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Ep 18 - PCAT Live: Mormonism in the Mistborn Series

A conversation about Mormonism in Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn series, live from Dragonsteel 2022. Our panel digs into the LDS symbolism and theology in the Wax & Wayne series. Crack open your Book of Mormon as we discuss the problem of theodicy when God is someone you know (and might be someday!). We also talk about how agency is more complex than we think. Was the shattering a fortunate fall? And how does Brandon's obsession with arranged marriages relate to Mormon dating culture? Time to Listen And Find Out!

Best Books:

Liz - Penric & Desdemona series by Lois McMaster Bujold (book 1 is Penric's Demon)

Julie - Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

Nick - Fairy Tale by Stephen King

Quaelii - Bone Crier's Moon by Kathryn Purdie


Nick's quote about all literature being a mosaic of quotation is from Julia Kristeva's Desire in Language: A Semiotic Approach to Literature and Art

Opposition in all things - 2 Nephi 2:11

Liz's paper on Mormonism in the Stormlight Archive: The Most Mormon Magic System: How Brandon Sanderson Turned Agency into Fantasy

Enoch asking why God weeps - Moses 7:29-37

The God Who Weeps by Terryl Givens and Fiona Givens

God bound by laws - 2 Nephi 2:13

Jacob suffering because of the rudeness of his brothers - 2 Nephi 2:1

Terryl Givens talks about Mormonism's affinity with science fiction in his book People of the Paradox

Orson Scott Card talks about Mormonism and science fiction in his essay "Science Fiction and the Mormon Religion" which can be found in A Storyteller in Zion

Into the Headwinds: Why Belief Has Always Been Hard--and Still Is by Terryl Givens and Nathaniel Givens

Alma's soliloquy - Alma 23

Indian Matchmaking (Netflix)

By the Hand of Mormon: The American Scripture that Launched a New World Religion by Terryl Givens

Nephi participating in dialogic revelation - 1 Nephi 11

Brother of Jared - Ether 2-3

An interview about Nick's presentation on The Way of Kings and the Nephites: Could Brandon Sanderson Have Saved the Nephites?

Find Us:

Quaelii - Facebook: Rue Atherton Writes

Nick - articles at the Religious Studies Center at BYU

Liz -

Video & audio editing by Liz Busby

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