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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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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.

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


 

 

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