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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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“Hastening the Work: Using media to share the gospel.”
Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014
Salt Lake City

The communications departments of BYU and BYU-Idaho jointly announce the First Mormon Media Conference. This conference brings together students, lay members and interested people interested in using media to share the gospel. This conference is intended for faithful, believing Latter-day Saints and their friends. This is a separate event from the Mormon Media Studies Symposium academic conference the previous day.

The conference will be held at the BYU Salt Lake Center, 345 W. North Temple St., Salt Lake City, Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. The BYU Salt Lake Center is a short walk from the airport TRAX (lightrail) line and North Temple Frontrunner station and across the street from the Hyatt Place Hotel and nearby Gateway shopping mall.

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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.

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In April, the Miller Eccles group welcomed Dr. David Stewart and Matthew Martinich, authors of a new Church almanac that provides an in-depth look at membership, retention, activity and much more, to speak about the idea of the church being the fastest growing church in the world. From the Miller Eccles website: Chances are […]

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Brandon Plewe brings his cartographic expertise to discuss his latest work: Mapping Mormonism: An Atlas of Latter-day Saint History in this latest Dialogue podcast, recorded live at the Miller Eccles study group in March.

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printAs I’ve thought about this, I have come up with an idea that might be helpful for people troubled by their internet-based discoveries about the Church. I am going to call this the “Dialogue diet.” What I propose is a program of reading (with some skimming and skipping allowed, of course) the entire print run of Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought. (You can start at the beginning and work your way forward, or start with the most recent issue and work your way backward, I don’t think it really matters very much which direction you go.) My thinking behind this is as follows:

Just telling someone to “become extremely well read in Mormonism” is less than helpful. Your average member simply would have no idea where to start on such a quest, and the task would seem so overwhelming as to be self-defeating from the start. Reading Dialogue from stem to stern is at least a very well defined task.

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Dr. Philip Barlow exclaims “The Joseph Smith in our heads is too small!” in this newest podcast recorded at the Miller-Eccles Group in February. As explained at the website: that is an astounding claim, given the international derision and devotion he has inspired among millions. Yet the scope, nature, and radicalism of his prophetic project is more vast and more radical than his followers or critics generally grasp. He was correct in more ways than he may have intended when he said, “No man knows my history.”

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David Bokovoy discusses various aspects of biblical scholarship in this new Miller-Eccles presentation. As Morris Thurston explains “This timely presentation will be a great way to kick off the year of Old Testament study in your Gospel Doctrine class.”

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




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