Event: Southwest Symposium 2003

PEACE PROSPECTS IN THE MIDDLE EAST

Join two of Mormonism’s most experienced foreign policy analysts and dedicated peacemakers for a wide-ranging discussion of recent events in the Middle East, especially those related to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. What is happening today? How is the U.S.-led war with Iraq affecting the entire region? What are the biggest stumbling blocks to lasting peace? …

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COPING IN ‘THE MERRY OLD LAND OF ODDS’

For many people, no matter if they are speaking geographically or culturally, “Mormonland,” is as strange and wonderful as Oz is to Dorothy: “Toto, I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore.” Join us for a great lunch and light-hearted “survivor’s guide” to our own land of “Odds” presented by Robert Kirby, one of Mormonism’s best-loved …

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MORMONISM AND GENETICS

In the early days of the American eugenics movement, trying to improve the prospects of future generations was addressed in terms of eliminating the negative (“undesirable” heritable traits) and accentuating the positive (encouraging superior families). Mormonism attracted the interest of turn-of-the-previous-century theorists, for reasons of both theory and practice, with intriguing results. Now theorists are …

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IS THERE A CONFLICT BETWEEN RELIGION AND SCIENCE?

Science and religion are often said to be irreconcilable. Are they? Can believers be intellectually responsible? Do they need to be? How strong, really, is the demand that religious faith submit to the authority of the empirical? Does that demand make science just another “god of power” for us to worship? Are there other ways …

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THE JOURNAL OF CAROLINE BARNES CROSBY

Caroline Barnes Crosby’s journal ranks as one of the most descriptive and fascinating accounts of everyday Mormon life from Kirtland and Nauvoo to Salt Lake City in the 1830s and ‘40s. And it is by far the most detailed coverage of the Church in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1850s, including her interactions …

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THE PARABLE OF THE GOOD SAMARITAN: Orthodoxy, Priesthood, Temple

Like intricately cut diamonds, Jesus’s parables offer multiple refractions on many intersecting issues. In the case of the parable of the Good Samaritan, I find many implications for issues such as race, finances, taxes, health insurance, temple, priesthood, orthodoxy, and love. Besides encouraging us to practice opportunistic and down- to-earth compassion, this parable subtly undercuts …

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