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Glass Box Podcast

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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Aug 31, 2022

What a fun grouping of topics! We do a relatively long deep-dive into the history of how the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has dealt with organic evolution and how the stance has changed over time. Of course, the Book of Mormon is predicated on eugenics, as is the history of Utah, so we also include this more controversial subject as it is related. Then we dive into Bruce R. McConkie’s Millennial Messiah where he continues to harp on his favorite topic, the end times. Turns out the book title is very revealing of the subject matter. We wrap the episode with a new press release from the White House about government-funded research.

 

Show links

Improvement Era article (Official publication on organic evolution) https://archive.org/details/improvementera28011unse/page/1088/mode/2up

Organic Evolution (current Church official) https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/history/topics/organic-evolution?lang=eng&fbclid=IwAR2JSViKt8X5b58lHFTGwP223jzjn9pm5Vi9Y1j2kz94QC8bjCHNrhuPpMk

Pew Research interview with Russel M. Nelson https://www.pewresearch.org/religion/2007/05/16/in-focus-mormonism-in-modern-america/

Ben Spackman analysis of Official Church essay https://benspackman.com/2022/06/an-annotated-version-of-the-new-church-history-evolution-topic/?fbclid=IwAR2AhOens_H9jWsIZVzw9YZCro0syh7TsHuZ-G4C44BX9p46z2lMDwRs_CY

How Darwin’s Book holds up 150 years later https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-darwins-descent-man-holds-150-years-after-publication-180977091/

Descent of Man http://darwin-online.org.uk/content/frameset?itemID=F937.1&viewtype=text&pageseq=1

Orson Pratt’s statement possibly favorable to theological evolution https://bycommonconsent.com/2015/04/30/orson-pratt-and-god-emergence-as-fundamental-mormonism/

Man; His Origin and Destiny by Joseph Fielding Smith http://www.sainesburyproject.com/mormonstuff/Man%20His%20Origin%20and%20Destiny.pdf

“BYU Packet” https://biology.byu.edu/00000172-29e6-d079-ab7e-69efe5890000/byu-evolution-packet

Mormons and Genetics by Mary V. Rorty Sunstone 2003 https://web.stanford.edu/~mvr2j/mormons.html

 

Millennial Messiah

 

Blood moon: https://www.space.com/39471-what-is-a-blood-moon.html 

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

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

 

Dragonheart (metal music): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMaLY2wF94c 

 

Happy News: Delivering equitable access to all government funded research to the public: https://www.whitehouse.gov/ostp/news-updates/2022/08/25/breakthroughs-for-alldelivering-equitable-access-to-americas-research/ 



Come see us on Aron Ra’s YouTube channel! He’s doing a series titled Reading Joseph’s Myth BoM. Bryce showed up for episode 7 and Shannon was added in on Episode 8. They will be on Saturday’s. This link is for the playlist:   https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLXJ4dsU0oGMKfJKvEMeRn5ebpAggkoVHf 

 

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