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Topic pages: LGBT issues

Posted on May 3, 2021

2021: Spring Issue, Dialogue 54.1, (Spring 2021). “Queer Mormon Histories and the Politics of a Usable Past” by Alexandria Griffin “The Theological Trajectory of “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” by M. David Huston “Variety of Perceptions of God Among Latter-day Saints” by Taylor Kerby “Excommunication and Finding Wholeness” by John Gustav-Wrathall The SpringRead More »

Topic pages: Politics

Posted on September 4, 2020

  2015: Saskia (Mees) Tielens, “Review: Guilty as Charged? Mormonism in Nazi Germany David Conley Nelson. Moroni and the Swastika: Mormons in Nazi Germany” Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Vol 48 No. 3 (2019): 124–129. Response to Moroni and the Swastika: Mormons in Nazi Germany wherein David C. Nelson describes the relationship between the ChurchRead More »

Topic pages: Joseph Smith

Posted on August 27, 2020

2019: Steven Shields, “Joseph Smith and Sidney Ridgon: Co-founders of a Movement” Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Vol 52 No. 3 (2019): 1–18.  Shields argues that if you deny or dismiss Sidney Ridgon’s contributions to the early church, then the scripture canon during this time would need to be reinterpreted. 2018: Richard Sleegers, “Pedagogy ofRead More »

Topic pages: Polygamy

Posted on August 27, 2020

  2019: Blaire Ostler, “Queer Polygamy” Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Vol 52 No. 1 (2019): 33–43. Ostler addresses the problems with what she terms the “Standard Model of Polygamy.” She discusses how these problems might be resolved if it is put into a new type of model that she terms “Queer Polygamy.” 2019: HelynneRead More »

Topic pages: Temples

Posted on August 25, 2020

2019: Cheryl Bruno, “Then and Now” Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Vol 52 No. 1(2019): 79. In this poem, Bruno describes the differences between ancient temples and modern day temples. 2019: Linda Hoffman Kimball, “Friday Morning Shift” Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Vol 52 No. 1(2019): 84. Kimball describes her feelings about the temple whileRead More »

Topic pages: Book of Mormon Studies

Posted on July 18, 2020

  2020: Elizabeth Fenton; Brian M. Hauglid,; Michael Austin, “Dialogue Book Review Roundtable: Visions in a Seer Stone: Joseph Smith and the Making of the Book of Mormon by William Davis” Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Web Only (2020). A Roundtable discussion of William L Davis’ Visions in a Seer Stone (published in 2020). The reviewersRead More »

Topic Pages: Race Issues

Posted on June 30, 2020

2019: Rebecca de Schweinitz, “There is no Equality”: William E Berrett, BYU, and healing the Wounds of Racism in the Latter- Day Saint Past and Present” Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Vol 52 No. 3 (2019):62–83. De Schweintiz documents how students at BYU still hear racist reasons for the priesthood/temple ban in classes, missions, Gospel Doctrine,Read More »

Topic Pages: First Vision

Posted on June 3, 2020

2020: Steven C. Harper, “First Vision: Memory and Mormon Origins.” Dialogue Lectures Podcast #48.  Harper discusses how the principles of memory may have influenced Joseph Smith as he recorded his multiple First Vision accounts. Harper essentially says that when we want to remember something our recollection is both affected by what actually happened in the pastRead More »

Topic pages: Polygamy

Posted on August 3, 2016

Many–but not all–of the men and especially women entering into Joseph Smith’s order of plural marriage did so primarily as a show of loyalty, obedience and sacrifice to Smith, coupled with Smith’s assurance that blessings unimaginable awaited them. — Gary James Bergera

1974: Lawrence Foster, “A Little-Known Defense of Polygamy from the Mormon Press in 1842,” Dialogue 9.4 (Winter 1974): 21 – 34.

1979: James Clayton, “The Supreme Court, Polygamy and the Enforcement of Morals in Nineteenth Century America,” Dialogue 12.4 (Winter 1979): 46– 61.

1985: D. Michael Quinn, “LDS Church Authority and New Plural Marriages, 1890-1904,” Dialogue 18.1 (Spring 1985): 9– 105.

1985: Richard S. Van Wagoner, “Mormon Polyandry in Nauvoo,” Dialogue 18.3 (Fall 1985): 67– 83.

Topic pages: Feminism

Posted on July 3, 2016

Dialogue has been *crucial* in terms of documenting Mormon feminist history and experience. — Joanna Brooks

1971: Pink issue, especially Claudia’s introduction

1978: Dixie Snow Huefner, “Church and Politics at the Utah IWY Conference,” Dialogue 11.1 (1978): 58 – 76.

1981: Red issue, especially the following articles


Carol Cornwall Madsen, “Mormon Women and the Struggle for Definition: The Nineteenth-Century Church,” Sunstone 6 (November – December 1981): 7 – 11. Rpt. Dialogue 14.4 (Winter 1981): 40 – 47.


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