Speaker: D. Michael Quinn

Joseph Smith, the Entrepreneur

Steve Jobs was a flawed man, both personally and professionally in a lot of ways, but he was also one of the most successful CEOs in history. He and others like him have transformed the world with their visions of change and innovation. This panel will explore Joseph Smith as a religious and spiritual innovator …

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Metal Records and the Invention of Religious Tradition

This presentation offers a comparative study of the gold plates of the New World, and the lead plates of Granada, Spain. Both metallic records (brought forth in the modern period) were said to be buried in the ground, connected by rings, found by treasurer-seekers in a sacred hills, and deposited with other relics. Both artifacts …

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William Bickerton V Brigham Young The Case Against Polygamy

Sometime in late 1851 or early 1852, Brigham Young decided to publicly endorse plural marriage. While attending a church meeting in Allegheny City, Pennsylvania, William Bickerton, a dedicated Mormon elder, heard the shocking news. He arose from his seat and declared, “If the approval of God were to come to [me] by accepting the doctrine …

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Liquid Assets

This presentation seeks to quantify the financial impact of climate change on the LDS Church. The LDS Church owns over a billion dollars in real estate in Florida, and continues to buy land and build multi-million dollar buildings there. How much of that is likely to be under water within a few decades due to …

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Role Of Dissent In The Christian Community

The tension between authority and personal conscience can be seen in the citizen’s relation to political authority, the scholar’s relation to academic authorities, and the believer’s relation to the church. The relationship between authority and personal conscience is dialectic: the two are neither identical nor separable, and each is constantly informing the other. Dissent sometimes …

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