Ep 210 – John C. Bennett and Early Mormon Audio

Written by on September 8, 2015

Have you ever wondered what John C. Bennett had to say about his time in Nauvoo, his excommunication from the church, or his relationship with Joseph Smith? Have you ever wanted to read all those testimonials about treasure digging and folk magic in “Mormonism Unvailed” but just found that old book too dense and long and daunting? Have you ever been interested in early Mormon speculative theology that tries to reconcile faith with science and ends up with far out sci-fi Battlestar Galactic type explanations for things?
Have you ever wished that someone would just read all those things for you and you could just listen along?
Well we have. And we finally decided to do something about it.
In this not-so-mini minisode, Glenn talks about his new side project Early Mormon Audio, and gives you a sneak peak into the first part of John C. Bennett’s 1842 “The History of the Saints -or- An Expose of Joe Smith and Mormonism.”

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  1. Aladdin Sane   On   September 8, 2015 at 9:44 am

    This is brilliant idea. I’m very excited about this.
    It seems that this project might have a natural tendency to skew towards male sources because of the nature of the era. My suggestion is that you solicit Chelsea Shields and Lindsay Hansen Park and whoever else from the feminist side of the bloggernacle to record readings of memoirs, diaries, letters, publications, tracts, and speeches etc. by early Mormon women in order to counterbalance the gender inbalance. That way the project will be more balanced and representive as well as taking some of the work load to produce content off of you. I hope you consider it.

    • larryj   On   September 10, 2015 at 12:13 am

      Since the church is patriarchal in structure, the founding voices are all men. 21st century women’s brains, voices and opinions are crucial to interpreting the past and unraveling the truth. I’m currently traveling this truth-seeking adventure as a 61 year old former TBM along with my current TBM wife.. Female points of view are essential since they have been either absent or contaminated for the last 180 years or so.

      • Aladdin Sane   On   September 10, 2015 at 2:23 am

        Yes, I certainly mean my proposition to be purely complimentary and not competitive in any way. I hope that both projects can run parallel and not detract resources from the other.

  2. larryj   On   September 8, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    I recently started listening to another high quality Podcast that is already doing this same thing… “Wife No. 19″… It is compelling and very entertaining. I hope this will become a trend. Here’s a suggestion though specifically directed to Infants on Thrones. You can communicate this more effectively if you show restraint in your commentary. Many people I have talked to (including me) get turned off to the spontaneous use of vulgarity in the side comments, even when you think it is deserved. I can’t get my semi-TBM wife to listen to Infants on Thrones because liberal use of “fuck”, “asshole”, “dick”, etc. that is used by some contributors. That language is really counterproductive to communicating the message to the people who need to hear it most. To be clear there there are other podcasts such as “Naked Mormonism” that are far more profane, to the point of losing credibility. To be clear, Infants on Thrones readings of historic writings would be awesome, if done responsibly without 20th century crudity getting in the way of the message. Glen’s “King Follet Discourse” You Tube presentation was very influential in my own search for truth. Just a thought. I look forward to listening.

    • Glenn   On   September 8, 2015 at 3:51 pm

      Exactly. I saw that other podcast and I think they are doing good work. But when you have “the voice of God” sarcastically introduce certain episodes (i.e. For The One — great recording, by the way), you are limiting your reach.
      Early Mormon Audio hopes to avoid all that. Tt will not be opinion-based commentary. It is straight up source text, read and recorded as audiobooks — no bias, no judgment, no agenda — just a diverse collection of old texts — some faith promoting (for their day), others critical from outsiders — designed and presented specifically to become as accessible and remove as many “red flags” as possible.

      • larryj   On   September 8, 2015 at 11:07 pm

        By the way, I don’t object to commentary being inserted, particularly explanatory commentary. It just needs to be done judiciously rather than casually. The “Wife No. 19” podcast does too much commentary. It’s helpful but it is so plentiful and similar to the text (female voices) that it becomes confusing.

    • Aladdin Sane   On   September 8, 2015 at 11:14 pm

      While I can sympathise with your position regarding your wife, it would be an undue burden on the majority of Infants on Thrones fans for the Infants to forego their vulgarity. It’s that crudity that keeps us coming back for more. Cheers.

  3. Tim   On   September 13, 2015 at 2:42 am

    Glenn, I seriously worry about you. I LOVE the work you do with IoT. You are an AMAZING podcast producer. You have made my life better through laughter and poignant podcast discussions. It’s none of my business, I know, but If you do this on top of IoT, are you really going to have enough time for yourself and your family?

  4. Thomas Moore   On   September 13, 2015 at 9:02 am

    I never read this book; or wanted to. The reason is that Bennet’s first words or explanation of how he became a Mormon just don’t sound truthful or genuine. He makes it sound as if he was a CIA operative joining Al Quaeda or an FBI agent joining Hell’s Angels.
    I truly think he was enraptured and converted to following Joseph Smith; yet tried to make up excuses to the “reading public” because he was ashamed for being gullible and na├»ve.
    Thank you for doing this Glenn. I don’t know how you can withhold your own views and thoughts on this? Of course, it could be worse…. you might of tried doing a Podcast on Hugh Nibley and the same ilk (all of the crazy stuff he was writing).

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