Speaker: WILLIAM VAN WAGENEN

What Makes an Issue ‘Moral’?

What Makes an Issue ‘Moral’? One of the primary roles of religion is to address moral issues and ameliorate social problems. But in a politically and economically globalized world, religion must revisit what counts as moral and expand the scope of its obligations to address contemporary problems. In many ways, Mormonism has restricted its moral …

Read more

Mormons and the Iraq War

Mormons and the Iraq War Drawing on my firsthand experience from two trips to Iraq with the pacifist group, Christian Peacemaker Teams, and my background in LDS theology and scripture, I will argue against the common misperception among Latter-day Saints that the U.S. military is waging ‘a war of freedom’ to liberate Iraqis, that the …

Read more

SL07153: MORMONISM AND ANARCHISM: CONVERGENCE AND DIVERGENCE

MORMONISM AND ANARCHISM: CONVERGENCE AND DIVERGENCE The consistent application of the principles expounded in Mormon scripture should lead a person to sympathize with anarchism. Both ideologies look forward to the abolition of government and the building of a socialist society based on free association and cooperation. Attempting to argue such a case seems perplexing, given …

Read more