Posts Tagged ‘ thought ’

370-371: Philip Barlow and A Thoughtful Faith

September 9, 2012
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Philip Barlow is editor of the book “A Thoughtful Faith,” which was pivotal in my faith transition as a BYU student and beyond.  He currently sits in the Arrington Chair of Mormon History and Culture, at Utah State University. He earned a B. A. from Weber State College and an M.T.S. and Ph.D. (1988, with an emphasis on Religion and American Culture and on the History of Christianity) from Harvard University. He spent two years as a Mellon Fellow at the University of Rochester after which he became professor of Theological Studies at Hanover College in Indiana. In addition to…

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302-303: James McLachlan — Compelling Mormonism

November 17, 2011
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James McLachlan is a professor of philosophy and religion at Western Carolina University, and is actively involved in academic discussions of Mormonism as a co-chair of the American Academy of Religion’s Mormon Studies Group and a board member and past president of the Society for Mormon Philosophy and Theology. But to overplay his academic bona fides is possibly a mistake, because, as this interview with longtime friend and Mormon Stories contributor Dan Wotherspoon reveals, Jim is the opposite of the stuffy scholar stereotype. In this two-part interview, his incredibly quick and inquisitive mind is on full display, but it’s his…

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295: Greg Prince on “Big Tent Mormonism”

October 20, 2011
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On October 15th, the 2011 Washington D.C. Mormon Stories Conference was held in the home of Greg and JaLynn Prince.  Eighty splendid community members were in attendance.  In this presentation, Greg Prince discussed his perspectives on “Big Tent Mormonism.”

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281-284: Eugene England’s Life and Legacy

September 14, 2011
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281-284: Eugene England’s Life and Legacy

Eugene England (1933–2001) (his website can be found here) was one of the founders and great leaders in Mormon Studies and independent Mormon discussions. He and four others founded Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, for which he served as its first editor. He was instrumental in the creation of the Association for Mormon Letters, and he is considered the champion of the “personal essay” as a powerful form for Mormon expression. England was a peace activist, whose reflections on having been present in the Vatican during the 1981 assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II (one of the bullets…

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Questions for Terryl Givens

September 12, 2011
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I have a very unique opportunity to interview someone who (in my mind, anyway) is one of the most important minds in 21st century Mormonism: Terryl Givens.  He’s written several books on Mormonism — all published through Oxford Press, including: The Viper on the Hearth: Mormons, Myths, and the Construction of Heresy (Religion in America) By the Hand of Mormon: The American Scripture that Launched a New World Religion People of Paradox: A History of Mormon Culture When Souls Had Wings: Pre-Mortal Existence in Western Thought And a new, yet-to-be released book on Parley P. Pratt. called: Parley P. Pratt: The…

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235-238: Dan Wotherspoon – Mormonism Broad and Deep

February 16, 2011
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235-238: Dan Wotherspoon – Mormonism Broad and Deep

In this 4-part series we interview Dan Wotherspoon. Dan has a Ph.D. in religion from the Claremont Graduate School, and was Director of the Sunstone Education Foundation and Editor of Sunstone magazine for eight years, and he now serves on its board of directors.  In this interview, Dan discusses his early experiences with the LDS church, his early stumbles before his mission, the various crises of faith he experienced during his graduate studies and beyond, and the various perspectives he has gained that have allowed him to put his faith back together again in such a way that he is…

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101-103: Dr. Ted Lyon on LDS Church Change, Latin American Missions, LDS Membership Statistics, and Thoughtful Faith

December 1, 2007
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Dr. Ted Lyon has served as a BYU Professor, LDS Mission President, LDS MTC President, and is currently serving as the LDS temple president in Santiago, Chile. He is both a believing Mormon, and an intellectual. In part 1, he discusses changes in the LDS church during his lifetime. In part 2, he discusses tough lessons learned by the LDS church in Latin America dealing with low quality of baptisms, and retention. He also discusses the importance of reconciling thought with faith. In part 3, he answers questions from the audience, and concludes with his testimony of the truthfulness of…

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Dr. Ted Lyon Pt. 1: A Believing Mormon Intellectual, and Change in the LDS Church

November 21, 2007
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Dr. Ted Lyon has served as a BYU Professor, Mission President, MTC President, and is currently serving as the temple president of the Santiago, Chile temple. He is both a believing Mormon, and an intellectual. He is also the son of T. Edgar Lyon — one of the pioneers of Mormon intellectualism in the 20th century. In part 1 of this 3 part series, he discusses changes in the LDS church during his lifetime.

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