Society & Culture
#005: Leaving Mormonism
“Why would Coca-Cola have a better marketing strategy than God?” ~ Ami
In this episode I am joined by Ami, one of the hosts of the Secular Soup podcast, as she shares her story of growing up in the Mormon church and what eventually prompted her to question Mormonism and religion in general and quietly take leave of that faith tradition.
We talked about how Mormonism views women in the church, the racist beliefs written into Mormon doctrine, the pseudoscientific and magical worldview of Mormonism’s founder Joseph Smith, the bizarre cosmology of the religion, family life and civic habits of Mormonism’s members, the secret “sacred temple” initiation rites, and the submarines featured in the Book of Mormon (yes, you read that right), and why Coca-Cola has a better marketing strategy than God.
Secular Soup podcast: https://www.spreaker.com/show/secular-soup
Paul Kurtz, The Transcendental Temptation (Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 2013; first published in 1986), chapter 10. [https://tinyurl.com/y7koo435]
Ernest Taves, Trouble Enough: Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon (Buffalo, NY: Prometheus Books, 1984). [https://tinyurl.com/y9gns7s8]
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The opening clip is an excerpt from the audiobook “God is Not Great” by Christopher Hitchens, courtesy of Hachette Audio. Text Copyright 2007 by Christopher Hitchens. Audio production copyright 2007, Hachette Audio. Used with permission.
The opening and ending music is “Jade” by Esther Nicholson and is used under license. Audio edited by Callie Wright of The Gaytheist Manifesto podcast and Answer Media LLC.
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