The other night I happened to hear the latest broadcast of the Interpreter Radio Show. Here are the highlights:
00:00:31-00:00:44: Complete radio silence.
00:00:44: Terry Hutchinson, whose connection to the Interpreter Foundation is unclear, suddenly breaks in to introduce the program. He announces Dr. Peterson, Dr. Gee, and Kevin Christensen as the other hosts.
00:01:44: Dr. Peterson admits that he doesn’t remember the Interpreter website address. For the record, it's http://www.mormoninterpreter.com
00:03:11: Hutchinson notes that R. Draper and M. Rhodes are working on a BYU New Testament commentary on Hebrews, J. Welch is working on a Matthew volume, E. Huntsman is working on John, and J. Gee is working on James.
00:05:56: Dr. Peterson claims that the BYU New Testament commentary series
“rectifies” “a bit” the impression that Latter-day Saints don’t actually care about the Bible.
00:10:39: Speaking about 2019, Dr. Peterson says we can look forward to “more [Interpreter
] articles." He confesses that the Interpreter Foundation hasn’t done a major conference in a long time, but he says that he’d like to hold a conference featuring scientists who will speak of doing science as a religious experience or religious enterprise. (I'd suggest a 2019 conference featuring scientists—including several from the Discovery Institute
and BYU—advocating the Intelligent Design theory, including a paper positing that Intelligent Design wins the Cambrian Explosion debate by default
and a paper dismantling Darwin's "house of cards."
00:12:42: Dr. Peterson, asked about the Interpreter Foundation’s film on the Witnesses, claims that the project is coming along "pretty well.” He notes that the Foundation needs to raise a certain amount of money by April 1 (or sometime in March) in order to do on-site filming in New York, Ohio, and Missouri. Speaking about the film's content, he says that “almost 10” interviews with scholars have been conducted. He discloses that the entire cost of the film is about $1.25 million and mentions that about $350,000—some portion of which is in hand—is needed by next spring. He also asks for donations, both large and small (but mostly large).
00:14:50: Listeners are subjected to a guitar riff that breaks the Sabbath Day. Hutchinson suggests that a caller might be able to identify the song. (In making such a suggestion, Hutchinson seems unfamiliar with the profile of the show's typical listener.) For the record, it's an excerpt from Gene Loves Jezebel's song "Jealous."
00:29:43: Guest Julie Smith, who has written a book on the Book of Mark, is asked why she used a non-androcentric interpretative lens in her forthcoming commentary. She says that while she doesn’t have a problem with using the term “feminist” in other contexts or to describe herself, she sought to do a non-androcentric reading rather than a “feminist” reading per se. Her commentary asks, “What would this text look like if we didn’t read it with a male focus?” Update: this segment has caused the meltdown of one orthodox Latter-day Saint supporter of Interpreter
00:55:16: Christensen mentions that he’s finished an essay for a heretofore unpublicized “Midgley festschrift.” He doesn’t disclose the names of the other contributors, the publisher, or the anticipated publication date. However, I expect to see contributions from, among others, Rodney Meldrum, Lofte Payne (formerly known as Loftes Tryk), a token cultural Mormon, Sandra Tanner, John Dehlin, Gemli, and Ernest Wilkinson, Cleon Skousen, Sterling McMurrin, and Paul Tillich. Note: the contributions from the final four individuals will reportedly be channeled by Professor R. Skousen using Joseph Smith's chocolate-colored seer stone.
00:56:00: Speaking about the publication of his writings, Christensen quotes a science fiction writer who apparently said that publishing "is like dropping feathers down a well.” The other hosts respond with awkward silence. After Professor Gee completely misinterprets the saying, Christensen is forced to explain, thus completely ruining the quip.
01:06:10: Professor Peterson tells an ill-advised joke about a contest held by former BYU provost Bruce Hafen to provide the best definition of the word “provost.” The winning definition, according to Professor Peterson, was “the person most like Provo.” The punchline provokes a few pity laughs from the others.
On to next week!