Event: Salt Lake Symposium 2008

Meaningful Approaches to Scripture

Meaningful Approaches to Scripture As Gospel Doctrine teachers know, Latter-day Saints approach scripture in a wide variety of ways. Some cherry-pick the verses or interpretations that support their views. Others seem to still rely on long-ago ‘reads’ of certain scriptural stories. Still others imbue stand-alone verses with vastly different meanings than the real scriptural context …

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The Sixteenth-Note Panic, or Afraid of My Own Shadow

The Sixteenth-Note Panic, or Afraid of My Own Shadow Fear and its accompanying anxiety have been my life-long companions. Fear to speak up; fear that I’m not good enough; fear of failure; fear of being honest; fear of non-acceptance; fear of identifying and facing my fears; and fear of my shadow side. These were vague …

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The Word of God: Scripture, Revelation, and Authority

The Word of God: Scripture, Revelation, and Authority In the introduction to his book, Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why, Bart Ehrman tells how his scholarly studies of early New Testament manuscripts caused him to question the authority of the Bible as the word of God. Because contentious disagreements of …

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Whether There Be One God or Many: A Unified Interpretation of Joseph Smith’s God Concepts

Whether There Be One God or Many: A Unified Interpretation of Joseph Smith’s God Concepts During his lifetime, Joseph Smith asserted contradictory godhead concepts. Conservative scholars downplay these contradictions by asserting that the Mormon god-concept has never changed while others argue that Joseph abandoned his earlier orthodox Trinitarianism in favor of a heterodox polytheism. Neither …

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Does the BYU ‘Honor Code’ Honor Mormon Values?

Does the BYU ‘Honor Code’ Honor Mormon Values? BYU is the production house of next-generation Mormonism. Perhaps feeling the pressure of this expectation, the university places great emphasis on the standards and principles that distinguish it from other universities. The Honor Code is often cited as a document that safeguards the values of both the …

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Emma Smith as Shaman

Emma Smith as Shaman In recent years, much has been spoken and written about Joseph Smith and shamanism. But many people would be surprised to learn of the shamanic elements in the life of Emma Smith. While much has been published about male shamanic traditions, this session will explore the lesser-known forms and traditions of …

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We’ll Make the Air with Music Ring!

We’ll Make the Air with Music Ring! In Mormon Country, Wallace Stegner noted as characteristic of Mormons settling the Great Basin, ‘still they came, and they came singing.’ In this sing-your-own session, we’ll explore the American musical roots of early LDS hymnody, from the Bay Psalm Book and New England fuguing tunes to The Sacred …

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Violence in the Scriptures: Rene Girard and Mormonism

Violence in the Scriptures: Rene Girard and Mormonism An overview of Rene Girard’s mimetic theory of human culture will be presented with emphasis on an important corollary, the nonviolence of God. Several Biblical texts will be used to illustrate Girard’s theory. Then selected texts from the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of …

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