Topic Pages

Topic Pages: Mother in Heaven

Posted on May 25, 2022

Issue 2022: Spring 2022 Issue, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Vol 55 No. 1 (2022). The Spring 2022 issue is a special one. “Heavenly Mother in Critical Context” begins with Art Editor Margaret Olsen Hemming on “The Divine Feminine in Mormon Art” and continues with Margaret Toscano’s “In Defense of Heavenly Mother: Her Critical Importance for MormonRead More »

Topic Pages: Reproduction: Abortion, Birth Control and Birth Practices

Posted on May 11, 2022

Podcast 2022: “A History of Abortion in Utah” at RadioWest, date May 6, 2022. In a thoroughly red, deeply religious state like Utah, you’d be forgiven for thinking abortion had always been frowned upon. But that isn’t the case. Not so long ago, pregnancy and menstrual cycles were considered women’s matters — things that womenRead More »

Topic Pages: Joseph Smith

Posted on July 27, 2021

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 July 27, 2021

  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 July 25, 2021

2019: Margaret Blair Young, “Patience, Faith, and the Temple in 2019” Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Vol 52 No. 1(2019): 169–178. Young shares her testimony of temple work even though she found some wording in the endowment ceremony sexist. 2019: Interview, “LDS Women’s Authority and the Temple: A Feminist FHE Discussion with Maxine Hanks” Dialogue:Read More »

Topic Pages: Book of Mormon Studies

Posted on July 18, 2021

  Podcasts:  Dialogue Topics Pages Podcast: Book of Mormon, Part 1 Dialogue Topics Pages Podcast: Book of Mormon, Part 2 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, WebRead More »

Topic Pages: Feminism

Posted on July 3, 2021

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.

Topic Pages: Race Issues

Posted on June 30, 2021

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: Deification

Posted on June 12, 2021

2006: Kirk D. Hagen: “Eternal Progression in a Multiverse: An Explorative Mormon Cosmology,” Dialogue 38.1 (Summer 2005): 1– 45. This article is an examination of the Mormon doctrine of eternal progression within the context of big-bang cosmology, a description of a finite universe that appears to contradict that doctrine. I argue that a multiverse cosmology,Read More »

Topic Pages: First Vision

Posted on June 3, 2021

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 »


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