Event: Salt Lake Symposium 2001

Transitions: Sunstone Looks Forward

Transitions: Sunstone Looks Forward After 15 years at its helm, Elbert Peck resigned as executive director of the Sunstone Foundation. Naturally, many questions arose about the future and direction of Sunstone and those who now carry out its mission to maintain an open forum for religious discussion. Hence, members of the Board of Trustees host …

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The Continuing Establishment Pattern in Salt Lake City

The Continuing Establishment Pattern in Salt Lake City When the Emperor Constantine made the Catholic Church the official religion of the Roman Empire, he formulated a pattern that held constant throughout western Christendom for nearly 1500 years. Even though the First Amendment to the Constitution legally uncoupled the church and the civil government in the …

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The Muddy: A Mission Too Far?

The Muddy: A Mission Too Far? The ‘Muddy Mission” (1865-1870) refers to Mormon settlements along the Muddy River in what’s now southeastern Nevada. It was established to grow cotton, anchor the outskirts of Zion, and explore possible navigation of the Colorado River. It couldn’t last. Living conditions were extremely difficult, including taming the Muddy. The …

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The Many Voices of Brigham Young

The Many Voices of Brigham Young Over the course of his long life, Brigham Young dictated many thousands of letters to statesmen and entrepreneurs, churchmen and soldiers, autograph seekers, fur trappers, widows, gamblers, Indians, and whiners. To some he was brotherly, gracious, pastoral and collegial; to others he could be sarcastic, bitter, paternalistic, or dismissive. …

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Evolution and Mormonism: A Quest for Understanding

Evolution and Mormonism: A Quest for Understanding What is a Latter-day Saint to do when faced with the compelling data and persuasive arguments for the theory of organic evolution? Can she or he acknowledge the power of this scientific data and still remain in good standing with the Church? Can the theory of human origins …

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Countering Cynicism

Countering Cynicism ‘Why do people do what they do?” One common position with regard to this question is “cynicism,” a belief that the basic motivation for actions is selfishness. Cynics often fail to believe in the sincerity of any position, and they doubt people are basically good. “Misanthropes” go one step further, distrusting people generally. …

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