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Toward A Comparative Mormon Erotics

Toward A Comparative Mormon Erotics This presentation takes seriously the suggestion that cultures be read closely to see how they understand erotics and their understandings of and practices concerning bodies. As part of an effort to build a comparative erotics, this paper works from a close reading of key Latter-day Saint texts, such as “A …

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Scarlet Threads In The Lineage Of Jesus

Scarlet Threads In The Lineage Of Jesus In his list of who fathered whom in the lineage of forty-two generations from Abraham to Jesus, Matthew includes five women. This presentation focuses on four of them, Tamar, Rachab, Ruth, and Bathsheba, who, though chosen as members of the most royal of lineages, are largely ignored today, …

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Reflections On Mormon Liminality: A Generational Response

Reflections On Mormon Liminality: A Generational Response Dan Wotherspoon’s December 2005 Sunstone editorial speaks of the concept of liminality in relation to the Sunstone community, that as we explore questions within Mormonism, we often find ourselves in the awkward, sometimes dangerous, threshold (limen) between two worlds. Wotherspoon speaks of his own sustained immersion in liminality …

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The God Of This World: Gnostic Insights Into Mormonism

The God Of This World: Gnostic Insights Into Mormonism Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, with forty-plus million copies sold and a movie version, has highlighted the alternative Christianity of Gnosticism. In his The American Religion, Harold Bloom notes the Gnostic characteristics of Mormonism, such as belief in the uncreated essence of the individual and …

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Marketing Research And The Book Of Mormon

Marketing Research And The Book Of Mormon This presentation reports the results of a means/end market research survey concerning the Book of Mormon. What did the survey reveal to be the underlying values Latter-day Saints bring to their reading of the Book of Mormon? What are the “product features” in the Book of Mormon that …

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My Mormon Dream Bible

My Mormon Dream Bible The Mormon Bible I will describe would be produced by Mormons for use by Mormons. It would have helpful features that facilitate the study of the biblical text (best original-language manuscript readings, paragraph layout, versification, poetic form, footnotes, cross-references, textual variants, modern language pronunciation guide). It would also lead to more …

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Exploring The Mind Of Joseph Smith On LDS Diversity

Exploring The Mind Of Joseph Smith On LDS Diversity Joseph Smith was deeply committed to unifying the Latter-day Saints in their basic beliefs and cooperative efforts to build the kingdom of God. Yet he frequently explained, endorsed, defended, and expected considerable, even startling, diversity in doctrine and theology. Regarding doctrine, Joseph Smith saw the Church …

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