Rick Bennett, host of Gospel Tangents

My name is Rick Bennett, and I love Mormon history, science, and theology.  This is THE place to talk about that.  You may wonder why it’s called Gospel Tangents?  At church we have Gospel Principles & Gospel Doctrine.  This is a spin-off of that–it’s the Gospel Tangents class–the class you might have out in the hall where you can talk about all the fun and controversial stuff that you won’t get in the other 2 classes!  We don’t shy away from anything:  polygamy, the racial ban, Mountain Meadows Massacre, the Mark Hoffman bombings, Masonry, DNA & the Book of Mormon, multiple First Vision accounts.  It’s all fair game.  If you want us to talk about something, please let us know!

Who would be interested in this website?  We welcome all flavors of Mormons:  active Mormons, inactive Mormons, former Mormons, the Community of Christ–anyone who has an interest in the restoration of the gospel that Joseph Smith restored in 1830.  We want a 360 degree view of Mormonism.  Of course we’ll talk to LDS Scholars, Brian Hales, Paul Reeve, Mark Staker, and Ugo Perego but we’ll also talk to people like Lach MacKay, an apostle for the Community of Christ, Jim Vun Cannon, a counselor in the First Presidency of the Remnant Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Anne Wilde, a practicing polygamist, David Rosenvall who has an unusual theory of Book of Mormon Geography, as well as Curt Bench & Shannon Flynn, witnesses of the Hofmann Bombings.

Gospel Tangents originally started in 2011 to publish some books illustrated by my children to help them get more familiar with the scriptures.  In 2017, I decided to start producing podcasts with the idea to create documentaries highlighting important events in Mormon History. I hope you’ll subscribe to our newsletter to get important Announcements and let us know other topics you are interested in.  Your support will help me build better resources, like creating classes on various Mormon history topics of interest to you!

Why donate?

So far this has been an expensive a labor of love.  It won’t last unless you subscribe.  I’d like to use your donations to get another camera, and I would like to put together some professional documentaries.  This means I need to hire people.  I’d be happy to give you credit for helping put this together.  So far I have been doing simple editing, but even that takes hours.  It would be nice to hire someone to free me up and produce podcasts with greater frequency, as well as make the whole project look more professional.  It is nearly a full-time job to put these up every few days, and I would really like some help so this isn’t a one man show.  I must pay for all of my supplies, cameras, microphones, transportation, etc.  Please help keep this podcast alive and help me hire some help!

I am happy to visit individuals, groups, wards, and stakes to do firesides, presentations, and private meetings to help us all explore Mormon History, Science, and Theology.  I would love to speak on a variety of topics, such as the evolution of temple work, history of blacks in the LDS Church, Book of Mormon geography, the Hofmann bombings, etc.

Please fill out the contact form below or send me an email at gospel tangents at gmail dot com if you would like me to speak at a fireside, do a presentation, or simply tell me what I’m doing right or what I can improve on.  I’d also like to hear from you if you are interested in creating art or music for our upcoming documentaries.  As for the future, which topics would you like me to address?