After a nice (but also very rainy and chilled) adventure downtown for Labor Day, I came home to a hot bath and the most recent issue of Dialogue. My observations:
Mark Nielsen in his “’That Which Surpasses All Understanding’: The Limitations of Human Thought” offers an experience tantamount to a fun conversation with a Really Smart Dude.™ I have the sneaking suspicion that he employs essentially a non sequitor while bridging mathematical domains of Cantor and Gödel, but it didn’t matter. Nielsen is strait forward in disclaiming his speculation as such; his argument is nonetheless compelling (and did I say fun?).
Speaking of Smart folks, the next two articles were taken from the proceedings of the “Faith and Knowledge Conference.” Matt Bowman, erudite as ever, presents “Toward a Theology of Dissent: An Ecclesiological Interpretation.” You can always count on Matt to brandish his analytical chops with grace and perspicacity. Here he offers a middle way (hat tip to the Catholics).
Mauro Properzi is an Italian grad student under Douglass Davies in the UK and riffs on being a Religious Studies Mormon. Good stuff.
It is also no secret that I love Margaret Young and Darius Gray. I love them. I have also keenly followed their recent documentary project Nobody Knows (hint: it is well worth the price). But Greg Prince interviewed them and documented information of which I was unaware and by which I was deeply moved. This is a great behind-the-scenes look at their projects and themselves. After this interview is a transcript of the documentary itself. This will be a great benefit to researchers.
Sam Bhagwat was a junior at Stanford when he was baptized into the Church. In “A Year of Dialogue: Thinking Myself into Mormonism,” Bhagwat describes finding the depth of Church’s past and learning to swim. It is enjoyable to see someone graduate from the wading pool successfully.
There is also an essay by Thomas F. Rogers, entitled “’A Climate Far and Fair’: Ecumenism and Abiding Faith,” which I haven’t had a chance to read. As well as what appears to be some excellent fiction from William Morris (of AMV fame) and Jack Harrell.
Book Reviews are as follows:
“Mormonism in Daniel Walker Howe’s What Hath God Wrought Daniel Walker Howe, What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815–1848 by David W. Grua. This is an expansion of his nice review over at the JI.
“In the Nephite Courtroom”, a review of John W. Welch’s The Legal Cases in the Book of Mormon by our very own Ronan James Head. Ronan deftly navigates around the treacherous elephant in the room of historicity and gives well-earned props to Welch.
“Between Silver Linings and Clouds,” a review of Abel Keogh’s Room for Two by Laura Hilton Craner.
“Time Tabled by Mormon History,” a review of Christopher Kimball Bigelow’s The Timeline History of Mormonism from Premortality to the Present by Karen D. Austin.
“The Long-Distance Mormon,” a review of R. A. Christmas’s The Kingdom of God or Nothing! by Paul Swenson.