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Mormon Awakenings: Episode 028: Darkness Now

It’s winter in New England, and so it’s very dark. Jack Naneek discusses the darknesses of life and our inability to predict when light will return.  He reviews and discusses a certain sacrament talk given by a typical member who thinks he controls the universe through personal performance.  Does he? And what is God teaching […]

Mormon Awakenings: Episode 027: Mailbag

Jack Naneek responds to three emails received this past week.  The emails represent interesting and common issues raised with Jack over the past six months of podcasting.  Jack does his best to answer these emails.  But at the end of the day, everyone needs to answer their own questions for themselves.

Mormon Awakenings: Episode 026: Don’t Be Illogical

Jack Naneek discusses the human mind’s use of heuristics.  We use shortcuts to save time and mental capacity, but, sometimes such shortcuts lead to illogical conclusions.  The bad serves a purpose too, pointing us towards all that is good in life. In the end, we realize Lehi might be right: it’s all about learning from […]

Mormon Awakenings: Episode 024: Heidegger’s Revenge

Jack Naneek mixes some philosophies of men with a little scripture. Heidegger’s philosophical text Being and Time is discussed.  How we interpret the world, and break free from it,  are examined.  Maybe the echo chamber needs a window or two opened.  In the end, we consider whether new wine really does need new bottles, or, […]

Mormon Awakenings: Episode 023: God Magic, Spiritual Experiences and the Paranormal.

Jack Naneek and Bill Reel sit down to discuss spiritual experiences, telepathy, healing, and precognition.  Priesthood, truth claims, and exclusive rights to wield God magic are considered.  The first half of life is compared with the second half of life.  Literalism, symbology, and personal spiritual guidance are analyzed.  Yes.  It’s a long episode!  But, in […]

Mormon Awakenings: Episode 019: Not Invented Here!

Jack Naneek tackles failure and criticism, pointing out that it’s usually the source of the our greatest learning.  More important, however, is the stepping back to decide whether any criticism from the outside is even worth considering.  A Research and Development Department for the Church is suggested.  In the end, we realize Joseph Smith just […]

Mormon Awakenings: Episode 017: It Ain’t So Binary

Jack Naneek discusses a monk’s enlightenment as he walks through the market.  Our binary world is examined and compared with the less binary views of the East. Maybe the atonement represents a transition between the two? In the end, we realize we might be able to understand life as more than just a series of […]