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Paid clergy isn’t priestcraft

By Jonathan Green @ Times and Seasons

For the sake of this discussion, I’m not concerned with the technical definition of “priestcraft.” I’m using it as a shorthand term for “something about another church that isn’t just different (like having crosses on their steeples) or incorrect (baptism by sprinkling instead of immersion), but a form of institutional wickedness.” Hiring and paying a pastor is different and maybe incorrect and definitely subject to abuse, and since it involves priests and money we usually take a dim view of it, but I don’t think it’s institutional wickedness.

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Coming August 10, 2021

This volume is about Latter-day Saints learning from Jews and the Jewish experience. This book is unique. It is not a traditional interfaith dialogue where the goal is to learn from each other. Rather, Latter-day Saints seek to give Jews the microphone, so to speak, and let them talk about themselves on their own terms. Only then do Latter-day Saint respond, and not with the goal of establishing areas of agreement or disagreement but as an opportunity to learn from Jews. This book turns to the wisdom of Jews and Judaism to inform, inspire, and enhance the lived religious experience of Latter-day Saints. (Check out a Sample Preview)


The Origin and Purpose of the Book of Mormon Phrase “If Ye Keep My Commandments Ye Shall Prosper in the Land”

By Taylor Halverson @ Interpreter Foundation

We are told in the Title Page of the Book of Mormon that the Book of Mormon was revealed in our day “to show unto the remnant of the house of Israel what great things the Lord hath done for their fathers; and that they may know the covenants of the Lord, that they are not cast off forever.” Hence, the covenantal context, structure, and logic of the Book of Mormon demand further consideration, exploration, and elucidation. A prosperous starting point is the phrase “If ye keep my commandments ye shall prosper in the land.” This covenantal phrase is used throughout the Book of Mormon as a summary of the theological logic of the suzerain-vassal treaty covenant type in which God sought to secure the fidelity of his people, who would receive in exchange continued prosperity in His appointed promised lands.

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Pioneers in Dialogue

By Dialogue Journal

On July 24, Utah celebrates the state holiday of Pioneer Day, in commemoration and honor of the Mormon pioneers. With a hallowed and complicated history, pioneers are a mainstay in the history of Mormonism. Below are a curated collection of poetry, fiction, articles, and reviews that have been published in the pages of Dialogue.

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Sunstone and It's Upcoming Symposium

By Latter-day Faith

In this departure from our usual type of show, this episode takes a short look at the evolution of from the founding of Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought to the beginnings of Sunstone and its symposiums. Featuring Sunstone's director of publishing, Stephen Carter, he and LDF host Dan Wotherspoon (a former editor and executive director of Sunstone) then talk about the 2021 Salt Lake Sunstone Symposium that runs from July 28th to the 31st. 

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Upcoming Events

Jul 28–31 Sunstone Symposium, Salt Lake City and Digital
Aug 4–6 FAIR Conference, Provo, UT
Sep 10 Joseph Smith Papers Conference [Digital]
Sep 20–24 Utah State Historical Society Annual Conference [Digital]
Oct 21–24 John Whitmer Historical Association 48th Annual Conference, St. George, UT

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