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In this eye-opening episode of LDS Discussions, Mike, John Dehlin, and Nemo the Mormon explore the Mormon church’s approach to handling doubt. They take a brief historical journey into the realm of Mormon doubt and apologetics. We critically examine the church’s framing of doubters as “unruly children” and labeling doubts that lead away from the church as “evil.” They discuss the reliance on the church as the sole source of authority on truth and the discouragement of critical thinking. With insights from various church authorities, this episode provides valuable perspectives on navigating doubt within the Mormon church. Listeners who have experienced doubts or questioned their faith may find this episode particularly enlightening and relatable.

Overview of How the Church Handles Doubts


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  1. Jay Larsen August 19, 2023 at 10:17 am - Reply

    Why is it called Streisand effect? Did something similar happen to Barbra?

  2. Cristi Jenkins August 19, 2023 at 2:46 pm - Reply

    An additional and insidious issue in using the whack-a-mole animation, is that it desensitizes the youth and sends the message that it is perfectly acceptable to silence and to harm those that choose to question authority and doctrine.

  3. Robert M. Hodge August 20, 2023 at 1:27 pm - Reply

    Seems like I always get something new when I watch these podcasts. My issues with the truth claims of the Church predate most of the commentary here (I’m 79 years old) but the notion that the church has and is engaging in a preventive action to indoctrinate kids is a new concept for me. It’s in my view a corporate defense strategy. They really see the problems as so large that they must minimize them for the youth. It’s something like the final act of a drowning man raising his hand out of the water as he sinks down forever.

  4. Timmy Tim August 21, 2023 at 11:52 am - Reply

    She also has mischaracterized the nature of the answers that the church and its apologists provide. There are no satisfactory answers for most of these issues. It’s extremely unlikely that this is a true story.

  5. Mike August 24, 2023 at 6:23 pm - Reply

    Sister Renlund could be the doppelgänger for SNL’s “church lady”…. I had to do a double take when I first saw the video. Can you hear her say …. “Doubt”? … or could it be SATAN!

  6. Kristy September 11, 2023 at 11:20 am - Reply

    Your chronology is SORELY lacking in not including LDS feminist organizations and publications, which have existed since the 1800s.

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