Volume 44, No. 1
The Spring 2011 issue begins with Samuel Brown looking at the concept of a "Great Chain of Being" and relates that to Mormon theology, morphing the concept into a "Great Chain of Meaning." This is followed by Alan Michael Williams and "Mormon and Queer at the Crossroads," which explores the future of Mormon and LGBT+ relations, as well as how to reconcile membership to both groups. Finally David Scott writes of a virtual world called Second Life, and explains how virtual reality and religion could become intertwined in the future, while looking at the future of both industries and new and exciting ways to worship as the century progresses. This issue also features a great deal of poetry and reviews, as well as a sermon from W. Paul Reeve.
Dialogue 44.1 (Spring 2011): 53–84
This essay explores conflicting messages within LDS teaching on LGBT rights, when it both opposed same-sex marriage and in the wake of Prop 8 also came out in support of other LGBT rights that display both wrath and mercy. It explores a theory of LDS teachings on homosexuality along these lines, as well as the context of shifting norms around sexual identity.