Due to By Common Consent’s recent affiliation with Dialogue, I have revisited the idea of subscribing to the journal. So, for the fist time in my life, I will subscribe to an independent publication focused around Mormonism. Doesn’t sound like a big deal, right? Well, for me it is, and here’s why:
My teenage years were during the “other voices” shake down, which caused my fairly conservative family to look upon independent Mormon publications unfavorably. Not that we ever had a subscription to Sunstone or Dialogue anyway, but that somehow didn’t stop me from passing judgment naively.
In many ways, part of me has always felt like Davis Bell and/or Rosalynde. Davis here wants to know more about the “…relationship between Sunstone and/or Dialogue and the institutional Church/GAs” in true Davis Bell fashion. And Rosalynde here states that part of her hesitance has to do with the idea that, “It’s very possible that BYU will continue to frown on participation in Dialogue.” Interestingly enough, I see myself in these comments, as I have wondered about the consequences of affiliating myself with Dialogue.
But the more I think about it, the more I think that all my worrying is based on rumors, hearsay, and straight up gossip. I don’t know what happened ten or fifteen years ago. But then again, I don’t know what sins or misdeeds Davis or Rosalynde committed ten or fifteen years ago either and I somehow have no issues affiliating myself with them and/or reading their posts as part of the Bloggernacle.
Thus, it is time, time for me to seek and understand for myself. I don’t need a historical background of the shakiness associated with Dialogue in years past, and I especially don’t need BYU’s approval for choices in my life. What I need is to read the journal with my own eyes and see if it will help me in my quest to better understand various aspects of Mormonism. It could or it could not; I’ll never know until I read it.