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Trevan Hatch and Leonard Greenspoon, The Learning of the Jews: What Latter-day Saints Can Learn from Jewish Religious Experience

In this episode, we talk with Trevan Hatch and Leonard Greenspoon, co-editors of The Learning of the Jews: What Latter-day Saints Can Learn from Jewish Religious Experience. We discuss how this project emerged, some of the voices and topics discussed, and how this anthology makes a unique contribution to Latter-day Saint and Jewish religious studies. The Learning of the Jews is available from Greg Kofford Books, Amazon, Deseret Book, and independent booksellers.

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From BYU Maxwell Institute

Charles Inouye writes, “I am Japanese but was born and raised in rural central Utah. At first, my parents were afraid that our involvement with the Church would weaken our grounding in Japanese tradition. As it turned out, it only reinforced my interest in animism, Buddhism, and other aspects of Japanese culture. As a scholar of Japanese culture, I have discovered that Latter-day Saint culture and Mahayana Buddhist culture are similar in many ways, and that the paths to the building up of Zion, on the one hand, and to Zen enlightenment, on the other, are one and the same. The genius of both faith traditions lies in how they push the abstract ideas of salvation down into the world of material practice. Raking sand in a Zen garden reminds us that mortality is similarly a “high maintenance” situation, where constant service is required if we are to grasp our purpose here on earth.”

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Three Conference Presentations Now Available to Help Parents, Leaders, and Other Teachers of Children and Youth

By Trevor Holyoak @ FAIR

Late last year, I started brainstorming suggestions for who we could invite to present at the 2021 FAIR conference. We usually look for presenters to counter criticisms of the church on issues like polygamy, Book of Mormon translation, and race. But in addition to these, I wanted this conference to provide more immediately vital resources for parents, building on John Gee’s excellent presentation in 2020. Children are bombarded with not only explicit arguments, but very subtle messages that shape their imaginations and moral judgment in ways that make it very difficult to accept divine authority and parental guidance. I’m the mother of three young children, and my dearest hope is to succeed at building their faith in the Lord, His church, and the prophets and other leaders He calls. I was determined to find speakers that would significantly help me and other parents like me. 

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John C. Danforth Center on Religion & Politics Postdoctoral Fellowship (Apps due 1/6/22)

By J Stuart @ Juvenile Instructor

The John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics seeks applications from junior scholars and recent Ph.D. graduates for up to four postdoctoral fellowships in residence at Washington University in St. Louis. The appointment is for one year, renewable for a second year. Eligible applicants must complete the Ph.D. by July 1, 2022, and are expected to have completed it no earlier than January 1, 2017.

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Sep 10 Joseph Smith Papers Conference [Digital]
Sep 20–24 Utah State Historical Society Annual Conference [Digital]
Oct 22–23 John Whitmer Historical Association 48th Annual Conference [Digital]

Mar 11–12 Church History Symposoum, Provo and SLC, UT
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