Event: Southwest Symposium 2008

SW08015: MORMONS AND THE CROSS

MORMONS AND THE CROSS The cross, perhaps the most potent and ubiquitous symbol in Christendom, has been essentially rejected as a symbol by the LDS Church. Mormons do not wear crosses, and no Mormon chapel or temple is adorned with a cross. For other Christians, who see the cross as the very emblem of Christ’s …

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SW08016: ‘WHAT WOMEN KNOW’: WOMEN IN DIALOGUE

‘WHAT WOMEN KNOW’: WOMEN IN DIALOGUE Julie Beck, general president of the Relief Society, delivered an October 2007 conference address on the topic of women’s roles and sphere of influence, highlighting the phrase ‘Mothers Who Know.’ As President Beck spoke, the Bloggernacle lit up with discussion on her emphasis on mothers as nurturers and the …

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SW08017: DECONSTRUCTING THE ‘MITT MOMENT’

DECONSTRUCTING THE ‘MITT MOMENT’ This panel will explore various aspects of Mitt Romney’s recent presidential bid, ranging from its impact on outsider perceptions of Mormonism, its doctrines and people, to Mitt’s and Mormonism’s portrayal in political cartooning. In what ways has this campaign been an eye-opening experience for Latter-day Saints? Following the panelists’ comments, we …

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SW08002: GRAPPLING WITH THEODICY: WHY DOES AN ALL-KNOWING, ALL-LOVING, AND ALL-POWERFUL GOD PERMIT EVIL AND OTHER BAD THINGS TO HAPPEN?

GRAPPLING WITH THEODICY: WHY DOES AN ALL-KNOWING, ALL-LOVING, AND ALL-POWERFUL GOD PERMIT EVIL AND OTHER BAD THINGS TO HAPPEN? Here’s your chance to start your day by flexing your intellectual and spiritual muscles in response to one of the most vexing issues in all theological discourse: the problem of evil. Guided by the speaker, this …

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SW08003: THE MORMON QUEST FOR THE PRESIDENCY

THE MORMON QUEST FOR THE PRESIDENCY With Mitt Romney’s run for president, many have been asking whether America is truly ready for a Mormon president. But Romney is actually only the latest in a long series of Mormon presidential candidates stretching back more than 150 years. In recent decades, eight other Mormons have run for …

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SW08006: PURPOSEFUL STRANGERS: A STUDY OF THE EX-MORMON NARRATIVE

PURPOSEFUL STRANGERS: A STUDY OF THE EX-MORMON NARRATIVE The presentation focuses on the narratives of so-called Mormon apostates and the burgeoning ex-Mormon movement, placing them within an appropriate sociological framework and identifying common trends and structures for these narratives as a literary sub-genre. My research illustrates that there may be little difference between a ‘liberal’ …

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SW08007: SCRIPTURAL LITERALISM AS THE NEW PAGANISM

SCRIPTURAL LITERALISM AS THE NEW PAGANISM Terms such as ‘pagan’ and ‘heathen’ are used as (usually derogatory) labels for people adhering to older, non-normative, ‘superstitious’ beliefs (e. g., ‘witchcraft’). Originally, however, these were denigrations used to describe the unsophisticated country dwellers who had not yet accepted the tenets of Christianity then normative among city dwellers. …

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