Rameumptom Ruminations: 019: From BYU Faculty to Apostate with Kajsa Berlin-Kaufusi Part 2

In this special follow-up episode, Kajsa Berlin-Kaufusi joins the podcast again to talk about her time working at BYU. As faculty at BYU, she worked in the ancient scripture department teaching religion courses. Kajsa covers why she and the school Read more

Rameumptom Ruminations: 018: From BYU Faculty to Apostate with Kajsa Berlin-Kaufusi Part 1

In this special episode, Kajsa Berlin-Kaufusi joins the podcast to talk about her time working at BYU. As faculty at BYU, she worked in the ancient scripture department teaching religion courses. We discuss the documentary hypothesis and how others in Read more

Rameumptom Ruminations: 017: Did Paul Condemn Homosexuality?

Before condemning an entire demographic of the population to eternal punishment and damnation, perhaps we should explore what the Bible has to say on the subject. With only six references to homosexuality in the entire cannon, Scott explores the historical Read more

Rameumptom Ruminations: 016: Is it the Same Yesterday Today and Forever?

Inherent to the restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is an understanding that all the beliefs and practices of the church existed in antiquity. This conclusion does not stand up to scrutiny. In this episode, Scott Read more

Rameumptom Ruminations: 015: The Difference Between Myth and Religion

What is the difference between religion and mythology? Do we take it out of context when we understand it simply as a set of dogmatic beliefs? Religion is much more than just belief and it encompasses the entire culture and Read more

Ramuemptom Ruminations: 014: Elder Rasband Explains the Vaccine Recommendation

Elder Rasband visited my area over the weekend and gave a devotional. While I did not personally attend, a copy of the audio found its way to my desk. After listening to it I knew that a few of the Read more

Rameumptom Ruminations: 013: Looking Through a Glass Darkly

Prophets see through a glass darkly. According to modern LDS apologists, members of the church need to excuse the leaders of the church for making mistakes. The reasoning for this belief comes from 1 Corinthians 13:12 where paul admits he Read more

Rameumptom Ruminations: 012: Did Moses Write That?

Did Moses write that? When was the Bible written? How much time passed between its writing and the events of the Bible? In this episode, Scott discusses two interpretations of the dating for the Pentateuch. The Documentary Hypothesis and the Read more

Rameumptom Ruminations: 011: Ruminations on Morality with Gary Stone

Gary Stone, the host of Topic Discuss, invited Scott onto his show for a chat about Morality. During their conversation, Scott and Gary discuss various methods for determining moral codes including supernaturalism, deontology, consequentialism and virtue ethics. This is a Read more

Rameumptom Ruminations: 010: The Ancient Origin of Mother in Heaven

In many cultures outside of the Abrahamic traditions, there are masculine and feminine representations of deity. Joseph Smith taught on a few occasions, that we have a mother in heaven. Why can’t modern prophets talk about her? If the modern Read more

Rameumptom Ruminations: 009: Cafeteria Mormonism

Mormons on all sides of the spectrum talk about Cafeteria Mormonism. In this episode, Scott discusses his theory that everyone in the church is a Cafeteria Mormon. Each member of the church has a different level of understanding of the Read more

Rameumptom Ruminations: 007: Spiritual Fallacies

As we deconstruct religion, many of us are faced with the task of rationalizing spiritual experiences and understanding them in a new light. What if the spiritual experiences we had, regardless of their source, did not mean what we interpreted Read more

Rameumptom Ruminations: 006: Spiritual Bypassing

In this episode, Scott discusses the various types of spiritual bypassing common in the Mormon church and offers a few ways to interact with our friends and family that unknowingly bypass us emotionally. Wrapping it all together, Scott looks to Read more

Rameumptom Ruminations: 005: The Source of Morality

Four people stand before God to be judged, each from a different time, with a unique list of commandments for them to follow to enter heaven. This is a thought experiment of Scott’s making called The Shifting Commandments Dilemma. If Read more