Latter-day Contemplation

Latter-day Contemplation exists to largely explore and document our journey of study and faith as we seek to become more like our Savior, Jesus Christ. We are by no means experts in anything that we’re ...more

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December 02, 2022 01:01:23
Episode 75: A Tribute to Richard Rohr

Episode 75: A Tribute to Richard Rohr

In this episode of Latter-day Contemplation, Christopher and Riley were joined by Jana Johnson Spangler to pay tribute to the life and legacy of Franciscan friar, Richard Rohr.  Father Rohr, as an ecumenical teacher, speaker, and author is largely responsible for the modern resurgence in popularity of contemplative practices.  He has successfully brought together teachers from many Christian denominations into The Living School, teaching perennial truths about the universal nature of the Christ, our mutual, inborn dwelling with God the creator of all flesh, and the brotherhood of man.  His message of inner and relational peace has drawn a following of millions. ...

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November 18, 2022 00:53:41
Episode 74: Renouncing War

Episode 74: Renouncing War

In Episode 74, Christopher and Riley revisit a topic they’ve previously spoken about on the podcast, but from a different perspective.  Episode 5: On Peace deals with inner peace, while this one deals with interpersonal, relational, and world peace.  They explore the LDS doctrinal case for renouncing war in Sec. 98 as a springboard to a larger discussion about practical application of peace, as exemplified by Jesus, the anti-nephi-lehis, St. Maximilian and others.  They make a case for a non-violent reading of scripture, particularly the Book of Mormon and challenge the listener to take small proactive steps, in concert with others, forming a grassroots movement towards a peaceful world. The War Prayer, Mark Twain  We are a Warlike People | Renounce War and Proclaim Peace First Presidency Statement on Basing of MX Missile (churchofjesuschrist.org) Record of Martyrdom of St. Maximilian, Pg. 244, Acts of The Christian Martyrs, Musurillo ...

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November 12, 2022 00:58:35
Episode 73: Contemplating Justice

Episode 73: Contemplating Justice

For this episode, Christopher and Riley are joined by LDPS member and contributor, Jeffrey Goddard, for a wide-ranging discussion on justice, sin & righteousness, good & evil, and atonement.  In the past year Jeff read or listened to 200 books, and wrote one of his own - The Physician Christ.  As a medical practitioner he tends to see the world through a scientific lens which adds critical context to the discussion of individual and social development.  Our hosts make it a point to avoid strict, objective definitions of these constructed ideas, but instead try to problematize prevailing understandings so as to point the listener to a more holistic, and universally restorative Christian discipleship; one less concerned with being right about doctrine and more concerned with being in right relationship, with God and each other. ...

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October 14, 2022 00:50:59
Episode 72: The Shadow

Episode 72: The Shadow

In this episode of Latter-day Contemplation, Christopher and Riley are joined by a friend of the program and Carl Jung fan, Morgan Aldous, to discuss the concept of the Jungian Shadow.  Morgan is a life coach who has spent considerable time in the study of psychology, philosophy, and religion as the means to personal transformation.  This concept of The Shadow, which historically finds expression in scripture, mystical poetry and experience, visual & performance art, great literature, and formal psychological treatment methodology has application for those of us pursuing a spiritual path of personal development as well.   In his first interaction with Father Adam and Mother Eve, Lucifer, the father of lies, inducts our primeval ancestors into the cult of binary thought; wherein, they are led to believe that the world is composed of diametrically opposing polarities, repelling each other at all times, totally incompatible with oneness and unity.  This allegory could be interpreted to describe one of the challenges of mortality - overcoming the natural man instinct to misunderstand and misrepresent ourselves, compartmentalizing and ignoring our inner shadow, to the detriment of our spiritual development. Morgan can be reached at www.everyday7.com ...

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September 08, 2022 00:58:37
Episode 71: Stoic Objectivity and Amor Fati

Episode 71: Stoic Objectivity and Amor Fati

In this episode Christopher and Riley draw upon the teachings of Marcus Aurelius, Seneca, Epictetus, Byron Katie upack the stoic concepts of Amor Fati (love of fate, consent to destiny) and Objectivity as a means of better understanding Christ and our duties as disciples.  The evidence surrounds us; life is filled with adversity, or as a Buddhist might say, “life is suffering”.  Thermodynamics further affirms the inevitable death and dissolution of all matter.  Recognizing and accepting this inevitability can liberate us from despair in our darkest moments of sadness, anger, and grief.  Most of the circumstances that confront us conjure up impressions, judgments, and emotions (collectively: phantasia) within us, but are ultimately beyond our control.  The stoics viewed these circumstances objectively as largely deterministic in nature, but recognized the space between stimulus and response where we are given the choice to freely act as our best self, ethically, and for the benefit of others.  Christ is the archetypal model for this way of living and serving.  As he approached his impending torture and crucifixion, he accepted, not without distress but nevertheless freely, the circumstances which would lead to his death, as the most starkly persuasive example of service and love that can be expressed.  “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” - John 15:13 ...

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August 04, 2022 01:05:10
Episode 70: Contemplating Emotions

Episode 70: Contemplating Emotions

In this episode, Christopher & Riley take up a discussion on emotions and emotional intelligence.  They start from the premise that humans are (contrary to popular opinion) primarily emotional, not rational, beings.  Taking this as a given, they search for meaning in the emotional journey, and recognizing our emotional drivers, suggest practices to help us respond appropriately to our emotional triggers.  They meander into a discussion about sincerity in emotion (as opposed to manipulation) and imagine a God who only interacts with his children sincerely, as a means of supporting our holistic development into fully integrated emotional intelligences.  Relating to the God, (modeled by Christ, but too often obfuscated by scripture) who mourns with us, helps us to identify philosophies, conceptions, projections, and interpolations of men wishing to compel, rather than invite us to “come and see” or in this case, come and feel. ...

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