Event: Salt Lake Symposium 2011

The Contested Meaning Of Democracy In Early Mormonism And Methodism

In The Democratization of American Christianity, Nathan O. Hatch documents the rise of an array of populist religious sects, including the Mormons and the Methodists. However, it is a mistake to equate all democratic religion with populist religion, as Hatch does. Dissenters from the Mormons and Methodists used the populists’ own democratic rhetoric against them, …

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What’s It Like To Be Homosexual & Mormon Today?

Find out about the feature-length documentary Far Between, currently in production from empathy First Initiative (EFI) which explores the question, “What is it like to be homosexual and Mormon?” learn about other programs sponsored by EFI that will enable you to engage in constructive dialogue with friends and family on this often divisive topic and …

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“I Am A Mormon” And “I Am A Scientologist”: Recent Marketing Efforts In Mormonism And Scientology

In addition to being uniquely american religious movements, the lDS Church and Church of Scientology were founded by individuals who perceived themselves as offering a unique theological or spiritual corrective. Joseph Smith re-established the one true Christian church, and l. Ron Hubbard’s techniques of dianetics and Scientology put forth a spiritual view of humans that …

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Sister Wives Go To Court

In 2003, the US Supreme Court struck down laws criminalizing sex between gay and lesbian individuals, finding that those laws violated the individuals’ rights to privacy and intimate association. Could the same logic apply to anti-polygamy laws? a recent lawsuit, Brown V. Herbert, argues just that. What are the legal claims in the Brown lawsuit, …

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