Event: Salt Lake Symposium 2008

Are We Still Gods in Embryo? The Mormon Doctrine of Human Deification

Are We Still Gods in Embryo? The Mormon Doctrine of Human Deification Expounded by Joseph Smith and famously summarized by Lorenzo Snow, the LDS doctrine of human deification has, since the 1840s, presented several soteriological and cosmological difficulties. Openly celebrated, elaborated, and contested by generations of Mormon thinkers, the doctrine has today become nearly invisible …

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I Love You No Matter What

I Love You No Matter What At age nine, I found out that my father is gay. This began a long struggle to understand his decision to leave our family and my faith in the LDS church. As a young mother and graduate student, I have finally found a way to reconcile my faith and …

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Community of Christ: Identity, Message, and Mission

Community of Christ: Identity, Message, and Mission In the 1850’s and 1860’s, some dissenters from the Latter Day Saint movement banded together in the midwest to form the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. More than a hundred and fifty years of growth, change, and re-examination has occurred since then, leading to …

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Autobiography, Trauma, Testimony, and Confession

Autobiography, Trauma, Testimony, and Confession Although the Christian gospel is supposed to be a message of redemption, compassion, hope, and love, Western spiritual autobiography is rife with trauma. Christian conversion requires, many claim, destruction of the ego so the soul is open to grace, arguably a traumatic experience, however redemptive its ultimate effects. Narratives recounting …

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The Search for the Divine

The Search for the Divine Engaged in the process of writing a collection of essays on her travels to visit shamans in Peru and Ecuador, Tibetan Buddhist monks in Sikkim, North India, Baptist preachers in Arkansas and South Carolina, Goddess worshippers in the Yucatan, among others, Phyllis Barber will discuss her search for the Spirit, …

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