299: Being Wrong (in a Church and Culture that Emphasizes Being Right), Part 1

Mormon Matters - (Dan Wotherspoon ARCHIVE)

Oct 1 2015 • 1 hr 16 mins

In this two-part episode, Brian Dillman, Julienna Viegas-Haws, and Anna Smith, join Mormon Matters host Dan Wotherspoon in a discussion about "being wrong!" Or make that _Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error_ by Kathryn Schulz (CCC, 2010). It’s a rich subject and wonderful book, and each of the panelists share favorite insights from their encounters with the things Schulz talks about and how those have helped them understand themselves, others, and many other areas of life much more clearly--as well as helpfully. Since this is Mormon Matters, after all, they also speak about the ways some of these ideas are in tension with certain ideas and various cultural habits (ways of thinking) in Mormonism. How does the material discussed impact their views of the methodology we’re taught in Mormonism’s D&C 9:8-9 ("study it out in your mind; then you must ask me if it be right" along with burnings in bosoms and stupors of thought)? With Mormonism’s emphasis on and teachings about the Gift of the Holy Ghost and how it is a sure guide to what is "true." With Alma 32 passages on faith as a seed and "experimenting upon the word" and coming to know that a seed is good? With emphases on the superiority of "knowing" over "believing" when it comes to one’s testimony. It’s a great discussion!