Governing Ourselves

In this episode, Lisa shares her thoughts as an ex-Mormon about things she picked up on during the April 2019 General Conference for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She will be covering each of the General Conferences as one of the extra topics of the podcast.

Originally uploaded to Apple Podcasts and Stitcher on May 5, 2019.
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A few links to other things mentioned here:

The General Conference talks are considered scripture: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/manual/teachings-of-the-living-prophets-student-manual/chapter-6?lang=eng
The Rapture: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rapture

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This is just a quick video to explain why we're skipping making videos for Episodes 9, 11, 13, and 17. Those episodes are still available on our podcast page: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/governing-ourselves-a-libertarian-atheist-podcast/id1455784521?ls=1

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Adam has a debate about God at the high school with preacher and philosophy professor Josh Walker. Josh asked that we do not edit the debate, and we agreed with one exception: during Adam's introduction, the announcements came on over the loudspeaker, so we edited out that announcement. Everything else is intact. We also did our best to increase the volume on the students' voices during the Q&A so they could be heard better.

With the exception of Adam, none of the characters shown in this video are meant to depict anyone in attendance (and even then, Adam isn't that short). Any resemblance of the characters to actual people in the room is purely coincidental.

Originally uploaded to Apple Podcasts on April 21, 2019.
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A few helpful references:

Ontological Argument: https://www.existence-of-god.com/ontological-argument.html
Missionary killed on island: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/nov/22/john-allen-chau-man-killed-by-tribe-north-sentinel-island-declare-jesus
Macroevolution: https://www.nature.com/scitable/knowledge/library/macroevolution-examples-from-the-primate-world-96679683/
The Problem of Induction: https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/induction-problem/
Contractarianism: https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/contractarianism/

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For this episode, Adam had just had his debate but Lisa hadn't listened to it yet, so here we chat about how it went. This was also the time when Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, was arrested and so we talk a little bit about him as well.

Originally uploaded to Apple Podcasts on April 20, 2019.

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A few other things we mentioned in this episode:
The Ontological Argument for God's existence: https://www.existence-of-god.com/ontological-argument.html
Julian Assange's arrest: https://www.npr.org/2019/04/11/712128612/julian-assange-arrested-in-london

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We delve into Chapter 3 of Richard Dawkins' book The God Delusion, called "Arguments for God's Existence", so that Adam can prepare for his upcoming debate with a preacher/philosophy professor at the high school.

Originally uploaded to Apple Podcasts on Apr. 20, 2019.
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Sources for other things we mentioned:

How "As man is, God once was..." doctrine came about: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/ensign/1982/02/i-have-a-question/is-president-snows-statement-as-man-now-is-god-once-was-as-god-now-is-man-may-be-accepted-as-official-doctrine?lang=eng
Vestigial features: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vestigiality
The LDS Church's doctrine on polygamy here and in the afterlife: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/scriptures/dc-testament/dc/132.19-20?lang=eng
The genealogy of Jesus: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genealogy_of_Jesus
LDS stance on KJV of the Bible: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/ensign/1992/08/news-of-the-church/first-presidency-statement-on-the-king-james-version-of-the-bible?lang=eng
The LDS Church pays their top leaders a salary: https://archive.sltrib.com/article.php?id=4800350&itype=CMSID
Jesus was Jehovah, the God of the Old Testament: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/manual/jesus-christ-and-the-everlasting-gospel-teacher-manual/lesson-5-jesus-christ-was-jehovah-of-the-old-testament?lang=eng

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For our first book review, we reviewed one of Richard Dawkins' books called "The God Delusion", which covers topics such as where morals come from, arguments for God's existence, and evolutionary biology. (Please excuse Adam's sound; he was having mic issues).

