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Jan 18, 2023

It’s finally time for our long-awaited deep dive into New Mormon History. Put simply, NMH was a movement within the history department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to confront controversial history and turn away from the apologetic and polemical Old Mormon History. The leading figure, Leonard Arrington, was the right person for the job. But, he didn’t have the business chops to fight forces much larger than him in the form of Mark E. Petersen, Ezra Taft Benson, and Boyd K. Packer. The main segment is long as we chronicle the rise, fall, and resurrection of the New Mormon History movement and how the Joseph Smith Papers Project, as well as Saints: The Standard of Truth, are both the results of this movement pushing the church for academic legitimacy. In retrospect, Arrington is vindicated as an intellectual fighting for intellectual integrity while Packer spins in his grave. Then we discuss Finding Forrester as another example of the never-ending fight for academic honesty. We wrap with happy news of an invention set to tackle microplastics in our oceans.

 

New Mormon History:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Mormon_history#CITEREFQuinn1992

https://www.jstor.org/stable/45228326?seq=19#metadata_info_tab_contents

https://digitalcommons.usu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1032&context=mormonhistory

https://www.dialoguejournal.com/issues/fall-1983/

https://catalog.churchofjesuschrist.org/assets/4836228f-48c3-447f-bcb9-9c2a35496898/0/56

https://www.librarything.com/work/7542838

https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1724&context=byusq

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

https://www.dialoguejournal.com/wp-content/uploads/sbi/articles/Dialogue_V09N01_36.pdf

https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2055&context=byusq

https://www.fairlatterdaysaints.org/answers/Mormonism_and_history/Boyd_K._Packer%27s_talk:_%22The_Mantle_is_Far,_Far_Greater_Than_the_Intellect%22#cite_ref-3

https://www.dialoguejournal.com/wp-content/uploads/sbi/articles/Dialogue_V16N03_11.pdf

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fawn_M._Brodie

https://sunstone.org/wp-content/uploads/sbi/articles/034-32-37.pdf

https://www.thriftbooks.com/w/joseph-smith-and-the-beginnings-of-mormonism_richard-l-bushman/413785/#edition=3500292&idiq=1723338

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alvin_R._Dyer

http://www.utlm.org/newsletters/no115.htm

Extra thanks to Brian Buchanan for helping piece together the main segment. Find him here: https://www.benchmarkbooks.com/

https://sunstone.org/sunstone-history-podcast/

 

MOGP: Finding Forrester https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0181536/?ref_=nm_ov_bio_lk 

Where it is streaming: https://www.justwatch.com/us/movie/finding-forrester 

 

Happy news: Princeton engineers developed new way to remove microplastics from water: https://scitechdaily.com/99-efficiency-princeton-engineers-have-developed-a-new-way-to-remove-microplastics-from-water/ 

 

Other Appearances

 

Come see us on Aron Ra’s YouTube channel! He’s doing a series titled Reading Joseph’s Myth BoM. This link is for the playlist:   https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLXJ4dsU0oGMKfJKvEMeRn5ebpAggkoVHf 

 

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Jan 4, 2023

Education is a battleground for the hearts and minds of the future. The Church Education System of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was founded in 1980, but the history of education in Mormonism is far more complex. We do a deep dive into how the CES started and the sordid pasts of the various educational institutions attached to the Church at some point. There’s also a tangential deep dive into seminary and the legal sphere of “released time” classes carving out exemptions where religion can be taught in public schools. Then we discuss the modern battlefield of public education by reviewing the 2012 documentary, The Revisionaries, focused on public school text books and the fight at the Texas Board of Education. We round out with a quick overview of the best news of our lifetime, recommendations by the Jan 6th Committee to criminally indict the former POTUS for the violent insurrection at the federal capitol building in January 2021.

 

CES history links:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_Educational_System#cite_ref-E2014_3-2

https://digitalcommons.usu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2184&context=etd&httpsredir=1&referer=

https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/church-education/about/ces-administration?lang=eng

https://www.mormonwiki.com/Church_Educational_System

https://mormonfaq.com/mormon-culture/about-education

https://www.dialoguejournal.com/articles/the-founding-of-the-l-d-s-institutes-of-religion/

https://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED606970.pdf

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

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_T._Kingsbury#cite_note-10

https://www.meforum.org/campus-watch/8306/aaup-1915-declaration-of-principles

https://www.aaup.org/sites/default/files/files/University%20of%20Utah%20-%20December%201915.pdf

https://archive.unews.utah.edu/news_releases/1915-a-year-that-changed-governance-tenure-and-academic-freedom-at-the-university-of-utah/

http://ldspioneerarchitecture.blogspot.com/p/blog-page.html

https://contentdm.lib.byu.edu/digital/collection/EoM/id/5597

https://releasedtime.org

https://www.mtsu.edu/first-amendment/article/884/released-time#:~:text=Released%20time%20programs%20allow%20for,hours%20to%20receive%20religious%20instruction.

https://mtsu.edu/first-amendment/article/435/everson-v-board-of-education

https://www.npr.org/2022/10/27/1131880548/football-coach-prayers-reinstated#:~:text=Bremerton%20High%20School.-,His%20practice%20of%20praying%20on%20the%20field%20sparked%20a%20court,religious%20expression%20in%20public%20schools.&text=The%20coach's%20insistence%20on%20praying,victory%20on%20religious%20freedom%20grounds.

https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/general-conference/1992/10/to-be-learned-is-good-if?lang=eng

 

CES Purges: 

https://www.deseret.com/1995/3/30/19167147/feminist-club-at-byu-loses-its-voice-for-now 

https://universe.byu.edu/1996/03/14/voice-leader-chats/ 

https://universe.byu.edu/2001/06/01/feminist-voice-active-at-byu/ 

https://www.nytimes.com/1993/10/02/us/as-mormon-church-grows-so-does-dissent-from-feminists-and-scholars.html 

https://www.sltrib.com/religion/2022/11/28/byu-i-instructors-fired-failing/ 

https://newsroom.churchofjesuschrist.org/article/ecclesiastical-leader-questions-new-ces-hires 

 

MOGP: Revisionaries (2012): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2091398/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_1 

FInd where it’s streaming: https://www.justwatch.com/us/movie/the-revisionaries 

 

Happy news: Jan 6th committee filed report https://www.npr.org/2022/12/21/1144489935/january-6-committee-full-report-release

https://apps.npr.org/documents/document.html?id=23515535-jan-6-select-committee-final-r

 

Other Appearances

Come see us on Aron Ra’s YouTube channel! He’s doing a series titled Reading Joseph’s Myth BoM. This link is for the playlist:   https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLXJ4dsU0oGMKfJKvEMeRn5ebpAggkoVHf 

 

Email: glassboxpodcast@gmail.com 

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Or find the merch store by clicking on “Store” here: https://glassboxpodcast.com/index.html

One time Paypal donation: bryceblankenagel@gmail.com 

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