This first episode of the Maxwell Institute Podcast features Fiona and Terryl Givens, authors of The God Who Weeps: How Mormonism Makes Sense of Life. We talk briefly about the book—subjects like the character of God, premortality, and human agency—which you can learn more about in Episode 23 of “The Mormon Book Review.” This interview focuses more closely on the Givenses recent string of firesides and symposia discussing the navigation of faith crises. Fiona and Terryl speak about negotiations between faith and the intellect, individuality and Mormon culture, and plenty more besides.
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Selected sources mentioned in this episode:
- Edward Beecher, The Conflict of Ages: or, the great debate on the moral relations of god and man (Boston: Phillips, Sampson & Company, 1853), available on Google books and archive.org.
- Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, “Lord, I Believe,” April 2013 General Conference.
- Neylan McBaine, “To Do the Business of the Church: A Cooperative Paradigm for Examining Gendered Participation Within Church Organizational Structure,” 2012 FAIR Conference.
- Gerrit Dirkmaat, “Great and Marvelous Are the Revelations of God,” Ensign (January 2013).
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