-June.

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