We originally uploaded this to Apple Podcasts on Mar. 31, 2019

Extra stuff we mentioned in this episode:

Audible: https://www.audible.com/
"Moroni's Promise": https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/scriptures/bofm/moro/10?lang=eng
Manx Shearwater calls at night: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2eeUszfUAQ&t=54s
The "devil bird" of Sri Lanka: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p46A3HMuoCo
LDS children's song "I Love to See the Temple": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJNN8RuOJyw
LDS children's song "I Hope They Call Me on a Mission": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xxZMYYFRh8
LDS children's song "Love is Spoken Here": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmOEiAIQ874
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and the velociraptor: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fLd0duzT6g

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Half of our podcast is reviewing books that have to do with atheism and libertarianism. In this episode we list off some books that we want to cover in future episodes. (Please excuse Lisa's sound; she was still tweaking her mic settings)

We originally uploaded this episode to Apple Podcasts on Mar. 24, 2019
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/governing-ourselves-a-libertarian-atheist-podcast/id1455784521?ls=1

Things we mentioned in this episode (besides the books):

The LDS leader's quote about studying behavior: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/general-conference/1986/10/little-children?lang=eng
General Conference talks are considered scripture: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/manual/teachings-of-the-living-prophets-student-manual/chapter-6?lang=eng
Democratic socialism (as of posting this video, this article contained the word "Marx" 81 times): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democratic_socialism
Atheism's role in the Soviet Union: https://www.commentarymagazine.com/articles/among-the-disbelievers/
LDS views that gospel truths are "plain and precious", 1 Nephi 13: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/scriptures/bofm/1-ne/13?lang=eng
The Matrix (1999) : https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0133093/

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In this third and final introductory episode for our podcast, we talk about our journey from the Republican and Democrat parties to libertarianism. We also highlight topics we'll be covering in future episodes. (We've since updated what we cover: we've replaced current events with films—see the very short episode 21.5 for details https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/episode-21-5-changing-up-our-format/id1455784521?i=1000446693060 ).

We originally uploaded this episode to Apple Podcasts on Mar. 16, 2019.
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/governing-ourselves-a-libertarian-atheist-podcast/id1455784521?ls=1

References to things we mentioned in this episode:

The Libertarian Party: https://www.lp.org/the-libertarian-party/
The Constitution Party: https://www.constitutionparty.com/
Log Cabin Republicans: http://www.logcabin.org/
Ron Paul website: http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/
Non-aggression principle: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non-aggression_principle
Libertarian Party vs. Constitution Party: https://www.lp.org/blogs-andrew-davis-libertarian-party-vs-constitution-party/
4th Amendment: https://constitution.findlaw.com/amendment4.html
"Citizenfour" (2014): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4044364/
"Snowden" (2016): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt3774114/

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In our second podcast episode, we covered how we went from growing up as faithful members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to becoming atheists.

Originally uploaded to Apple Podcasts on Mar. 16, 2019.
https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/governing-ourselves-a-libertarian-atheist-podcast/id1455784521?ls=1

Other things we mentioned in this episode:

LDS doctrine of Kolob (Abraham 3): https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/scriptures/pgp/abr/3?lang=eng
The Hosanna Shout at temple dedications: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=waRS5DXh3F0
California's Proposition 8: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2008_California_Proposition_8
The LDS version of the afterlife, Kingdoms of Glory: https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/manual/gospel-topics/kingdoms-of-glory?lang=eng
Hans Mattsson article: https://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/21/us/some-mormons-search-the-web-and-find-doubt.html

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Welcome to the first video of our Governing Ourselves podcast. We are two libertarian atheists who left The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (a.k.a. the Mormons) and who left the Republican and Democrat parties. In this first episode, we give a brief history of where we're coming from and why we've chosen to start this podcast.

This episode was originally uploaded to Apple Podcasts on Mar. 10, 2019.

Links to a few things we mentioned in this episode:

The Best of Ron Swanson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tch4v0L0GHA
State atheism: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/State_atheism
Secular State: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secular_state

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Welcome to the Governing Ourselves podcast, with hosts Adam and Lisa. We are two libertarian atheists who grew up in and left The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (a.k.a. The Mormon Church) and who left the Republican and Democrat parties. In our weekly podcast, we discuss books, films, and extra religious/political topics through our libertarian-atheist lens.

Our first goal for this podcast is to introduce listeners to essential people and ideas associated with libertarianism and atheism. Our other goal is to show folks who are dissatisfied with religion and with the major political parties that there is life and hope for individuals and for our society if we learn to let go of our dependence on God and on the government, and instead learn to govern ourselves.