Episode 72

Magic and Mormonism: Discussion of D. Michael Quinn's Early Mormonism and the Magic World View

Have you read D. Michael Quinn's "Early Mormonism and the Magic World View?" On this episode of Mormonish, Landon and Rebecca present a discussion of Quinn's ground breaking book on early Mormonism and folk magic.

This was a revolutionary concept when the first edition of the book was published in 1987. Very few members knew anything about the prevalence of folk magic and the occult in the early days of the church and it's importance in the Smith household itself.

This book is a must read to truly understand the origins of the church. If you haven't read the book and don't think you want to tackle it, this presentation and discussion offers a great synopsis of the important information in the book.

This episode was taped as a spooky Halloween edition of The Good Book Club in October 2022, so don't be surprised by anything you see!


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Rebecca Bibliotheca

Rebecca Bibliotheca is a mother or three boys, co-founder of "The Good Book Club," a virtual reading group for post and nuanced Mormons, cohost of "Mormon Media Reviews," and leader of the "Mormon Stories Book Club." She has a Masters of Library and Information Science from BYU and worked for many years at the BYU Library. She and her husband, Tom, also founded a youth theater program that is in its 19th year. Rebecca loves the theater, reading, film, spending times outdoors, church watching and iced coffee!
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Landon Brophy

Landon Brophy is the proud father of four children, two grandchildren, three ATVs and a boat. He's a former military officer, the co-founder of The Good Book Club, a reading group for post and nuanced Mormons, ann international manager for a global defense contractor, and a worldwide traveler. He and his wife founded "Utah Wanderers," an online travel guide to exploring Utah. Landon loves the outdoors, ATVing, boating, flying, reading, observing the "ongoing restoration" and second Saturdays!