Event: Southwest Symposium 2003

IS THERE A CONFLICT BETWEEN RELIGION AND SCIENCE?

Science and religion are often said to be irreconcilable. Are they? Can believers be intellectually responsible? Do they need to be? How strong, really, is the demand that religious faith submit to the authority of the empirical? Does that demand make science just another “god of power” for us to worship? Are there other ways …

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THE JOURNAL OF CAROLINE BARNES CROSBY

Caroline Barnes Crosby’s journal ranks as one of the most descriptive and fascinating accounts of everyday Mormon life from Kirtland and Nauvoo to Salt Lake City in the 1830s and ‘40s. And it is by far the most detailed coverage of the Church in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1850s, including her interactions …

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THE PARABLE OF THE GOOD SAMARITAN: Orthodoxy, Priesthood, Temple

Like intricately cut diamonds, Jesus’s parables offer multiple refractions on many intersecting issues. In the case of the parable of the Good Samaritan, I find many implications for issues such as race, finances, taxes, health insurance, temple, priesthood, orthodoxy, and love. Besides encouraging us to practice opportunistic and down- to-earth compassion, this parable subtly undercuts …

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SIN, SKIN, AND SEED: MISTAKES OF MEN IN THE BOOK OF MORMON

This presentation critically examines the use of folk biology to naturalize the power and authority of white men in Mormon scripture. It identifies challenges facing Latter-day Saint communities in light of recent advances from the biological sciences. Is the Book of Mormon’s assumption that skin color reflects sinfulness consistent with biogenetic understandings of human physical …

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