Event: Southwest Symposium 2010

SW10017: The Return of the Antis: A Comparative Study of the Rhetoric of Early Christian and Mormon Polemicists

Since the days of antiquity, people have consulted Aristotle’s work, Rhetoric, and used its theories to overcome political enemies. Rhetorical scrutiny was directed particularly at new religious movements that paved new paths to Rod. Separated by nearly two millennia, early Christianity and Mormonism both struggled against a tide of polemicists’ criticisms. This presentation compares the …

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SW10018: Personal Iconography: Expressions of One Artist’s

A given supposition of logic and philosophy states that the intangible inner dialogue an individual engages in must needs find tangible expression—song, story, art, cooking, acts of service, play acting—in the material world if the inner dialogue is to advance the individual’s understanding of self in day-to-day living. Often people accomplish this by adopting or …

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SW10003:

Some women attempting to escape polygamy have complained that LDS bishops they consulted advised them to return to their husbands because “We are all going to have to live polygamy someday.” LDS theology distinguishes between “higher” laws—what god really wants us to do—and “lower” laws we settle for because the higher law cannot be practiced …

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SW10004: Judaic Primitivism: A New Model of Mormon Origins

Mormonism’s origins have been variously located in Christian primitivism, the bible, and esoterica. integrating these influences, Jan Shipps has proposed that Mormonism formed in successive layers: Christian primitivist, then Hebraic, and finally esoteric. Shipps’ model is informed, useful, and—I will argue—mistaken. Mormonism’s Judaic character is intrinsic, not acquired. The object of this paper is to …

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SW10005: Radically Revelatory: Bridging the Gap Between Extra-textual Revelation and Written Scripture

Scholars of religious traditions have often presumed that a tension exists between oral “revelation” and written “scripture.” the fluidity of extra-textual revelation, according to such scholars, is halted in its tracks by the textualization of that revelation. Thus, the “living word” of revelation and the “dead letter” of sacred scripture constitute two poles that stand …

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