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Mormon & Evangelical Discuss Mormon History (Part 1 of 5)

I’m turning over the interview microphone to an evangelical!  Steven Pynakker is the host of Mormon Book Reviews, and he wanted to learn more about me, Rick Bennett.  But I have some questions for him too.  How did an evangelical get interested in Mormonism?

Steve:  Then I also have to say that growing up, I watched a lot of Battlestar Galactica reruns. I was always a very spiritual person from a very young age. So, the themes in Battlestar Galactica, they have a lot of spiritual things in there, like the lost tribes, and Adama.  Then you had various–you had a Satan type character, and you had all this good and evil.  It really spoke to me in a way that Star Wars didn’t, even though I loved Star Wars, the spirituality of Battlestar Galactica spoke to me on a deeper level.

GT:  Now, do you know that was written by a Mormon?

Steve:  Of course I do.

GT:  Okay, good.

Steve:  Let me show you part of my book collection, actually, on the bottom I have a Cylon from Battlestar Galactica.  I have the complete original series. But yeah, Glen A. Larson being a Mormon, of course, I found out that Kobol was actually Kolob. They had Kobol in the Battlestar Galactica show.  I had no idea that–it wasn’t until high school that I realized that it had all this Mormon doctrine in it. I thought, “No wonder I liked that show so much,” because I’ve been interested in Mormonism most of my life.

He asks me why I started Gospel Tangents.  Check out our conversation….

Steve Pynakker (right) is the evangelical host of “Mormon Book Reviews.”

Don’t miss our previous interview with John Larson of the Sunstone Podcast where we also discussed Gospel Tangents.

417:  Rick on the Hot Seat

416:  Mark Hofmann’s Role in Mormon History

415:  Learning from Mormon Cousins

414:  LDS Leaders and Historical Issues

413:  Intro to Gospel Tangents