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abeThe church just released a new Gospel Topics page: Translation and Historicity of the Book of Abraham. Inside it looks at the papyrus, the history, the translation, and discusses many of the issues scholars and members are currently discussing regarding this enigmatic book of scripture.
 
Jana Riess summarizes the new topic in her article “Why Mormons need the Book of Abraham” and David Bokovoy talks about what he found important with Doug Fabrizio in the RadioWest podcast “Scripture, Translation, and Belief.”

Plus be sure to check out Dialogue’s own topic page regarding the “Book of Abraham” with important discussions and resources for further study.

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2804LIn “LDS blacks, scholars cheer church’s essay on priesthood” at the Deseret News, Lester Bush’s famous Dialogue piece is referenced.

“Rees was the editor of Bush’s article. He knew friends and associates who left the church over the issue in the ’60s and ’70s.”

Many friends of Dialogue, including board members and writers, are also quoted, including Patrick Mason, Paul Reeve, Armand Mauss, Robert Rees and more.

For more Dialogue articles like Lester Bush’s article, please see the “Race Issues” topic page.

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johnson As one of the founders of Dialogue, Wes Johnson has a unique view of the journal and what it has been and what it has become. He sits down with Brandt Malone to discuss it’s history and his part in that history in the newest Dialogue podcast.

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Valerie Hudson headlines the newest Dialogue podcast in her stop at the Miller Eccles group. There she discusses her new book Sex and World Peace (co-authored by Valerie Hudson, Bonnie Ballif-Spanvill, Mary Caprioli and Chad Emmett). From the Miller Eccles site: “(this book) unsettles a variety of assumptions in political and security discourse, demonstrating that the security of women is a vital factor in the security of the state and its incidence of conflict and war. Much of the data underlying Dr. Hudson’s research comes from the WomanStats Project, a research and database project housed at BYU that ‘seeks to collect detailed statistical data on the status of women around the world, and to connect that data with data on the security of states.’ This database has the most comprehensive compilation of information on the status of women in the world.”

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Crossposted at By Common Consent

women at churchWomen at Church: Magnifying LDS Women’s Local Impact (released today) appears at a tense moment for LDS church members with regard to gender issues. Some members have advocated for ordaining women to the priesthood while others have asserted that manifesting dissatisfaction with the status quo is inappropriate. As for author Neylan McBaine, she loves being a Mormon woman. But she also believes “there is much more we can do to see, hear, and include women at church” (xiii). Situated between these two poles without disrespect to either, her book has two main goals: First, to identify and acknowledge the real pain felt by some LDS women, and second, to offer solutions to provide a more fulfilling church experience for them—solutions that fit within the Church’s current administrative framework.

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When I heard that Professor Givens had embarked on a work of “Mormon Theology” I was more than a little skeptical. Not that it hasn’t been done before. That isn’t the problem. It’s just that theology, as James Faulconer has written, is something that just doesn’t seem to fit Mormonism. However, when I got my greedy little hands on Givens’ book, I was pleased to see that it is a work of theological heritage. In Givens’ words: “I am here tracing what I regard as the essential contours of Mormon thought as it developed from Joseph Smith to the present, not pretending to address the many tributaries in and out of Mormonism’s main currents.”(x)

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austin_job_largeCrossposted at By Common Consent

Re-reading Job: Understanding the Ancient World’s Greatest Poem
By Michael Austin, Dialogue Board Member
Greg Kofford Books, 2014
$20.95

Academic approaches to scripture sometimes arouse suspicion in LDS circles, especially when they include the Higher Criticism (“Moses didn’t write the five books of Moses?”) or reading the Bible as literature (“So you think this is a work of fiction?”). People using or advocating these approaches often draw charges of privileging the intellectual ways of the world over the pure spiritual truth of God, of trusting in the arm of flesh, or of kowtowing to secular disbelief in the interest of seeming more acceptable.

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for-zionCrossposted at By Common Consent.

By Blair Hodges
Did the law of consecration become effectively suspended or temporarily replaced by the law of tithing when the early Latter-day Saints couldn’t make it work out? Joseph M. Spencer answers no in For Zion: A Mormon Theology of Hope. Spencer’s latest book offers an analysis of the law of consecration through a close and detailed reading of selections from Paul’s letter to the Romans and Joseph Smith’s revelation now canonized as section 42 of the Doctrine and Covenants.

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2804LIn “LDS blacks, scholars cheer church’s essay on priesthood” at the Deseret News, Lester Bush’s famous Dialogue piece is referenced.

“Rees was the editor of Bush’s article. He knew friends and associates who left the church over the issue in the ’60s and ’70s.”

Many friends of Dialogue, including board members and writers, are also quoted, including Patrick Mason, Paul Reeve, Armand Mauss, Robert Rees and more.

For more Dialogue articles like Lester Bush’s article, please see the “Race Issues” topic page.

Read more »

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Volume 47, No. 2 Summer 2014
Dialogue, a Journal of Mormon Thought


 

 

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