The Continuing Importance of Dialogue

My first issue of Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought is online today! It features articles by Fiona Givens, Mel Bashore, and Dennis Potter; poetry by Mark Brown, Warren Hatch, Sarah Page, Jenny Webb, fiction by Stephen Carter; a Mormon-Catholic dialogue featuring Polly Aird, Zina Petersen (!), Dan Dwyer, Mat Schmaltz, and Bob Rees; a wonderful … More The Continuing Importance of Dialogue

Infidel versus Heretic: Correct Belief in Mormon Boundary Maintenance

Today begins Utah Valley University’s annual Mormon studies conference, this year on the theme of “Mormonism and the Art of Boundary Maintenance.” (The event is free and open to the public, so please join us if you are able to.) For the next three days, we will explore how America in general and American Christians … More Infidel versus Heretic: Correct Belief in Mormon Boundary Maintenance

Mormon Relics

When I was a child growing up in Provo, I remember hearing all kinds of horror stories about the “Great and Abominable” Catholic Church. It was common idea, especially since the first edition of Bruce R. McConkie’s Mormon Doctrine had identified it as such. I remember Primary and Sunday School lessons about how Catholics worship Mary, or … More Mormon Relics

“I Know It When I See It:” The Puzzle of Faithful Scholarship

  Recently, Elder M. Russell Ballard urged Church educators to “consult the works of recognized, thoughtful, and faithful LDS scholars to ensure you do not teach things that are untrue, out of date, or odd and quirky.” As I have already stated, I am thrilled with this new direction and believe it’s a very positive … More “I Know It When I See It:” The Puzzle of Faithful Scholarship

How I Choose to Understand Elder Bednar’s Words

Yesterday a video clip from Elder Bednar was making the rounds on social media in which he stated that “there are no homosexual members of the church” and that “we are not defined by sexual attraction.” Most of the comments I have read were negative, that Elder Bednar was denying gay Church members’ existence. I sympathize with … More How I Choose to Understand Elder Bednar’s Words