Event: DC Symposium 2000

Anti-Semitism in the Scriptures

Anti-Semitism in the Scriptures Both the Bible and the Book of Mormon point to ‘the Jews” as responsible for the crucifixion of Christ. Historically, such interpretations have contributed to persecution and pogroms ranging from the crusades to the Holocaust. Were these scriptural authors really “anti-Semitic”? Or are we reading them out of context? And how …

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The Evolution of Mormon Teachings on Marriage and Celibacy

The Evolution of Mormon Teachings on Marriage and Celibacy One of the contentious social issues in the United States is the nature of marriage. The Mormon Church has been actively involved in passing anti-gay legislation defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman. The presentation will explore evolution of Church teachings on …

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The Turkmens’ Magic World View

The Turkmens’ Magic World View While years of Soviet domination added new elements to the intellectual life and culture of the Central Asian peoples, it at the same time reinforced the region’s geographic isolation and served to lessen the impact of external secularizing influences. As a result, many ancient traditions and values were preserved little …

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Beyond Liberalism: Mormonism and Liberation Theology

Beyond Liberalism: Mormonism and Liberation Theology Within the last 50 years or so a number of religions have developed a well-defined and specific theology which challenges many of the injustices in the world today. The term Liberation Theology refers to political activists whose activism is based on religious values. Liberation Theology is not passive, nor …

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Pillars Of My Faith

Pillars Of My Faith This is Sunstone’s perennially most popular session. Here speakers share the events and concepts that animate their religious lives: a little intellectual testimony-bearing. This self-reflective session is about the things that matter most. Charlie Cannone, Rebecca Chandler, Elbert Peck

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The Restoration of Some Things

The Restoration of Some Things In 1840 Joseph Smith declared that animal sacrifices would be restored once the Nauvoo Temple was completed and that this was necessary to bring to pass the ‘restoration of all things.” While modern Mormons would most likely be shocked at the thought of including animal sacrifice in their Temple worship, …

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