Jason Olson and James GoldbergFeb 6, 2023
The Burning Book
By Common Consent Press 2022
The Burning Book (By Common Consent Press, 2022) is an unusual and intriguing memoir about Jason Olsen's conversion from Judaism to Mormonism. But it tells no simple story of triumphant conversion away from error toward truth. Follow Olson's spiritual journey from aspiring rabbi to Latter-day Saint missionary, from Brigham Young University student to Israeli immigrant, and from Jewish Studies scholar to military chaplain. Co-written with novelist and poet James Goldberg (author of The Five Books of Jesus and A Book of Lamentations), The Burning Book offers readers a glimpse into Jewish and Mormon cultures while weaving spiritual longing together with scholarly thought.
Olsen and Goldberg join host Blair Hodges in this episode to talk about the nature of conversion, religious memoir, the life of the mind, anti-Semitism, and more.
Blair Hodges hosted and produced the Maxwell Institute Podcast for eight years before going independent with his current show, Fireside with Blair Hodges. It features interviews with writers, scholars, social justice advocates, and artists talking about culture, faith, memory, and more.