Event: DC Symposium 2003

LDS PRAXIS: Integrating Gospel Teachings with Social Action

This session will demonstrate how many Latter-day Saints are changing the world by fusing core gospel principles with personal acts of humanitarian service. Values such as stewardship, consecration, and sacrifice are having global impacts and empowering the poor. Individuals, families, neighbors, church groups, and businesses are creating new social-purpose ventures to bless those who suffer …

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SPEAKING IN A PROPHETIC VEIN: Hugh Nibley as Social Critic

Eugene England has called Hugh Nibley “the finest lay (in contrast to officially called) prophet of the Latter-day Saint people,” and has argued that Nibley “most perceptively describes our sins, most courageously and persistently calls us to repentance, and most accurately predicts our future if we will not repent.” England may be guilty of hyperbole, …

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THE LIBERAL RELIGIOUS TRADITION IN MORMONISM: A Personal View of Developments in the Late Twentieth Century

Liberal religion believes in a limited God, holds an optimistic view of human nature, and values reason as a source of religious information. Mormonism emerged in the nineteenth century primarily as a liberal religion. This tradition in Mormonism has been strong but has coexisted also with strong conservative elements. Recently, however, Mormonism has clearly become …

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DO WHAT IS RIGHT: Activism in Today’s World

Whether we choose to stand up for the protection of the environment, human rights, civil rights, or “love of country,” it is a courageous act to become “active” in today’s world. Today’’s activist is no longer just the public extremist or (mostly) long-haired protester we see arrested on the evening news. Today’s activists are just …

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REFLECTIONS ON WAR: Competing Loyalties, Commands, and Impulses

War, perhaps more than any other circumstance, forces us as thoughtful persons to confront important philosophical, ethical, and religious questions. It demands that we recognize our moral outrage over unthinkable crimes and squarely face that part of ourselves that wants to lash out and punish evildoers. For others, the call of Christianity——that we love our …

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