“If Thou Doest Well, Thou Shalt Be Accepted”
Part II of the episode discusses Cain and Abel in literary and historical perspective, then introduces some ancient traditions about Enoch
Part III examines the theology of this story, returns to the assigned reading with an analytical lens, and then tackles the tradition of black skin as the mark of Cain and its recent official renunciation.
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Class Reading: Moses 5:16-41; 6:26-63; and 7:13, 17-21, 23-47, 68-69; 1 John 3:11, 17-18; 2 Nephi 2:25–27
Additional Reading: Moses 5:42-55; 6:10-23; and 7:14-16, 59-64
Other Reading: Genesis 4:1–16
Jody, Jenni, Timothy, and Jeff continue the discussion.
You can access the Annotated Reading here (or PDF)
You can access the Lesson Notes here (or PDF)
Lesson Part 2
0:00 Intro and Framing
1:13 Cain and Abel via Genesis Account
Discussion Part 2
31:41 Cain and Abel: Theological and Ethical Problems
36:00 Do we need Satan?
Discussion Part 3
38:25 Cain in the LDS tradition
49:30 Scientific Explanation of Race
53:04 Human Capacity for Evil
The Church’s official statement on race and the priesthood
Terryl and Fiona Givens, The God Who Weeps
Eugene England, The Weeping God of Mormonism
Armand Mauss, Dispelling the Curse of Cain
Sunstone article documenting several teachings regarding Cain and race
Thanks to James Estrada for his postproduction work, and to Steven Nelson for the beautiful bumper music, and to Trent Oliphant for updating the episode.