Since M* has started posting summaries of this week’s FAIR Conference, I think we should restore balance to the Force by posting links to some of the articles on last week’s Sunstone Symposium. At DMI, I posted links to B’nacle posts discussing the symposium; here, I’ll list the SL Trib articles that discuss some of the more interesting sessions (but I don’t know how long the links will stay active.)
- Mark Hoffman retrospective – An intense session featuring relatives of some of the bombing victims.
- A world religion? – Jan Shipps calls Mormonism “a religious tradition,” which she explains is “in a category somewhere between a world religion and a great world religion.”
- Another angle on the JS story – A non-LDS historian depicts Joseph “as merely an actor in a continually unfolding ecclesiastical drama,” suggesting more attention should be paid to “how rank-and-file believers related to Smith’s teachings to form their own religious understanding.” She referenced an old Arrington and Bitton book, Saints Without Halos, which I happened to have read over Christmas and found very enjoyable for just that reason.
- LDS reincarnation doctrine – This is a must-read just to use as a “wake ‘em up on the back row” Sunday School comment. The keyword is: “soul rebirth.”
- A new look at 19th-century polygamy – This session, featuring Lowell Bennion, received a lot of media coverage around Utah. He argued that prior research has underestimated the proportion of LDS households that participated in plural marriage. His research (conducted along with Kathryn Daynes of BYU) shows that “in 1870 about 20 percent of men and 40 percent of women in Manti and Brigham City lived in plural households.”