Event: Salt Lake Symposium 2002

‘Brother Brigham’s Revenge’: Hugh Nibley on a Spit

‘Brother Brigham’s Revenge’: Hugh Nibley on a Spit Come celebrate and commiserate, laugh and sigh, dine and duck, as friends, colleagues, and family members of Hugh Nibley have fun “zinging” him with revealing stories, sensational exaggerations, irreverent songs, and affectionate memories. It’s about time this intractable, cantankerous, perspicacious, and erudite 92-year-old “gets as good as …

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Chick Flicks, Ick Flicks, and Sick Flicks

In the modern movie lexicon, the term ‘chick flick” has achieved a recent, rampant popularity. Aside from its inherent condescension, its primary difficulty is the implication that men and women are naturally and universally attracted to very different kinds of movies. Actually, the mass marketers of pop trash pictures have become the new Hollywood tastemakers …

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Murder Most Mormon

Paul Edwards will address three aspects of Mormonism that attracted him to consider it as the basis for a tale of adventure and mayhem in his novel, The Angel Acronym (forthcoming, Signature Books). Lavina Fielding Anderson will present an overview of Mormon participation in crime fiction, identify ways in which Mormon elements lend themselves readily …

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Devotional: A Listening Heart

And God said to Solomon, “Ask what I shall give thee.” After pondering, Solomon said, “Give your servant a listening heart . . . that I may discern between good and bad” (1 Kings 3:5-9). What a fitting response. And fitting for all of us, for we all must discern, judge, perhaps debate between obedience …

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Is Progressive Political Activism Supported by Mormon Theology?

Is Progressive Political Activism Supported by Mormon Theology? Mormons for Equality and Social Justice (mesj) is a grassroots organization of Latter-day Saints that are working towards economic and social justice. A panel of mesj participants will speak about how LDS teachings or their experiences confronting the suffering of others have inspired them to become “anxiously …

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The Soul is Dead That Slumbers

The high rate of depression and prescription drug use in Utah strongly suggests some form of social pathology may exist that contributes to widespread emotional problems. These statistics seem incongruousin in the light of the positive correlation between Church affiliation, individual happiness, and family stability. This paper explores the questions,“is there such a pathology?” and …

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Eternal Love: The Biblical Model of Marriage

Latter-day Saints are promised that marriage can be eternal, but what does eternal love look like? While not usually thought of as a book of great romance, the bible provides answers, presenting an ideal for love so astounding that right now we don’t dare imagine it. Beginning with God’s intent in creation and elaborating on …

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A Calvinist Compares Mormonism and Calvinism

The men who have led the LDS and RLDS churches have the dual and often contradictory roles of “prophet” and “president.” W. Grant McMurray, RLDS (now Community of Christ) president since 1996, has suggested that his denomination should think of itself as a “prophetic church” and not merely a “church with a prophet.” This paper …

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