Event: Salt Lake Symposium 2007

SAINTS AND GENTILES: REFLECTIONS ON MORMONISM AND RELIGIOUS DIVERSITY

SAINTS AND GENTILES: REFLECTIONS ON MORMONISM AND RELIGIOUS DIVERSITY Mormonism has always possessed a theologically progressive outlook on the fate of the “unevangelized.” The doctrine that every person will have the opportunity to accept the LDS gospel is a key feature that distinguishes Mormonism from many mainstream Christian traditions. However, important questions remain unexplored in …

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HOMOSEXUALITY AND THE MORMON ETHIC OF BODY-SPIRIT INTEGRITY

HOMOSEXUALITY AND THE MORMON ETHIC OF BODY-SPIRIT INTEGRITY Latter-day revelation invites us to understand ourselves as spirit children of God, learning to master our physical bodies to prepare for an eternal life as glorified beings with bodies of “flesh and bone.” Mormonism embraces belief in Heavenly Parents who are spirit and flesh, and it emphatically …

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SL07154: JOSEPH SMITH’S KIRTLAND EGYPTIAN PAPERS: HIEROGLYPHS, THE SACERDOTAL GENEALOGY, AND THE ANTIDOTE TO BABEL

JOSEPH SMITH’S KIRTLAND EGYPTIAN PAPERS: HIEROGLYPHS, THE SACERDOTAL GENEALOGY, AND THE ANTIDOTE TO BABEL The Kirtland Egyptian Papers (KEP) have occasioned considerable controversy but have largely evaded substantive analysis. When properly understood in their historical context, the KEP present a pictographic hermeneutics of primal language (the one spoken in Eden), while they disclose an expanded …

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SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCES AS THE BASIS FOR BELIEF AND COMMITMENT

SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCES AS THE BASIS FOR BELIEF AND COMMITMENT The heart of Mormon commitment is the a “testimony” based upon spiritual experiences. I look at the status of spiritual experience as the ground of commitment for one’s life, its epistemic status and its spiritual significance. I argue that attacks claiming that such experiences are not …

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‘DO YOU HAVE A TESTIMONY OF . . . ?’

‘DO YOU HAVE A TESTIMONY OF . . . ?’ People who have much in common can still look at things very differently. Case in point: James McLachlan and Tom Kimball have been enjoying an ongoing discussion about their Mormon beliefs. Both have contemplated similar historical and philosophical dilemmas, and both are active in their …

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SL07112 THE LIBERAL MORMON CASE FOR LARGE FAMILIES

THE LIBERAL MORMON CASE FOR LARGE FAMILIES I examine the possible long-term effects of birth rates among different groups of people and review some recent studies on the topic. Why might a liberal Mormon choose a large family? To what extent is family size indicative of orthodoxy? What are the effects of large families on …

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