Mormonism In Comparative Contexts: Winning Essays From The 2006 Capener Contest This session features the two winning essays in the inaugural R. L. “Buzz” Capener Memorial Writing Contest in Comparative Religious Studies. John Dewey Remy’s study, “The Relative Importance of Space and Time in Japanese and Mormon Rites for the Ancestral Dead,” examines similarities and differences between Japanese ancestor veneration and LDS ordinances and understandings of eternal family relations. R. Dennis Potter’s presentation, “The Sacramental World View: Philosophical Comparison of Joseph Smith’s View of Ordinances with a Liberation View of Sacraments” explores different ways that sacraments order human life in Mormonism and in liberation theology as articulated by Leonardo Boff. Should ordinances be seen in individualistic or communal terms?
John Dewey Remy and R. Dennis Potter