Event: Salt Lake Symposium 2000

The Academic Study Of Religion: Prospects And Perils

The Academic Study Of Religion: Prospects And Perils The recent announcement that early steps have been taken toward establishing a Mormon Studies program at Utah Valley State College has generated much excitement among many who have long felt a need for such a program at one of Utah’s state schools, but it has also raised …

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Lucy’s Memoir: A Family Tree

Lucy’s Memoir: A Family Tree Lucy Mack Smith began dictating her family memoir within months after the assassinations of Joseph and Hyrum Smith and finished it the next year. This paper traces its surviving versions: notebooks, a rough draft, an intermediate manuscript, and two fair copies. (One came to Utah and has never been published. …

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The Real Olympics Scandal

The Real Olympics Scandal The bribery scandal aside, is the Mormon culture mature enough to host an international event, or does local hubris keep it from being a world-class community? Ron Molen, Rob Bishop

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From Belgrade to Sandy: Observations of an Outsider

From Belgrade to Sandy: Observations of an Outsider In June 1995, I relocated from the Netherlands to Sandy, Utah, due to a romantic coincidence. My move to Sandy resulted in my being submerged into the sea of Mormania. To that time, my contact with “the Church” had been limited to a few open-door meetings with …

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God Is Light, Somewhere in Time and Everywhere Transcending Time

God Is Light, Somewhere in Time and Everywhere Transcending Time Is it possible that God with a glorified body of flesh and bones, residing somewhere in time, can also be everywhere transcending time? Logic says no, but scriptures, the physics of light, and near-death experiences support a paradoxical reality. Everything in the universe is interconnected …

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Orson Scott Card and the Ontology of Redemption

Orson Scott Card and the Ontology of Redemption This paper will focus on Card’s thinking in general, but especially on the philosophically- significant novel, Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus. I will argue that the novel poses, in a profound way, what is entailed in the idea of redemption–and indeed, in the practice and the …

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