The Summer issue features Roger Terry asking “What Shall We Do with Thou? Modern Mormonism’s Unruly Usage of Archaic English Pronouns.” Next, Stan Larson provides another view of Joseph Smith’s First Vision. Then Emily Jensen looks back at ten years of Mormon blogging. The issue also features the poetic musings of Karen Kelsay, Sarah E. Page, Anita Tanner, and Ronald Wilcox. A wonderful conversation between Michael D. K. Ing and David Howlett with a response from John-Charles Duffy also ensues. Plus find gorgeous personal voices, fiction and sermon. Cover and interior art by Rebecca Sorge.
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“They were wearing next to nothing. Thongs, boy-shorts, string bikinis. A lacy Victoria’s Secret red and black nightgown seemed downright conservative. Pro-gay slogans—’Marriage Equality!’ and ‘Down with Prop 8!’—were plastered on chests, legs, buttcheeks, cheeks. ‘Judge not lest ye be judged’ read one billboard/lower back, scrawled in what might have been red lipstick.” Does Max Mueller’s personal essay from Summer 2012′s issue have your attention? Also inside find new biblical scholarship from Grant Hardy on the problems on continuing to rely on the KJV translation. And 8 poems handpicked by new Poetry Editor Tyler Chadwick. Plus find new fiction from Angela Hallstrom and two From the Pulpit pieces that Editor Kristine Haglund labels “magnificent sermons about doubt among believers.”
The Spring 2012 issue begins with a lively series of letters to the editor. Shawn Tucker explores the “Virtues and Vices” tradition in various religious and philosophical schools of thought. John Bennion contributes an essay in tribute to his ancestor Lucile Cannon Bennion. Gary Bergera examines the cases of two “liberal” professors at BYU during the Wilkinson years. Other highlights include poetry by Elizabeth Willis, creative nonfiction by A Motley Vision’s William Morris, an Easter homily and a Mother’s Day sermon you will actually like (really!).
The Spring issue opens with two articles on the Book of Mormon–one on its universalist theology, and one about the practice of hospitality in the text. Next, Russell Stevenson’s article examines sources related to the construction of norms of masculine virtue among 19th-century Latter-day Saints. The issue features work by well-known friends of Dialogue Bob Rees, Phyllis Barber, Karen Rosenbaum, and Dixie Partridge, as well as fiction and poetry from folks Dialogue readers will want to know–Steven Peck and Will Reger. A wonderful conversation between Hugo Olaiz and Restoration historian David Howlett, a beautiful Mother’s Day sermon, and incisive book reviews fill out the issue.
The 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.
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)
Re-reading Job: Understanding the Ancient World’s Greatest Poem
By Michael Austin, Dialogue Board Member
Greg Kofford Books, 2014
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.
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.
There was no way I could fit all the amazing blogs from the past 10+ years into the print feature in the Summer 2014 Issue so for a special treat for all online Dialogue readers, a supplemental featuring of more wonderful posts from the LDS blog world and beyond. Enjoy! – EmJen
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 […]
As 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.