Volume 39, No. 1
The Spring 2006 issue begins with John-Charles Duffy looking at the image problem the church has, noting that around the world and in the academic community Mormons are still viewed as exotic and because of this, secular and interfaith study of Mormonism suffers. Following this is "Pre-Mortal Spirits: Implications of Cloning, Abortion, Evolution, and Extinction" by Kent C. Condie, which looks at the moral and religious problems questions that need to be answered in the near future due to scientific advancement. Finally, we have "The Divine-Infusion Theory: Rethinking the Atonement" by Jacob Morgan which introduces a new way of looking at the atonement to replace the commonly held penal-substitution theory. Also included in this issue are a pair of personal voices, a work of fiction, and a variety of poems.
Dialogue 39.1 (Spring 2006): 1–18
Perhaps no other moral issue divides the American public more than abortion. In part, the controversy hinges on the question of when the spirit enters the body. If a spirit were predestined for a given mortalbody and that body is aborted before birth, the spirit would, technically,never be able to have a mortal existence.