Event: DC Symposium 2000

Marvelous Work & Blunders: Mormon Humor Readings

Marvelous Work & Blunders: Mormon Humor Readings Eloise Bell will read a few selections from ‘Madame Ridiculous and Lady Sublime,’ her new collection of essays to be published in the fall by Signature Books. Ed Snow will likely read from his book, ‘Of Curious Workmanship: Musings on Things Mormon’, which was just released from Signature …

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Calculated Risk: Freedom for Mormons in Utah Higher Education

Calculated Risk: Freedom for Mormons in Utah Higher Education The freedom society provides us to teach and study unpopular ideas is a calculated risk. Society taxes and contributes to make possible our expensive higher educational system because it accepts that academic freedom, despite the discomfort, even anger, it often creates, serves the long-term best interests …

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Teaching the Historical Jesus

Teaching the Historical Jesus Last year, David Barber was assigned as a teaching assistant to a philosophy course on contemporary historical Jesus research. The class was a learning experience for him. Not surprisingly, historians best accounts of the life and teachings of Jesus do not have much in common with the Sunday School stories of …

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Creation: The Tales of Many Stories

Creation: The Tales of Many Stories Unlike other topics in the scriptures the story of the creation is told at least four times throughout the LDS scriptures. These stories are not the same; they are somewhat complimentary, but certainly the message is not a unison code of harmony. A review of the creation stories, taken …

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Jesus was a Funny Guy: Satire in a Christian Community

Jesus was a Funny Guy: Satire in a Christian Community This presentation will examine the historical roots of satire and distinguish it from other kinds of humor, such as invective, lampoon, and sarcasm. It will argue that one cannot ‘satrinize” a specific community without being intimately connected to that community and honestly desiring its improvement. …

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