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Join Bryce Blankenagel and Shannon Grover as we walk through deep Mormon doctrine and history, headlines in and out of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormonism), and explore the lighter side of current events. We hope to provide good feels and a burning in your bosom that'll leave you wanting to download the next episode.
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Now displaying: February, 2023
Feb 15, 2023

CULTS! Well, one specifically. We start this episode with a brief rundown of Steven Hassan’s BITE model of cult mind control. We hone in on the element of “Information” control within the larger BITE model to discuss how important controlling information is to the longevity of any cult. That leads us into our longer segment where we finally begin our review of Saints: The Standard of Truth, the new authoritative history book of early Mormonism published by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Part 1 discusses the early history of the Joseph Smith family, the supernatural visitations, the acquisition of the Gold Plates, and the authorship process of the Book of Mormon. Does this book cross the threshold of being New Mormon History, or is it simply a more sophisticated treatment of the same Old Mormon History? Yes, this segment is long, but mining mountains for minute morsels is a tedious task. We wrap with some happy news about repurposing defunct oil wells for green energy.

 

Show Notes

 

Steven Hassan: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steven_Hassan 

Robert Jay Lifton: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Jay_Lifton 

Freedom of Mind Resource Center: https://freedomofmind.com/ 

BITE Model: https://freedomofmind.com/cult-mind-control/bite-model/ 

 

Books: 

Combating Cult Mind Control: The #1 Best Selling Guide to Protection, Rescue and Recovery from Destructive Cults, by Steven Hassan 

Freedom of Mind: Helping Loved Ones Leave Controlling People, Cults and Beliefs, by Steven Hassan

Releasing the Bonds: Empowering People to Think for Themselves, by Steven Hassan 

The Cult of Trump: A Leading Cult Expert Explains How the President Uses Mind Control, by Steven Hassan 

 

Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism: A Study of 'brainwashing' in China by Robert Jay Lifton

 

Saints links:

https://archive.org/details/originriseprogre00tuck/page/n39/mode/2up?q=beer

http://www.fullerconsideration.com/sources.php?cat=GP-T26

https://www.fairlatterdaysaints.org/conference/august-2002/the-1826-trial-of-joseph-smith

http://www.mormonthink.com/witnessesweb.htm#harris

https://catalog.churchofjesuschrist.org/assets/37b7b91c-4148-45d6-8f32-df4acf06fe99/0/7

https://www.jstor.org/stable/45225502?seq=12

https://archive.org/details/mormonismunvaile00howe/page/270/mode/2up?q=anthon

https://archive.org/details/LucysBook/page/n439/mode/2up

http://www.utlm.org/onlineresources/sermons_talks_interviews/harrisinterviewtiffanysmonthly.htm

https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1376&context=jbms

 

Happy news:  Researchers successfully turn abandoned oil well into giant geothermal battery  https://skymagzines.com/researchers-successfully-turn-abandoned-oil-well-into-giant-geothermal-battery/ 

 

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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One time Paypal donation: bryceblankenagel@gmail.com 

 

Feb 1, 2023

Who even is Lavina Fielding Anderson?! In this classic deep dive we examine the life of Lavina Fielding Anderson and her contributions to the Mormon academic field. Her story serves as a case study of how far individuals can pressure the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from the inside before the institution’s immune system responds. She’s a powerhouse of a scholar, a pioneer in feminist Mormon studies, and an advocate for those who’ve survived ecclesiastical abuse. The Mormon Alliance was the organization Lavina formed with Janice Allred to collect and publish survivor’s stories and advocate on their behalf. Both suffered gruelling and abusive disciplinary processes for their advocacy attempting to reform Mormon practices and policies. History repeats itself and the timeline of Protect LDS Children and Sam Young was telegraphed by the experiences of Anderson, Allred, and the Mormon Alliance. We finish the episode with a review of Erin Brockovich and a happy environmental news item from Liverpool. 

Correction: At about an hour and a half in, Shannon referenced Victor Frankl when she meant Elie Wiesel. 

 

Show Notes

https://www.jstor.org/stable/45228305?seq=10#metadata_info_tab_contents

https://sunstone.org/wp-content/uploads/sbi/issues/130.pdf

https://web.archive.org/web/20120215064851/https://www.sunstonemagazine.com/pdf/092-65-79.pdf

https://www.dialoguejournal.com/articles/lavina-fielding-anderson-mercy-without-end-toward-a-more-inclusive-church/

https://www.dialoguejournal.com/articles/the-lds-intellectual-community-and-church-leadership-a-contemporary-chronology/#pdf-wrap

https://www.dialoguejournal.com/issues/spring-1993/

https://web.archive.org/web/20080123061329/http://mormonalliance.org/casereports/casereports.htm

https://mormon-alliance.org/SiteMap.htm

https://mormon-alliance.org/definitions.htm

https://www.fairlatterdaysaints.org/answers/Mormonism_and_Church_discipline/Scholars/Does_the_Church_excommunicate_historians

 

MOGP: Erin Brockovich: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0195685/?ref_=tttr_tr_tt 

 

Hinkley Groundwater Contamination: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hinkley_groundwater_contamination 

 

Erin Brockovich: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erin_Brockovich 

 

Happy news

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/once-biologically-dead-the-river-mersey-in-england-is-best-environmental-story-in-europe/?fbclid=IwAR2UT3EKTfa-CMY9PZjQXcI8gJ8auRQ5VG4su6sq4DhSZ5CnD7iQqLsNahc

 

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 

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/GlassBoxPod 

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/glassboxpodcast

Twitter: https://twitter.com/GlassBoxPod 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/glassboxpodcast/ 

Merch store: https://www.redbubble.com/people/exmoapparel/shop

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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