277.3: Hospitality amongst Angels and Sinners (OT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 8, Study Notes)

Living Righteously in a Wicked World


The episode continues by wrestling with fundamental issues. We dig deeper into the nature of scripture, the question of what is right and wrong, and explore how we can live well even in the midst of opposition. I think this will prove one of the best episodes of Engaging Gospel doctrine because it provides so many resources and ideas on how to live authentically and well.

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Class Member ReadingGenesis 13141819

Additional ReadingGenesis 12Joseph Smith Translation, Genesis 14:25-4019:9-15

Other Reading: Abraham 1-2; Genesis 12-25


JenniferJustin, and Hannah continue their valuable discussion.


You can access the Assigned Reading here (or PDF)

You can access the Lesson Notes here (or PDF)



Lesson Part 2

0:00        Overview

1:48        Other Character Vignettes

12:15     Homosexuality in the Bible

Study Notes

21:05     Living in a “Wicked” World

Discussion Part 2

28:01     Sins of Sodom

Discussion Part 3

42:32     Sin, Wickedness, and Righteousness

52:00     Moral Relativism

1:03:40  Talking Homosexuality, and Other Things



Living Righteously

TED talk on using peer/social pressure to encourage good decisions 

Dan Ariely on factors that influence our decisions 

Introduction to the Handbook of Sociology of Morality 

A longer article on the same topic 

A dense but interesting article on how culture/environment motivates and justifies our decisions

Soul Searching, book about the influence of religious activity on teenagers 

Why People Do Good Things (The Good Show), RadioLab

Academic article on resilience in the face of adversity 

A Wicked World?  (I wasn’t able to find a good source on the current cultural dangers, which genuinely are real)

A post about dealing with the narrative of Sodom and Gomorrah in a sensitive way

Is the world getting worse? Mormon Matters

Is the world getting worse? FeministMormonHousewives

TED talk on the abundant future 

How the world is getting better, BigThink

Why things aren’t getting worse, Patheos

Social Media, Political Change, and Human Rights 


Thanks to James Estrada for some wicked fast editing, and to Steven Nelson for the beautiful bumper music.

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