Twenty years ago, Margaret and Paul Toscano published Strangers in Paradox: Explorations in Mormon Theology. Fascinated by the richness of Mormon texts and ritual, they had been working out a complex theology for twenty years and were eager to share their insights. The book immediately became a feminist sensation and an official scandal, resulting—at least indirectly—in the authors’ excommunications in 1993 and 2000. On the anniversary of its publication, it seems appropriate to take a retrospective and prospective look at Strangers in Paradox. They will explore: What contributions does this book make to Mormon theology? Does its unifying theme of paradox illuminate and unify disparate aspects of Mormon thought? How effective is its rhetorical stance and style in conveying its meaning? How has it been received? What influence will it have in the future?
JANICE ALLRED, MARK D. THOMAS, MARGARET TOSCANO, PAUL TOSCANO