Event: Salt Lake Symposium 2005

That’s Not What It Says: Mistaken Mormon Exegesis

Mormonism is known for its often unique and idiosyncratic use of standard Christian vocabulary. This paper looks at the interpretations of some standard Mormon “proof texts” and considers some of the most widespread and egregiously misunderstood passages that bear directly on Mormon belief and practice. Richard C. Russell, Brian H. Stuy

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In Pursuit Of The Elusive Joseph Smith

Why is Joseph Smith still remembered when many other would be prophets and religious innovators have faded into obscurity? I believe much of the answer lies in the symbiosis of leader and follower that worked to shape the stories Joseph Smith told about himself. If this is so, will we ever be able to know …

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Succession Crisis In The Community Of Christ

W. Grant McMurray’s surprise resignation this past November as president/prophet of the Community of Christ created what could be termed a succession crisis. This paper will discuss McMurray’s career, as well as the succession issues it raised, and how Steve Veazey, one of the younger members of the Twelve, was selected as the new president/prophet. …

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Is Bigger Better?: Meditations On ‘Size’

In today’s academic and political climates, using the word “hierarchy” can cause shudders, especially when one applies it to value judgments. I’ve long been enamored with process theologian Bernard Loomer’s concept of “size” as a way of talking about hierarchical relationships. Dan Wotherspoon, James McLachlan

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