Event: San Francisco Symposium 2005

REVELATION VS. INSPIRATION

Latter-day Saints often claim that they are guided by revelation from on high in a variety of ways, while still holding to a position implied in one interpretation of the First Vision that every other church is directed by the precepts of men. But how accurate is this assessment? How exclusive is the LDS claim …

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ELLA PEACOCK: PAINTING THE MANTI TEMPLE

First Sight of the Desert: Discovering the Art of Ella Peacock is her first book. Through personal essay, excerpts from First Sight of the Desert: Discovering the Art of Ella Peacock, and a documentary of Peacock as an artist (approximately 15 minutes on DVD), I’ll present a woman who, like the Saints, moved from the …

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PANEL. TRUTHS IN THE BOOK OF MORMON

It’s been more than 175 years since the publication of the Book of Mormon, and we are yet to find a sign that says “Welcome to Zarahemla.” Without any clear physical evidence in hand, what teachings of the Book of Mormon do panelists see as “True”? How has it inspired them to be better followers …

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PANEL. IN QUIET DESPERATION

Over the past several decades, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as well as the Church itself have struggled with the complex dimensions of homosexuality. The evolving dialogue about the religious, moral, political, and social issues surrounding homosexuality has included many voices. In Quiet Desperation adds to the dialogue the voices …

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A PHILOSOPHICAL TESTIMONY

This presentation discusses how I as a student of philosophy and religion am able to be an honest skeptic and still have a testimony of the Gospel. Using a combination of models that illustrate rational, empirical, and mystical approaches to religion as well as different spiritual temperaments, I will discuss Latter-day Saint connections to the …

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